Nov 4, 2009

Arsenal 3-0 Tottenham Hotspur

Arsenal 3-0 Tottenham Hotspur

Gunners maintain their dominance in north London derby...


Manuel Almunia - 6
An easy return for the Spanish goalkeeper. A sharp save from a second-half David Bentley free kick was about all he had to do as far as shot-stopping was concerned.

Bacary Sagna - 8
Assisted both of Robin van Persie's goals and was untroubled by Spurs' underwhelming wide-men. What more can you ask of your right-back?

William Gallas - 6
The Frenchman looked uncomfortable when duelling Peter Crouch in the air, resorting to underhanded tactics - such as a seemingly deliberate handball and a rather crude (yet unpunished) elbow in the back. On the deck, though, he was pretty neat.

Thomas Vermaelen - 8
Unlike his defensive partner, the Belgian won more than his fair share of headers against Tottenham's two-metre targetman. He may not be the tallest centre-half around, but at the moment he's among the most impressive.

Gael Clichy - 6
Had little to do on the defensive end, and kept the Gunners' shape going forward without really starring. Professional performance.

Abou Diaby - 5
The versatile midfielder's day was dogged by indifferent decision-making. Threatened the break the lines at times, but more often than not he'd try - and fail - to beat a man when a simple pass was all that was required.

Alexandre Song - 6.5
Hit and miss from the young Cameroonian. His passing could have been much sharper, but he gave the Lilywhites' midfielders little room to move. Made one crucial last-ditch tackle on Robbie Keane in the first half.

Cesc Fabregas - 8.5
A magnificent solo goal immediately after Van Persie's opener capped what was a truly dominant display from the Arsenal skipper. Pure class.

Nicklas Bendtner - 5
Failed to make much of an impact before limping off early with a groin problem.

Andrei Arshavin - 5
The Russian was uncharacteristically quiet, showing only flashes his usual creative brilliance. Looked a tad tired, truth be told.

Robin van Persie - 9
The Dutchman came to life after the scoring the opener. Ubiquitous from then on and fully deserved his second goal.


Eduardo - 6
Saw an excellent one-on-one chance thwarted by Gomes; otherwise lively without being dangerous.
Emmanuel Eboue - N/A Aaron Ramsey - N/A


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