Date: 17th November 2012 at 3:32pm
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Here are my Arsenal player ratings from today’s superb victory over north London rivals 5pur2 (feel free to argue or agree with me):

Wojciech Szczesny – Wasn’t the Pole’s greatest performance, with complacency and over confidence creeping in, but dealt with what was thrown at him. Could have done better with both goals he conceded. 6/10

Bacary Sagna – The Frenchman did ok. Got caught out on a number of occasions and position was a little off today. Kept Gareth Bale quiet for the majority of the game. 7/10

Per Mertesacker – Poor positioning led to Spurs’ first goal, but after that the German got his head right. Scored Arsenal’s equalizer. 7.5/10

Laurent Koscielny – Was fairly solid throughout the game. Got stuck in and made some good interceptions. 7/10

Thomas Vermaelen – Done well in a position he is not naturally suited in. Contained Aaron Lennon well which led to Spurs focusing their attacks on the opposite flank. 7/10

Mikel Arteta – Passed the ball around well and covered a lot of ground for the team. Was overshadowed by the performances of Santi and Jack, which is not a bad thing. 7/10

Jack Wilshere – Ran the show in the first-half in my opinion. Always looked to get the ball forward, and his passing range was on point today. Great passion and desire from the England international. 8/10

Santi Cazorla – Easily our Man of the Match. Found space superbly, was very creative and influential in Arsenal’s attacking play. His passing range and dribbling ability is just unreal and great to watch. Scored Arsenal’s fourth. 9/10

Lukas Podolski – Probably the German forward’s best forward in an Arsenal shirt to date. Got forward well and showed great commitment by not neglecting his defensive duties. Bagged a goal, as well as an assist. 8/10

Theo Walcott – Was a constant threat to the Spurs back-line. Used his pace to great effect against Kyle Naughton, but his passing was way off. Bagged an assist and guaranteed Arsenal all three points by coolly slotting home The Gunners’ fifth goal. 8/10

Olivier Giroud – Never stopped running and finding space up front. Held the ball up well, allowing others to join him in attack, and had a few good efforts to get on the score-sheet before eventually netting his fourth Premier League goal of the season. 8.5/10


Aaron Ramsey – Replaced the tiring Wilshere with 20 minutes to go, but never really got into the game. Held his position well enough but misplaced a few passes. 6/10

Andre Santos – Replaced Podolski on the 77st minute and seemed to be given the free role by Arsene Wenger. Only real highlight for the Brazilian was playing through Vermaelen on goal. 5/10

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – Came on in the 85th minute for Giroud and got stuck in from the get go. Hassled Jan Verthongen straightaway and managed to set up a goal. Shame he didn’t get more time. 6.5/10

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