Arsenal v Tottenham: Player Ratings


Jul 26, 2014; Harrison, NJ, USA; New York Red Bulls forward Andre Akpan (9) controls the ball in front of Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal (18) during the second half of a game at Red Bull Arena. The Red Bulls defeated Arsenal 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Arsenal earned a thoroughly deserved zero points at White Hart Lane, falling 2-1 to Tottenham in a match that saw almost every individual run of form the Gunners had built on in the past few weeks dry up in spectacular fashion. Here are your player ratings:

DAVID OSPINA. 7.5. We’ve found his weakness. He’s a great shot stopper, but lacks the power in the hands to turn low, well-struck balls around the post. Nothing he could do for Kane’s second, but one can’t help but wonder if he should have put the first over the bar instead of parrying to his right.. GK. Arsenal FC

6.6. Bellerin was exposed numerous times down his flank and had Rose possessed more quality on the day, Spurs could have seen themselves leading going into halftime. Displayed a tendency to collapse too close to the centre when shifting defensively with the ball approaching on the opposite flank.. RB. Arsenal FC. HECTOR BELLERIN

7.4. Will be looked at in this match as the better of the two centre halves, but wasn’t entirely reliable or composed on the ball. Had a couple great standing tackles to break up play, but he suffered the most from Coquelin’s tough day.. CB. Arsenal FC. PER MERTESACKER

6.2. Made a couple critical errors and displayed some rather characteristic bad decision making in the tackle. Led the team in clearances with 12.  . CB. Arsenal FC. LAURENT KOSCIELNY

7.8. <strong>MAN OF THE MATCH</strong> – Arsenal’s best defender on the day. Was a monster in the air, winning 91% of his aerial duels while also notching 11 clearances. He looked the more dangerous full back going forward as well, particularly because Tottenham counters down his side were stamped out more efficiently.. CB. Arsenal FC. NACHO MONREAL

Completed two out of seven tackles, with a 78% pass completion rate. Failed to impose himself on proceedings well enough, though he had the unfortunate duty of playing in front of an oppressed back line and behind a dreadful midfield.. MID. Arsenal FC. FRANCIS COQUELIN. 6.5

AARON RAMSEY. 6.1. Go ahead and defend his work rate. Yes, it’s exemplary. My turn. Aaron Ramsey has no business starting a match when Tomas Rosicky is fit until his form improves. It was on Ramsey today to be Arsenal’s driving force, and he completed 71% of his passes, which tells you how the midfield performed without needing to watch the match. The rest of his stats look nice, but he killed numerous counters by sitting on the ball and being generally indecisive in the middle of the pitch.. MID. Arsenal FC

6.7. The ridiculous run had to end sometime, and today was that day. Cazorla wasn’t bad, by any means, but he was ineffectual which, in a fixture like this, is a big negative. Should this downturn continue, it may see him pushed out to the left to give Ozil a chance in the middle.. MID. Arsenal FC. SANTI CAZORLA

Arsenal FC. MESUT OZIL. 7.3. A very nice goal and his work rate was high. Good on him. Despite a more muscular frame than last year, he still seems to be bowled over too easily. His pass completion rate was too low as well, though he was Arsenal’s architect for most of their generated threats.. MID

DANNY WELBECK. 7.0. Very nearly put Arsenal up 2-1 with a terrifically struck shot that Lloris barely turned away. Burned Rose to trigger the attacking move that led to Ozil’s goal, but struggled to get much chemistry with his teammates.. ST. Arsenal FC

Arsenal FC. OLIVIER GIROUD. 6.2. Worked hard and won just over half his aerial duels, including a really good one in defence. But the couple criticisms he earns today hurt him in the ratings. His hold up play faltered today, as he constantly was shunted wide and didn’t get the ball out with his normal speed. Also, Olivier Giroud needs to shoot. He had a couple opportunities to put the ball on frame and instead he went for the clever pass.. ST

7.0. Came on as Arsenal’s first sub and completed some very good passes into the final third, including a gorgeous through ball that Walcott couldn’t hold. Preferred to start over Ramsey, even in the deeper role, at least for a few matches.. MID. Arsenal FC. TOMAS ROSICKY

6.7. The clamouring for him to come on started around the hour mark, though he didn’t appear until closer to the 80′ minute. Swapped with Welbeck, he didn’t generate any clear threats, though the pass from Rosicky he trod on could have turned into an equaliser.. MID. Arsenal FC. THEO WALCOTT

6.3. Brought on very late to chase a goal, but in a couple scrambles in the Tottenham box, nothing fell to him.. ST. Arsenal FC. CHUBA AKPOM

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