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Tottenham Hotspur vs. Arsenal: Live Player Ratings

Tottenham's Danny Rose, second right falls from the challenge of Arsenals' Serge Gnaby, right, during the English FA Cup third round soccer match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates Stadium in London, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
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Sam TigheWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterMarch 16, 2014

And the football feast rolls on!

Once you're done salivating over Manchester United vs. Liverpool, drop in and join us for the small matter of the North London derby—a game both sides must win.

For Spurs, failure here will incur the wrath of their fans and a definite miss on the UEFA Champions League spots. For the Gunners, a loss ends any slim title hopes for certain.

Who will come out on top? We will be providing live player ratings—updated both at half-time and full-time—so stick with us!

 

Spurs XI

PlayerPositionH/T RatingF/T Rating
Hugo LlorisGK77
Kyle NaughtonRB66
Younes KaboulCB66
Jan VertonghenCB66
Danny RoseLB66
SandroDM66
Andros TownsendRW66
Nabil BentalebDM56
Christian EriksenLW65
Nacer ChadliAMC65
Emmanuel AdebayorST66
Subs
PaulinhoDMN/A6
Gylfi SigurdssonAMCN/A6
Roberto SoldadoSTN/AN/A
B/R UK

Lloris: Helpless for the goal, positive in coming out and clearing his lines.

Naughton: Struggled to contain Lukas Podolski's energy and was largely a non-factor in attack.

Kaboul: Didn't thrive in the high line Spurs set up. Looked cumbersome.

Vertonghen: Looked all at sea in a high line despite his pace and struggled with Olivier Giroud in the first half. Improved in the second half.

Rose: Got forward well and provided an outlet. Was suspect in defence, however.

Sandro: Failed to quell the numerous Arsenal counters, but improved in the second half.

Townsend: A willing runner down the right, but ineffectual all game long. One notable cross failed to find a teammate.

Bentaleb: Accurate in his passing, but didn't make any sort of impact where it counts.

Eriksen: Stuck out on the left, doing his best, but not involved enough due to a systematic flaw.

Chadli: Looked a bit lost in his central role, could have done with swapping out wide. Substituted midway through the second half.

Adebayor: Worked hard, made good runs, but needed to stay onside far more often.

 

Arsenal XI

Arsenal XI
PlayerPositionH/T RatingF/T Rating
Wojciech SzczesnyGK76
Bacary SagnaRB66
Laurent KoscielnyCB78
Per MertesackerCB67
Kieran GibbsLB66
Mikel ArtetaCM77
Tomas RosickyRW77
Alex Oxlade-ChamberlainCM77
Lukas PodolskiLW66
Santi CazorlaCM/AMC66
Olivier GiroudST65
Subs
Mathieu FlaminiDMN/A6
Nacho MonrealLWN/A6
Thomas VermaelenN/A
B/R UK

Szczesny: A very quiet outing for the Pole who didn't do an awful lot.

Sagna: Picked up a yellow for a hefty challenge on Rose, but otherwise didn't put a foot wrong.

Koscielny: Very strong in dealing with Adebayor. An especially good outing in the air.

Mertesacker: A relatively quiet outing for the German, but hardly required for most of the game.

Gibbs: Took a yellow card and committed some fouls, but largely untroubled by a quiet Townsend.

Arteta: Solid in the middle, good in the tackle. Not required to do too much.

Rosicky: Scored an absolute belter in the second minute and worked hard in pressing throughout.

Oxlade-Chamberlain: Brilliant, forceful dribbling in the centre but flunked an amazing chance to put his side 2-0 up one vs. one.

Podolski: Good running, but no end-product—either due to his wayward finishing or selfish teammates.

Cazorla: Had a surprisingly quiet game despite the incisive nature of Arsenal's plan.

Giroud: Even Giroud can beat this woeful offside trap, but no luck in front of goal was found.

 

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