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Goals from Son Heung-min and Harry Kane gave Tottenham a 2-0 win over Arsenal in the North London Derby, with enough result for Spurs to return to the top of the Premier League table. .
The game got off to a brilliant start when Son made a fabulous effort from 25 yards to put the hosts in front.
Just before the break, the Spurs doubled their lead with a fluid counterattack that was emphatically finished off by Kane.
After the break, Arsenal enjoyed most of the possession, but were frustrated by their well-organized hosts.
Here are the Gunners and Spurs player ratings …
Hugo Lloris (GK) – 7/10 – He passed a late physical fitness test to get back in goal and did well, making a good save.
Serge Aurier (RB) – 8/10 – His split pass in midfield led to the game’s second goal. Also a solid defensive display that included four tackles.
Toby Alderweireld (CB) – 8/10 – Determined display. His positioning was correct at all times, accumulating 11 spaces in total.
Eric Dier (CB) – 8/10 – As previously. The Spurs center-back pair was a key reason for their victory.
Sergio Reguilon (LB) – 7/10 – Laborious presence on the left. He also played his role in the determined rear of the Spurs.
Moussa Sissoko (CM) – 7/10 – I went through a lot of defensive work. He did particularly well covering the overlaps of Saka and Aubameyang on the left.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (CM) – 8/10 – Another gigantic midfield display. He admirably swept the area in front of the Spurs’ backline.
Giovani Lo Celso (AM) – 10/6 – I took the opportunity a bit, diving into a few entrances and picking up a well deserved warning. I work very hard.
Son Heung-min (RW) – 8/10 – What. A. Finish. He pursued his beautiful goal by placing one for his best friend, Kane.
Harry Kane (ST) – 10/8 – A perfectly weighted pass led into the first match of the game and his shot for the second goal was ruthless. He is now the all-time leading scorer in the North London derbies.
Steven Bergwijn (LW) – 6/10 – The third wheel in Son and Kane’s telepathic relationship. Fairly quiet overall.
Ben Davies – 6/10 – He came in to prop things up, placing himself as a center-back in the last five on his side.
Joe Rodon – N / A
Bernd Leno (GK) – 5/10 – Maybe I could ask him questions about the first goal, but nothing he could do about the second.
Héctor Bellerin (RB) – 5/10 – He channeled his inner 7-year-old child by taking a free kick in the first half. It offered little in the future.
Rob Holding (CB) – 6/10 – A few loose moments in possession. However, in general, your manager may have few complaints.
Gabriel (CB) – 6/10 – Not bad. Perhaps he could have been more adventurous in his possession when the Spurs retired in the second half.
Kieran Tierney (LB) – 6/10 – He pushed well, especially in the second half when he connected well with Willian.
Willian (RM) – 10/6 – Whipped at some dangerous crossings, only to be let down by his forwards.
Thomas Partey (CM) – 10/7 – The Gunners’ best player before he was forced to retire due to injury. He started most of his team’s attacks and did vital defensive work.
Granit Xhaka (CM) – 5/10 – Set the tone for a spirited derby with some fun first-minute rugby innings. The positioning was poor for the Spurs’ second goal and some of their fouls were stupid.
Bukayo Saka (LM) – 6/10 – Something extravagant in possession. He also turned down a good opportunity in the second half. However, he was always busy and bold in possession.
Alexandre Lacazette (ST) – 6/10 – A couple of brilliant moments but his goal drought continued. He committed three fouls, some of which unnecessarily interrupted play.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (ST) – 5/10 – Nothing would break for him. His inability to score is starting to get a bit worrisome.
Dani Ceballos – 6/10 – His best display in some time. He took the ball after he came in and made things happen.
Eddie Nketiah – 6/10 – Offered shortly after coming, although to be fair the service was lacking.