Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Arsenal: Reports & Ratings as Jose Mourinho's Side Go on Top With North Derby Win

Arjun Singh Devgan
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Goals from Son Heung-min and Harry Kane gave Tottenham a 2-0 win over Arsenal in North London Derby, with the result enough to move Spurs back to the top of the Premier League table.

The game got off to a scintillating start when Son curled in a fabulous effort from 25 yards to put the hosts in front. Just before the break, Spurs doubled their lead with a free flowing counter attack that was finish emphatically by Kane.

Tottenham Hotspur Player Ratings

Hugo Lloris (GK) - 7/10 -Passed a late fitness test to return in goal and did well, making one good save.

Serge Aurier (RB) - 8/10 - His midfield splitting pass led to the game's second goal. Also a solid defensive display which included four tackles.

Toby Alderweireld (CB) - 8/10 - Resolute display. His positioning was spot on throughout, racking up 11 clearances in total.

Eric Dier (CB) - 8/10 - As above. Spurs centre-back pairing were a key reason for their win.

Sergio Reguilon (LB) - 7/10 - Industrious presence on the left. Also played his part in Spurs' determined rearguard.

Moussa Sissoko (CM) - 7/10 - Got through a huge amount of defensive work. He did particularly well covering Saka and Aubameyang's overlaps down the left.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (CM) - 8/10 - Another mammoth midfield display. Swept the area in front of the Spurs backline admirably.

Giovani Lo Celso (AM) - 6/10 - Played the occasion somewhat, diving into a few tackles and picking up a deserved caution. Worked extremely hard.

Son Heung-min (RW) - 8/10 -What. A. Finish. He followed up his beautiful goal by laying one on for his best mate, Kane.

Harry Kane (ST) - 8/10 - Perfectly weighted pass led to the game's opener and his finish for the second goal was merciless. Now the all-time leading scorer in North London derbies.

Steven Bergwijn (LW) - 6/10 - The third wheel in Son and Kane's telepathic relationship. Pretty quiet overall.


Ben Davies - 6/10 - Came on to shore things up, slotting in as a centre-back in his side's back five.

Joe Rodon - N/A

Arsenal Player Ratings

Bernd Leno (GK) - 5/10 - Perhaps could ask questions of him for the first goal but nothing he could do about the second.

Hector Bellerin (RB) - 5/10 - Channeled his inner 7-year-old by committing a foul throw in the first half. Offered little going forward.

Rob Holding (CB) - 6/10 - A few loose moments in possession. Overall though, his manager can have few complaints.

Gabriel (CB) - 6/10 - Not bad. Perhaps could have been more adventurous in his possession when Spurs retreated in the second half.

Kieran Tierney (LB) - 6/10 - Pushed on well, particularly in the second half when he linked up well with Willian.

Willian (RM) - 6/10 - Whipped in some dangerous crosses, only to be let down by his forwards.

Thomas Partey (CM) - 7/10 - The Gunners' best player before he was forced off with an injury. Started the majority of his side's attacks and put in some vital defensive work.

Granit Xhaka (CM) - 5/10 - Set the tone for a feisty derby with a hilarious rugby tackles in the first minute. Positioning was poor for Spurs' second goal and some of his fouls were brainless.

Bukayo Saka (LM) - 6/10 - Somewhat wasteful in possession. Also spurned a good headed opportunity in the second half. However, he was always busy and bold in possession.

Alexandre Lacazette (ST) - 6/10 -A couple of bright moments but his goal drought continued. Committed three fouls - some of which broke the game up unnecessarily.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (ST) - 5/10 - Nothing would break for him. His inability to score is starting to get a bit worrying.


Dani Ceballos - 6/10 - His best display in some time. Got on the ball after he came on and made things happen.

Eddie Nketiah - 6/10 - Offered little after coming on, though in fairness the service was poor.