FA Cup third round, January 4, 2014
Arsenal 1-0 Tottenham
Goals: Cazorla (31')
Arsenal host arch-rivals Spurs at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday evening, as the two sides fight it out for a place in the fourth round of the FA Cup.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is taking part in his 42nd North London derby, but his opposite number, Tim Sherwood, is experiencing his first as a manager—and it remains to be seen if that gulf in experience plays a difference in the final result.
Santi Cazorla opened the scoring just after the half-hour mark with an emphatic finish, as the home side held the upper hand in the first half.
Stop by here at half-time and full-time to see how Arsenal's starting XI fared.
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First half comments
Fabianski: Made one good save from Eriksen, otherwise relatively untroubled.
Sagna: Smart ball to Gnabry created Arsenal’s platform for the opener
Vermaelen: Booked early and lunged into a challenge that would have seem him dismissed if he got it wrong, but otherwise good against Soldado
Koscielny: Frustrated Adebayor with his pace, anticipation and strength
Monreal: A useful outlet for the home side down the left-hand side
Arteta: Made a couple of important interventions as Spurs tried to counter-attack.
Wilshere: Was perhaps distracted by an off-the-ball incident with Dembele, in a subdued half.
Rosicky: Provided much of Arsenal’s midfield tempo as they took control of the contest.
Cazorla: Produced the clinical finish for the game’s first goal, and threatened with his movement and set-piece delivery.
Gnabry: Assisted Cazorla’s goal, and gave every impression he is a great talent in an assured first 45 minutes.
Walcott: Caused Tottenham all sorts of headaches with his pace and direct running, but will perhaps feel one of his attempts should have found the net.
Second half comments
Fabianski: A quieter second half, but kept Spurs at bay when called upon.
Sagna: Solid as always, making sure they maintained their lead.
Vermaelen: Replaced by Mertesacker at half-time, who was impressive.
Koscielny: Kept Adebayor in his pocket for almost the entire 90 minutes. Impressive.
Monreal: Enjoyed, and probably marginally gained the upper hand, in a real second half battle with Kyle Walker.
Arteta: Was withdrawn for Ozil late on, after keeping things solid.
Wilshere: Withdrawn for Flamini after continuing to look out of sorts.
Rosicky: Goal was a rich reward for an invigorating display. The game’s best player.
Cazorla: Quieter than in the first half, but continued to annoy Spurs with his touch and poise.
Gnabry: A few more clever through balls continued to create good chances for his team-mates.
Walcott: A late injury—and prospect of a fine and/or ban for a late gesture—aside, he again impressed in a striking role.