Arsenal 2, Tottenham 0: Post-Match Thoughts and Player Ratings

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Arsenal 2, Tottenham 0: Post-Match Thoughts and Player Ratings
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Arsene Wenger had promised to treat the game like a Premier League fixture, and the lineup he fielded verified he was true to his words. Like Arsenal, Tim Sherwood and his Tottenham side had their own injury problems to contend with, but the gaffer opted for the same squad that was victorious against Manchester United at Old Trafford with the only exception being Nabil Bentaleb coming in for Etienne Capoue.

Emmanuel Adebayor is a player in a rich vein of goalscoring form, and he was singled out as one of the players to watch out for. Unfortunately, he failed to live up to that billing in the course of the game.

It was a tightly contested first half with Christian Eriksen missing a clear-cut chance early on, and there were some close shaves from Roberto Soldado, but Santi Cazorla blasted in the first goal after some good work from Serge Gnabry. An error from Danny Rose allowed Tomas Rosicky to score what proved to be the match-clincher midway into the second half.

Wenger showered praise on Gnabry's overall performance in his post-match conference, via Arsenal.com, and shared some injury updates on Theo Walcott and other players who have injury problems as well. 

Listed below are the player ratings for the triumphant heroes in the North London Derby.

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