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Player Ratings vs. Spurs
Posted by: MattySadler
Date: 18/11/2017 17:01
Cech - 7. Little to do in first half bar one routine Kane save. Made a good header off Dier's header in the second half. Impressive clean sheet, all in all.

Koscielny - 8. Recovered from an iffy start to put in a very good performance.
Mustafi - 8.5. Superb on his comeback from injury. Showed no signs of rustiness, scored and had Harry Kane in his back pocket. Made one great block on Kane in the first half.
Monreal - 8. Another good performance. Gave nothing away.

Bellerin - 7.5. Got up and down the right. Unlucky not to get an assist.
Xhaka - 8. Good response to the deserved criticism he has received as of late. Strong in midfield, good in possession and played for over an hour on a yellow card.
Ramsey - 7.5 All action display from our midfield driving force. Covered every blade and was strong defensively (even tackling himself at times!). Performance level dropped in the second half, but work rate did not.
Kolasinac - 7. Didn't offer as much as he would've liked going forward, but was solid defensively.

Ozil - 9. Thought he was our best player by a mile. Created chances (assisted the first), worked hard off the ball and tracked back. More of this please!
Lacazette - 7.5. Didn't always come off for him today but thought he showed good movement, willingness to run and work, and linked up well. Good assist for Alexis's goal.
Alexis - 8. Didn't start well but grew into the game and played well in the end, even saw him linking with Ramsey at one point! Took his goal well.

Subs:

Coquelin - 5. Slotted into midfield.
Iwobi - 5. Decent impact. Could've scored.

With our recent form against Spurs/ top sides in general, and all the talk this week of a "power shift", Mike Dean and a Saturday lunchtime kick off, I won't deny that I was dreading this one. After seeing the starting eleven, however, I was lifted. Mustafi back at centre back instead of Mertesacker or Coquelin, the Alexis-Lacazette-Ozil front three, and Welbeck back on the bench. I now felt strangely confident.

Right from kick off we were on the front foot. We were compact and organised defensively, keeping Kane and Alli quiet, and always looked good going forward. In the end it was an unexpected, but convincing victory, and on another day we could've had 3 or 4. Let's hope this can kick start our season (though I won't hold my breath!).

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