Arsenal full-time player ratings vs Tottenham: Bukayo Saka makes return as Pablo Mari struggles

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Bernd Leno: Made a good save in the first half but couldn’t do much about Son’s goal. A huge worry when he went down injured for a short break in play. Arsenal need to sign a back-up immediately.. 7.

Hector Bellerin: Shaky throughout as he consistently struggled to deal with balls over the top. A few moments of looseness in possession combined with a weak offensive output mean it will be a surprise if he starts against Brentford next Friday. 4.

Ben White: Some excellent switches of play are a good sign of what’s to come from the England international. Stepped up well to win possession on occasion and dribbled out from the back with assertiveness. 8.

Pablo Mari: Had a decent first half but struggled with the high line throughout and was to blame for Son’s goal. A disappointing performance. 4.

Kieran Tierney: The consistent stream of crosses from the left side of the pitch that we’ve come to expect from the Scottish international. Arsenal fans will love him even more for the fact that Spurs supporters took such a dislike to him. 6.

Albert Sambi Lokonga: A nice and assured North London Derby debut from the Belgian who won the ball back well on several occasions and constantly looked to play forward with it. 6.

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Granit Xhaka: Calm in possession and vocal throughout the Swiss did a good job of covering for Tierney, but did look exposed on occasion due to his lack of pace. 6.

Nicolas Pepe: Looked lively when he got on the ball wide right and was uncharacteristically willing to use his right foot. Sadly no one in the middle to get on the end of his excellent delivery. Could have been a bit more switched on defensively on occasion though. 6.

Emile Smith Rowe: Fleeted around in the spaces between the Spurs midfield and defence, but couldn’t do much to influence the game. Spent a lot of his time on the right side of the pitch which is an interesting tactical quirk for a player who spent much of last season on the left. 6.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: A few occasions where his linke up play left a little to be desired, but the Gabon forward was unfortunately not given the service he needs to be at his most effective when on the left. 6.

Alexandre Lacazette: Arsenal’s biggest threat in the first half hit the post with an effort from distance and forced a decent save from Hugo Lloris with a shot on the edge of the box. Sadly lacks mobility to get forward to be on the end of attacks in transition, but offers a lot to this Gunners side. 7.

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Subs:

Cedric Soares: Only played the final 10 minutes. N/A

Ainsley Maitland-Niles: Moved from right back to central midfield after Cedric came on. Took some heavy touches and didn’t get into the game. 5.

Calum Chambers: Didn’t have a bad game and finished the match at centre back. Will be in contention to start at right back against Brentford. 6.

Nuno Tavares: Looked sharp when he came on. Will be a decent back up for Tierney but is unlikely to break past him in the starting XI. 6.

Mohamed Elneny: Got drawn to the ball for Son’s goal although it Mari was the most culpable. Unlikely to start many games for Arsenal this season. 5.

Reiss Nelson: His future remains uncertain but will be hoping to knuckle down and compete for a place in the first team this season. 5.

Folarin Balogun: Didn’t impact the game but will almost certainly be guaranteed minutes this season. An important campaign lies ahead. 5.

Source by Football London

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