Arsenal half-time player ratings vs Tottenham: Ben White and Bernd Leno excel, Bellerin awful

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Bernd Leno: An excellent save from Son to keep the game at 0-0. Critics of the German would do well to remember how man stops like that he’s pulled off in his Arsenal career so far. 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: Some good moments of one on one defending when Spurs looked to exploit Arsenal’s high line. Positionally sound and decent on the ball. 6.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

Source by Football London

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