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Arsenal player ratings vs Tottenham: Odegaard sublime in north London derby win as front four shine

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Martin Odegaard ran the show for Arsenal against Tottenham  (IKIMAGES/AFP via Getty Images)
Martin Odegaard ran the show for Arsenal against Tottenham (IKIMAGES/AFP via Getty Images)

Arsenal kickstarted their season with an impressive 3-1 win over Tottenham in the north London derby.

Goals from Emile Smith Rowe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Bukayo Saka put the hosts clear in the opening 35 minutes to make it four wins on the bounce and leave Mikel Arteta and his players looking up.

Heung-min Son added a late consolation for Spurs but the result never felt in doubt as Arsenal earned the local bragging rights.

Dan Kilpatrick was at the Emirates to run the rule over the Arsenal players...

Aaron Ramsdale 8

Saved well from Son, Harry Kane and Lucas Moura, and started the move for Arsenal’s second goal by playing out. Couldn’t keep out Son’s late strike.

Takehiro Tomiyasu 7

Won the battle with Son as Spurs unsuccessfully targeted him in the air but allowed Kane to get behind him for Spurs’ best chance.

Ben White 7

Lucky to escape conceding a penalty for a kick on Kane but otherwise defended well.

Gabriel 8

Solid throughout and helped Arsenal play out from the back impressively.

Kieran Tierney 8

Got forward well from left-back, creating an early chance for Aubameyang, and kept Lucas quiet.

Granit Xhaka 8

Added bite to Arsenal’s midfield, snapping into challenges and keeping the ball moving. Injured late on and forced off.

Thomas Partey 7

His energy and technical quality helped Arsenal to dominate the midfield and overrun their rivals but he lost Son for Spurs’ goal.

Bukayo Saka 8

Set up Arsenal’s first and scored their third in his most impressive performance since the Euros.

Martin Odegaard 9

Ran the show with a sublime performance, albeit against a vacant Spurs midfield. Made the first two goals.

Emile Smith Rowe 8

Took his goal well in an excellent all-round display from the left of the front four.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 8

Finished brilliantly and twice went close in a centre-forward’s display full of energy and menace.

Subs

Albert Sambi Lokonga (Xhaka 82’) 6

Late cameo to help Arsenal see out the game.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Saka 86’) N/A

Helped see out the game and allowed Saka a standing ovation.

Nuno Tavares (Odegaard 86’) N/A

Helped see out the game and allowed Odegaard a standing ovation.

Not used: Leno, Soares, Holding, Pepe, Martinelli, Lacazette.

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