Tottenham vs Arsenal: Player vs Player Ratings an honest assessment from a Gunners fanPublished April 25, 2016
It’s happened. It’s taken a while but as an Arsenal fan it’s time to begrudingly admit it. Tottenham are now the best team in north London. There. I said it.
Watching Spurs ease past Stoke City last Monday it was painful to concede that Mauricio Pochettino’s side ooze class and the fact that their side is a youthful one who can continue to grow and dominate is one that scares me half to death.
Ideally this indisputable fact should lead Arsenal to act this summer. Whether that means first axing Arsene Wenger, or politely pushing him upstairs into a consultant/Director of Football role, or bankrolling the Frenchman and telling him to spend spend spend, either way something must be done.
These XIs are based chiefly on a ‘perfect’ scenario of each player being 100% fit and on their current form. I.e. don’t complain about Aaron Ramsey scoring so low…
Hugo Lloris – 8.5
Hugely consistent performer, arguably on his day the best in the Premier League.
Kyle Walker – 8
Attack minded and rarely flustered.
Jan Vertonghen – 8.5
Adaptable but best used in a centre-back berth and a dependable performer.
Toby Alderweireld – 9
The Belgian has barely put a foot wrong and has proven a superb signing.
Danny Rose – 8
The speedy England international is now rightly a regular in Roy Hodgson’s national
Moussa Dembele – 8.5
Belgian powerhouse possesses the force of an Ox but can also pick out a defence splitting pass.
Eric Dier – 9
Young Englishman has thrived in a defensive midfield role, and is more than capable of doing a solid job at centre-back, and has provided the steely presence in the centre of the park which has left Tottenham’s more creative talent the time and space to make an impact.
Erik Lamela – 7.5
Though the Argentine has improved a great deal it’s still fair to say the former AS Roma man is something of a weak link in Mauricio Pochettino’s starting eleven.
Dele Alli – 9.5
The 20-year-old has shown maturity beyond his years this season and even the most optimistic Spurs fan could not have predicted how smoothly the former MK Dons man would take to life in the top tier.
Christian Eriksen – 9
The Danish international is one of the most naturally gifted players in the English top tier and his tenacity and footballing brain have left many Premier League defences floundering in 2015/16.
Harry Kane – 9.5
The strong running forward bagged 31 goals in all competitions last season and has proven even more effective this term, his tally of 24 making him the current Premier League top-scorer.
Total – 95
Petr Cech – 8.5
Perhaps not at the same level as his Chelsea pomp but the Czech Republic man can rarely be faulted.
Hector Bellerin – 8.5
The Spaniard is a real asset going forward and the youngster is learning fast when it comes to the more defensive aspect of his game.
Laurent Koscielny – 9
The Frenchman has been an absolute rock this term, as per usual.
Per Mertesacker – 8
The big friendly German is definitely a year or two off the pace but posseses the experience to still make him a tough centre-back to get past, or around.
Nacho Monreal – 8.5
Spaniard has been superb this season and has wrestled the starting spot away from Kieran Gibbs
Francis Coquelin – 7.5
Solid and determined but the Frenchman is still naive and inconsistent.
Santi Cazorla – 9
Prior to suffering a knee injury last November the pint-sized Spaniard was immense in a central midfield role and has been sorely missed.
Aaron Ramsey – 8
The Welshman has been found wanting this season and is someway below his best, often vanishing from view entirely, especially in crucial fixtures.
Mesut Ozil – 9.5
German has delivered in a big way this season. by some distance the leading assist maker in the Premier League in 2015/16, and a player Arsenal must keep hold of this summer.
Alexis Sanchez – 9
Chilean has been superb in fits and starts this season and on his day the speedy attacker is damn near unstoppable.
Olivier Giroud – 8
French forward proved his doubters wrong in points during this campaign but a run of 13 Premier League appearances without a goal does point towards Arsenal’s need to bring in a truly world-class striker to lead the line.