Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal - Player Ratings

Last updated : 19 September 2007 By Luis Anaconda

And then there are Tottenham games when it simply takes the last a few days to stop laughing. I mean how many times can you watch a game and enjoy the opposition celebrating. Look at their joyful faces, but surely they know what comes next. All right the manner of our goals was a touch surprising but the fact that they came anything but.

Manuel Almunia - 5 - Enjoying life in the first XI so much - and who wouldn't when the opposition put a bouncy castle in their midfield with which you can have a bit of fun. However, it may be harsh to criticise him for the goal but his dash out to confront Berbatov merely confirmed that Jens will be back sooner rather than later.

Bacary Sagna - 7 - A proper right back - electric going forward, sound and the back and prepared to get stuck in. We missed him when he was out and he's only been here a few seconds.

Kolo Toure - 7 - Where would we be without Kolo - not the best game for the defence on the whole but that tackle on Berbatov was priceless.

Gilberto Silva - 5 - This performance is being used as evidence that Gilberto isn't up to being a centre back which is ridiculous - clearly jet-lagged he lacked the alertness that characterises his game.

Gael Clichy - 7 - Lazy, uninterested, slow - words that are so unlikely to appear next to Gael's name.

Alexander Hleb - 7 - Split defences like he once split opinion - well probably not but I wanted to write that.

Cesc Fabregas - 8…

Mathieu Flamini - 7 - Having run out of things to say about Cesc it is worth noting that his fellow midfield player has made a real impression this season as well - mostly on opponents' ankles.

Abou Diaby - 6 - Appears to have inherited Cesc's shooting boots from last season - will probably win the Golden Boot next year.

Robin van Persie - 6 - Tried hard but loses marks for being about the only player in the world who has had a shot from distance against Paul Robinson and not scored.

Emmanuel Adebayor - 8 - There are those who would concentrate on his miss but his two goals and two other sumptuous volleys show what an excellent talent he can be.


Tomas Rosicky - 7 - Surprisingly left out, he was inspirational when he finally came on.
Denilson - 6 - Proved he could miss sitters with the best of them.
Alexandre Song - n/a - Came on late, very late.