Tottenham v Arsenal - Player Ratings

Last updated : 14 November 2004 By Mike Bohndiek

Key Incidents (This could take a while!)

Goal (Tottenham Hotspur) (37) - A free kick swung in from the left took a deflection on its way through to Naybet, who controlled the ball on his chest before firing low past Jens.

Goal (Arsenal) (45) - By far the most crucial goal of the match. Lauren played a chipped ball through, and as Spurs froze expecting an offside decision, Henry took the ball down and coolly slotted it past Robinson. This changed the game, as we were mentally on top from that point on.

Goal (Arsenal) (54) - Some awful defending from Spurs allowed Toure to feed Freddie on the left. He burst past his defender, who brought him down inside the box to give Arsenal a penalty. Lauren, as he had done in a previous North London derby, stepped up, and sent Robinson the wrong way to put Arsenal ahead.

Goal (Arsenal) (60) - Yet more sloppy defending from Tottenham allowed Vieira to steam through their defence. He went one on one with Robinson, and had no trouble in sending the ball powerfully into the net.

Goal (Tottenham Hotspur) (61) - No sooner had we established a cushion, than it was gone again. Defoe scored a great individual goal, leaving defenders behind as he charged into the box, before unleashing an unstoppable shot into the top right hand corner.

Goal (Arsenal) (69) - Fabregas won the ball just outside the Spurs area. He then played a one two with Bobby before slipping a delightful ball into Freddie who dispatched it with no trouble.

Goal (Tottenham Hotspur) (74) - Another free kick highlighted our weakness at defending set plays. Carrick swung the ball in, and King had no trouble in finding the room to get a header in, to make us all a little nervous.

Goal (Arsenal) (81) - Henry received the ball inside the Spurs area. His shot was well blocked, but some how Thierry still managed to retain possession. He slipped in Pires, who showed good feet to elude his marker, and nipped the ball in at the near post.

Goal (Tottenham Hotspur) (88) - An uncharictaristic sloppy ball from Thierry allowed Ziegler to play in Kanoute, and despite the efforts of Henry to prevent him getting a shot away, he put a sweet volley in to make the dying seconds a nervy time for all Gooners!

Player Ratings

Jens Lehmann - 7 - Despite letting in four, he had a good game, and make one outstanding save when we were 1-0 down to keep us in it. Would only pick out King's goal to say he could have done slightly better.

Ashley Cole - 8 - Never stopped running. He really wanted this, and it showed. His determination to win the ball and start moving us forward was clear for all to see.

Kolo Toure - 7 - Was everywhere in defence. Guided us through some rough patches.

Pascal Cygan - 7 - Sensible defending from the big man. Knew exactly when it just needed a hoof, and didn't try any tricks. A no frills performance that got the job done.

Lauren - 8 - Was full of running, and showed a lot of courage to step up and take the penalty, when others had shied away. Showed confidence in his own ability.

Jose Reyes - 6 - Was on the whole, rather ineffective. He has lost the midas touch that he had at the start of the season. Missed an easy chance to put us 2-1 up, and was substituted soon after.

Patrick Vieira - 8 - A huge improvement on his display at Palace. Stuck his foot in, and drove us on. A captains performance, for the first time this season.

Cesc Fabregas - 7 - Showed no signs of difficulty in dealing with the physical aspect of the game. Indeed it was he who was putting in the flying tackles.

Freddie Ljungberg - 9 - MOTM. Superb from the Swede. Was everywhere, and worked hard for the team, tracking back whenever we lost possession, and always made himself available. Took his goal well, and it clearly meant a lot to him.

Thierry Henry - 7 - Got us the crucial goal just before half time. Drifted in and out of the game, but when he was with it, he was at full capacity, and scared the Spurs defence.

Dennis Bergkamp - 7 - Showed good awareness to drop back into midfield at times of pressure, and was always able to find the ball to release one of our players.


Robin Van Persie - 7 - Did what was required, and made sure he wasted as much time as possible.

Robert Pires - 7 - Found the pace of the game quickly, and was soon into the swing of things. Great skill on the goal.