Tottenham player ratings vs Arsenal: Spurs collectively awful in dismal first-half derby display

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Tottenham were dismal in the first half of their derby defeat at Arsenal  (Getty Images)
Tottenham were dismal in the first half of their derby defeat at Arsenal (Getty Images)

Tottenham lost 3-1 at rivals Arsenal on a dismal afternoon which leaves Nuno Espirito Santo under pressure.

For the third League game running, Spurs conceded three goals to a London rival, following up the defeats to Crystal Palace and Chelsea with another chastening loss.

Goals from Emile Smith Rowe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Bukayo Saka put the hosts clear in the opening 35 minutes after a rudderless and gutless display from the visitors.

Spurs improved slightly after the interval and Heung-min Son scored a late consolation goal.

Dan Kilpatrick was in north London to run the rule over the Spurs players...

Hugo Lloris 6

Not much he could do for any of the goals and kept the scoreline respectable in the second half.

Japhet Tanganga 5

Hooked at the interval, perhaps a little harshly as he had been no worse than many of his team-mates. Arsenal’s second goal came down his side.

Davinson Sanchez 5

All at sea on his return to the side. Perhaps strange in hindsight that Nuno didn’t stick with big-money summer signing Cristian Romero.

Eric Dier 5

Involved in a dreadful defensive display but might feel frustrated by the lack of midfield protection.

Sergio Reguilon 5

Part of wretched first-half display but gets some credit for an assist for Son.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg 5

Caught ball watching for Arsenal’s opener and as responsible as anyone for the passivity of the first half.

Tanguy Ndombele 5

Part of an absent midfield in the first half and unable to make any lasting impression on the game.

Dele Alli 4

The end of the Dele renaissance? Hard to remember a meaningful contribution before he was hooked at half-time.

Lucas Moura 6

Well marshalled by Granit Xhaka and Co. and struggled to make a major impact on his return from injury. Tested Aaron Ramsdale with late strike which was palmed onto the bar.

Heung-min Son 7

Forced Ramsdale into a first-half save and added a consolation with a firm finish.

Harry Kane 5

His 250th Premier League appearance will have been one of his least enjoyable. Should really have been awarded a second-half penalty and missed a sitter.

Subs

Emerson Royal (Tanganga 46’) 6

Didn’t add much in the way of attacking threat and was careless in possession.

Oliver Skipp (Dele 46’) 7

Helped Spurs to gain a midfield foothold and ensure they were not nearly as wretched in the second half.

Bryan Gil (Ndombele 69’) 7

Won the ball in the build-up to Son’s goal in a lively cameo.

Not used: Gollini, Romero, Rodon, Davies, Lo Celso, Scarlett.

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