Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal: Spurs player ratings

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Two goals form Harry Kane will grab the headlines but Mauricio Pochettino will be delighted with an immense team performance that combined skill, passion, determination and character as Tottenham came from behind to beat North London rivals Arsenal at White Hart Lane.

Mesut Ozil scored after 11 minutes with the first of only three Arsenal shots on target, but Spurs dominated possession and the play.

It took until after half time before Kane grabbed the equaliser, sweeping home at the far post from a corner, and as the game entered the final ten minutes Kane's superb header sent the home support wild.

Tottenham Player Ratings

Hugo Lloris - 7.5

Could do nothing about the goal, and produced a wonderful save from Danny Welbeck to keep the scores level at the time. Assured with his handling and his kicking, and if Spurs have a successful season he will be one of the key reasons for it.

Kyle Walker - 7.5

Returning to top form. Bombed forward effectively, and performed very well defensively. He offers some important width down the right and has the fitness levels to get back.

Danny Rose - 7.5

Even more effective down the left as Arsenal found themselves exposed down that flank, and went close with a couple of efforts. However, was beaten for pace with disappointing ease by Welbeck in the lead up to the early goal, but apart from that his feistiness helped produce a resolute performance.

Jan Vertonghen - 8.0

At his imperious best at the heart of the Spurs defence. Very strong in the air against Olivier Giroud, put in a number of important challenges and positioning and distribution was superb.

Eric Dier - 8.0

Looks mature far beyond his years. Dier looks extremely comfortable in his preferred role at centre back, had the pace to deal with Arsenal's attackers and was very strong in the air. Passing was immaculate.

Nabil Bentaleb - 7.5

Returned to the Spurs starting lineup and showed plenty of bite in the midfield. Sometimes his passing was a little unimaginative, but was not afraid to shoot and get forward, and his cross for Kane's winner was delicious.

Ryan Mason - 7.5

All action performance from the Tottenham fan. Covered plenty of ground and provides important energy that is infectious. Never afraid to get stuck in, he brings an aggression that Tottenham have missed for so long. Had a couple of good efforts on goal, a couple of poor efforts, and sometimes his passing was inaccurate, but while he might not make the highlights too effort he is crucial to this team.

Mousa Dembele - 7.5

Finding some consistency. Very strong on the ball, as always, and supported the attack and helped out defensively nicely. Perhaps need a little more final product but he is beginning to reach the impressive levels that encouraged Spurs to spend £15million on him.

Erik Lamela - 7.0

Still lacking a final product but demonstrated an increasing work rate, and moved into some promising positions but screwed good openings over the bar.

Christian Eriksen - 7.5

Started on the left and linked up well with Danny Rose, moving inside to leave the full back space to run into. Set pieces were up and down, but like every other Tottenham player he worked very hard.

Harry Kane - 9.0

If there were any question marks over Kane's ability, they have been answered in full. Followed up his brace at West Brom, and his brilliant performance against Chelsea on New Years Day, with another couple of goals. Led the line like a giant and caused the Arsenal back line troubles all day. Went close in the first half, and always looked like the player to take Spurs to victory. Deservedly man of the match.


Nacer Chadli (for Dembele, 75) - 6.5

An attacking change as Spurs chased the three points, he offered a little more penetration down the left before working hard to secure the win.

Benjamin Stambouli (for Lamela, 90) - n/a

Brought on to tighten up the midfield.

Paulinho (for Mason, 90+5) - n/a

Ran onto the pitch superbly.

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