Arsenal player ratings: Aubameyang and Lucas Torreira shine in thrilling North London Derby

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The Gunners led through the Gabon striker’s early penalty but were pegged back by Eric Dier and Harry Kane before a brilliant second half. But who were the standout players for Unai Emery’s side?

Arsenal’s record signing led the line as he opened the scoring from the penalty spot early on and curled in a brilliant second to level things up after half-time.

Tottenham had fought back with two quick-fire goals from Eric Dier and a controversial Harry Kane penalty to lead at the break but Alexandre Lacazette and Luca Torreira secured a huge win.

Bernd Leno

Amid the uproar following Dier’s equaliser, it is important not to overlook the howler from the Arsenal goalkeeper, doing nothing other than helping the header in. But did make some fine saves either side – notably to tip over Harry Kane’s free-kick.

Shkodran Mustafi

The most assured of the three-man defence and made a couple of crucial tackles but was booked for a cynical foul before the break. Had an effort cleared off the line on the hour-mark as Arsenal looked to regain the lead before going off injured with 20 minutes to go.


Dived in needlessly a couple of times during the first-half, giving away the free-kick which led to Eric Dier’s equaliser. Lost the ball in dangerous areas and was forced to lead the defence when Mustafi went off but did so relatively competently.

Rob Holding

Very unfortunate to be penalised for the Spurs penalty as he did not even touch Son Heung-min. Going to ground in the box like that always runs a major risk, though. Happy to make his way upfield and join in the attacks but then settled it all down when Arsenal regained the lead and the German got injured.

Hector Bellerin

This wing-back role suits him far more. Joined in plenty of attacks during a rampant first 30 minutes but his moment of the match came when he produced a sublime through ball in the build-up to Aubameyang’s second. Got away with a thoughtless ball across his own box at 2-2, though.

Lucas Torreira

Might need a bit of a warm-up to get used to his first North London derby? No chance. The Uruguayan was right on it from the first whistle, breaking up play and making Arsenal tick. Topped off the complete performance with Arsenal’s fourth, showing composure when through one-on-one.

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