Tim Sherwood’s honeymoon period ended at the hands of Spurs’ fiercest rivals, as goals from Santi Cazorla and Tomas Rosicky helped Arsenal to victory at the Emirates in the 3rd round of the FA Cup. Suffering from 10 injuries manifesting themselves in the 1st team squad, the Lilywhites could only produce a lethargic display, struggling to retain possession or create clear-cut chances. But credit to Arsenal – they played well and deserved their victory.
Hugo Lloris – 7 – Made a few very good saves, including 2 from Walcott, and couldn’t have done much for the goals.
Kyle Walker – 6 – Despite seeing a lot of the ball he offered little offensively, and he was caught out of position for Cazorla’s opener. Otherwise, he had an average game.
Michael Dawson – 6 – Initially struggled to cope with Arsenal attempting to play balls in-behind but did settle into the game and overall, didn’t defend too badly.
Vlad Chiriches – 6 – Stupidly gave the ball away on a couple of occasions but was solid enough after an initial onslaught, cutting out a lot of attempted through balls.
Danny Rose – 5 – Didn’t have a great game, which was compounded when he was dispossessed by Rosicky in the run up to the second goal when he tried a needless skill.
Aaron Lennon – 6 – Very quiet in the first half but saw more of the ball in the second half, but failed to deliver on his final ball – like most of the team.
Mousa Dembele – 6 – Didn’t do too much wrong individually but the Belgian and Bentaleb were simply outnumbered in midfield and couldn’t keep a leash on Cazorla, Gnabry, Rosicky and Wilshere at the same time.
Nabil Bentaleb – 6 – Tidy enough in possession and decent in defence, but there is a very strong argument that Etienne Capoue should have played, a more naturally-defensive midfielder, to protect the defence.
Christian Eriksen – 6 – Saw a lot of the ball all over the pitch, but Arsenal’s defence marshalled any attempted balls into Adebayor.
Roberto Soldado – 6 – Did well to turn Vermaelen in the first half on a couple of occasions, and ran the channels well, but faded away and a couple of snapshots went wide.
Emmanuel Adebayor – 6 – The Togolese frontman failed to reproduce the form of recent games, in part due to Arsenal’s excellent defensive performance, and in part due to simply having a bad day.
Nacer Chadli – 6 – Looked lively when he came on, seeing a fair bit of the ball on the left wing, but, like all Spurs players on the day, failed to deliver with his final ball.
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