Premier League player ratings: Arsenal v Spurs

Jan Vertonghen and Olivier Giroud battled all afternoon. Photo: PA

ARSENAL

WOJCIECH SZCZESNY: Little to worry about during the first half and made a smart block from Tottenham substitute Jermain Defoe. 7/10.

CARL JENKINSON: Late stand-in for Bacary Sagna, who was taken ill overnight, and did well up against Nacer Chadli. 7.

PER MERTESACKER: Big German made some important blocks and helped shackle the threat of Roberto Soldado. 7.

LAURENT KOSCIELNY: Composed display from the bandage-wearing France centre-back, who was quick to help release the counter attack. 7.

KIERAN GIBBS: Left-back had a good duel with Andre Townsend and provided an attacking outlet on the overlap. 7.

JACK WILSHERE: England midfielder was full of energy in the first half, but was then forced off with injury just before the break. 7.

AARON RAMSEY: Another all-action display from the Welshman, who was instrumental in both breaking down Spurs and setting up the Arsenal attacks. 8.

THEO WALCOTT: England forward was constant threat to Spurs with his pace, both on the flanks and down the centre. His fine cross set up opening goal for Olivier Giroud. 7.

TOMAS ROSICKY: Virtuoso display from the Czech maestro, whose quick feet made sure of a quick transition out of the back and into the Spurs half. 7.

SANTI CAZORLA: Spain midfielder was unfortunate not to score with a couple of early free-kicks and his passing was immaculate all afternoon. 8.

OLIVIER GIROUD: Superb near-post finish from the France striker for his fourth goal in as many games. Held the ball up well. 7.

SUBSTITUTES

MATHIEU FLAMINI (for Wilshere, 43): Looked sharp enough for little pre-season preparation and the former Gunner quickly slotted back into the side. 7.

NACHO MONREAL (for Rosicky, 79): Spanish defender found himself pushed forwards during closing stages, but just could not apply the finishing touch when in the six-yard box. 6.

BACARY SAGNA (for Walcott, 90): Despite fitness concerns, brought on to help out with some last-ditch defending. 6.

Hugo Lloris tackles Theo Walcott on the edge of the area.

TOTTENHAM

HUGO LLORIS: Yet another top-class performance from the Frenchman. Without him Arsenal could have won by four or five. 9.

KYLE WALKER: Looked a pale shadow of the man that won the derby for Spurs in 2011. Crossing was poor and shooting just as bad. Defensively suspect. 5.

JAN VERTONGHEN: Was often beaten for pace by Arsenal's forwards. 6.

MICHAEL DAWSON: Played Arsenal's front line onside for Olivier Giroud's goal. Lack of pace exposed regularly. 5.

DANNY ROSE: Expect Andre Villas-Boas to be in the market for a left-back on Monday. Rose left Theo Walcott free at the back in the run-up to Giroud's goal and was poor throughout. 5

ETIENNE CAPOUE: Like a rabbit in headlights in the first half. Totally over-awed by the occasion. Suffered nasty ankle injury in the second half. 5.

MOUSA DEMBELE: Strolled through the game without making any significant input. Clumsy tackle on Walcott almost gifted Arsenal the lead early on. 5.

PAULINHO: Energy was admirable, but the killer pass was always missing and his finishing was also poor. 6.

NACER CHADLI: Started brightly but soon faded. Should have been replaced earlier. 5.

ANDROS TOWNSEND: The only Spurs player who looked like causing any kind of breakthrough. Kept bamboozling the Arsenal defence all afternoon. Very solid first north London derby. 7.

ROBERTO SOLDADO: Welcome to English football, Roberto. Bullied out of the game by the excellent Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny. Came in to game more when supported by Jermain Defoe. 5.

SUBSTITUTES

JERMAIN DEFOE (on for Dembele, 68mins): Lively, showed guts and fight by whacking Walcott in the face with a leading arm. 6.

ERIK LAMELA (on for Townsend, 74mins): Hard place to make your debut. Tame shot at Wojciech Szczesny at the end. 5.

SANDRO (on for Capoue, 74mins): Derby seemed to mean more to him than it did Capoue. Good battling performance when he came on. 6.