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Arsenal's derby masterclass! Winners, losers & ratings as Odegaard inspires Gunners to HUGE derby win over Spurs

3:11 AM SGT 16/1/23
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The Gunners produced another fantastic display to beat their arch-rivals 2-0 and move eight points clear of champions Manchester City.

Arsenal opened up an eight-point lead at the top of the Premier League table with a dominant victory against Spurs in the north London derby.

Mikel Arteta's side took full advantage of Manchester City's defeat at Manchester United 24 hours earlier, cruising past their local rivals to claim a first league win at Tottenham since 2014.

It was superb display from the visitors, who went in front when Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris palmed Bukayo Saka's cross into his own net after just 14 minutes.

And then they took full control when captain Martin Odegaard drilled in his eighth goal of the season to double the lead before the interval.

Tottenham were woeful, with Harry Kane left frustrated in his attempt to become his club's all-time record goalscorer. Kane went into the game one goal behind Jimmy Greaves' longstanding record, but was kept largely quiet throughout - with Aaron Ramsdale denying him twice when he did get a sight of goal.

Frustrations got the better of the home side after the final whistle, with Richarlison hitting out at Ramsdale before a supporter jumped onto the advertising hoardings and aimed a kick at the Arsenal keeper.

It was an ugly incident that will no doubt lead to an investigation by the Football Association and the police, but Arsenal will not worry about that as they continue to set the pace in the title chase.

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    The Winners

    Winner: Oleksandr Zinchenko

    The Ukrainian was exceptional for Arsenal, causing Tottenham all sorts of problems with his quality and movement. As he always does in Arteta's 4-3-3 system, he drifted inside from the left-back position whenever Arsenal were in possession, consistently causing an overload in the central midfield area which allowed the visitors to control the majority of the game. This was a game that perfectly highlighted why Zinchenko is now preferred to Kieran Tierney when he's fit.

    Winner: Martin Odegaard

    It's getting hard to find the superlatives to describe Arsenal's captain, who enjoyed another superb performance for the league leaders. Fresh from picking up the Premier League's player of the month award for December, Odegaard was pulling the strings again in the final third, especially in the first half when Arsenal were so dominant. His goal was expertly taken and takes his tally for the season to eight. He is also the first Arsenal club captain to score an away goal in a north London derby since Patrick Vieira in 2004. Not bad company to keep.

    Winner: Aaron Ramsdale

    When Arsenal needed their goalkeeper, he delivered. His save in the first half to deny Son Heung-Min was huge as it came moments after Arsenal had got themselves in front and then he produced a vital stop just before half-time to deny Kane a goal that would have given the hosts a huge boost going into the interval. It was a similar story from Ramsdale in the second half, with the Gunners keeper making more big stops from Kane and Ryan Sessegnon.

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    The Losers

    Loser: Hugo Lloris

    The Spurs goalkeeper made a huge error to gift Arsenal the opening goal which allowed them to take such a foothold in the game. Bukayo Saka's cross might have taken a slight deflection off Ryan Sessegnon, but that is no excuse for Lloris, who managed to palm the cross into his own net. He did make amends with a fine save to deny Eddie Nketiah in the second half, but that error to hand Arsenal the early advantage was absolutely crucial.

    Loser: Mykhailo Mudryk

    The Ukrainian has been keeping a close eye on Arsenal's games in recent weeks, so it would be no surprise if he was watching from somewhere inside Stamford Bridge on Sunday. Mudryk may have just got himself a huge contract at Chelsea, but it's tough to imagine he would not have seen this Arsenal performance and not been slightly envious at being unable to play a part in Mikel Arteta's increasingly impressive project in north London.

    Loser: Antonio Conte

    This was another big game Conte has failed to win and another game that highlighted how far off Tottenham are from the top teams in the Premier League this season. Conte talks at length about his desire for new additions, but the fact is Tottenham have spent a lot of money since the Italian was appointed, and they do not seem to be getting any better. Conte continues to set his team up negatively which is something you can get away with if you win trophies, but if you don't then it gets increasingly difficult to justify.

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    Arsenal Ratings: Defence

    Aaron Ramsdale (9/10):

    Excellent save to deny Son in the first half and Kane after the interval. Solid.

    Ben White (8/10):

    Linked up really well with Saka, was always providing an overlap.

    William Saliba (8/10):

    Best he's been since the World Cup.

    Gabriel Magalhaes (8/10):

    Continued his excellent recent form.

    Oleksandr Zinchenko (9/10):

    Was all over the pitch. Superb performance.

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    Midfield

    Thomas Partey (8/10):

    Pulled the strings from deep. Outrageous volley that hit the post.

    Granit Xhaka (7/10):

    Another fine display. Tottenham struggled to pick him up.

    Martin Odegaard (9/10):

    Brilliant performance, capped with another goal.

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    Attack

    Bukayo Saka (8/10):

    Caused Spurs all sorts of problems. Another two assists.

    Eddie Nketiah (8/10):

    Tireless running and linked up play well. Missed a couple of good chances, but that doesn't detract from a fine performance.

    Gabriel Martinelli (7/10):

    On the fringes at times, but never stopped working.

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    Subs & Manager

    Kieran Tierney (5/10):

    Came on in a more advanced role, didn't exactly look comfortable.

    Takehiro Tomiyasu (N/A):

    Introduced for the last few minutes.

    Emile Smith Rowe (N/A):

    Injury time sub.

    Fabio Vieira (N/A):

    Injury time sub.

    Mikel Arteta (8/10):

    What more can you say? A perfect afternoon for the Arsenal boss.