Welcome to this week’s player of the week, where I choose a Man of the Match for each game. You can navigate by using the page numbers at the bottom of this article or the quick navigation area where you can select a match to read about the Man of the Match for it. First up: the North London Derby!
Arsenal 5 – 2 Spurs
The derby lived up to expectations in a game fuelled by goals and controversy.
Emmanuel Adebayor stole the limelight in the first few minutes with the opening goal, before being shown a straight red card for a two-footed lunge on Santi Cazorla in the 18thmnute.
From there on it was the latter who took centre stage, as Cazorla ran the show, making the Gunners tick and chipping in with another assist and the final goal of the game.
In addition, the Spaniard attempted more final-third passes than any other player on the pitch (32) with an accuracy of 81%, only topped by his teammate Theo Walcott (for players who attempted over 15 passes in the final third).
Cazorla was also the game’s most impressive dribbler, attempting to beat his man four times, with a 100% success rate.
He is fast becoming the focal point that Cesc Fabregas once was at the Emirates, and with the likes of Podolski, Walcott and Giroud beginning to show signs of settling, Arsenal look like an attacking force once again.