HEAD-TO-HEAD: Tottenham's Dier vs Arsenal's Chambers - Who has had the best start?

A look at Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal's recent defensive additions.


Two young English defenders have been impressing in North London early this Premier League season, showing there is real homegrown talent to be excited about.

Eric Dier clinched a bargain £4 million transfer from Sporting Lisbon to Tottenham, while Calum Chambers cost a figure around four times that amount when he switched to Arsenal from Southampton.

Both players have played 180 minutes over the past two games, winning acclaim for their displays.

Dier has hit the headlines, scoring the winner against West Ham and following it up with a goal against QPR in a 4-0 win, with Chambers looking for his first goal.

Finding the net has however been an unexpected bonus for Dier, and neither he or Chambers should be expected to score goals for their sides.

It is in terms of their defensive work and general play that more can be learned about their performances, particularly on a comparative basis.

Arsenal star Chambers has been at the core of the club's defensive work, making an impressive 18 clearances over the opening two games, with Dier making only five.

He also edges his Spurs rival in terms of aerial duels won, 5-2, and has made four interceptions to Dier's one. With a better pass accuracy, 94% to 88%, there is plenty of reason for Arsenal fans to be confident they have bought a top prospect.

Dier betters Chambers however in terms of tackles won, 7-6, showing a fearlessness in terms of getting stuck in, and has been a key part of the club winning both of their opening games.

The price Tottenham bought him for appears to be a steal, and had he been playing for a Premier League side like Chambers, there is every chance the club would have been asked to pay a similar fee to Arsenal.

While the pair could be rivals for years to come for their respective sides, it would not be a surprise to see the duo lining up for the same England side before long.

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