Tottenham's Lloris is no upgrade on Arsenal's Szczesny, and here's why

In a combined XI, would Tottenham Hotspur's Hugo Lloris beat out Arsenal's Wojciech Szczesny?


The North London derby takes place this weekend, and while all the players on the pitch will be keen to become heroes, each will be fearful of making a game-changing mistake.

No position is more pressured in this regard than that of the goalkeepers, with Wojciech Szczesny and Hugo Lloris two of the more consistent stoppers in the division.

Lloris is generally regarded as the better of the two, a French international who has played in World Cups, while Szczesny's only experience in an international tournament was a red card for Poland at Euro 2012.

One counter argument is that in recent seasons it is Szczesny who has been playing at a higher level, with Champions League football, in which Lloris has not been able to test himself since leaving Lyon.

Then there are the cold hard facts. The statistics, which bear out that Lloris has actually not out-performed Szczesny.

A look at Premier League statistics from the start of 2013/14 to the present day, spanning 42 games played each, show Lloris has out does Szczesny in only one key area.

Lloris has a superior cross claiming percentage, 98 per cent to Szczesny's 91 per cent, but it is the Pole who comes out on top in other categories.

Szczesny has made more saves, conceded less goals, and is more accurate with his kicking. He also has one more clean sheet to his name,

The Arsenal goalkeeper has also made two errors directly leading to goals in this period, compared to three from Tottenham's Lloris.

Both goalkeepers are excellent players in their position and truthfully there is very little to choose between the pair, but suggestions the Tottenham man is clearly superior is a myth, as the evidence suggests otherwise.

SavesClean SheetCross ClaimKicking AccuracyConcededErrorsAppearances
Wojciech Szczesny1221793%59%47242
Hugo Lloris1161698%49%56342

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