14 clearances, five interceptions: Spurs star excellent against Arsenal

Tottenham Hotspur defender Younes Kaboul put in a captain's performance against Arsenal.

Tottenham Hotspur defender Younes Kaboul has come in for his fair share of criticism in recent times, but his performance against Arsenal in Saturday's North London derby was nothing short of superb.

The new Spurs captain put in a sterling performance to ensure his side left the Emirates Stadium with a point after Nacer Chadli's opening goal had been cancelled out by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Kaboul made three outfield blocks and 14 clearances in total - 10 with his feet and an additional four with his head.

He kept Arsenal at bay time and time again and it will be interesting to see if Mauricio Pochettino opts for the centre-back pairing of his skipper and Jan Vertonghen going forward, considering how well the pair did on Saturday.

Plenty has been written and discussed concerning Tottenham's defensive options, with Vlad Chiriches many people's fall-guy while Federico Fazio is yet to show what he can really do since his summer arrival. But those two players may have to take a back seat to Kaboul and Vertonghen in the short-term.

  Outfield BlockEffective ClearanceEffective Head ClearanceDuel WonAerial WonInterception WonPass AccuracyAppsMins
Younes Kaboul 3 10 4 1 1 5 75% 1 90

Kaboul also won one duel and one aerial battle, while winning five interceptions and having a pass accuracy of 75 per cent. Not bad at all considering the intensity of the derby and the fact that Spurs will surely have taken a point prior to kick-off.

Now Kaboul has to ensure he can maintain this form for the rest of the season, because if he can, there is no reason Tottenham cannot improve on last year given the resurgence of some of that campaign's disappointing performers.

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