HEAD-TO-HEAD: Koscielny v Vertonghen - Which defender had the better derby?

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Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur's 1-1 draw on Saturday saw some excellent defending from both sides.

Koscielny V Vertonghen

Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur owed as much to their impressive defenders as they did their goal-scoring wide-men on Saturday.

While Nacer Chadli and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored the goals in the 1-1 draw, some of the defending on show was outstanding, not least that of Spurs skipper Younes Kaboul.

But what of the performances of Laurent Koscielny and Jan Vertonghen; which centre-back shone brightest in the latest North London derby?

The Arsenal defender outperformed his Tottenham counterpart when it came to passing accuracy, with Koscielny’s 93 per cent considerably better than Vertonghen’s 85 per cent.

The Frenchman also outdid the Belgian international in terms of tackles won, aerial battles won and successful interceptions.

However, the Spurs man made 10 more effective clearances than Koscielny, demonstrating just how hard Arsenal pushed for a winner, and how equally hard the Tottenham back-line fought to keep them out.

Vertonghen also made six headed clearances while Koscielny failed to make any, although both players won three ground duels apiece.

When you consider the match as a whole the Tottenham centre-back impressed the most alongside Kaboul as the two players ensured Arsenal did not grab a winner, but Koscielny did well himself and played his part in a draw that could ultimately please both clubs, if only in private.

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