HEAD-TO-HEAD: Wilshere vs Mason - Who was better on Saturday?

Jack Wilshere

We compare the performances of Arsenal's Jack Wilshere and Tottenham Hotspur's Ryan Mason.

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Ryan Mason's emergence as a Tottenham Hotspur first-team player has been one of the highlights in what has been a disappointing start to the campaign for the North London side. 

Mason has been at Spurs for his entire career and has rarely been given a chance in the senior squad, but it appears that he could be a late bloomer.

Now 23, the midfielder is finally being handed a chance to show his talents and his performances have been impressive so far. 

He proved to be a major threat against Nottingham Forest in the Capital One Cup, before being trusted to play a key role against Arsenal in the derby at the weekend.

During the match he put in a decent display at the heart of Spurs' midfield, as Mauricio Pochettino's side picked up a credible point at the Emirates Stadium.

It was also a good chance for him to measure himself against one of their near neighbours' top youngsters. 

  Passing AccuracyPassesChances createdShotsWon TackleTouchesAppearancesMins Played
Jack Wilshere 88% 42 1 2 0 52 1 63
Ryan Mason 69.4% 36 0 1 4 51 1 90

Jack Wilshere's Arsenal career has rather faltered in recent times, but he still remains highly rated and someone who Mason can try to emulate after breaking through.

If he is to do so, though, there is one clear area that Mason will have to improve.

Although he showed similar stats in most parts of the game, Mason's pass completion ratio of under 70% will need to improve if he is to maintain his place in the Tottenham line-up. 

Wilshere showed his ability to retain possession, but Mason was rather more wasteful with his distribution.

It should be noted that Spurs were on the back-foot, meaning they were under more pressure to act swiftly in possession than the Arsenal were, but that doesn't entirely excuse the poor figure. 

Elsewhere however, Mason showed that he can be as influential as the Gunners' 21-year-old.

Defensively, the Spurs academy product showed his ability by making four tackles and he also was as available as Wilshere was throughout the game.

It shows that there was not too much difference between the two on Saturday and if Mason can continue to develop in his passing, he has proven that he can be every bit as good as an England international in the future. 

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