Incredible attacking stat shows just why Pochettino values Rose so highly

The Tottenham Hotspur defender was brilliant going forward against Arsenal.

Danny Rose's start to yesterday's north London derby - shall we say - wasn't the best.

The Tottenham defender was outpaced and outmuscled by Arsenal's Danny Welbeck, who would later prove a thorn in his side on more than one occasion.

It felt as though this could be another bad day at the back for the 24-year-old, once again exposing his sheer defensive weakness.

But, just as he did against Chelsea, Rose hit back the only way he knows how: by getting forward time and again.

And an incredible attacking statistic shows just why Mauricio Pochettino appears to rate him so much at Spurs.

  Final-Third EntriesMinutes Played
Danny Rose 17 90
Ryan Mason 13 89
Eric Dier 11 90
Kyle Walker 10 90
Christian Eriksen 9 90

Indeed, as Opta data proves, Rose entered the final third more than any other Tottenham player against Arsenal, with his tally of 17 the third-highest for any single Spurs player this season.

Overall, Rose is also third in terms of the amount of times he has advanced deep into enemy territory this season: only Christian Eriksen and Ryan Mason have done it more.

And that particular aspect of the 24-year-old's game very much defines the role he is currently playing - and expected to play by Pochettino.

Rose bombed forward and made the left flank his own against the Gunners, just as he did during the 5-3 win over Chelsea. Welbeck, Arsenal's best outfield player by a distance, had to spend the majority of the game tracking the Spurs left-back and was visibly frustrated by him as he clashed with the Tottenham man.

It is Rose's willingness to get forward that is keeping Ben Davies out of Pochettino's side. And it is also what's making up for his continual tendency to be involved in most of the goals Tottenham seem to concede...

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