Tottenham Hotspur right-back Kyle Walker had one of his best games of the season during his side’s 2-1 North London derby victory over Arsenal.
Both teams went in to the match in good form and buoyed by the opportunity to push closer to the top four while denting their rivals’ hopes.
The corresponding fixture earlier this season at the Emirates finished in a 1-1 stalemate, and it looked at some point that a repeat scoreline was one the cards following goals from Mesut Ozil and Harry Kane.
However, Spurs’ man of the moment Kane ultimately proved the difference, nodding in a Nabil Bentaleb cross five minutes from time and sending the home fans into raptures.
The England under-21 international will rightfully receive the plaudits for a wonderful display, but Spurs had a number of outstanding performers on Saturday with Kyle Walker being another standout.
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As per the table provided by Opta Stats, the former Sheffield United youth product was heavily involved as he brilliantly kept the Gunners’ impressive attack at arm’s length.
From a defensive perspective, Walker was solid throughout as he produced three tackles, four interceptions, three effective clearances and five ball recoveries.
The 24-year-old fullback is renowned for his ability to fly up and down the right flank, using athleticism and speed to great effect though there have been question marks over his defensive capabilities.
Against the Gunners, he proved that that such opinion is wide of the mark and he can be counted on when up against top opposition willing to throw caution to the wind.
In possession, Walker was reliable and calm, taking 72 touches, distributing 40 accurate passes and creating two chances for his teammates via key passes.
The victory allowed Spurs to leapfrog the Gunners and move in to fifth spot in the Premier League, within touching distance of fellow top four rivals Manchester United and Southampton.