Tottenham star Danny Rose impressed v Arsenal, but was rival Kieran Gibbs even better?

Kieran Gibbs

Both left-backs stood out in the North London derby.

Tottenham Hotspur's loss to Arsenal was not without positives, as much as the defeat to their rivals will hurt.

England international defender Danny Rose was one of them. He was a constant threat down the left, and exposed Mathieu Debuchy's shortcomings.

The left-back was confident running with the ball, and even had three shots at goal as he sought to try and make an impact for his side.

Defensively he worked hard too, making seven tackles - the most of any Tottenham player, and twice as many as the rest of the back four combined.

Yet it was another player in his position who made a more telling contribution at White Hart Lane, one of his competitors for Luke Shaw's vacated England spot.

Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs was the club's best defender on the night, and turned the game by heading clear Harry Kane's volley, which had almost crossed the line.

Gibbs made four tackles and three interceptions, and was the only one of Arsenal's defenders to create a goalscoring opportunity with a successful cross.

His performance overshadowed Rose's telling contribution, but for an England perspective it was good to see the two players pushing on.

A position which used to be a problem one for the Three Lions is one of the most hotly contested, with West Ham's Aaron Cresswell and Southampton's Ryan Bertrand also pushing for Euro 2016 places.

 

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