Regular BBC Five Live pundit Danny Higginbotham wrote on Twitter that Tottenham Hotspur’s Mousa Dembele is one of the best midfielders on his day but struggles with consistency.
The Belgium international was one of the standout players during the North London derby, bursting forward with the ball and showing plenty of athleticism and energy.
While many have the opinion that he’s an attacking player, Dembele is just as good as a holding midfielder and against Arsenal he featured a little deeper, bullying his opponents in the middle of the park.
He has shown his top-level capabilities more than once and there were moments at the Emirates stadium where he looked like the midfield enforcer Arsenal often desperately cry out for.
However, producing that sort of form on a regular basis has always eluded Dembele and Higginbotham points out that the only thing holding him back is consistency.
Dembele one of the best midfielders around on his day. Consistency has been his biggest problem over last few seasons.— Danny Higginbotham (@Higginbotham05) noviembre 8, 2015
The 28-year-old totalled two interceptions, two aerial duel winners and an impressive seven tackles against the Gunners, figures comparable with the very best on the pitch.
While Arsene Wenger explained post-match that Santi Cazorla had to come off due to dizziness, one of the reasons why the Spaniard couldn’t perform was because he wasn’t afforded any time on the ball.
The Spurs midfield completely dominated, with Dele Alli and Eric Dier also very impressive.
Dembele, though, was one of the best performers for his side and boss Mauricio Pochettino must tear his hair out when watching the Belgian play so well one week then fail to replicate it a week later.