12 duels won, two assists: Arsenal's Hector Bellerin was superb in the North London derby

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Arsenal drew 2-2 in the North London derby.

Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin was one of the best players on the pitch as he contributed greatly to his side’s 2-2 draw with North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

In a game of many talking points, Harry Kane and Alexis Sanchez both earned the plaudits for scoring superb goals and contributing greatly to what was a frenetic North London derby at White Hart Lane.

Aaron Ramsey and Toby Alderweireld were the other two goal scorers in the day’s early kick-off, but for Arsenal, their outstanding player other than goalkeeper David Opsina was Bellerin.

  TacklesEffective ClearancesDefensive Duels WonBall RecoveriesTouchesAccurate PassesAssistsMins Played
Héctor Bellerín 4 2 12 6 75 32 2 90

As shown by the table provided by Opta, the Spanish fullback was heavily involved throughout the 90 minutes and played a key role in both of Arsenal’s goals.

The first came after a well-worked move culminated in Ramsey flicking home Bellerin’s inviting pass, before the derby sparked in to life during a mad eight-minute spell in the second period.

Francis Coquelin received his marching orders for two yellow cards, before Alderweireld and Kane turned the game on its head with two quick-fire goals to put Pochettino’s men in the driving seat.

To their credit, the Gunners didn’t panic and Bellerin again played a huge part in Sanchez’s equaliser, feeding the Chile international in the area with a superb pass before the attacker finished with aplomb.

Bellerin also shone from a defensive perspective, posting 12 defensive duel winners, six ball recoveries, four tackles and two effective clearances while also showing confidence in possession.

It’s been a tough couple of weeks for Arsene Wenger’s men, and when questions have been asked of their lack of great individual performances, Bellerin and Sanchez both popped up when it really mattered.

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