Tottenham vs Arsenal: Key Stats ahead of North London Derby

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Ahead of this weekend’s North London derby, which pundits are expecting to be “the biggest derby in the last 25 years” we take a look at how Arsenal and Tottenham are shaping up, and see how their statistics across pretty much every facet of the game compare so far this season.

Tottenham have covered the second most ground in the Premier League, with Arsenal in 7th. Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United, who mostly rely on possession football, are in 4th, while league leaders Leicester are just ahead of the Gunners in 6th.
TeamSeason Distance (km)
Bournemouth3273.0
TottenhamHotspur3245.4
West Bromwich Albion3141.9
Manchester United3127.4
West Ham United3103.7
LeicesterCity3094.3
Arsenal3094.2
CrystalPalace3080.6
Sunderland3075.9
Watford3073.7

Tottenham have also completed more sprints than any other side in the league so far this year, pipping Arsenal to top spot. Liverpool lie in fourth, while Chelsea way down in 10th.

TeamSeason Sprints
Tottenham Hotspur15074
Arsenal14844
Bournemouth14839
Liverpool14338
Crystal Palace14055
Aston Villa13915
Leicester City13533
Manchester United13520
Sunderland13491
Chelsea13488
Tottenham have improved immeasurably since the start of the year. If we look at the same distance statistics since the turn of the year, we can see that Spurs have in fact covered more ground than any other Premier League side, with Arsenal having covered the 4th most ground in 2016.
The Gunners have lost a bit of momentum in recent months, with two wins in their last five league games, but are looking to make a big push for the title.
Team2016 Distance (km)
Tottenham Hotspur1061.4
Bournemouth1020.4
ManchesterUnited1012.5
Arsenal1008.7
Sunderland1005.5
NorwichCity1002.4
West Bromwich Albion1003.3
Leicester City997.7
SwanseaCity997
CrystalPalace993.1
Interestingly, Arsenal that have completed more sprints than any other side in the league since the turn of the year, beating their north London derby rivals to top spot:
Team2016 Sprints
Arsenal5,120
TottenhamHotspur4968
CrystalPalace4662
ManchesterUnited4645
NorwichCity4633
Bournemouth4533
AstonVilla4504
Sunderland4500
Liverpool4498
Chelsea4484
Looking at the hardest working individuals in the league, Tottenham have two representatives in the top 10, with no Arsenal player featuring. Harry Kane has covered the 8th most ground in the league, and Eric Dier has covered the 10th most ground in the league so far this season:
PlayerTeamAppearancesDistance (km)
Andrew SurmanBournemouth28336.26
Gareth BarryEverton27322.16
Craig DawsonWest Bromwich Albion28311.27
Etienne CapoueWatford28305.45
Mark NobleWest Ham United27304.62
Darren FletcherWest Bromwich Albion28304.31
Yann M’VilaSunderland27302.58
Harry KaneTottenhamHotspur28298.47
Matt RitchieBournemouth27294.27
Eric DierTottenham Hotspur27290.21
Tottenham’s Dele Alli is the only representative for the two sides in the 10 largest distances covered by an individual in one match so far this season, appearing twice in the list, having covered 13.41km against Manchester City and 13.32km against Swansea:
PlayerDateTeamOppositionDistance (km)
DanGosling28/11/2015BournemouthEverton13.87
DanGosling02/01/2016BournemouthLeicesterCity13.82
DanGosling19/09/2015BournemouthSunderland13.76
MattRitchie03/10/2015BournemouthWatford13.73
DanGosling25/10/2015BournemouthTottenhamHotspur13.65
 DeleAlli26/09/2015TottenhamHotspurManchesterCity13.41
EunanO’Kane29/08/2015BournemouthLeicesterCity13.39
DanGosling05/12/2015BournemouthChelsea13.34
 DeleAlli04/10/2015TottenhamHotspurSwanseaCity13.32
JamesMilner06/12/2015LiverpoolNewcastleUnited13.31
Tottenham’s Mousa Dembele has won more tackles than any other player in the two squads, having won the 10th most tackles of any player in the Premier League. Tottenham have five representatives in the top 50 in the league, in comparison to Arsenal’s two players:
PlayerTeamAppearancesTackles WonPL Tackling Rank
Mousa DembéléTottenham Hotspur218010
Nacho MonrealArsenal286334
Kyle WalkerTottenham Hotspur236139
Aaron RamseyArsenal245832
Eric DierTottenham Hotspur275647
Erik LamelaTottenham Hotspur255450
Dele AlliTottenham Hotspur265350
In terms of interceptions, Arsenal have two players in the league’s top 10, with Spurs having just one entrant in the league’s top 20:
PlayerTeamAppearancesInterceptionsPL Interception Rank
Laurent KoscielnyArsenal24903
Nacho MonrealArsenal28759
Kyle WalkerTottenham Hotspur236718
When we look at the teams’ overall tackling statistics for the season, Tottenham edge other clubs and come out on top, but Arsenal have racked up more interceptions than their North London rivals, suggesting the players have a better reading of the game.
TeamTackles WonTackles LostClearancesInterceptions
Arsenal54229664.67%543
Tottenham59021473.38%494
When we look at the league’s best passers, Arsenal come out slight ahead with two representatives in the league’s top 5 for the most passes completed this season.
Mesut Ozil, the assist king, has been in tremendous form, and his incisive passing from midfield has been key behind Arsenal’s success. Aaron Ramsey has been consistent with his passing as well, managing a total of 1455 accurate passes.
Spurs also have Dier and Alderweireld make the top 20, in addition to Arsenal’s Nacho Monreal.
PlayerTeamAppearancesTotal Accurate PassesPL Passing Rank
Aaron RamseyArsenal2414553
Mesut ÖzilArsenal2613934
Eric DierTottenham Hotspur27122810
Toby AlderweireldTottenham Hotspur28122411
Nacho MonrealArsenal28119117
On the ball as a team comparison, Arsenal have completed over 20% more passes than Tottenham, and with a much higher accuracy than their North London rivals:
TeamTotal Accurate PassesTotal Passes AttemptedTotal Pass Completion
Arsenal13,20915,71584.05%
Tottenham10,86013,58079.97%
Tottenham have also proved the more accurate in front of goal this season, hitting the target with 6% more of their efforts than the red half of North London:
TeamGoalsShots On TargetShots Off TargetShot Accuracy% Shots To Goals
Arsenal4415716249.20%13.80%
Tottenham4918414955.20%14.70%
 
Lastly, every side looking to win the Premier League needs a first class shot stopper, and Arsenal’s Petr Cech comes out on top. Cech has made more saves than Lloris so far this season, with a slightly better ratio of saves to goals than lloris, although he has conceded more times than the France captain:
PlayerTeamAppearancesSavesGoals ConcededSaves per Goals
Petr CechArsenal2890283.21
Hugo LlorisTottenham Hotspur2764213.04

 

Stats Courtesy: EA Sports Player Performance Index. 

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