The North London Derby is considered one of the fiercest derbies in English football. The Gunners have dominated the fixtures by clinching 18 victories in 44 matches and have lost just 8 games. Arsenal is also considered to overpower the opponents in the wider aspect of the game as the team has won the EPL title thrice when compared to Tottenham’s none. The Gunners have also maintained a record of finishing above their rivals 20 times out of the 22 seasons in the league. The derby is known for being the highest scoring fixture in the Premier League with 131 goals in 46 meetings.
The last time the two teams met was at White Hart Lane in the league where the Spurs defeated Arsenal in a game that ended 2-1. Kane scored a brace and Ozil added a goal to his name. Sunday will once again witness a clash between the two sides as Arsenal will look to take revenge from the rivals at the Emirates for their former loss. Spurs come in from a victory at the Europa League against Anderlecht whereas the Gunners will look to put up a good fight after their awful performance in the 1-5 game against German giants, Bayern Munich.
It will be a treat to the eyes to see the two teams put up a head-to-head fight. The two players who are going to be the most looked up to will be Harry Kane for the Spurs and Olivier Giroud for the Gunners. Their contribution in the game will make or break the final result for their respective sides. We take a look at both of their performances and what the statistics have to say.
Starting with Harry Kane, the 22-year-old forward is one of the most important players at White Hart Lane as he was a phenomenal success, last season. Kane had a fairly slow start to his goal galore as he netted his goals a bit late. The Forward has a pass success rate of 73.9% in the Premier League and 63.8% in the Europa League, this season. Discussing his strengths, Kane possesses strong headed attempts and clear finishing. His dribbling has been an ace and contributes well defensively, too. Kane’s style of play includes long balls and indirect set piece threats. The Tottenham player prefers playing long balls and likes to tackle.
Coming to Olivier Giroud, the Frenchman has a pass success rate of 69.1% in the EPL and fairs well in the Champions League too with a decent rate of 71.7%, this season. Olivier plays the ball off the ground often and his style of play includes a lot of flicks ons and layoffs. Giroud is also well known for his tackles. Aerial duels and through balls are his strengths. Giroud often delivers key passes and has a good defensive contribution, too.
*Stats Credit: Squawaka
Now comparing their performance statistically, we notice that Giroud is more contributive in the attack than Kane is. The Gunner also leads in making successful passes. Both of them are at par when it comes to creating chances, but when it comes to scoring goals, Giroud leads Kane this season as the Spurs striker had a slow start to his goal score account.
It would be lovely to see a high scoring match on Sunday as the two teams would put in their best feet forward for the best result possible. Could Giroud lead Arsenal to victory or would the Spurs end up on the winning side with Kane being one of the goal scorers? Only time will say, see you on Sunday!