Tottenham vs Arsenal: Key Stats ahead of North London Derby


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.
Team Season Distance (km)
Bournemouth 3273.0
TottenhamHotspur 3245.4
West Bromwich Albion 3141.9
Manchester United 3127.4
West Ham United 3103.7
LeicesterCity 3094.3
Arsenal 3094.2
CrystalPalace 3080.6
Sunderland 3075.9
Watford 3073.7

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.

Team Season Sprints
Tottenham Hotspur 15074
Arsenal 14844
Bournemouth 14839
Liverpool 14338
Crystal Palace 14055
Aston Villa 13915
Leicester City 13533
Manchester United 13520
Sunderland 13491
Chelsea 13488
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.
Team 2016 Distance (km)
Tottenham Hotspur 1061.4
Bournemouth 1020.4
ManchesterUnited 1012.5
Arsenal 1008.7
Sunderland 1005.5
NorwichCity 1002.4
West Bromwich Albion 1003.3
Leicester City 997.7
SwanseaCity 997
CrystalPalace 993.1
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:
Team 2016 Sprints
Arsenal 5,120
TottenhamHotspur 4968
CrystalPalace 4662
ManchesterUnited 4645
NorwichCity 4633
Bournemouth 4533
AstonVilla 4504
Sunderland 4500
Liverpool 4498
Chelsea 4484
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:
Player Team Appearances Distance (km)
Andrew Surman Bournemouth 28 336.26
Gareth Barry Everton 27 322.16
Craig Dawson West Bromwich Albion 28 311.27
Etienne Capoue Watford 28 305.45
Mark Noble West Ham United 27 304.62
Darren Fletcher West Bromwich Albion 28 304.31
Yann M’Vila Sunderland 27 302.58
Harry Kane TottenhamHotspur 28 298.47
Matt Ritchie Bournemouth 27 294.27
Eric Dier Tottenham Hotspur 27 290.21
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:
Player Date Team Opposition Distance (km)
DanGosling 28/11/2015 Bournemouth Everton 13.87
DanGosling 02/01/2016 Bournemouth LeicesterCity 13.82
DanGosling 19/09/2015 Bournemouth Sunderland 13.76
MattRitchie 03/10/2015 Bournemouth Watford 13.73
DanGosling 25/10/2015 Bournemouth TottenhamHotspur 13.65
 DeleAlli 26/09/2015 TottenhamHotspur ManchesterCity 13.41
EunanO’Kane 29/08/2015 Bournemouth LeicesterCity 13.39
DanGosling 05/12/2015 Bournemouth Chelsea 13.34
 DeleAlli 04/10/2015 TottenhamHotspur SwanseaCity 13.32
JamesMilner 06/12/2015 Liverpool NewcastleUnited 13.31
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:
Player Team Appearances Tackles Won PL Tackling Rank
Mousa Dembélé Tottenham Hotspur 21 80 10
Nacho Monreal Arsenal 28 63 34
Kyle Walker Tottenham Hotspur 23 61 39
Aaron Ramsey Arsenal 24 58 32
Eric Dier Tottenham Hotspur 27 56 47
Erik Lamela Tottenham Hotspur 25 54 50
Dele Alli Tottenham Hotspur 26 53 50
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:
Player Team Appearances Interceptions PL Interception Rank
Laurent Koscielny Arsenal 24 90 3
Nacho Monreal Arsenal 28 75 9
Kyle Walker Tottenham Hotspur 23 67 18
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.
Team Tackles Won Tackles Lost Clearances Interceptions
Arsenal 542 296 64.67% 543
Tottenham 590 214 73.38% 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.
Player Team Appearances Total Accurate Passes PL Passing Rank
Aaron Ramsey Arsenal 24 1455 3
Mesut Özil Arsenal 26 1393 4
Eric Dier Tottenham Hotspur 27 1228 10
Toby Alderweireld Tottenham Hotspur 28 1224 11
Nacho Monreal Arsenal 28 1191 17
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:
Team Total Accurate Passes Total Passes Attempted Total Pass Completion
Arsenal 13,209 15,715 84.05%
Tottenham 10,860 13,580 79.97%
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:
Team Goals Shots On Target Shots Off Target Shot Accuracy % Shots To Goals
Arsenal 44 157 162 49.20% 13.80%
Tottenham 49 184 149 55.20% 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:
Player Team Appearances Saves Goals Conceded Saves per Goals
Petr Cech Arsenal 28 90 28 3.21
Hugo Lloris Tottenham Hotspur 27 64 21 3.04


Stats Courtesy: EA Sports Player Performance Index. 

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