The north London derby was a chance for Roy Hodgson to re-examine his options for the right wing position in the England squad, with Theo Walcott currently pitted against Aaron Lennon.
I feel that the battle between the two didn’t disappoint, as Walcott’s free kick set up Arsenal’s only goal and Lennon scored what proved to be the winner. In terms of the overall performance, I feel Lennon staked a greater claim for the right midfield spot in the England set up.
Every time Lennon touches the ball in attack he looks calm and composed and aims to drive Spurs forward down the right wing, causing the defenders to go on the retreat. He caused problems for Monreal all day, either by getting to the by-line orlooking to put a cross in or cutting inside to allow Kyle Walker to overlap. In addition, he timed his run to perfection as the Arsenal defensive line moved up, attempting to play offside and rounded Szczesny with ease.
There has never been any doubt that Lennon possesses speed, but there have been questions over his final delivery, both in terms of crossing and finishing. There are signs of improvements, as he seems to be gaining more confidence in his own ability when placed in these situations.
I feel that Tottenham fans would have to agree that Lennon has probably been their second best player this season, after the ever impressive Gareth Bale. I feel that his consistency in the performances he is delivering and the fact that his skill level is improving is contributing to Tottenham’s best season in recent years and is the reason he merits a starting place for England.
Obviously it is hard to ignore the efforts of Theo Walcott, having scored 18 goals and contributed nine assists. His crossing is now up to a high standard, as seen with his duty to take corners and free-kicks. However, most of his goals have come when playing through the middle, the position in which I feel that he is most comfortable and in which his performances go to the next level.
I feel that Walcott could be better utilised as the front man for England, just in front of Wayne Rooney, to allow him to play off the last shoulder of defenders. Whether or not Hodgson takes a risk and dares to change the line-up of the currently successful squad, is yet to be seen.
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