Jan Vertonghen names his Man of the Match against Arsenal

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Tottenham left The Emirates on Sunday with a valuable point from rivals Arsenal to ensure they remain unbeaten in the league this season.

And a number of players stood out for their respective performances against the Gunners, with defender Jan Vertonghen winning his share of the acclaim.

With central-defensive partner Toby Alderweireld out, a section of fans and critics have been left wondering if the Belgian international will be as effective when lining up without his compatriot by his side.

However, despite how good he himself was in the North London Derby, he had his own opinions on who really stood out during the game.

And it may come as no surprise to see that he picked another of his international colleagues as the man that made the side tick against their arch rivals.

While on the Eurostar back to Belgium, the defender snapped a photo of midfielder Mousa Dembele with the letters "MOTM" and a crudely drawn love heart, which he posted to Instagram Stories.

Dembele was widely regarded as the best player of the day, picking up the Man of the Match award from BT Sports, with his own manager Mauricio Pochettino labelling him as a "genius".

"Dembele is a genius," said Pochettino with a smile after the game (via Sky Sports). "He's a genius, no?"

The midfielder had been substituted during the first half of Tottenham's midweek defeat to Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League, but reaffirmed his credentials with a strong showing against Arsenal.

Stats don't lie

And the stats back up just how good he was on Sunday, with Sky showing that Dembele won possession more than any of his teammates, and not only that, he managed to keep it and give it away the least.

He showed that he knew what to do with the ball once he had it, completing 42 of his 47 attempted passes, giving him an accuracy rating of 89.4% - more than any other player on the pitch.

The numbers also show that he chipped in with three tackles and a number of interceptions, making it seem like all that was missing was a goal for his troubles.

The draw leaves Tottenham in fifth place on 21 points going into the international break. Currently sat five points adrift of leaders Chelsea, they remain the only unbeaten side in the top flight and they will be hoping to take this momentum into their upcoming meeting with West Ham in two weeks time.

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