Date: 10th February 2018 at 7:49pm
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Graham Roberts has singled out defender Jan Vertonghen for praise after Tottenham beat Arsenal at Wembley on Saturday.

The 30-year-old centre-back helped his side keep a clean sheet in the North London derby as they prevailed 1-0 winners.

Harry Kane was the only goalscorer of the game and he nestled in his header after 49 minutes from a brilliant Ben Davies cross.

Mauricio Pochettino’s team jumped up into third in the league table with a win, overtaking both Liverpool and Chelsea who are yet to play this weekend.

Spurs are desperate to finish inside the top four in the league this campaign and switch attention to a Champions League meeting with Juventus in their next match.

Roberts has decided to rave about Vertonghen after his influence against Arsenal and the no-nonsense defender has been a key figure this season.

The Belgium international has forged a good understanding with summer signing Davinson Sanchez following the injury blow to Toby Alderweireld, who is being eased back into action by Pochettino.

“Every week I keep going on about him but a man could not deserve it more than Jan Vertonghen such a great defender and footballer and really proud he plays for Spurs,” Roberts wrote on his personal Twitter account.

OPINION

Vertonghen was once again a brilliant performer in a Spurs shirt and his levels have rarely dipped below an 8/10 all season. The bullish defender has been impressive in the Premier League over the last few years, but there is certainly a fair case to say he has been the best in the division this term alone. He has stepped up during Alderweirled’s absence and is the all round centre-back that can play out from the back, plus he makes countless last-ditch tackles to save his side. Vertonghen certainly got the better of Arsenal striker Pierre-Emereick Aubameyang at Wembley and is such a hard defender to beat one-on-one.