Jack Wilshere picks Mousa Dembele as toughest ever opponent
Jack Wilshere has named former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Mousa Dembele as the toughest ever opponent he faced in the Premier League (h/t Metro).
Dembele was part of our team for over six years, having signed from Fulham in 2012. During his time at Tottenham, the Belgian made 249 appearances, scoring 10 goals and setting up 12 more.
In his six-and-a-half-year stint at Tottenham, Dembele was part of many North London derbies against our bitter rivals Arsenal. And former Gunners’ star and West Ham midfielder Wilshere has labelled Dembele as the toughest opponent he faced in an Instagram Q&A (h/t Metro).
“I always hated playing against Dembele from Tottenham. Obviously it was a derby and he was always up for the game and made it difficult. He was strong, you couldn’t get the ball off him and his dribbling was unreal.”
Wilshere and Dembele have had quite a few duels in the past in the North London derbies, given their aggressive nature. There was an instance in 2014, when our former midfielder even tried to headbutt the Englishman.
Wilshere’s opinion has been previously echoed by Tottenham left-back Danny Rose, who had claimed that Dembele was the best teammate he had played with.
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There is no question that Dembele was one of the best midfielders to have played for us in recent years. Strength, skills, power, precision, the Belgian had it all. A criminally underrated midfielder, the 32-year-old left our club in January last year, signing for Chinese Super League club Guangzhou R&F.