Harry Arter names unplayable Tottenham ace as toughest opponent
By Dominic Toner
Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter has named Tottenham’s Mousa Dembele as his toughest opponent in football.
Arter has become a crucial player for Bournemouth in the Premier League and has recalled facing up against Dembele for Spurs.
Dembele moved to White Hart Lane in 2012 and the central midfielder is a key player for Mauricio Pochettino side.
The 29-year-old is a strong midfielder and he possesses both attacking and defensive qualities.
Arter named Spurs’ powerhouse as his toughest opponent in football after his battle against him last season.
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“Dembele at Spurs last season was unplayable,” Arter told Jamie Redknapp, as quoted by the Mail. “In the middle of a match, I told him what I thought. “How do you do what you do? You front me up, I think I am going to tackle you and you manipulate the ball and move it so quickly. And you’re big!” He was laughing.
“He is so good. And then a minute after he took the ball from a goal kick and I went and nicked it off him. And he came to me and said: “You! That was your way of making me think I am better than I am, you took the ball from me!” Such a good player, though.”
Spurs have continued to improve from last campaign and are hopeful of competing for the title once, with the club currently third-placed in the Premier League table.
Dembele is at the heart of the club’s starting XI and has formed a strong partnership alongside team-mate Victor Wanyama in midfield.
The pair got the better of Chelsea duo N’Golo Kante and Nemanja Matic in a recent meeting, who are regarded as two of the best in the division.
Dembele has now racked up 174 appearances for the Londoners and is currently in the peak of his career.
In other Tottenham news, the club’s starlet has posted a two-word Twitter message after his performance for the Under-23s.