Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Henderson tops touches stats; Ozil & Sterling struggle

Sterling, Coutinho, Henderson & Ozil: Mixed news on the stats front
Arsenal’s dramatic escape at Man Utd is highlighted by the struggles of two of their key performers, while Liverpool may feel further cause for frustration when they see their dominance of the ball in the draw at Southampton.
The Gunners pulled an unlikely draw out of the bag on Saturday thanks to Olivier Giroud’s late header – and our analysis immediately after the match described the clash as showing Arsenal have the “mettle of champions”.
Sunderland’s 3-0 thumping of relegation rivals Hull saw three of their players make the top-five rated performances of the week, while at the other end, Liverpool lost top spot despite their domination at Southampton.
It is Chelsea, however, who took over in top spot after their hard-fought victory at Middlesbrough – our write-up after the game giving credit to Antonio Conte and Victor Moses.

Highest-rated players
Anichebe – 9.33
Antonio – 9.06
Pickford – 8.72
Mata – 8.68
Defoe – 8.57
Most shots on target
Sigurdsson – 3
Martial – 3
11 players – 2
Most successful dribbles
Eden Hazard: Could be heading for the Chelsea exit
Adama Traore – 12
Hazard – 7
Antonio – 6
Sterling – 6
3 players – 5
Most chances created
Charlie Adam: Midfielder has a year left on Stoke contract
Adam – 5
Hazard – 5
Capoue – 5
4 players – 4
Most touches
Jordan Henderson: A divisive yet under-appreciated figure
Henderson – 112
Coutinho – 108
Livermore – 105
Clyne – 104
Vertonghen – 102
Best pass completion (minimum 15 passes)
Glen Johnson – 100% (16 passes)
Matic – 97.1% (68 passes)
Hendrick – 95.7% (47 passes)
Marney – 95.5% (67 passes)
Azpilicueta – 95.2% (83 passes)
Most aerials won
Peter Crouch: Has struggled for opportunities at Stoke City
Crouch – 10
Benteke – 10
Anichebe – 8
Matip – 8
Mustafi – 8
Most tackles and interceptions (combined)
Pieters – 14
Gueye – 13
Cabaye – 12
4 players – 9
Most defensive clearances
Nathan Ake: Mobbed by Bournemouth team-mates
Ake – 15
Reid – 14
Kone – 14
Fernandez – 14
Rojo – 12
Worst pass completion (excluding goalkeepers)
Benteke – 32.3% (17 passes)
Deeney – 38.5% (26 passes)
Crouch – 38.9% (18 passes)
Bony – 43.8% (16 passes)
Bertrand – 45.2% (31 passes)
Most unsuccessful touches
Mesut Ozil: Went missing at Old Trafford
Ozil – 5
Rondon – 5
Mahrez – 5
11 players – 4
Most times dispossessed
Raheem Sterling: Enjoying his football under Guardiola
Sterling – 6
Ramsey – 5
King – 5
Mane – 5
7 players – 4
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