As we approach the kind of international break that makes Premier League fans just as restless as World Cup fans get excited, now is a good time to look back at all twenty teams’ performances so far this year, and put forward their top three players as according to the EA Sports PPI, the official player rating index of the Barclays Premier League.
(See link for a breakdown of how EA Sports compile their player data)
First up, we have table-toppers Arsenal. A spectacular start to the season stuttered a little as they fell to a 1-0 defeat away to Champions Manchester United on Sunday. The Londoners shouldn’t feel too disappointed though, as despite that loss they sit two points clear of their nearest challenger.
Top 3 players so far:
1. Aaron Ramsey
For the second season in a row, a Welshman has been making waves in the English Premier League. Ramsey has been a revelation for Arsenal this year, and in eleven games is one off his total goal count for the five seasons previous. The overall highest scoring EA Sports player in the entire league, he has excelled in his role as a box-to-box midfielder, and at 22-years-old, will only get better.
6 goals. Appearances 11, Minutes 922, Average index score 31, Home index score 166, Average home index 33, Away index score 171, Average away index 29, Overall index score 338
2. Mesut Ozil
What an impact the German has made at Arsenal. Slotting into the team seamlessly after joining from Real Madrid, Ozil looked like he had been playing with his new teammates for years not days, and has provided an even more exquisite touch of class to a midfield hardly lacking in that department. His form has dipped a little in the last couple of games, but he still comes in at number two in EA Sports' ratings.
2 goals, App 8, Mins 698, Average index score 31, Home index score 151, Average home index 50, Away 98, Average away index 20, Overall index score 248
Though he may have been disappointing at Old Trafford, the big Frenchman has been one of the main reasons for Arsenal’s surge to the Premier League summit this season. Vastly improved on last year, Giroud has played the skilful target man with aplomb for the Gunners, with deft touches in attacking play complimented by his own powerful goal threat.
5 goals, App 11, Mins 954, Average index score 21, Home index score 106, Average home index 21, Away 122, Average away index 20, Overall index score 229
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