Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain stole the headlines for his two-goal performance against Crystal Palace, scoring both Arsenal goals in the club's 2-0 win over their South London rivals as they return to winning ways in the Premier League.
Oxlade-Chamberlain had been lauded by manager Arsene Wenger as a future successor to Steven Gerrard and the Frenchman has begun frequently deploying the versatile attacker in central midfield, as the player begins a transition into a box-to-box footballer.
One player who went under the radar, who amassed incredible numbers from the Palace match, was Mikel Arteta, a consensus seven out of ten player for the role he enjoyed on Sunday but, studying the data below, was he deserving of a much higher score?
Out of all the starters in Wenger's line-up, Arteta finished the match having attempted the most passes - an astonishing 127.
|Mikel Arteta||Arsenal vs Crystal Palace||24||MF||127||90|
|Jack Wilshere||Arsenal vs Fulham||22||MF||107||90|
|Mikel Arteta||Arsenal vs Liverpool||10||MF||105||90|
|Mesut Özil||Arsenal vs Crystal Palace||24||MF||102||84|
|Santiago Cazorla||Arsenal vs Hull||14||MF||99||90|
To put that feat in perspective, Arsenal - masters of the pass - amassed a total of 769 passes for the 11 men on the field, so Arteta alone accounted for 16.5% of the team's total passes. He also had a passing accuracy of 96%, meaning he was only unsuccessful with five passes - finding a team-mate 122 times.
Like the table above, which demonstrates that Arteta's 127 attempts was a season high for any Gunner (by 20 clear passes, a record previously set by Jack Wilshere), the table below shows Arteta is also the club's record holder for most accurate passes in a single match, beating his own record set on match-day ten when he completed 99 passes.
|Mikel Arteta||Arsenal vs Crystal Palace||24||MF||122||90|
|Mikel Arteta||Arsenal vs Liverpool||10||MF||99||90|
|Jack Wilshere||Arsenal vs Fulham||22||MF||96||90|
|Mesut Özil||Arsenal vs Crystal Palace||24||MF||94||84|
|Santiago Cazorla||Arsenal vs Hull||14||MF||90||90|
The table below shows Arteta also enjoyed the most total touches of the football, beating Wilshere's previous record of 128 by a dozen clear chances.
Elsewhere on the pitch, Arteta completed four of his seven tackling attempts, won 33£ of his headed duels, made one interception and one clearance.
|Mikel Arteta||Arsenal vs Crystal Palace||24||MF||140||90|
|Jack Wilshere||Arsenal vs Fulham||22||MF||128||90|
|Santiago Cazorla||Arsenal vs Hull||14||MF||122||90|
|Mikel Arteta||Arsenal vs Liverpool||10||MF||118||90|
|Mesut Özil||Arsenal vs Hull||14||MF||118||90|
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