The under-rated Gunner who set THREE club records for season vs Palace

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One of the Arsenal stars over the weekend set new club records for the current Premier League season due to a fantastic performance against Crystal Palace.

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.

PlayerGameMatchdayPosTotal PassMins
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.

PlayerGameMatchdayPosAccurate PassMins
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.

PlayerGameMatchdayPosTouchesMins
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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