Who were the best Premier League midfielders over the weekend? Arteta, the Ox and more

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Arsenal, Southampton, Stoke City, West Brom and West Ham United stars all feature.

Midfielders are the heart of any side and they play a key role in victories and gritty draws, which become more important over the second half of the season.

There were some notable midfield performances over the weekend from Charlie Adam as Stoke City defeated Manchester United and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as Arsenal kept the pressure up on their rivals at the top of the league.

Here are the best midfield performers across five areas.

Attempts on Target

PlayerClubPosOntarget Scoring AttAppsMins
Charlie Adam Stoke MF 4 1 90
Jack Colback Sunderland MF 2 1 90
Adam Lallana Southampton MF 2 1 90
Kevin Nolan West Ham MF 2 1 87
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Arsenal MF 2 1 90

Adam was a constant threat for Stoke against Manchester United. His passing ability equipped with his accuracy in terms of shooting meant he was always a danger for United and someone they struggled to keep quiet.

Accurate Corners

PlayerClubPosAccurate Corners IntoboxAppsMins
Steven Davis Southampton MF 4 1 90
Stewart Downing West Ham MF 3 1 90
Hatem Ben Arfa Newcastle MF 2 1 90
Chris Brunt West Brom MF 2 1 90
Lewis Holtby Spurs MF 2 1 90

Southampton aren’t a contemporary dead ball side. However, Davis’ ability to deliver accurate corners in the game against Fulham meant there was no let up in pressure, which helped fatigue the Fulham defence.

Accurate Crosses

PlayerClubPosAccurate CrossAppsMins
Chris Brunt West Brom MF 4 1 90
Steven Davis Southampton MF 4 1 90
Stewart Downing West Ham MF 4 1 90
Adam Lallana Southampton MF 3 1 90
Nathan Redmond Norwich MF 3 1 15

Brunt deserves a mention for his performance against Liverpool. It would have been tempting for him to move inside with Liverpool overcrowding central midfield, but he resisted and allowed the Baggies to maintain their natural width.

Interceptions

PlayerClubPosInterception WonAppsMins
Youssuf Mulumbu West Brom MF 9 1 90
William Kvist Fulham MF 6 1 83
David Meyler Hull MF 6 1 90
Nabil Bentaleb Spurs MF 4 1 90
Calum Chambers Southampton MF 4 1 58

Mulumbu made it very difficult for Liverpool to gain any momentum through the middle of the pitch. He cut the ball off before it reached a dangerous player and broke up the play well.

Accurate Passing

PlayerClubPosAccurate PassAppsMins
Mikel Arteta Arsenal MF 122 1 90
Mesut Özil Arsenal MF 94 1 84
Santiago Cazorla Arsenal MF 78 1 90
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Arsenal MF 70 1 90
Gareth Barry Everton MF 67 1 90

All about Arsenal. The Gunners made it difficult for Crystal Palace to get on the ball, retaining and using possession well which eventually created two goals for the Ox.

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