Top performers Gameweek 25: Featuring Carrick, Mata and Arteta


Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur stars all feature.

We've taken a look at the top peformers across several areas from gameweek 25 of the Premier League.

Top performers final third passes

NameTeamSuccessful Final Third Passes
Patrice Evra Man Utd 45
Michael Carrick Man Utd 41
Juan Mata Man Utd 38
David Silva Man City 35
Fabian Delph Aston Villa 32

Manchester United had plenty of possession and enjoyed a lot of dominance in Fulham's final third, but they couldn't find that elusive winner. Bad luck or were the champions not quite precise enough?

Top tacklers

NameTeamWon Tackle
James McCarthy Everton 9
Nemanja Matic Chelsea 8
Billy Jones West Brom 7
César Azpilicueta Chelsea 6
Steven Gerrard Liverpool 6

Everton's James McCarthy and Chelsea's Nemanja Matic were both superb when it came to breaking up the play and making key tackles all over the field. Unfortunately for McCarthy his hard work came in a losing effort.

Top clearances

NameTeamEffective Clearance
Dan Burn Fulham 22
James Collins West Ham 22
James Tomkins West Ham 15
Sébastien Bassong Norwich 14
Ashley Williams Swansea 13

Fulham's Dan burn held strong in the face of relentless Manchester United pressure. He added to United's frustration by hoofing the ball away every time some build up play threatened to lead to a goal.

Most accurate passes

NameTeamAccurate Pass
Michael Carrick Man Utd 88
Mikel Arteta Arsenal 82
Chris Smalling Man Utd 77
Nemanja Vidic Man Utd 75
Leon Britton Swansea 73

Not surprising to see so many Manchester United players on this list considering their statistical dominance against Fulham. Arsenal's Mikel Arteta is an interesting one considering how much of the play Liverpool had as they won 5-1 at Anfield.

Most touches

Pablo Zabaleta Man City 110
Mikel Arteta Arsenal 109
Michael Carrick Man Utd 107
Patrice Evra Man Utd 105
Juan Mata Man Utd 103

Another area which is Manchester United dominated despite the fact they couldn't get over the line against Fulham. Pablo Zabaleta also deserves credit for getting forward and providing an extra outlet to the Manchester City midfield although Norwich clung on for a point.

Most interceptions

NameTeamInterception Won
Joe Ledley Crystal Palace 8
Mile Jedinak Crystal Palace 7
Davide Santon Newcastle 6
Gareth Barry Man City 5
Michael Dawson Spurs 5

The two Crystal Palace boys read the game superbly in their 3-1 win against West Brom. They cut off angles, making passes predictable and that allowed them to step in and make interceptions.

Most key passes

NameTeamTotal Att Assist
David Silva Man City 6
Marc Albrighton Aston Villa 5
Philippe Coutinho Liverpool 5
Patrice Evra Man Utd 5
Juan Mata Man Utd 5

It's encouraging for Manchester City that David Silva is finding form at an important stage of the season. However, Norwich defended well and stopped any of those key passes leading to a goal.

Most successful dribbles

NameTeamWon Contest
Jack Wilshere Arsenal 7
Mousa Dembélé Spurs 6
James Milner Man City 5
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Arsenal 4
Steven Pienaar Everton 4

The Arsenal guys are again a bit of a surprise considering the result at Liverpool. It's an encouraging stat for Arsenal fans, proving the Gunners came into the game more in the second half.

Most shots on target

NameTeamOntarget Scoring Att
Raheem Sterling Liverpool 5
Eden Hazard Chelsea 4
Michael Carrick Man Utd 3
Nikica Jelavic Hull 3
Wayne Routledge Swansea 3

Sterling has really turned his form around in recent weeks. News today has suggested he'll be included in the next England squad and if he can replicate similar shooting stats then he'll have a great chance of going to the World Cup this summer.

Most saves

Unfortunately for Vito Mannone, his heroics in terms of shot stop ability didn't do too much for Sunderland in terms of bouncebackability, as the Black Cats went down 2-0 at home against Hull. Fulham's Maarten Stekelenburg deserves a mention because he was vital to the West London team getting that point at Old Trafford.

Vito Mannone Sunderland 7
Maarten Stekelenburg Fulham 7
Wojciech Szczesny Arsenal 7
Petr Cech Chelsea 6

image: © Andrea Sartorati

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