Who were the best midfielders over the weekend? Carrick, Henderson and more

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Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United stars all feature.

The midfielders are arguably the most important players in any side, setting the tempo of the attacking play and breaking up opposition attacks to start counter attacks within seconds.

There were some very good midfield performances over the weekend as sides at the top and bottom of the Premier League table saw their situations improved with vital points gained.

We’ve taken a look at the best midfielders across five statistical areas.

Goals

PlayerClubPosGoalsAppsMins
Jordan Henderson Liverpool MF 2 1 90
Ashkan Dejagah Fulham MF 1 1 90
Emanuele Giaccherini Sunderland MF 1 1 45
Tom Huddlestone Hull MF 1 1 63
Matthew Jarvis West Ham MF 1 1 57

Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson spared his side’s blushes against Swansea, allowing the Reds to gain a vital win at Anfield. Henderson’s brace showed that he’s more than a utility man across the middle, as he’s got that ability to advance into attacking areas to provide a real goal threat.

Tackles Won

PlayerClubPosWon TackleAppsMins
Leandro Bacuna Aston Villa MF 7 1 90
Gareth Barry Everton MF 6 1 90
Joe Allen Liverpool MF 5 1 32
Scott Parker Spurs MF 5 1 90
Steve Sidwell Fulham MF 5 1 90

It was also important for Liverpool that Joe Allen was so effective in terms of breaking up the play. Allen is a midfielder whose passion and commitment can’t be doubted and he releases players like Henderson to go into more advanced roles.

Interceptions Won

PlayerChelseaPosInterception WonAppsMins
Nemanja Matic Chelsea MF 6 1 90
Mile Jedinak Crystal Palace MF 5 1 90
Vurnon Anita Newcastle MF 4 1 90
Mikel Arteta Arsenal MF 4 1 90
Leon Britton Swansea MF 4 1 90

Matic read the play beautifully in the Chelsea midfield, it’s just a shame he’s not eligible to play in the Champions League this week. Matic is a big, imposing figure who is proving he’s much more than just a heavyweight who can be aggressive in protecting the defence.

Accurate Passes

PlayerClubPosAccurate PassAppsMins
Michael Carrick Man Utd MF 135 1 90
Mikel Arteta Arsenal MF 112 1 90
Yaya Touré Man City MF 110 1 90
David Silva Man City MF 99 1 90
Jack Wilshere Arsenal MF 98 1 90

Michael Carrick was more accurate than any other midfielder in terms of passing. He allowed United to build pressure against Crystal Palace and also provided a calming influence in possession when United found themselves under a lot of pressure from the London team.

Touches

PlayerClubPosTouchesAppsMins
Michael Carrick Man Utd MF 155 1 90
Mikel Arteta Arsenal MF 134 1 90
Yaya Touré Man City MF 133 1 90
David Silva Man City MF 132 1 90
Samir Nasri Man City MF 129 1 90

Carrick also had the most touches of the ball, showing his positional awareness and ability to find pockets of space was also superb. Unsurprisingly Manchester City dominate this stat, with three stars who were always available during their win against Stoke City.

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