August's top five creative talents, featuring Chelsea and Arsenal stars

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Ahead of the weekend's Premier League action, we look at the players already leading the way in terms of chances created.

Joey Barton currently leads the Premier League rankings in terms of chances created, although this may come as a surprise considering Queens Park Ranger's poor early-form. Perhaps even more shocking to some, he has fashioned more goal scoring opportunities than any other player in Europe's top five leagues, thus far.

Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas comes in a close second, and some may consider his achievements more impressive than Barton's, bearing in mind he already has four assists to his name. The Spaniard has been integral to the Blues' unbeaten run, slotting seamlessly into Jose Mourinho's side.

There will be little disbelief surrounding Eden Hazard's presence on this list. The Belgian playmaker has grown from strength to strength during his time at Stamford Bridge, establishing himself as the club's most innovative and exciting player, bar-none.

  TeamPosTotal Att AssistGoal AssistAppsMins
Joey Barton QPR MF 12 0 3 270
Cesc Fàbregas Chelsea MF 10 4 3 269
Eden Hazard Chelsea MF 10 0 3 257
Alexis Sánchez Arsenal FW 10 1 3 225
Rémy Cabella Newcastle MF 9 0 3 270

He is yet to register an assist this season, but he has fashioned an impressive ten key passes - seeing him draw level with his Chelsea team-mate and Arsenal's marquee signing Alexis Sanchez.

Sanchez's arrival at the Emirates came with huge expectations, most of which he has been able to live up to. He too, has ten key passes to his name this season, with one assist to compliment his record. The Chilean signed for the North Londoners off the back of a tremendous World Cup and it's fair to say he has continued his sparkling form.

Newcastle's Remy Cabella rounds-off the top five, having orchestrated a total of nine chances for the Toon. Pardew acquired the Frenchman in the hope of replacing compatriot Yohan Cabaye, who left for Ligue 1 outfit Paris Saint Germain last January.

If Cabella can continue his fine creative form in the final third, I see little to stop him succeeding the efforts of his predecessor. It can only be a matter of time before the current side starts moving through the gears, and with the Frenchman in the driving seat, a return to the Europa league is certainly a possibility ahead of next season. 

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