Who were the best Premier League performers over the weekend? Costa, Wilshere and more

Diego Costa attempting an overhead volley

Chelsea, Sunderland, Arsenal, Aston Villa, Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur stars all feature.

The weekend’s Premier League action provided no shortage of talking points as Arsenal picked up another bad injury in defence while Manchester United strolled to their first win of the season.

There was also good news for Chelsea, with Diego Costa’s hat-trick helping the Blues increase their lead at the top of the table over their main rivals.

We’ve had a look at some key stats and come up with the best performers in certain areas from the weekend games.

Goals

  TeamPosGoalsAppsMins
Diego Costa Chelsea FW 3 1 72
Graziano Pellè Southampton FW 2 1 90
Gabriel Agbonlahor Aston Villa FW 1 1 89
Sergio Agüero Man City FW 1 1 67
Nacer Chadli Spurs MF 1 1 70

Costa takes most of the praise in this section for a fox-like display against Swansea City. He was in the right place at the right time and while he will score more impressive goals for Chelsea, he’s showing the sort of killer instinct the attack lacked last season.

Tackles Won

  TeamPosWon TackleAppsMins
Jack Rodwell Sunderland MF 8 1 80
Javier Manquillo Liverpool DF 6 1 90
Gaël Clichy Man City DF 5 1 90
Eric Dier Spurs DF 5 1 90
Mile Jedinak Crystal Palace MF 5 1 90

Former Manchester City midfielder Jack Rodwell was the most productive in this area. He’s showing a real grit and determination to succeed in the Sunderland midfield and was important in terms of breaking up the play against Tottenham Hotspur.

Interceptions Won

  TeamPosInterception WonAppsMins
Laurent Koscielny Arsenal DF 9 1 90
Ryan Bertrand Southampton DF 6 1 90
Vlad Chiriches Spurs DF 5 1 90
Mathieu Flamini Arsenal MF 5 1 89
Gareth Barry Everton MF 4 1 90

It will be encouraging for Arsene Wenger to see two Arsenal players in the top five in terms of interceptions. Laurent Koscielny was the most effective, regularly stepping in against Manchester City and picking off key passes, which could have hurt the Arsenal back four.

Dribbles Won

  TeamPosWon ContestAppsMins
Jack Wilshere Arsenal MF 10 1 90
Eden Hazard Chelsea MF 9 1 90
Bafétimbi Gomis Swansea FW 4 1 76
Adam Johnson Sunderland MF 4 1 90
Victor Moses Stoke MF 4 1 90

Arsenal fans would have also been delighted to see Jack Wilshere let off the leash and allowed to attack. He was more successful than any other player over the weekend when it came to picking the ball up and running at the opposition with real penetration and pace.

Saves

  TeamPosSavesAppsMins
Wojciech Szczesny Arsenal GK 6 1 90
Lukasz Fabianski Swansea GK 5 1 90
Robert Green QPR GK 5 1 90
Fraser Forster Southampton GK 4 1 90
Ben Hamer Leicester GK 4 1 90

Not forgetting the goalkeepers and it’s another Arsenal star who tops the list; Wojciech Szczesny. A former Gunner also did his best at Chelsea, but unfortunately Lukasz Fabianski was unable to prevent Swansea City from falling to defeat at the hands of the Blues.

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