Willian, Oxlade-Chamberlain or Lamela – Who was London’s best midfielder this weekend?

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We take a look at which midfielder from Chelsea, Arsenal or Tottenham Hotspur shone the most this weekend.

In an action packed Premier League weekend which consisted of numerous goals, turning points and controversy, we take a look at which midfielder from London came out on top as the most impressive.

Our nominees for this weekend include Chelsea’s Brazilian international Willian, Tottenham Hotspur’s record signing Erik Lamela and Arsenal’s goalscorer Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

  TeamPosGoalsTotal Scoring AttTotal Att AssistWon ContestPass success rateBall RecoveryAppsMins
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Arsenal MF 1 3 3 4 73% 5 1 90
Willian Chelsea MF 1 5 4 0 93% 5 1 90
Erik Lamela Spurs MF 0 0 3 4 71% 8 1 90

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, each midfielder excelled in different areas and all played a huge part for their respective team.

The biggest fixture of the weekend for London-based football fans was the North London derby between Arsenal and Spurs, a game in which both teams took a share of the spoils following an entertaining 1-1 draw at the Emirates.

For the visitors, Erik Lamela proved to be the star player as a busy display halted the host’s attacking approach and offered the platform for Spurs to break in numbers.

The former Roma man provided the assist for the opening goal, notched up for successful dribbles and defended stoutly by making eight ball recoveries – more than his London rivals.

Whereas his defensive work deserves a lot of credit, the only downside to Lamela's game was his distribution as he completed just 71% of his intended passes.

Verdict: 8.0

As for the Gunners, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain netted his first goal for the club since February as his late equaliser salvaged a point for the hosts.

The England international put in a solid shift throughout and really staked his claim for a regular birth in Arsene Wenger's midfield.

He tested Hugo Lloris on three occasions, made three key passes, competed four successful dribbles and recorded five ball recoveries – an excellent all-round display which has long been coming.

Verdict: 8.0

Chelsea fans, however, will feel that their main man Willian pipped them both to the title of London’s best midfielder this weekend following arguably one of his best performances since joining the club.

The former Anzhi star was a menace throughout as the Blues comfortably held on to top spot following a 3-0 victory over a plucky Aston Villa side.

He produced five shots and played four key passes – coming out on top in both of these categories.

Despite not setting off on a number of marauding runs, the Brazilian star retained possession superbly by competing 93% of his attempted passes and he topped off a classy game with his side’s third goal ten minutes from time.

Verdict: 8.5

 

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