London-based duo Alexis Sanchez and Eden Hazard were both in action on Saturday – but which player comes out on top as HITC’s London-based forward of the weekend?
According to the table provided by Opta Stats, both players put on a delightful attacking performance despite their contrasting results
Diego Costa and Eden Hazard were among the goals, but it was the latter who shone as an attacking force as the Belgian international tormented the Baggies defence throughout.
The 23-year-old took four shots on goal, created four chances for his teammates and registered an impressive five successful dribbles – an attribute now renowned to Premier League observers.
Sanchez, likewise, also had an excellent game for Arsenal despite the Gunners coming out second best in a somewhat unfortunate 2-1 defeat at home to rivals Manchester United.
United shot-stopper David De Gea was influential throughout, keeping the Gunners at bay on a number of occasions and thwarting Sanchez alone four times.
The Chilean international was a constant thorn in Louis van Gaal’s side, completing two successful dribbles and creating a whopping seven chances for his teammates.
Both players were heavily involved during their respective matches and the 186 touches combined demonstrates that, however one posted significantly better results in possession.
The Blues were calm and precise on the ball at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, and Hazard led the charge by posting 70 accurate passes and holding on to the ball well.
Sanchez, while evidently pushing his side forward at the Emirates, lost the ball on seven occasions and recorded just 29 accurate passes – perhaps a sign of being too eager to make things happen.
Who was the better of the two at the weekend? While both were excellent going forward, Hazard’s ball retention was equally as impressive and as a result receives the vote as the best London-based forward this weekend.