The Premier League is home to some of the most adept passers in world football, but who is the best?
With the 2014/15 season well-and-truly underway and the goals coming thick and fast, we have compiled a list of the most accurate passers in the English top flight to date. The following rankings pose just one restriction - the players involved must have accumulated 300 passes or more.
Arsenal's holding-midfield pairing of Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini lead the current rankings, with defensive stalwart Laurent Koscielny close behind in fourth place. Despite a mixed-bag of results throughout the opening months of the season, the trio have displayed their composure in possession, with a number of highly efficient performances.
|Team||Pass Accuracy (%)||Total Pass||Appearances||Mins Played|
|Juan Mata||Man Utd||92||425||10||694|
With the Gunners managing the second-highest number of passes per Premier League appearance this season - behind only Manchester City by the most slender of margins - it's comes as little surprise that the Emirates outfit are so highly represented among the top flight's top five.
Arteta and Flamini may have received criticism for their defensive ability this term, while Koscielny has made fewer appearances than expected, due to a recent Achilles tendon injury. Nonetheless, each have impressed in Arsene Wenger's preferred system, averaging an almost-perfect pass completion rate.
Martin Skrtel is the surprise inclusion, here. The Liverpool-man, who has averaged a 92% accuracy, sits in third place, based on his 647 passes. He has actually made over 100 more attempts to find a team-mate than any other player featured on this list; an impressive feat. considering the Reds' lacklustre performances throughout the opening months.
Meanwhile, Manchester United's Juan Mata completes the top five. Despite a lack of playing time under Louis van Gaal this season, the Spanish play-maker has impressed with his creative performance from central midfield. Afforded a rare start in the Red Devil's 3-0 win against Hull on Saturday, he gave his manager plenty to mull over.