London-based duo Santi Cazorla and Cesc Fabregas were both in action on Boxing Day – but which player comes out on top as HITC’s top London-based midfielder?
As per the table provided by Opta Stats, the two midfielders were instrumental as their respective sides recorded home wins over fellow London-based rivals.
Premier League leaders Chelsea took on a hugely improved West Ham United side in the day’s early kick-off, winning 2-0 thanks to goals from John Terry and Diego Costa.
The Blues struggled in this particular fixture last season but with Costa leading the line and Fabregas providing creativity from midfield they have become a far more potent and dangerous side.
The latter has struck up a fabulous midfield partnership with Nemanja Matic and that was on show yesterday afternoon, recording two shots and creating four chances via key passes.
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While Fabregas has undoubtedly been the most creative midfielder this season, Arsenal’s imaginative playmaker Santi Cazorla isn’t far behind as he once again showcased his talents as the Gunners downed Queens Park Rangers 2-1 at the Emirates.
The Spanish international was superb in the middle of the park alongside the more defensive Mathieu Flamini, recording two shots, two key passes and two successful dribbles.
In possession, the former Malaga man was heavily involved as he looked to put QPR under pressure, taking 103 touches and completing 62 accurate passes.
Fabregas, on the other hand, was the focal point of the Blues’ attacks against the Hammers as he orchestrated the play from midfield, taking 142 touches and completing a whopping 103 passes.
The Spanish duo were also equally as impressive from a defensive perspective, Fabregas notching 17 ball recoveries while Cazorla registered three tackles and three interceptions.
Going forward, however, there is only one winner and the Emirates faithful may not like it much as their former idol once again displayed his brilliance during the Blues’ relentless march at the top of the table.