West Ham star Adrian registers Premier League high saves tally on opening weekend

The West Ham goalkeeper made the highest number of saves at the weekend, ahead of stars from Crystal Palace, Chelsea and Sunderland.

The Hammers secured a victory away at Arsenal on the opening weekend of the Premier League.

Thanks to goals from Cheikhou Kouyate and Mauro Zarate, the East London club started their domestic season in great form, following the disappointment of being knocked out of the Europa League earlier in the week.

The 2-0 win was down to a number of key players, with the likes of Reece Oxford, Dimitri Payet and Winston Reid all impressing. The team performance was excellent, but one man in particular excelled - and was the best in his position over the entire Premier League weekend.

Goalkeeper Adrian, often considered one of the most underrated stoppers in the top flight, cut an imposing figure in the West Ham penalty area.

He was commanding his area with dominance, and most impressively, made six saves - the highest in a single match in the entire Premier League over the opening games.

  Total SavesSaves in Box
Adrián 6 5

That tally does not even include the amazing stop from Olivier Giroud, when the Spanish ‘keeper got down to the ground yards from goal to prevent the Frenchman netting - only to see the striker called offside.

The stop went under the radar, but was one of a number of exceptional saves from close range - with five of his six stops from inside the penalty area.

No other player made more than four saves in the opening round of games, with Alex McCarthy of Crystal Palace, Asmir Begovic of Chelsea and Costel Pantilimon all reaching that figure.

  Total SavesSaves in Box
Asmir Begovic 4 3
Alex McCarthy 4 2
Costel Pantilimon 4 3

McCarthy should have registered a higher tally, with his attempted save for Norwich’s goal fairly dire, whilst Pantilimon’s performance was the only thing that stopped Leicester City not adding to their four goal haul.

Begovic also put in a talented performance, and it was the Bosnian stopper who ensured Chelsea managed to come away with a nervous 2-2 draw after Swansea’s dominating performance.

FIFA World Cup 2018FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia - click here for all of our coverage...

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch