Arsenal may not have been particularly active over the summer, with the transfer window closing on them as the only club in Europe’s top five divisions not to bring in an outfield player.
They were, however, to snap up Petr Cech from Chelsea, with Arsene Wenger seeking to address an area of his side many considered to have been problematic for a number of years.
A man boasting an enviable collection of major honours from his time at Stamford Bridge was drafted in to provide experience and world-class pedigree between the sticks, and his value to the Gunners is already clear to see.
Arsenal currently sit level on points with Manchester City at the top of the Premier League standings, with Cech – after a shaky start on the opening day against West Ham United – proving to be the most reliable of last lines of defence.
Statistics provided by the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index reveal that the Czech shot-stopper is the best-performing keeper in the English top-flight at present – with his net found on average every 112.5 minutes, while producing a division-high 4.6 saves to every goal conceded.
|Position||Team||Saves||Goals Conceded||Appearances||Mins Played|
|Alex McCarthy||GK||C. Palace||29||7||6||540|
|Sergio Romero||GK||Man Utd||7||2||4||360|
|Joe Hart||GK||Man City||13||4||9||810|
|Boaz Myhill||GK||West Brom||34||11||10||900|
|David de Gea||GK||Man Utd||18||6||6||540|
Away from the Emirates, London clubs dominate the top of the rankings – although the struggles of reigning champions Chelsea mean the injured Thibaut Courtois and his deputy Asmir Begovic are nowhere to be seen.
Instead, Crystal Palace’s Alex McCarthy occupies second spot (4.1 saves to goals conceded), while Tottenham Hotspur’s Hugo Lloris sits third (3.8) – with both having been beaten on just seven occasions so far this season to help position their respective employers within striking distance of the top four.
Leicester City’s heroics this season have been well documented, but they have been far from watertight at the back, something which cannot be said of Manchester rivals United and City – with Sergio Romero (3.5) and David de Gea (3) doing the business for the Red Devils and England’s number one Joe Hart (3.2) helping to position the Citizens at the top of the Premier League pile.
An honourable mention must also go to Heurelho Gomes (2.9), with the former Spurs keeper back in the top-flight with Watford and helping to give them every chance of preserving their standing among the elite with a series of promising performances.
Data courtesy of the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, the Official Player Rating Index of the Barclays Premier League