A roller-coaster Premier League weekend has come to an end with a lot of controversies. What remains is that Chelsea are still on top of the table and QPR are at the bottom of it.
We’re opting for a 3-4-3 formation this week!
Mignolet [Clean Sheet + Saves]
This young keeper has proved to be one of the best in the English Premier League this season. He managed to make 4 saves and 3 clearances in their match vs Stoke City.
Turner [Goal + Defending]
A good defensive performance followed by a superb header to help Norwich City earn a point against Aston Villa.
Cuellar [Clean Sheet + Defending]
The Sunderland defender managed to make the same number of headed clearances as the entire Stoke City team! Apart from the headed clearances, he also managed 15 clearances and ended the game with a pass accuracy of 79%.
Clichy [Assist + Clean Sheet]
Manchester City struggled to get past Swansea defense but once Clichy found out that his run down the wings were not working, he moved inwards and that move resulted in the only goal of the match! Clever thinking and vision helped City close the gap on the league leaders – Chelsea.
Arteta [Goal + Passing]
Offside goal? Maybe but it stood and the result will never change no matter what we say! He managed to have 93 touches of the ball in the game and not even once was the touch unsuccessful! Arteta is going to be the key man in Arsenal’s squad this season.
Leigertwood [Goal + Creativity]
Making his 1st app in EPLIndex’s Statistical team of the week is Reading FC midfielder, Leigertwood. 1 shot, 1 on target, 1 goal – Leigertwood ended the game with the highest passes attempted by a Reading player vs Fulham.
Bale [Goal + Performance]
3 shots, 2 on target, 1 goal – Tottenham winger Gareth Bale finished the game with this stat record to help Spurs win at St Mary’s and keep the momentum going.
Mata [Goal + Creativity]
When Chelsea really some need inspiration, up steps Juan Mata. A goal and so much creativity earned him a place in the Statistical XI yet again!
Bryan Ruiz [Goal + Assist]
Trailing 1-0 to Reading at 56′ min and Fulham no signs of a comeback, Martin Jol turned towards Ruiz and sent him onto field. Four min’s later Fulham equalised and then went onto take the lead! In 32 minutes of football he scored and created a goal which gets him into the side.
Luis Suarez [Goal + Performance]
A goal disallowed controversially in the final minutes might have been the talking point at the end of the derby but the performance of this Uruguayan is worth a mention. It was Suarez’ shot the Baines deflected into his own net and then a header to make it 2-0 in the 1st half – his performance was tremendous and a constant threat to Everton.
Robin Van Persie [Goal + Assist]
“He scores when he wants, He scores when he wants!” – Arsenal fans used to chant this last season and this time it’s the United fans that are doing so and he’s living up to the chant! He was involved in all the 3 goals directly or indirectly but his performance was over shadowed by the controversies in the game.
Other Premier League player Mentions:
– Julio Cesar – Kept out Arsenal from the game until Arteta finally broke though. If it wasn’t for him, the Gunners would have won by 4 or maybe even 5 goal margin.
– Mahamadou Diarra – 95 passes attempted and an impressive midfield domination was not enough to help Fulham win this weekend.
– Leighton Baines – despite an own goal that he could do nothing about he created chance after chance for Everton this week and narrowly missed out.