Santi Cazorla: Stats reveal the Arsenal midfielder to be the best passer in the Premier League

Cazorla the first player to complete 1,000 passes this season

Tom Sheen
Monday 30 November 2015 16:22

Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla stands head and shoulders above his rivals as the best passer in the Premier League this season.

The Spaniard, 30, can claim to be the division's most influential puller of strings after becoming the first player in the top flight to complete 1,000 passes this season, according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index.

It's not even close.

Cazorla, who also has three assists for the Gunners, is 222 passes ahead of the man in second place and is the only player in the top 10 to have a 90 per cent pass completion rate; he also completes more passes per 90 minutes than any of the other players to qualify.

Credit: EA SPORTS Player Performance Index

He also does all of that while making 69.5 per cent of his passes in the opposition half. Cazorla completed a whopping 74 passes in the 1-1 draw with Norwich City on Sunday.

Chelsea rival Cesc Fabregas doesn't get close to his international team-mate at the moment, Fabregas has completed 810 passes, third most in the Premier League, with 68.7 per cent of these coming in the opponents' half.

Fabregas, who was poor in the 0-0 draw against Tottenham, has played 160 fewer minutes than Carozla, but for every 90 minutes played the Arsenal midfielder is averaging 5.7 passes more.

Surprisingly, Bournemouth's Andrew Surman has completed the second most passes, with Manchester City's Fernandinho and Cazorla's team-mate Mesut Ozil also in the top five.

Ozil is also way in front in the assist charts, with 11 already this season - four players are joint second with only six.

Manchester United and Liverpool have no players in the top 10 while Bournemouth (Surman and Simon Francis) and Swansea City (Ashley Williams and Jonjo Shelvey) both have two.

Everton's Gareth Barry and Glenn Whelan of Stoke City are the other players to make up the top 10.

Data courtesy of the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, the Official Player Rating Index of the Barclays Premier League

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