Arsenal have all but secured third place in the Premier League after Robin Van Persie equalised in the 15th minute at Stoke, last weekend.
RVP scored his 28th in the Premier League goal in that game, which has taken him two clear of Wayne Rooney at the top of the EA SPORTS Player Performance index for goals scored.
29.1% of RVP’s 96 shots on target have resulted in goals this season. No other Premier League player has had as many shots on target as RVP, this season.
RVP is still Arsenal’s marathon man this season and the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index shows us he’s clocked up 211 miles in total this season.
However, Fulham’s Clint Dempsey leads the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index for total distance covered with 220 miles so far this season.
Woljciech Szczesny hasn’t had the busiest of seasons in goal for Arsenal with most of the action happening down the other end.
Saying that, Szczyesny has made 155 saves this season, according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index puts him tenth overall.
Robin Van Persie will come up against John Ruddy this weekend when they play Norwich. Ruddy has already completed 200 saves this season and he’s second in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index for saves completed, behind (the now injured) Wayne Hennessey of Wolves.
The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index also tells us Ruddy on average completes 1.2 more saves per game, compared to Szczesny.
Norwich remain the hardest working team in the Premier League this season. According to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index they’ve covered 2,386 miles, more than any other Premier League side.
The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index shows us it’s a work ethic instilled within the Norwich side and not a hand full of players, as none of the Norwich players feature in the top five for individual distance covered.
Norwich are clearly suffering from fatigue at this stage. The Premiership is the Grand National and not a gentle donkey ride down at the beach. By stark contrast, Arsenal’s form by stark contrast is that of a side fired up focused upon securing Champions League football. This is a home win for me and for Norwich I hope they don’t demoralised in the process.
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