It probably won’t surprise you to find out that Granit Xhaka covered the most ground in the Premier League during the opening weekend.

Despite being at fault for Leicester second goal on Friday night, Xhaka later made up for his mistake by assisting both Aaron Ramsey’s equaliser and Olivier Giroud’s winner on Friday night, which allowed the Gunners to go on and win the match 4-3.

Christian Eriksen and Henrikh Mkhitaryan were the only other two players to manage more than one assist.

Not only this but the midfielder, who won man of the match against Chelsea in the Community Shield, also covered the most ground in the Premier League – 7.6 miles.

Burnley’s Jack Cork covered the second most – 7.5 miles – during his side’s 3-2 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

It just goes to show that while Xhaka may not be perfect and has a long way to go, you can’t fault his effort. He’s only 24 and he was the first person to admit post-match that he was to blame for the second Leicester goal, which he was.

“The second goal for Leicester was my mistake but it was important that I kept working,” he said post-match, reports “I wasn’t nervous after the mistake – and the two assists were important for the team. I’m happy for the win.”
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LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 11: (L-R) Granit Xhaka and Nacho Monreal of Arsenal look on after conceding a second first half goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium on August 11, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
The Switzerland international also made the most touches of any other player in the Premier League during opening weekend. A whopping 117.

Mesut Ozil made the 10th most – 102 – and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain managed 97.

Considering Arsenal as a whole team had 859 touches in total, this is pretty good going. It’s also almost double what Wilfred Ndidi and Matty James managed put together.

Xhaka completed 81/99 passes.