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.
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.