The Football Professor: RVP goes the distance
Published 22:22 25/02/12 By MirrorFootball
It's a question that will get football fans arguing all over country.
Which Premier League player has covered more ground than any other so far this season?
Well going into this weekend’s games the leader of the hard running pack might surprise a few people.
It’s Arsenal goal-scorer Robin van Persie! The Gunners skipper is top of the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index for this with 153.7 miles. Most people would back a midfield player to be king of the hard yards and Tottenham’s Gareth Bale is nipping at Van Persie’s heels in fourth place with 151 miles on his clock.
Van Persie and Bale’s positions are also mirrored in the shooting stakes. Van Persie has had 63 strikes at goal – more than any other player. Bale is in fourth place with 48. Arsenal may have endured a torrent of criticism for recent performances but they have two other players in the top 10 for distance covered.
Aaron Ramsey is 8th and Mikel Arteta 9th with 148.6 miles and 148.16 miles respectively
Spurs beat Newcastle 5-0 in their last Premier League game with two goals from January signing Louis Saha along with goals from Emmanuel Adebayor, Niko Kranjcar and Benoit Assou-Ekotto
Kranjcar covered the most ground for Spurs in that game with 6.09 miles.
The Emirates will also see three of the league’s top five passers today.
Arteta, Luka Modric, and Ramsey are in 2nd, 3rd and 4th place in the EA SPORTS Index for passes completed in the opponent’s half with totals of 872, 857 and 705 respectively.