Posted on October 11, 2018 by ADMIN

Lacazette better than Hazard? And two other Arsenal players in Sky Power-Rankings

The Chelsea superstar Eden Hazard has scored 7 goals this season and has been widely acclaimed as the best player in the Premier League, but in the latest Sky Power Rankings, both Alexandre Lacazette and Everton’s Gylfi Sirgurdsson have finished above him.

The other two Arsenal players in the Top 20 charts are Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and surprisingly Granot Xhaka. Here is the full list…

Each player’s performance is assessed by a complex system which awards points for 33 different matchday stats.

These stats include goals, passes, tackles, blocks, big chances missed and touches.

Each action is worth more or less depending on whether the player is a goalkeeper, defender, midfielder or forward.

The rankings only take into account the last five matches, with the most recent games weighted more heavily.

Lacazette has obviously been on fire and has scored five goals, but Aubameyang has got six but doesn’t rank higher than his fellow striker and is down in 6th place. But the interesting one is having Granit Xhaka in 15th which just shows how much he has improved under Emery this season.

No sign of Mesut Ozil….

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17 thoughts on “Lacazette better than Hazard? And two other Arsenal players in Sky Power-Rankings

  1. ThirdManJW

    This may help my dream team, so I should pay attention. Good to see two Arsenal players in the top 10, and even Xhaka making it onto the list!

    1. gotanidea

      If the goalscorers of the list are the most effective ones, Lacazette and Aubameyang qualified for that criteria, because their goal conversion rates are very good

      Xhaka is good with his forward passes, set-pieces assists and goal, but he lacks the interceptions and tackles. The number of chances created, aerial duels won and touches must have put him into the list

  2. gotanidea

    Strange to see Gylfi Sigurdsson and Felipe Anderson there, because I don’t remember any threat from them when Arsenal faced their teams

    Gudmunsson is a good player, but Jorginho, Milner and Gueye should have been in that list as well

    I guess the selected players are the ones that contributed more to the opening goals or the crucial saves/ interceptions

    1. Sparkles

      It may interest you to know that Gylfi has scored 4 goals in the last 4 games. This ranking took only the last 5 games into consideration according to the writer.

    2. Lanert

      @gotanidea, on the contrary, Felipe Anderson (alongside Arnatouvic) gave us huge problems when we faced them. Felipe Anderson deserves to be on the list because he’s one of those fantastic players you would love to have in your team (with his present form). However, if you had seen seen other West Ham games, you would be convinced he deserves to be ln the list, not just conclusiom from a game against us.

  3. Grandad

    Regarding Filipe Anderson you don’t remember him running 50 yards with the ball to set up the West Ham goal nor his excellent display against Man Utd? He is a very good player who would fit in very well at Arsenal.

  4. Break-on-through

    Have to say I can’t imagine any other striker I’d prefer over Lacazette right now. Not saying there aren’t better, just the form he’s on right now is blistering. I remember there wasn’t many who chose Lacazette to start central over Auba before the season began, I remember arguing with one or two of them and thinking all along ..I know I’m right. I was wrong, but glad to be wrong. Its a bonus that Auba can play down the sides and carry a huge threat.

  5. jon fox

    No LIVERPOOL PLAYERS IN TOP TWENTY , YET TWO BURNLEY APPEAR. THESE STATS ARE A FARCE. Stats are so misleading anyway. Most stats are meaningless. eg Merts used to be consistently among thr highest percent pass accuracy. Most of his passes were deep in his own half though, a few meagre yards to koscielny and back. Repeat ad finitum ! Most stats are a joke, nothing more.

    1. gotanidea

      Yes, I just noticed there is no Liverpool player at all! You are correct about Mertesacker’s passing statistics, and now Xhaka is leading in that misleading list

      Maybe they would publish the chances statistic next? No matter how crappy those chances are, they will be counted

      1. jon fox

        Thanks! Perhaps they should publish stats to tell us what percentage of fans noticed they are misleading. I have always taken most, though not ALL stats, with a huge pinch of saly. Goals and assists stats DO matter, obviously, but mere passing ones , without further detail as to what and where passes were made, are junk. So also, are team possession stats, they say nothing bar which team had the ball most. Nothing about how dangerous or useless they are with the ball . Stats, MOSTLY, are just an industry spawned for and by anoraks. If you need stats to tell you who is playing well, then why bother going to games at all!

  6. Dennis Namaseb

    The man is a workhorse, the man can defend, attack and to mention score goals did I mention create goals. I am so happy the man did not decide to jump ships even though he did not start at the beginning of the season but I always knew LACAZ is special. he is a natural goal poacher.

  7. bur

    Lacazette better than Hazard? 2 different players in different positions. Lacazette is good at what he does and Hazard is very good at what he does. in my humble opinion Hazard would just shade it at the minute. Lacazette close on his heels.

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