Keeping possession of the ball is one of the most crucial parts of football and I say this because if you don't have the ball, how can you score?
Now I know there has been many occasions where a team have battered the opposition on possession but have gone on to lose the game, but the majority of the time, if you have more possession, you will create more chances and you are more likely to go on and win the game.
In world football, Spanish side Barcelona are known for their slick passing and their impressive ball-possession statistics. But who is the best at keeping the ball in the Premier League?.
This season it is in fact Arsenal who have the most possession, just ahead of Manchester City.
The Gunners have had an average of 57.2% ball-possession over the season so far. The game where they had the most possession was in fact a 1-0 loss to Norwich City (doesn't really help my opening statement). The London club managed to have 70% possession over the 90 minutes. Their least amount of possession came against Liverpool when they only had 46%, but still ran out 2-0 winners (once again not helping my original statement).
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1. Arsenal | Average of 57.2% possession.
2. Manchester City | Average of 57% possession
3. Liverpool | Average of 55.8% possession
4. Chelsea | Average of 55.7% possession
5. Manchester United | Average of 54% possession
6. Everton | Average of 53.6% possession
7. Tottenham | Average of 53.4% possession
8. Swansea City | Average of 52.9% possession
9. Fulham | Average of 51% possession
10. Wigan Athletic | Average of 50.8% possession.
So out of the top 10, the top seven best for ball-possession are also the top seven in the current Premier League table. Current league-leaders Manchester United sit fifth in the ball-possession table, but they will care more about sitting at the top of the points table.
The team in the top 10 with the highest amount of possession in one single match was in fact Liverpool during their 0-0 match with West Ham United.
They managed 80% possession during that match.
The team in the top 10 with the lowest amount of possession in one single match was Tottenham. They only had 32% possession during their 2-1 loss to Manchester City.
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