To some players there is nothing better than assisting a teammate for a goal.
Executing a pinpoint pass through the eye of a needle or whipping in the perfect free-kick, the process of setting up a colleague has become an art form.
In the Premier League, assist records are seriously envied, particularly Thierry Henry’s achievement of notching 20 in a single season back in 2002/03.
But when it comes to the overall assist numbers since the division’s inception in 1992, no one comes close to Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs.
The Welshman notched 162 during his stellar career, with Cesc Fabregas in second with 111 – it really is quite a jump.
However, the Spaniard belongs to a very exclusive Premier League club. That’s because he is one of only six players to register four assists in a single game.
Four of those players have achieved the feat while playing for Arsenal and we’ve decided to look back and revisit all six below.
Get ready for a masterclass in chance creation!
1. Dennis Bergkamp vs Leicester, 1999
The first player to reach magic quartet of assists was one of the greatest in the history of English football.
Bergkamp is fondly remembered for his iconic hat-trick against Leicester in 1997, but he decided to turn creator when he met the Foxes again two years later.
This time, it was a young Nicolas Anelka who grabbed a trio of goals as the Flying Dutchman pulled the strings. An iconic performance from Bergkamp.
2. Jose Antonio Reyes vs Middlesbrough, 2006
The day Arsenal thrashed ‘Boro 7-0.
Henry grabbed the headlines with another brilliant hat-trick, but Reyes was the key architect behind a dominant performance from Arsene Wenger’s side.
The Spaniard just made the game look so, so easy.
3. Cesc Fabregas vs Blackburn, 2009
A player who delivered assists with frightening regularity in the Premier League for both Arsenal and Chelsea.
Against Blackburn in 2009, the Spaniard really was at the peak of his powers, assisting four goals and scoring one of his own in a 6-2 win for the Gunners.
There was some gorgeous football played that day from Wenger’s side.
4. Emmanuel Adebayor vs Newcastle, 2012
The first non-Arsenal player to register four assists in a single game.
Despite being renowned for his goal scoring ability, the Togolese striker turned playmaker extraordinare for Tottenham against Newcastle in 2012, orchestrating a memorable 5-0 win.
Adebayor not only setup four goals, but scored a brilliant volley himself. The definition of a ‘complete performance’.
5. Santi Cazorla vs Wigan, 2013
The final Arsenal player of the six.
Cazorla was a magician in his pomp for the Gunners and his brilliant display in a 4-1 win against Wigan back in May 2013 was playmaking at its very best.
The Wigan defenders were no match for the Spaniard’s superior footballing intellect as he dictated the must-win game for Arsenal from the first whistle.
6. Dusan Tadic vs Sunderland, 2014
Sunderland’s defending on the day was utterly woeful, but take nothing away from Tadic’s masterclass.
The Serbian scored once and setup his colleagues four times during an 8-0 victory for the Saints.
Sunderland scored three own goals that day in what is surely one of the worst team performances in Premier League history.
Not bad, eh?
It’s now been nearly six years since Tadic’s virtuoso display against Sunderland and it begs the question – when will we see a Premier League player notch five assists in a single game?
Over to you, Kevin De Bruyne and Trent Alexander-Arnold…
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