The 30-year-old has managed 16 key passes so far, more than any other player in the top five leagues on the continent [WhoScored]. Swansea City’s Jonjo Shelvey is in second with 14, showing the form that has earnt him a recall to the England team this week.
The Gunners haven’t had the most successful start to the season, already losing to West Ham and only scraping past Crystal Palace and ten-man Newcastle United. A 0-0 draw with Liverpool didn’t help either side to keep up with Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table.
Bogey team Stoke City, title rivals Chelsea, and the North London derby with Tottenham are manager Arsene Wenger’s next three league matches, meaning his team will have to pick up their performances soon. If they don’t then they run the risk of being out of the race for first before the Christmas period after hope during the summer that they would compete.