Premier League dribblers: Martial average third highest, while Arsenal new boy tops list

When in form and running at defenders Anthony Martial can be a right nuisance.

Defenders must hate playing against him, but not when the French attacker doesn’t look arsed which was the case for much of last season.

Martial has bagged two goals so far this season, 8 off his Premier League tally last term, albeit with added responsibility following the sale of Romelu Lukaku.

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The Red Devils are depending on Marcus Rashford and Martial to score goals this season. They must prove at some point they were worth the patience all along.

But for Martial it’s slightly different. He almost left United a year ago – well, would have if it was up to José Mourinho – and now under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer he’s searching for a new lease of life to build on his early promise in 2015.

According to @StatmanDave on Twitter, Martial is averaging 3 dribbles per game in the Premier League. Only two forwards are averaging more at the moment.

Wilfried Zaha wanted to leave Crystal Palace in the summer but the club played hardball over transfer fees following the departure of Aaron Wan-Bissaka to United. They weren’t going to lose two of their best players without a fight.

Topping to list for dribbles per game is Arsenal new boy Nicolas Pepe, who joined this summer from Lille. United were linked with the Ivory Coast international but nothing came of it.

Gunners will be delighted to see their mega-money signing from the summer hit the ground running, but his average isn’t a lot more than our French forward.

Hopefully the injury Martial suffered against Palace isn’t serious and he’s back for the early kick-off against Southampton on Saturday.

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