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First to 1000 passes! Which Premier League star has reached the passing landmark?

The weekend's action saw Jamie Vardy break a Premier League record for scoring in 11 consecutive matches.


But there was another intriguing statistic that popped up over the course of the 10 English top flight fixtures.

According to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla became the first player this season to complete 1000 passes making him the most accomplished passer in the Premier League at this moment.

The Spaniard has gone at a pass completion rate in excess of 90% with over 53 passes completed per 90 minutes.

It is a fascinating stat that highlights Cazorla's ability to keep in touch with Spain's renowned tiki taka style of football despite plying his trade in the UK, and sees him over 200 completed passes in front of his nearest rival - Bournemouth's Andrew Surman.

Check out the table below to see who ranks behind Cazorla after 14 matches of the 2015/16 Barclays Premier League season:

Data courtesy of the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, the Official Player Rating Index of the Barclays Premier League


Player Club Minutes played Total passes complete Pass completion % Passes per 90 mins


Santi CazorlaArsenal 1204 1034 90.30% 53.7

Andrew Surman Bournemouth 1260 812 86.70% 31.1

Cesc Fabregas Chelsea 1044 810 83.20% 48

Fernandinho Man City 1194 750 88.40% 41.1

Mesut OzilArsenal 1117 732 89.10% 46.6

Gareth BarryEverton 1259 717 83.50% 28.3

Ashley WilliamsSwansea City 1260 710 89.40% 18

Glenn WhelanStoke City 1260 701 87.10% 23.7

Simon Francis Bournemouth 1260 668 79.60% 23.7

Jonjo ShelveySwansea City 1147 667 85.20% 26.7



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