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EPL stats: Which clubs have made the most interceptions in Premier League era?

Premier League’s popularity has spread across the universe, with the league being one of the most popular in world football. There are multiple reasons behind the league’s success but one of the most important ones is the competitive nature of the top division. There are no easy games in the league, as every game provides a different type of challenge for a side. It does not matter whether the game is with the top or bottom half side, each team must give their hundred percent to secure the victory.

It is largely due to the massive TV revenue that is available in the Premier League. This allows every side in the division to build squads that is competitive, hence making each result an unpredictable one. Add to it, the pace and the physical nature of the league. The ball is moved from one end of the pitch to the other in blistering speed, which allows limited breathing time for players to adapt to the situation. In such fast-paced game, interceptions play an important role.

Which club has made the most interceptions?

Interceptions act as a vital part in changing the course of the play. This can allow teams to counter-attack the opponents quickly and have a chance at scoring a goal. The higher the interceptions a team makes, the better chance they have at making a quick overturn of the play. If a club manages to intercept a play during high pressing in the opposition half, they will be able to score a goal after just few passes from that moment on.

The club at the top of this list is Arsenal with 9,052 interceptions during the Premier League era, as per the premierleague.com (some stats are only available since 2006-07 season). The Gunners have been a mainstay in the division and have always been a force to be reckoned with hence it is not a surprise to see them at the top of this list. Plenty of their success in this division is because of the great work done by their former legendary manager Arsene Wenger.

Tottenham, Manchester United complete Top 3

The second and third places in this list is occupied by Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United with 8,772 and 8,431 interceptions respectively. While Tottenham have been one of the most inconsistent sides in the division, Man United have been the most successful club in the league. Sir Alex Ferguson is undoubtedly credited with the massive success enjoyed by Man United in the division. Check out the table below to know more about the clubs that have made the most interceptions in the Premier League era.

RankClubInterceptions
1Arsenal9,052
2Tottenham Hotspur8,772
3Manchester United8,431
4Everton8,378
5Manchester City8,087
6Chelsea7,851
7West Ham United7,847
8Liverpool7,843
9Newcastle United7,491
10Aston Villa7,447

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