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The Star, with the help of the Press Association, looks at which players and clubs lead the way across a series of performance categories in the 2012-13 Barclays Premier League season, so far. It gives an insight into how the top players are performing.

n Most attacking runs with ball - top players: Eden Hazard (Chelsea) 154, Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) 136, David Silva (Manchester City) 128.

Top teams: Arsenal 747, Manchester City 717, Chelsea 706.

n Taking possession of ball - top players: Yaya Toure (Manchester City) 1,781, Michael Carrick (Manchester United) 1,698, Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) 1,632.

Top teams: Manchester United 13,211, Manchester City 12,767, Arsenal 12,482.

n Maximum continuous passes - top teams: Swansea 49 (v Arsenal, December 1), Tottenham 45 (v Liverpool, November 28), Swansea 43 (v West Ham, August 25).

n Most passes backwards - top players: Yaya Toure (Manchester City) 488, Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) 486, James McCarthy (Wigan) 413.

Top teams: Manchester United 3,803, Manchester City 3,481, Arsenal 3,377.

n Most passes forwards - top players: Michael Carrick (Manchester United) 919, Yaya Toure (Manchester City) 785, Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) 779.

Top teams: Manchester United 5,092, Manchester City 4,935, Arsenal 4,861.

n Most successful passes attacking third - top players: Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) 381, David Silva (Manchester City) 347, Steven Pienaar (Everton) 325.

Top teams: Manchester City 2,188, Manchester United 2,045, Arsenal 1,873.

n Tackles - top players: Sandro (Tottenham) 63, James McCarthy (Wigan) 58, Mousa Dembele (Tottenham) 49.

Top teams: Wigan 362, Tottenham 348, QPR 322.

n Distance covered (kmetres): Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) 208.05, Jonathan Walters (Stoke) 206.74, Leon Osman (Everton) 204.77.