The five best dribblers in the Premier League

Gervinho

Liverpool, Arsenal, QPR, Chelsea and Newcastle United players feature on the list, which includes some of the most exciting players in English football.

Here's a look at who has been giving the most trouble to Premier League defences...

Hatem Ben Arfa: The Frenchman is in a league of his own when it comes to taking on an opponent. In terms of the statistics, Ben Arfa completes just shy of five successful dribbles a game, with the next best player clocking 3.3. Wherever he is on the pitch, it's almost taken for granted that the first defender unfortunate enough to try and tackle him will be left looking a little foolish, and then possibly the second and third defenders too. On those occasions where these displays of dribbling result in a goal, it's usually a contender for goal of the season, as evidenced by his strike against Blackburn going up for the Puskas award this year.

Luis Suarez: As the only real striker on this list, Suarez often has to produce his dribbles in tighter areas than others, and it testament to his brilliance on the ball how often he can manufacture a shooting opportunity despite the attentions of several defenders. Suarez has been superb this season for Liverpool, and a major part of that is his ability to beat a man in spaces where nothing looks possible.

Adel Taarabt: Whilst Taarabt hasn't always been the most effective player in the Premier League, no one can argue with his talent for gliding past an opponent. His tricks and flicks can sometimes look a little pointless, but when it all comes together and he suddenly moves past two or three players into the final third, you'll be prepared to forgive him those moments of indulgence.

Eden Hazard: The Belgian has been excellent for Chelsea since his summer move, and whilst most of their attacking play depends on quick passes and movement amongst the front four, Hazard has still shown on plenty of occasions that he can offer a threat with his dribbling as well. Like Suarez, Hazard can produce incredible control when under huge amounts of pressure, something proved by the slew of penalties he won at the start of the season before defenders realised it might be best to be more circumspect around him in the box.

Gervinho: It's fair to say the Ivorian is not everyone's cup of tea, and his mazy dribbles are somewhat undermined by the regularly fluffed pass or shot that comes at the end of them. However Gervinho is one of the most natural players with the ball at his feet in the Premiership, indeed this immense skill is part of the reason he is so frustrating in his lack of output. He is perhaps less intricate than some of the others on this list, but his direct pace with the ball, coupled with his ability to turn players in tight spaces, make him a worthy inclusion.

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