Football: OPTA: SUPER STATS SPECIAL; THE French Took the Premiership by Storm in August. Sylvain Wiltord Earned the Highest Rating as a Striker, with Compatriots Luis Saha and Thierry Henry Close Behind Him, While Robert Pires Came Top of the Midfielders, According to Statistics Produced by Opta. in Fact, Arsenal's Form Gave Them Four Players in the Team of the Month

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PLAYER OF THE MONTH MICHAEL RICKETTS

HE may not have finished top of his category, but the Bolton hotshot's goals have helped his side reach the Premiership summit.

TEAM OF THE MONTH

SCHMEICHEL

Aston Villa RIGGOTT

Derby HYYPIA

Liverpool LAUREN

Arsenal COLE

Arsenal HAMANN

Liverpool REUSER

Ipswich GEORGE

Ipswich WILTORD

Arsenal SAHA

Fulham

STRIKERS

SYLVAIN WILTORD

THE French thoroughbred came out of the shadow of his more illustrious strike partner Thierry Henry with some sparkling performances.

TOP 10 Name Club Score

1 S Wiltord Arsenal 1540

2 L Saha Fulham 1381

3 T Henry Arsenal 1079

4 P Di Canio West Ham 1058

5 D Ferguson Everton 1044

6 F Ravanelli Derby 921

7 M Owen Liverpool 889

8 K Campbell Everton 880

9 Van Nistelrooy Man Utd 863

10 M Ricketts Bolton 813

MIDFIELDERS

ROBERT PIRES

ARSENAl have twice hit four goals in games so far and that has a lot to do with Pires. He sets them up, others knock them in.TOP 10 Name Club Score

1 R Pires Arsenal 2151

2 D Hamann Liverpool 1952

3 F George Ipswich 1821

4 G McAllister Liverpool 1624

5 D Beckham Man Utd 1614

6 R Keane Man Utd 1584

7 JS Veron Man Utd 1494

8 D Anderton Tottenham 1248

9 M Reuser Ipswich 1238

10 P Scholes Man Utd 1169

GOALKEEPERS

PETER SCHMEICHEL

RUMOURS were that big Peter was on the verge of retirement before Villa snapped him up. And the great Dane's form shows he's got plenty left in the tank.

TOP 10 Name Club Score

1 P Schmeichel Villa 1436

2 D Kiely Charlton 1408

3 N Sullivan Tottenham 1375

4 N Martyn Leeds 1133

5 M Poom Derby 1052

6 E Van der Sar Fulham 991

7 S Hislop West Ham 954

8 J Jaaskelainen Bolton 940

9 P Gerrard Everton 768

10 S Given Newcastle 716

DEFENDERS

SAMI HYYPIA

HIP hip hooray for Hyypia. …