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Pierre-Emerick Aubame-fang has biting chunks out of Premier League defences for Arsenal
Pierre-Emerick Aubame-fang has been biting chunks out of opposing defenders for Arsenal all year.

“Darkness falls across the land. The midnight hour is close at hand …”

That’s right — it’s that time of year again. Halloween is a time when the temperature is dropping, the nights are drawing in, and the barrier between our world and the world of ghosts and spirits is at its thinnest.

To mark the spookiest day of the year, the Toe Poke has assembled its annual terrifying team of Premier League stars, using players who are spending Oct. 31 in the England for the first time.

Be warned! ESPN FC's Halloween XI for 2018 will make your skin crawl...
Be warned! ESPN FC’s Halloween XI for 2018 will make your skin crawl.

Kepa Arrizabalagaaaaaa

As if the lurid green kit weren’t off-putting enough, strikers beware the fearsome wail of Chelsea’s ghoulish goalkeeper.

Lucas Grave-Digne

Never happier than when he’s ploughing down the left flank and into space (where no one can hear you scream).

Stephan Frankenlichsteiner

Arsenal’s grizzled, veteran full-back is so old, he is held together by nuts and bolts.

Aymereeek Laporte

The Manchester City defender is certainly a frightful sight for any opposing forward.

Di-ogre Dalot

He might be young, but Manchester United look like they’ve signed a monster of a defender.

Matteo Guend-oozing

He might be oozing class, or he might be oozing mysterious ectoplasm. Either way, he’s definitely oozing something.


The Brazilian midfielder has given opponents another reason to be afraid — very afraid — when they arrive at Anfield.

The Exploding Heads bring you the chilling tale of Jose Mourinho’s three-year curse.


Chelsea’s midfield maestro slices through the opposition with his eerily accurate passing as easily as a knife through a Halloween pumpkin.

Ahwoooooo Moutinho

The Portuguese playmaker might have asked “Where? Wolves?” when the bid from Molineux came, but he left Manchester United fans howling with his late equaliser.

Pierre-Emerick Aubame-fang

The Arsenal man has wasted little time sinking his teeth into defenders as he feasts on goals, goals, goals.

Lucas Gore-ra

The Tottenham winger has left many a quivering defence with twisted blood after one of his diabolical dribbling runs.

Graphics created by Aurelien Huet

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