It's been another exciting weekend of action in the Barclays Premier League this weekend as shock results dominated the headlines. West Brom's 2-1 victory over Chelsea was the major surprise until what then followed at Carrow Road, with Norwich beating United 1-0. It goes without saying that rightly so, Norwich and Weat Brom players form the spine of this week's team as a result.
Meanwhile the North London derby saw a fantastic game of football, possibly ruined by Adebayor's sending off, but nevertheless an enthral long game as Arsenal prevailed over Spurs. Based on AVB's tactical decision to drop to three at the back in the second half of that match, I've gone with a 3-5-2 formation to compliment the fantastic attacking displays this week.
Sadly this means that the excellent full back performances of Maicon, Jose Enrique and particularly Javier Garrido are not recognised in selection though have been credited. Anyway I hope you enjoy the side I've chosen and agree with my selections.
GK: Boaz Myhill - In the absence of Ben Foster from the West Brom side, Myhill has stepped in between the posts admirably. His performance against Chelsea showed Foster shouldn't expect to come straight back in upon his return as Myhill's second half performance in particular showed terrific composure and concentration to fend off a barrage of Chelsea attacks. Fantastic effort.
Unlucky to miss out: John Ruddy
CB: Michael Turner - Following a rocky start to his Norwich City career that had many football fans questioning whether he was capable at this level, his rejuvenation has come full circle as the former Sunderland man produced yet another fine performance as Norwich shocked Man Utd on Saturday evening. Solid in defence alongside Sebastien Bassong, nothing was getting through the pair.
Unlucky to miss out: John O'Shea
CB: Jonas Olsson - Like Myhill, a key component of the West Brom resistance, forming a dependable figure amongst the Baggies defence. Perhaps lucky not to have conceded a penalty when Eden Hazard's shot rebounded off the Swede's arm, but tasked with making Chelsea's £50 million man Fernando Torres, Olsson remained calm and strong, resilient to the end.
Unlucky to miss out: Martin Skrtel
CB: Sebastien Bassong - Alongside Turner, kept United out for the full 90 minutes, becoming only the second team to have done so this season. Was excellent at the heart of the Norwich defence, marshalling the defence well and showing the potential that many believed he possessed in his time at Newcastle and Tottenham. If he can continue his learning arc, he will be a great purchase for the Canaries.
Unlucky to miss out: Sean Morrison
WG: Hatem Ben Arfa - The bright light in a poor performance from the Magpies as they went down to Michael Laudrup's Swansea. The Frenchman was at his near mercurial finest against Swansea, troubling the Swans defence with his penetrative dribbling and service to Newcastle's frontmen. Was very unlucky not to find the net himself on a few occasions. Hugely unlucky to be on the losing side.
Unlucky to miss out: Theo Walcott
CM: Santi Cazorla - Yet another classy performance from Cazorla, even if the task had been made easier against Spurs after Adebayor's 15th minute dismissal for a mistimed tackle on him. Once again every aspect of Arsenal's key attacking opportunities flowed through the Spaniard. An assist for Olivier Giroud to establish a two goal lead was followed by a goal for Cazorla himself. One word - Class.
Unlucky to miss out:
CM: Youssuf Mulumbu - One of my favourite players this year. Under Steve Clarke he's gone from strength to strength, rightly earning plenty of plaudits, which will no doubt continue after yet another influential showing against Chelsea. Forceful in the tackle and direct in bringing the ball forward, his technique and temperament will help him to the top of the game if he can continue to produce consistently.
Unlucky to miss out: Alex Tettey
CM: Wes Hoolahan - Hoolahan continued his fine recent form against United with yet another controlling performance of flair, creativity and vision. Often seen previously as a luxury player, Hughton took a chance with the Irishman against arguably the toughest opposition the league has to offer and was rewarded greatly. Penetrative passes were aplenty as Hoolahan cut open the Vidic-less United defence.
Unlucky to miss out: David Silva
WG: Anthony Pilkington - Not just in the team for his goal but his general all-round performance that kept United on their toes throughout. Created multiple attacking opportunities, whether through cutting deliveries or bearing down on goal himself. When Javier Garrido's deadly cross was swung in, Pilkington's header past Anders Lindegaard was just reward for an excellent display.
Unlucky to miss out: Jason Puncheon
ST: Luis Suarez - It may be harsh but we've all accepted that Liverpool have such a heavy reliance on the Uruguayan to produce the goods, and once again Suarez stepped up. Against Wigan it looked as if it was going to be one of them days until Suarez clinically gave the Reds the lead. Wigan's resistance was broken and another goal from the striker secured three points for Liverpool and his place in this weekends side.
Unlucky to miss out: Adam Le Fondre
ST: Shane Long - Maybe Long did not get the brace that Tevez, Aguero and Le Fondre did, but his all round performance against the Blues was exquisite and deserving of his place in the team. His sharp movement and understanding of where the ball would be played cause the Chelsea defence problems all afternoon, evident when he headed the Baggies ahead before setting Odemwingie up for the winner. Criminally underrated player.
Unlucky to miss out: Carlos Tevez
Who makes your team of the weekend?
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