It was another fascinating round of Premier League action, which saw the first huge upset of the season with Cardiff City beating Manchester City and the first clash of the titans with Manchester United and Chelsea sharing the points at Old Trafford.
There were several inspired performances based on the weekend’s action and Monday night’s game, so who has made it into the team of the week?
GK – Ben Foster
Foster produced the sort of form for West Brom in their 0-0 draw at Everton, which showed just why Manchester United invested all that time and interest in him several years ago. He made a string of fine saves to keep the Baggies in that game in a glimpse of the sort of form he’s capable of.
RB – Branislav Ivanovic
The Chelsea defender had a superb game against Manchester United and forced David Moyes’ team to play the majority of their wide attacking play down the right, which made them slightly more predictable and easier to contain. There have always been questions over whether Ivanovic should be playing at right back but this was one of his best performances.
CB – Bacary Sagna
The reason the Arsenal man gets into the team of the week is because he was playing out of position against Fulham, away from home in what could have been a far more difficult match for him. His energy, pace and strength were all superb and he read the game brilliantly.
CB – Curtis Davies
The Hull City defender gets into the team for the way he kept his back four solid and organised under heavy pressure as Norwich City tried to chase down a one goal deficit. Davies barely made an error, as he was dominant in the air and superb with his timing on the deck.
LB – Ashley Cole
Cole had to endure a lot of pressure against Manchester United defensively while also needing to get forward to provide width and to ease the pressure on the midfield by creating an extra outlet. Antonio Valencia tested his pace and strength to the limit but he came through all tests well.
RM – Andros Townsend
The Spurs youngster produced one of his best performances for the club against Swansea City. He looked a real threat throughout the match with his movement a real pain for the Welsh side. He also had enough about him to force a foul, which saw Spurs awarded their vital penalty.
CM – Santi Cazorla
What more can be said about the Arsenal midfield maestro? At times he firmly had Fulham under his spell and he was the catalyst which everything went through for the Gunners. He barely misplaced a pass and controlled the tempo of the game well throughout the 90 minutes.
AM – Wayne Rooney
Rooney played in behind Robin van Persie against Chelsea and he showed just why he is so important to David Moyes’ side. His movement, his range of passing and his ability to run beyond van Persie from an attacking midfield position is something the Blues never quite got to grips with despite the 0-0 score line.
CM – Aaron Ramsey
Ramsey looked far more mature against Fulham than in some of the performances he’s put in for the Gunners in the recent past. His heat map for the match shows an almost perfect circle around the middle of the pitch as he switched between attacking and defensive roles when Arsenal had and didn’t have possession.
LM – Lukas Podolski
Another Arsenal man gets into the team of the week for his brace against Fulham, which showed just how important it is for the North London side to keep hold of the German. Podolski is being linked with a move back to the Bundesliga but he showed both sides of his game against Fulham; his ability to play wide plus his deadliness as a forward.
ST – Daniel Sturridge
Sturridge just seems to be getting better and better in a Liverpool shirt and his goal against Aston Villa gets him the sole striker position in the team of the week. His confidence, fitness and form are all fantastic at the moment and it will be interesting to see if he keeps Luis Suarez confined to the subs bench when the Uruguayan returns.
What do you think? Who is in your team of the week?
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