Another weekend of Premier League action has come and gone, another episode of epic drama has unfolded.
Liverpool and Arsenal landed the early blows in terms of the Premier League derbies while Stoke City and Newcastle United got their first positive results of the season to ensure the Premier League table looks a little more respectable for them today.
Here is our team of the week.
GK – David Stockdale
This is going to sound like a strange one considering Fulham were beaten by Newcastle but Stockdale was superb throughout the 1-0 loss. The saves he made and the command he showed around his own penalty area gave the West London side a glimmer of hope in terms of snatching a point.
RB – Glen Johnson
Before he was forced off after taking a knock Johnson produced the sort of performance against Manchester United, which Liverpool fans have rarely seen. He played like a world class full back at both ends of the pitch, solid in defence and more than competent getting forward.
CB – Martin Skrtel
He is joined by Martin Skrtel in the team of the week who would have been viewed as a potential weakness by Manchester United before the match yesterday. He came in for Kolo Toure and looked as though he’d never been out of the side, giving Brendan Rodgers a real headache over what to do when Toure returns.
CB – Laurent Koscielny
The Frenchman is probably one of the most frustrating players for Arsenal fans to watch. One week he looks as though he’s never defended before and another week, he produces the sort of performance he produced against Tottenham Hotspur, complete in every department and unmoveable as Spurs tried to break through.
LB – Ben Davies
It was a close call between Ben Davies of Swansea City and Leighton Baines of Everton but the Swansea man just gets the nod. Davies showed a good attacking side to his game grabbing a goal and also looked very solid whether exposed at left back or tucked in beside the centre back.
RM – Dwight Gayle
Gayle is sometimes played out wide, showing an urgency to get into a central attacking role. For someone who was in non-league football not too long ago, the impact he has in Premier League football is quite frightening. His ability to control the ball with his blistering pace was too much for Sunderland.
CM – Leroy Fer
Norwich City appear to have got themselves a very effective player in the middle of the pitch. Fer made eight successful tackles in the match against Southampton, showing great timing and curbing of his aggression as he went about his business, looking to break up the attacking play.
CM – Etienne Capoue
Although Capoue was on the losing side against Arsenal and was unfortunately stretchered off with a bad injury, he makes the team of the week for similar reasons to Fer. His ability to read the game and make interceptions created more examples of him popping up to steal the ball than I can remember.
LM – Hatem Ben Arfa
Alan Pardew has always spoken of the quality that Newcastle’s Hatem Ben Arfa possesses but we’ve not always seen it. Ben Arfa produced a stunning goal which was enough for his side to get the better of Fulham and Newcastle will be hoping he can now improve his consistency.
ST – Olivier Grioud
Giroud continued his good start to the season scoring the winner in the North London derby against Spurs. Giroud has the appearance of a cast iron target man but he’s showing that there is a much more subtle side to his game. The 26-year-old has four goals already this season.
ST – Nathan Redmond
Nathan Redmond has been under a lot of pressure since his switch to Norwich City and he showed against Southampton how effective he can be attacking from wide and central areas. He makes the second striker position for his long range effort, his pace and the fact he seems to scare the life out of any defender he’s running at.
What do you think? Who should have made the team of the week?
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