Ben Arfa and Barry plus...? Five heroes of the Premier League weekend

Jussi Jaaskelainen places the ball

Featuring players from Everton, West Brom, West Ham, Tottenham and Newcastle as well as one we can't make our mind up about

Five heroes from the Premier League weekend:

Gareth Barry

Many people will have selected Steven Naismith for his winner against Chelsea but Gareth Barry played a massive part on his debut in a great team effort. Notably he pulled off a wonderful challenge to deny Samuel Eto’o from tapping in to give Chelsea the lead. Barry’s calmness and experience gave Everton a lot of control and frustrated Mourinho’s men. An impressive debut.

Gareth McAuley

It looked as if it was going to be another miserable afternoon for West Bromwich Albion this season as they trailed late on to Fulham at Craven Cottage. But up popped Gareth McAuley to head home the Baggies’ first goal of the season to prevent them from sitting at the bottom of the table.

Jussi Jaaskelainen

If it wasn’t for this man, West Ham would have suffered back-to-back defeats. The Finnish keeper produced several top class saves that prevented Southampton from taking all three points. As a result West Ham have mirrored Southampton’s start to the season as they both sit on five points.

Gylfi Sigurdsson

He might have to thank new Spurs’ teammate Christian Eriksen for his help with the opener, but ultimately Sigurdsson was the difference between Tottenham and Norwich as he managed to grab both goals to give his side three wins out of four.

Hatem Ben Arfa

Yet again he demonstrated why he is worth a new contract at Newcastle United as he scored one and set one up to give the Magpies two wins from two, and is showing just how valuable a player he is for Newcastle United.

The one we can’t decide on:

Jonjo Shelvey: Is he a hero for scoring early on against his former club, and then setting up an equaliser for Michu? Or is he a villain for playing a big part in both of Liverpool’s goals last night? You can vote in our poll on twitter as to whether you think Shelvey is a hero or villain after last night’s performance.

image: © Ben Sutherland

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