Another weekend has passed and another exciting round of Premier League matches have taken place.
Liverpool made their first slip up this season against Swansea City, Chelsea suffered their first defeat and Manchester United got back on track with a win against Crystal Palace.
Here is our team of the week.
GK – Jussi Jaaskelainen
The Finnish goalkeeper was absolutely outstanding for West Ham as they secured a point in a 0-0 draw away at Southampton. Several times he found himself under pressure, with no protection and only himself between Southampton and the lead, producing fine saves that kept the Hammers in it.
RB – Carl Jenkinson
Jenkinson seems to be thriving at Arsenal and looks a better player with every chance he’s being given. Both parts of his game looked solid against Sunderland but he was especially productive in an attacking sense, delivering a cross for Aaron Ramsey to volley home.
CB – Ashley Williams
Swansea’s captain makes the side for his no nonsense, gutsy performance against Liverpool. Not only were there numerous examples of him sticking up for his side, he looked unbreakable against a very talented Liverpool midfield and attack, with the visitors only scoring due to two Jonjo Shelvey errors.
CB – Gareth McAuley
McAuley’s header salvaged a point for Hull against Cardiff City and that was just one of the positive things about his game. He looked immensely comfortable sitting in Hull’s back four at Premier League level. He was rarely caught out of position and made the right decision every time he was put under pressure.
LB – Danny Rose
Danny Rose gets into the side because his basic defensive game against Norwich City was superb. He made a couple of world class blocks but it was the simplicity of his passing in his own defensive third and further up the pitch when he looked to attack, which was most impressive.
RM – Hatem Ben Arfa
Ben Arfa is clearly one of, if not, the most important attacking players that Newcastle have in their current squad. He caused Aston Villa headaches continuously throughout Newcastle’s 2-1 win at Villa Park.
CM – Aaron Ramsey
Ramsey is in the best form of his Arsenal career so far. He’s getting forward, getting on the end of chances and doing his basic job as a midfielder effectively. He certainly doesn’t look out of place alongside some of the other top class midfielder Arsenal have available.
CM – Mesut Ozil
It’s another Arsenal man forming the centre of midfield, as Mesut Ozil made a very pleasing Arsenal debut. He looked extremely comfortable in his first Premier League match. His skill to control a long ball before a precise pass for Olivier Giroud to slot home was world class.
LM – Christian Eriksen
Fair enough Eriksen isn’t a winger, but he had to fit in somewhere across the midfield. Another superb performance with a beautiful assist for Gylfi Sigurdsson’s goal. He looks extremely comfortable on the ball under pressure which is a tribute to the way he was coached at Ajax.
ST – Wayne Rooney
Rooney gets into the side for his performance against Crystal Palace which was his first match after a spell out for a head injury. He looks world class playing the number ten role, dropping off to midfield and pushing on to support Robin van Persie. He capped it all off with a superbly placed free kick for his goal.
ST – Olivier Giroud
Giroud responded well after a disappointing international break with France. He produced a slick and precise finish from a Mesut Ozil pass to continue his fine form. He’s proving on a weekly basis he’s a much better player than just a big, tall striker that Arsenal hit the ball long to.
Who do you think should have been in the team of the week?
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