There was plenty to talk about after another round of exciting and dramatic Premier League fixtures.
Arsenal managed to maintain their lead, Chelsea moved second after beating Manchester City, Manchester United got a vital win and Sunderland took three points in the derby against Newcastle.
Here is our team of the week.
GK – Tim Howard (Everton)
Howard’s penalty save from Aston Villa forward Christian Benteke was world class. His overall performance was solid and it was clear how much confidence he gives to the Everton back four. All parts of his game look as strong and consistent as they ever have been.
RB – Bacary Sagna (Arsenal)
The Frenchman had a solid game down the right side of Arsenal’s defence against Crystal Palace. He defended well and he protected the ball well, managing to complete 88% of his passes throughout the game.
CB – Per Mertesacker (Arsenal)
Mertesacker provided some key experience in the Arsenal back four when Crystal Palace built some momentum and started to produce waves of attacks. His understanding of other players around him is superb and he was able to lead and organise from the back with authority.
CB – Winston Reid (West Ham United)
Although West Ham’s game against Swansea City wasn’t the greatest spectacle of football you will ever see, Winston Reid deserves some credit for his defensive display. He was consistent throughout the 90 minutes and made it difficult for Swansea to play the ball through the middle.
LB – Leighton Baines (Everton)
Baines is such an important player for Everton, if they can keep him then they must. He’s effectiveness and understanding of space going forward compliments his defensive game well. He’s also able to land the football onto a 10p coin from distance which makes him crucial at set pieces.
RM – Jay Rodriguez (Southampton)
The Saints are playing some great football at the moment and they are one of the Premier League’s in form teams. Rodriguez was a crucial part of the midfield which was simply too good for Fulham to get to grips with and deal with.
CM – Gareth Barry (Everton)
If you ever wanted the best example of how Gareth Barry plays then watch his 90 minutes against Aston Villa. He protected the back four superbly, stepping in to make interceptions, tackling well and cutting off the angles, which made it difficult for Villa to move the ball quickly.
CM – Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)
Gerrard may not have got on the score sheet against West Brom but he was a key player in Liverpool’s team. He controlled the pace of the game and pulled the strings in the middle, delivering balls which made it easy for the likes of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge to get on the end of.
LM – Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City)
The Stoke midfielder provided a constant threat to Manchester United and he didn’t deserve to be on the losing side. He showed god variety going forward whether he was attacking the full back directly or looking to come inside into central areas.
ST – Luis Suarez (Liverpool)
A world class performance from a world class player. Some of the skill Suarez produced in the 4-1 win over West Brom embodied everything which is great about his game. A great nutmeg on a defender for his first goal was complimented by two great headers, the first a bullet from just inside the penalty area.
ST – Fernando Torres (Chelsea)
Torres is the main man in the Chelsea attack right now. He looks confident, he looks difficult to play against and he bagged his first Premier League goal of the season against Manchester City, as well as putting in the pass which led to Andre Schurrle’s opener.
What do you think? Who’s in your team of the week?
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