There were some fascinating matches and results from the weekend’s Premier League action.
Chelsea suffered the bitter taste of defeat away at Newcastle United, while Arsenal managed to increase their title credentials with a good win over Liverpool, as Manchester United continued to improve at Fulham.
Here is our team of the week after the latest round of fixtures.
GK – Asmir Begovic (Stoke City)
The Stoke goalkeeper had to make it into the team for becoming the joint highest Premier League scorer at the club this season. Begovic had a solid all round game, which was started well with his goal shortly after kick-off with an assist from the wind.
RB – Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle United)
The right-back had one of his best games since he joined Newcastle against Chelsea. He was solid throughout the game and stopped the West London side from attacking down that side of the pitch.
CB – Steven Caulker (Cardiff City)
Scored a great goal with a bullet header and played well to keep a very talented Swansea City attack quiet and looking fairly ordinary. His positioning was superb and he rarely looked flustered when Swansea played possession football in front of Cardiff’s back four.
CB – Vlad Chiriches (Tottenham Hotspur)
Spurs’ game against Everton is not one which will stick in the memory but Chiriches played a key role in helping Tottenham to keep a clean sheet. He was strong in the face of striker Romelu Lukaku and also read the play well, getting into positions to make his job easier.
LB – Patrice Evra (Manchester United)
Evra is one of the most reliable players that Manchester United have available. He played against Fulham with a slight knock and his performance could have further convinced David Moyes that a new contract for Evra should be a priority.
RM – Mikel Arteta (Arsenal)
Arteta is only at left midfield because we had to find a place for him in the side. He was solid in the holding role against Liverpool, easing any worries Arsenal fans would have had that their side can’t cope without Mathieu Flamini sitting and protecting the back four.
CM – Yaya Toure (Manchester City)
Completely dominant in every aspect against Norwich. He looked powerful and effective going forward and hard to get the better of in defence. When Toure plays well, it’s very difficult to see any other midfielder in the Premier League getting an edge over him.
CM – Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal)
Possibly the best box-to-box midfielder around at the moment. He was superb against Liverpool and added to his goal tally with a sensible finish. It will be interesting to see how he copes once sides find a tactical way of keeping him quiet.
LM – David Silva (Manchester City)
Another City star who had a superb game against Norwich. He controlled the left side of midfield well, drifting into central areas when there was space. He’s one of the best creative players in City’s team and makes it look so easy when it comes to linking the various sections of the side.
ST – Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)
Rooney looks so good in that role as the second striker, in behind the main target man. He had an almost complete performance against Fulham, which was hampered only by the deflection past his own goalkeeper. He looks like a very dangerous player right now.
ST – Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)
Aguero seems to be making the team of the week with alarming regularity at the moment. His movement and pace is frightening at the top of the City attack. He seems so effective in front of goal than even if he only gets one chance per match, he’ll more than likely put it into the back of the net.
What do you think? Who made your team of the week?
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