Another tremendous weekend of Premier League action has passed with Manchester City defeated, Chelsea drawing at home and Manchester United edging out Arsenal in the mega clash yesterday.
Tottenham fell to defeat against Newcastle while several other clubs all made gains, with some losing ground at either end of the table.
Here’s our Premier League team of the week.
GK – Tim Krul (Newcastle United)
Krul produced possibly the best exhibition of goalkeeping you are going to see this season against Spurs. He made 14 key saves over the course of 90 minutes which helped his side to protect their lead and left Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas cursing his side’s luck.
RB – Chris Smalling (Manchester United)
Smalling had a very good game against Arsenal, taking care of his side of the pitch, which made Arsenal’s creative midfielders easier to contain. He stepped up, especially in the second-half after United captain Nemanja Vidic had been withdrawn.
CB – Jonas Olsson (West Bromwich Albion)
Olsson was a key part of a Baggies back four which frustrated Chelsea for long periods at Stamford Bridge. He made the right decision at the right times and kept his defence organised around him. His leadership was also vital in helping the side protect their lead until that dramatic late penalty.
CB – Martin Skrtel (Liverpool)
Skrtel has gone from being one of the Liverpool stars who may have left over the summer to arguably the best centre back at the club. He was superb against Fulham in the air and dealing with a variety of threats on the ground.
LB – Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton)
Clyne is of course a right-back but he had to get into the back four somewhere. He was superb against Hull as the Saints eased to victory. He looks like a very mature player, which is surprising as he’s only 22-years-old.
RM – Adam Lallana (Southampton)
Another Saints player who makes the team of the week is Adam Lallana. He scored one of the best individual goals you’re likely to see this weekend, taking the ball past several helpless Hull plays before a neat little finish into the far corner.
CM – Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)
Gerrard was his typical self in Liverpool’s win, sitting in the midfield pulling the strings and connecting all sections of the team. He looked very comfortable in possession and fed players in more advanced positions frequently. The only thing missing from his performance was a goal.
CM – Stephane Sessegnon (West Bromwich Albion)
Another player in this week’s team playing out of position. Sessegnon showed great versatility against Chelsea to drop off from the top of the Baggies attack and into an attacking midfield position. His goal came as a result of a Petr Cech mistake but it was still a very solid performance.
LM – Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City)
Snodgrass gave manager Chris Hughton the lift he needed as Norwich saw off West Ham in a 3-1 win. He looked fresh, quick and difficult to deal with down the flanks and his performance was capped off by a stunning free kick which allowed his side to get their noses in front.
ST – Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)
Rooney was sensational against Arsenal. He linked up well with Robin van Persie, he dropped off and played effectively in midfield and he chased anyone in an Arsenal shirt in defence. David Moyes couldn’t have asked for more commitment from one of his attacking players.
ST – Luis Suarez (Liverpool)
Suarez looks a great bet for the Premier League golden boot which is remarkable considering he missed the start of the season. He was fantastic against Fulham, adding a brace to his tally which took the match away quickly from the West Londoners.
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