The Premier League produced some fantastic football matches to watch over the weekend with Arsenal seeing their lead reduced as Manchester City and Liverpool threw down real markers of intent.
There was also movement at the other end of the table as the teams scrapping towards the bottom three try to gain some momentum heading into a busy winter period where the games come thick and fast.
Here’s our team of the week.
GK – Asmir Begovic (Stoke City)
The Stoke shot stopper produced some superb saves during the 0-0 draw at Hull City. Every time he was called upon, he responded and often provided some calm in a chaotic back four.
RB – Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City)
The Argentinian showed some real glimpses of form in this game as he played well going forward but also in defence. He made it very difficult for Arsenal to play down his side of the pitch.
CB – Vincent Kompany (Manchester City)
Kompany came back into the side after being subbed for the match against Bayern Munich. He dealt with Olivier Giroud superbly and looked up for the physical scrap from the very first whistle.
CB – Martin Skrtel (Liverpool)
What a turnaround in form Martin Skrtel has gone through since that friction with Brendan Rodgers, which led many to suggest he could leave Anfield. He dealt with every trick Tottenham tried to get through the Liverpool defence.
LB – Jon Flanagan (Liverpool)
Flanagan was under the magnifying glass a little bit yesterday. Plenty would have been wondering how he’d cope against the pace Spurs have out wide but he looked comfortable and grabbed a goal to cap a superb performance.
RM – Antonio Valencia (Manchester United)
United fans have been calling out for ages to see the old Valencia, the winger who terrorised left-backs and that’s exactly what they got against Aston Villa. His pace and skill on the ball made him close to unplayable.
CM – Fernandinho (Manchester City)
The Brazilian finally showed the sort of form and class that justified his massive summer price tag. He popped up all over the pitch against Arsenal, reinventing himself every time he was challenged and showing great composure to score.
CM – Jordan Henderson (Liverpool)
If Liverpool fans had any concerns over how they would cope without Steven Gerrard, they can now put them to one side. Henderson pounced to grab a goal and he worked well with all of Liverpool’s other midfielders.
LM – Danny Welbeck (Manchester United)
Yes, Welbeck played up front against Aston Villa but we had to get him into the team somewhere. When United needed a big performance with Robin van Persie injured, Welbeck delivered.
ST – Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)
Not the first time he’s appeared in out team of the week and it won’t be the last. He’s right up there with anyone else in terms of the best strikers around Europe. His movement, pace, improvisation and composure was too much for the Gunners.
ST – Luis Suarez (Liverpool)
Brendan Rodgers produced a piece of genius naming Suarez as captain against Tottenham and he delivered. Great all round play and some great goals allowed Suarez to move onto 17 goals from 11 games this season. Remarkable.
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