Another round of Premier League action has been and gone with Manchester United recovering from an apparent blip, Arsenal moving back to the top of the table and West Ham securing a vital away win.
There were some stand out performers from the latest round of action, we’ve taken a look and put together a Premier League team of the week.
GK – Joe Hart (Manchester City)
Hart was superb against Newcastle United and showed Manuel Pellegrini why he should never have been dropped in the first place.
RB – Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton)
Clyne had a solid game against West Brom and barely put a foot wrong in terms of his defensive work and his attacking support play.
CB – Per Mertesacker (Arsenal)
Mertesacker had a potentially difficult day at the office against Aston Villa but he was superb in the face of a physical battle and he coped well with Villa’s pace.
CB – Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal)
Koscielny has formed a great relationship in central defence alongside Mertesacker and he also had a solid game. He complimented the position and movement of his defensive partner superbly.
LB – Luke Shaw (Southampton)
Shaw’s reputation continues to grow at Southampton and in the Premier League. Defensively he was solid against West Brom and he’s becoming more effective in the opponent’s final third.
RM – Adam Johnson (Sunderland)
Johnson is capable of producing performances which make you wonder why Manchester City ever let him go. His attacking play against Fulham was as good as any other player in the Premier League.
CM – Gareth Barry (Everton)
Barry is superb for Everton when it comes to roaming that gap between his own defence and midfield. He made it extremely difficult for Norwich to move the ball fluently at any point.
CM – Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)
Wilshere gave one of his best performances of the season against Aston Villa. He showed great power and a good finish to score and superb vision to setup Olivier Giroud for Arsenal’s second goal.
LM – Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United)
Januzaj just gets better and better for United and he looks as though he’ll form part of their midfield for many seasons to come. Swansea couldn’t get to grips with his pace and movement off the ball.
ST – Alvaro Negredo (Manchester City)
Negredo has come into City and cemented one of the attacking spots up front. He’s playing with real confidence at the moment, with his strength and power providing him with some success against Newcastle.
ST – Luis Suarez (Liverpool)
Suarez was once again instrumental as Liverpool won away at Stoke City to stay in the race for a top four place. He bagged a brace in an entertaining 5-3 win.
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