Who joins Sterling and the Ox in the team of the week?

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Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Stoke City, Sunderland and West Ham United stars all feature.

Another dramatic round of Premier League fixtures has come to an end with both Manchester clubs on the receiving end of defeats, with City falling to their first home loss of the season.

Meanwhile at the other end of the table, there was a fantastic derby day win for Sunderland against Newcastle, while Cardiff City picked up a vital three points in their bid for safety.

Here’s our team of the week.

GK – Asmir Begovic (Stoke City)

The huge goalkeeper played a vital role in keeping Manchester United at bay, which allowed Stoke to protect their slender advantage.

RB – Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea)

Scored a cracker of a goal to win the game for Chelsea but also looked sound and solid defensively in the face of heavy pressure.

CB – Per Mertesacker (Arsenal)

The German was at his imperial best against Crystal Palace, offering strength through the heart of the Arsenal back four.

CB – John O’Shea (Sunderland)

O’Shea showed a lot of class and experience in an intimidating environment at St James Park. He gave his side the confidence to get forward and play.

LB – Erik Pieters (Stoke City)

Made a vital tackle on Juan Mata as the Manchester United midfielder was about to shoot and more than likely score.

RM – Raheem Sterling (Liverpool)

Arguably the best player on the pitch for Liverpool in their draw against West Brom. A constant threat and played sensible, forward thinking football.

CM – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal)

The Ox was outstanding against Crystal Palace and proved that he can do a job through the middle of the team, grabbing two important goals in the process.

CM – Charlie Adam (Stoke City)

His brace was enough to help Stoke over the winning line against United. He showed the sort of performance he failed to provide during his time with Liverpool.

LM – Wilfried Zaha (Cardiff City)

Zaha had a rare chance to get stuck into a game and be influential as Cardiff defeated Norwich last weekend. He’s not been getting chances for Manchester United, but he came off the bench for Cardiff and turned the game on its head.

ST – Fabio Borini (Sunderland)

Liverpool fans must get pretty excited every time they see Borini have a great game for the Black Cats. He was a real nuisance and showed great composure under pressure.

ST – Andy Carroll (West Ham United)

Showed brilliant aerial ability and won nearly every aerial duel he went for. Played sensible football, flicking the ball onto others in great positions.

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