Several Premier League stars showed up this weekend with Olivier Giroud playing well for Arsenal and Daniel Sturridge keeping Liverpool right in the hunt for at least fourth place.
There were also some good performances lower down the Premier League table with important wins for Hull City and Newcastle United among others.
Here’s our team of the week for the weekend just passed.
GK – John Ruddy (Norwich City)
Ruddy showed against Spurs just why England boss Roy Hodgson keeps regularly selecting him for England squads. A commanding all round performance with some top class saves to boot.
RB – Bacary Sagna (Arsenal)
Mr Reliable as far as the Gunners are concerned. Slotted in on the right hand side of defence against Sunderland and never really put a foot wrong.
CB – Vincent Kompany (Manchester City)
Kompany’s performance against Stoke City showcased the physical and mental strength he has. Stoke were always going to make it a tough, physical game and he responded well.
CB – John Terry (Chelsea)
It would be a major surprise if Terry doesn’t stay at Chelsea beyond this season. He popped up at a vital time with a vital goal, which eradicated potentially bitter responses to an otherwise poor Chelsea performance against Everton.
LB – Patrice Evra (Manchester United)
Evra would have been a target for Crystal Palace before their game against Manchester United started, as he lacks pace and a little agility. However, he was the man of the match as United won 2-0; superb going forward and superb defensively in terms of his position and awareness.
RM – Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City)
Worked hard throughout the game against Spurs and came up with an intelligent finish to score when his team needed it most.
CM – Jordan Henderson (Liverpool)
Henderson is arguably the most important player Liverpool have at the moment. His versatility to cover different positions and play different roles in Liverpool’s midfield makes him priceless.
CM – Jake Livermore (Hull City)
Livermore was directly responsible for helping to tear apart Cardiff over the weekend. An assist and a goal capped off a superb performance and he deserves a place in the midfield.
LM – Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool)
Sturridge has to fit into the team somewhere and he slots in on the left hand side. He’s often named in this role for Liverpool but his performance against Swansea showed how effective he is moving into central positions.
ST – Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)
It was important for Rooney to play well following his new contract and he did just that, producing arguably the goal of the weekend in the Premier League with a great strike.
ST – Olivier Giroud (Arsenal)
It was also important for Giroud to find some form following the issues that have plagued him away from the field. He was unplayable against Sunderland.
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