The Premier League this weekend saw some interesting and closely fought matches with top stars returning from International duty giving their best to get their club’s going after the break. Manchester City and Newcastle United had huge victories while many other teams also picked three points on the day.

Here is the team of the week for Match Day 9 of the new season of the Barclays Premier League.

GK:

Simon Mignolet (Liverpool)

The Belgian shot-stopper was in top form as he made more than a couple of impressive saves to keep Jurgen Klopp’s men in the game till the end. The Tottenham forwards were frustrated by the keeper many a times as he helped his team pick up a point in the first game for the new manager.

DEF:

Hector Bellerin (Arsenal)

Bellerin was one of the best players on the pitch for Arsenal against Watford. He showed great presence of mind and defensive stability down the right flank and provided the width in attack with bursts down the flank. A complete performance from Arsenal’s wing back saw his keep a clean sheet.

Chris Smalling (Manchester United)

Smalling has grown in confidence as the season has passed and showed his class against in-form striker Lukaku at the Goodison Park. He rarely gave him any space to play with and also set up attacks from the back providing the assist for Schneiderlin’s goal.

Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur)

The tall Tottenham center half had a great day in defense against Liverpool’s lone striker Divock Origi. He was never troubled by his Belgian counterpart as he comfortably defended most of the aerial balls played into his box. Another commanding performance from him.

MID-FIELD:

Ander Herrera (Manchester United)

The 26-year old Spaniard was at his best at the Goodison Park as he completed a 93% passing accuracy on the day. He was commanding in the center of the park and also scored a well-taken goal in the first half. He also latched onto a mistake from Jagielka and provided the assist for United’s third goal.

Georginio Wijnaldum (Newcastle United)

Became the first player after Alan Shearer to score 4 goals for Newcastle United, in the game against Norwich. He was un-playable on the day as he troubled the Norwich defense every time he go on the ball. Arguably the player of the week.

Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)

The Citizens were missing the services of Aguero and David Silva, but young Raheem Sterling made sure that they do not feel their absence. He got the first hat trick of his career but also contributed in defense when needed. He also sent in loads of crosses that kept the Bournemouth defense on their toes.

Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United)

Sissoko had a great game against Norwich city as he ran them ragged till the final whistle. He got 4 assists for himself in the game and was relentless in his approach all throughout the game.

Mesut Ozil (Arsenal)

The German International showed his class against a weak Watford side as he often found space and picked the right pass when needed. His vision was highlighted when he found Alexis Sanchez in loads of space with a pin point ball that carved the defenses. Picked up 2 assists in the game.

ATTACK:

Wilfried Bony (Manchester City)

Manuel Pellegrini will be ecstatic with the way Bony played against Bournemouth. With Aguero out of the game, he had to step up and he did with 2 goals to his name. His movement and trickery were just too much to handle for the newly promoted team.

Jamie Vardy (Leicester)

The top goal scorer in the Premier League this season, Jamie Vardy continued his goal-scoring prowess as he put two past the Saints and gave his club a point after going two down in the first half. His finishing was as good as ever and he looks like a great prospect for the future.

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