The New Year bough along with it loads of excitement for the EPL fans as the first weekend of Premier League football of the year did not fail to impress. There were some scintillating goals and some un-believable performances from individual players that helped their team in the pursuit of success at the end of the season.
Here is the best XI from this week’s Premier League fixtures:
Petr Cech (Arsenal):
In a game where Arsenal’ flowing football was just not seen, summer accusation Petr Cech ran away with the accolades with a number of point blank saves that saw the Gunners reach the top of the table after 20 games.
Ashley Young (Manchester United):
Because of all the injuries to the squad, Van Gaal played Ashley Young once again as a right back and for once, the player excelled in his position. Young was one of the brightest stars for United on Saturday as he was relentless in his energy up and down the flank.
James Collins (West Ham United):
Making 17 clearances and losing just one ariel battle in the 90 minutes, James Colling showed his experience to keep out the likes of Benteke, Coutinho and Firmino and give West Ham a clean sheet and all three points on the night.
Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal):
One of the most consistent defenders in the Premier League, Koscielny was at the heart of the Arsenal defense making 3 blocks and 7 interceptions at the Emirates stadium where Newcastle were the better team on the night.
Aaron Cresswell (West Ham United):
The ex-Millwall defender was at his best against Liverpool as he put in a great shift to minimize the visitor’s threat down his flank. He also gave good support to Lanzini up ahead as he made a number of over-lapping runs that caught out the Liverpool defense.
Mark Noble (West Ham United):
A captain’s performance on the night to see off the Merseysiders, Mark Noble was relentless in his pressing and hurrying of the Liverpool mid-field as he put them under serious pressure and the likes of Coutinho and Firmino no time on the ball.
The best player in a Chelsea shirt this season, Willian produced another brilliant performance against Crystal Palace as he troubled the defenders constantly with his pace and trickery. He scored a screamer from outside the penalty box as Chelsea sealed all three points from the game.
Michail Antonio (West Ham):
The 4th Hammer in the team of the week, Antonio was the major reason for West Ham’s victory at Liverpool. He was energetic all game as he made a 80 yard sprint to give West Ham the lead and was superb defensively when Liverpool were throwing men forward in the final stages.
Wayne Rooney (Manchester Untied):
Was finally an attacking threat in the front line for Manchester United against Swansea as he came close to scoring a couple of times and also gave his team all three points with an atrocious back heel. Needs to find some consistency going into the rest of the season.
Diego Costa (Chelsea):
Came back after sitting out the previous games and had one of his best games of the season. Was more active the final third as he ran rings around the Palace defenders. Also got himself on the clean sheet after setting up Oscar for the first Chelsea goal.
Anthony Martial (Manchester United):
His directness and willingness to take on a defender was great to watch on the night as the young French international linked up well with his team mates in the final third. Scored the first goal with a header from Young’s cross and also assisted Wayne Rooney’s winner in the 2-1 victory.