It was a week where the teams in the top half got closer to each other with Chelsea and Manchester City ending their game in a draw. Southampton was the only team in the top six to lose a game while the race for the Champions League got even tighter with a meager five point gap between third place Manchester United and seventh place Liverpool. Let’s recap the week gone by and see who made it to our team of the week.
While all the attention is at David De Gea and his contract situation at Old Trafford, there is a certain Hugo Lloris who has been keeping almost everything out of the goal for a resurgent Tottenham Hotspur team. He has been in incredible form and his heroics with a double save against West Brom, helped Spurs get closer to the Champions League birth.
He was part of our top 5 young talent to watch out for in the Premier League and with his cool and calm performance against defending champion Manchester City, he surely is going to be a regular starter in the heart of defense for Chelsea. In a match where the second half was completely dominated by Manchester City, the no-nonsense young defender ensured his side didn’t concede another goal.
Ashley Williams rounded off his great performance as he made two goal line clearances to deny Saido Mane from scoring against his side. Williams has been solid in the heart of defense of Swansea and was the standout performer in the match which was decided by Jonjo Shelvey’s thunder strike. It will be hard to imagine seeing him beyond this season for Swansea as a big club would line up for him if his current form continues.
With a resurgent Spurs team also making it to the League Cup final it seems that everyone is already putting their best to get on the team sheet for the Wembley’s final against London rivals Chelsea. Danny Rose was one of the standout performers on the weekend with goal line clearance at The Hawthhorns, he has always proved value for money for his team with 1 goal, 3 assists and 80% pass completion rate in the Premier League season thus far.
The former Barcelona youth product was effective in the five star performance of the Gunners against a struggling Aston Villa team. He also calmly finished off with a goal in the match.
Daley Blind has had a stuttering start to his Manchester United career with couple of injuries not allowing him to have a lengthy run in the team. Louis Van Gaal rates him highly due to his versatility and he was at his influential best against Leicester City, he also played a role in setting up compatriot Van Persie for the first goal of the match.
Mesut Ozil was one of the star players at Real Madrid before he was shipped to London. Unfortunately he has not been able to replicate his form for Arsenal, however he was at his best against Aston Villa. It is just a matter of time before he picks up his form and with everyone hitting top gear in the Arsenal squad they will be a delight to watch in the attacking third of the pitch.
Santi Cazorla was inspirational while Arsenal triumphed over Man City in their previous fixture and was again in his true elements against Aston Villa. His form has been the one of the main contributors for Arsenal’s current league position.
With the legendary Steven Gerrard moving out of Liverpool next season, the team will be built around Raheem Sterling. His short breaks are always questioned but at such a young age it’s definitely helping him as he always comes back fresher and sharper. It will be interesting to see how Liverpool can fend off interest from other clubs on this gem of a player in the near future.
Oliver Giroud has had his moments of madness but he is proving to be the perfect answer for reducing the goal worries of Arsene Wenger. He scores against all the top teams, links up beautifully with the midfield and his display against Villa will reassure Wenger that the he is the right man for leading the attack.
We thought that we would never see Jermain Defoe back again in the Premier League, but such is the game of Football that he his back again and seems to have given a lift to the entire Sunderland squad. He scored his first goal since his return from Toronto and will hopefully play an instrumental in leading Sunderland to safety in this campaign.
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