This week of Premier League Action was filled with action and drama. While Arsene Wenger’s side did put in a brilliant performance against Newcastle United, Manchester United grinded one more important result against arch rivals Liverpool. League leaders Chelsea and Manchester City were clinical in their performance while the surprise of the week was relegation suspects Burnley win against Southampton.
Below are Sportzwiki’s picks for the Premier League team of the week:
David De Gea
The flying Spaniard again came to the rescue of an injury prone Manchester United defense. He saved umpteen one on one situations and was initially responsible for keeping the Manchester side in the contest as he denied Liverpool’s strikers on numerous occasions. He is now coming into his own and is definitely filling in the boots of club greats such as Peter Schmeichel and Edwin Van Der Sar.
On loan from Manchester United, young Micheal Keane has again re-emphasized the quality he possesses as a central defender. With 6 interceptions and 10 clearances he ensured that fifth placed Southampton couldn’t unlock the Burnley defense and hence the relegation battling team has secured five points from their last four games.
He was asked to partner Peter Mertesacker and was in a different role from his usual role of a right back; however he repaid his manager’s faith by being effective throughout the course of the match. His 100% of success rate of tackles, 6 clearances and winning almost three quarters of aerial battle ensured that he was the star defender for Arsenal.
The Ecuadorian does what he has been doing since he made the switch to Manchester United. He pushes the ball wide and outruns the opposition left back and keeps creating goal scoring opportunities for his team. He helped set up the first goal for Rooney after he skillfully running past Joe Allen, his important interceptions ensured that he defended reasonably well considering he is a makeshift right back.
The Brazilian is finally repaying the faith of Jose Mourinho by putting back to back quality performances for the Blues. He is slowly being eased onto his role in the league and finally looks comfortable in his left back position. His seamless comfort in defending as well as making his presence felt in the opposition half definitely augurs well for Chelsea’s march towards the title.
Rumors mills suggest Hazard may move to Real Madrid at the end of the season; however Mourinho was quick to suggest that a new contract is on its way for the star player. He is definitely one of the best talents on display in the premier League and is slowly building his reputation for being one of the best players in the world. His first goal and an assist for Diego Costa’s goal was a proof of his sublime performance against Hull City.
The Midas touch has still not ditched the legendary midfielder. Now playing for the blue side of Manchester, he has scored goals at crucial moments and it will be safe to assume he has played a key role in Manchester City’s quest to chasing down the league leaders Chelsea. His manager wants to keep him till the end of the season and it is possible his goals will be handy as Manchester City is currently facing an injury crisis upfront.
With a double against Newcastle United, he keeps on reinstating his importance to the Arsenal side. Even in matches where the team was not up to the mark Cazorla has tried his heart out for the side. His importance has been overshadowed by arrival of Alexis Sanchez but Cazorla has ensured that he keeps his head down and keeps delivering the goods.
Just wondering if speculations are to be believed and if Alexis Sanchez did join Liverpool, would they have still been struggling? As soon as he joined Gunners, Sanzhez has been unstoppable, he creates scores, chases back and gives it his all and ensures he regularly features in the team of the week.
Wayne Rooney (C) –
Wayne rooney’s return from suspension has slowly but surely put Manchester United campaign back on track, his electric pace, important goals, fulfillment of defensive duties and leading the side from the front have given the side a much needed lift.
His injury was a major blow for Arsenal, however Danny Welbeck, Sanchez & Co were decent in his absence but his return to action and scoring goals has added a cutting edge to the team. If he stays fit and Arsenal can build a strong defensive unit in January, we may see the London side getting a good run towards the second part of the season.