This particular gameweek will be remembered in future as the one when Jamie Vardy wrote his name in Premier League history by breaking Ruud Van Nistelrooy’s 10 consecutive match goal streak record.
Though it was a fairy tale night for Vardy, the set of fixtures did not go well for Leicester, Manchester United and Arsenal. All dropped two points and taking advantage of that, City climbed to the top spot of the Premier League table making the title race quite fascinating. We saw 27 goals being scored in the first matchday (4.5 goals per game) but to the contrast, only four goals were scored in the last four matches of the Gameweek. We had several personal performances to judge from and picked these eleven players in our Premier League team of the week.
Costel Pantillimon – The Romanian shot-stopper was outstanding during his side’s 2-0 win over in-form Stoke. He denied John Walters early in the first half with a fine save and later went on to register four saves in the match. Most importantly, his presence at the Sunderland goal helped Sam Allardyce’s team to keep 3 clean sheets in last five matches.
Adam Smith – The Cherries managed a thrilling draw at their backyard after being two goals behind until 80th minute. Adam Smith pulled his side back with a screamer from outside of his right food to the top corner of the net. This is not the end of his contribution to the match, when Ross Barkley put Everton ahead in the match with only two minutes to play, it was Smith who kept the ball and created the chances for the final goal for his side. The right-back has registered 26 passes in opposition half which shows his attacking impact on the match.
Dejan Lovren – The Croatian defender has regained his place in the Liverpool starting lineup under Klopp and rightly so. It was Lovren’s watchful defending that saw Liverpool through this Premier League gameweek with a clean sheet in their bag.
Toby Alderweireld – The Belgian made 15 clearances and denied Eden Hazard any clear opportunity. A tough and solid performance again from the Spurs Central back kept their unbeaten run alive.
Patrick Van Aanholt – It was Van Aanholt’s cracker which ended Stoke’s four consecutive away clean sheets. Under Sam Allardyce, the Dutch full back has showed up in confidence and his contribution proved to be immense as Sunderland ended the game with 3 points and a clean sheet.
James McArthur- The 28 year old Scottish international scored two goals in a Premier League first time since he did it in under-13 level. It was surely a day to remember for James McArthur and he should take the midfield pivot role in our 4-1-4-1 formation. Who does not want to see a goal or two from a defensive midfielder?
Junior Stanislas- He was the hero of the 3-3 thriller between the Toffees and the Cherries as he ended up scoring the two goals which eventually helped his side equalise twice in the match at the fag end of the game.
Mesut Ozil- In an otherwise lack-luster performance by the Gunners, Mesut Ozil proved to be the only exception. His cheeky finish provided the Gunners an early lead which they squandered later.
Ross Barkley- Providing Funes Mori with an inch-perfect corner and almost scoring a winner at the Dean Court, Ross Barkley kept his outstanding form going this time also.
Kevin De Bruyne- The Blues from the Manchester needed someone to inspire the team with his performance. Kevin De Bruyne led his team’s comeback mission and he was involved in all three goals scored by the Citizens. He scored one and assisted two to bag the man of the match award at the Etihad.
Troy Deeney- A Birmingham City fan from childhood, Troy Deeney ensured that Aston Villa’s miserable Premier League journey continues for another week. The Watford talisman scored the winner and provided an assist to snatch three points from the Villa Park.
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