It was a gameweek of upsets and brilliant defensive displays from some teams. It was a very hard to choose the appropriate team of the week, for there were so many great performances, mostly from the minnows.
Let us start the discussion by taking a look at all the results:
It was a hard choice this week, for there were so many clean sheets and so many brilliant goalkeeping displays. Thibaut Courtois, Mat Ryan, Jonas Lossl, Asmir Begovic, Adrian and Ben Foster – all were responsible for valuable points for their respective teams.
After due consideration, we decide to go with Foster, as his contributions came against an attacking Tottenham side and as his team needed a win desperately to stay afloat in the relegation battle. Mathematically, West Bromwich can still save their spot in the British top tier, and that was possible because of the custodian’s extraordinary performance.
Craig Dawson gets a place in our team of the week for a consecutive second week. His contributions were magnificent in West Bromwich’s 1-0 surprise victory over Spurs. Among his numbers, 16 clearances against the likes of Harry Kane and co are definitely worth appreciating. Along with Dawson, we choose Matthias Jorgensen of Huddersfield. Once again, the defender made a strong case for his team’s survival in the top flight. With the well-earned point against the Premier League champions, the newbies of the league can hope for other results to go in their favour and consequently fix Premier League outings for a consecutive second season.
Bruno was very effective for Brighton against United in the right flank. On any other week, his performances might have gotten him a spot in the best eleven. But, this time, Arsenal’s right back Hector Bellerin gets the nod, mainly for his sheer brilliance in going forward. The Spaniard was outstanding in transition and his pace down the line gives him an edge against any opponent. Against Burnley, Bellerin recorded two assists along with impressive defensive numbers. He will be joined with teammate Sead Kolasinac in the other sideback position. The left-back was also brilliant in Arsenal’s 5-0 thrashing over the Clarets.
Antonio Rudiger, Ahmed Hegazi, Steve Cook, Chris Schindler, Angelo Ogbonna and Patrick Van Aanholt are some other defenders who performed well last weekend.
For the central midfield role in our team of the week, our picks are Cheikhou Kouyate and Jonathan Hogg. The latter’s defensive abilities and interceptions were spectacular against Manchester City while Kouyate was brilliant in his role against Leicester City. The West Ham midfielder’s performance helped his team snatch important three points and thanks to that, they might be able save their season.
Next, Alex Iwobi will be in the attacking midfielder role. He is one of the four Arsenal players to be included in our team of the week. Iwobi played a very important part in both ends of the pitch and also found his name on the score-sheet.
In the right, Anthony Knockeart deserves a call for his impressive display against Manchester United. He may not have scored or assisted in the match, but his performance was top notch and he made life difficult for the United defenders. Without an iota of doubt, the winger was the best player on the pitch that day. His partner in the left wing is going to be Ruben Loftus-Cheek who was Crystal Palace’s best player in the 2-1 win against Stoke City. Even after going behind, the Eagles turned the results around, and Loftus-Cheek deserves huge credit for that.
One player we cannot ignore is Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang. The new Arsenal signing was in a fabulous touch against Burnley. He scored twice and assisted one more to help his team get a 5-0 victory in Arsene Wenger’s final game at the Emirates. He is probably the best player of the gameweek, and hence one automatic choice in the team of the week.
Here’s the complete lineup we choose:
What’s your team of the week? Let us know in the comment below!