Wednesday, 5 September 2012
Premiership Team Of The Week
Premiership Team Of The Week
By Busari Isa Olalekan
It was another rip-roaring weekend
in the Premier League and a
number of players stood out
enough to make the Team of the Week. There were some brilliant games on Saturday, but the drama was topped off in style between Manchester United and Southampton.
There were many great performances, it was a tough decision process but we are confident we have the best starting XI from this latest round of fixtures.
1. GK – Vito Mannone, Arsenal
The young Italian’s future at Arsenal
appeared over following a disastrous
performance against Olympiacos in the
Champions league last season, but
injuries have given him his chance and
he is taking it well. Two clean sheets in two games. Mannone made some quality stops at Anfield against Liverpool and his form has meant the Gunners aren’t missing usual number one Wojciech Szczesny.
2. CB – Thomas Vermaelen, Arsenal
The left footed defender had his day against Suarez and Borini. The gunner captain controlled the defence in a manner we've not seen since the days of Sol Campbell.
3. CB – Gareth McAuley, West Brom
The Northern Irishman seems to be
thriving under new manager Steve
Clarke and he was instrumental in the
Baggies continuing their brilliant start
to the season against an in-form
Everton and outstandingly keeping out Marouane Fellaini and Nikica
Jelavic while also grabbing the goal
that sealed the victory with a powerful
4. CB –Vincent Kompany, Manchester
The Citizens’ captain was his usual
imperious self in the heart of defence
against QPR on Saturday and made
sure there would be no repeat of the
comeback Mark Hughes’ men made in
the final game last season, which nearly derailed City’s title hopes. The
Londoners grabbed an undeserved
equaliser in the second half, but
Kompany made sure his men did not
throw it away this time.
5. RM – Hatem ben Arfa, Newcastle
The Frenchman is a special player whenon song and he most certainly was against Aston Villa on Sunday. The Toon were one down at half-time, but Ben Arfa topped a display full of skill and creative with an outstanding goal.
6. LM – Raheem Sterling, Liverpool
At only 17 years old, Sterling is showing everyone what an exceptional talent they have in their ranks at Anfield. The young winger was easily the most impressive player in red and didn’t deserve to be on the losing side. He caused lots of problems for the Gunners defence and came close to equalising in the first half, seeing his shot hit the post.
7. CM – Santi Cazorla, Arsenal
Arsene Wenger said Arsenal were lucky
to have such a player as the Spaniard
after the game against Liverpool and he was not wrong. Cazorla has hit the
ground running in the Premier League
and was finally rewarded for all the
chances he has been creating so far. His pass set-up Lukas Podolski for the first and the German striker reciprocated for Cazorla to fire under Pepe Reina and seal the three points.
8. CM – Paul Scholes, Manchester
Every time the veteran United
midfielder puts in a display like this, Sir Alex Ferguson gets warned about the difficulty he will have replacing him. The Old Trafford side were struggling at Southampton when Scholes was introduced, but this changed soon after he came on. The 37-year-old was his classy self and played like...Paul Scholes
9. CF – Steven Fletcher, Sunderland
It was a successful debut for the
Scottish striker at unbeaten Swansea
and he showed why Martin O’Neill was
prepared to pay Wolves £14million for
him. Two quick goals at the end of the
first half – one lovely finish and one
good predatory play – got Sunderland in the lead and Fletcher proved that he is a player that belongs in the top flight.
10. CF – Robin van Persie, Manchester
It doesn’t seem to matter what shirt the Dutchman is wearing, he simply deals in goals. His game-winning hat-trick at Southampton was further proof of his world class ability. He showed good mental strength to put an embarrassing missed 'panenka' penalty behind him to seal the win deep into injury time and the three goals exhibited the different facets to his game - all of which he does outstandingly...And HE SCORES WHEN HE WANT.
11. CF - Carlos Tevez, Manchester City
Well he played like Tevez of old (before the-self-enforced sabbatical).
Memorable mentions to Brad Freidel, Brad Guzman, Moussa Dembele, Morgan Schneiderlin and Andy Carroll who fail to make the cut.