Team of the Week – Arsenal’s Bellerin steals Hazard’s thunder, while McCarthy and Kolarov star

By Benjamin Wills.

This week’s standout performers from the Everton side that thumped Manchester United, the Manchester City team that edged Aston Villa, and the top-of-the-table draw, plus star men from West Ham, Stoke, Swansea, Hull and Southampton.

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Goalkeeper: Adrian (West Ham)

Queens Park Rangers saw West Ham as a potential three points, according to goalkeeper Rob Green, but it was the keeper at the other end who limited the Rs to just the one.

Spanish stopper Adrian denied Charlie Austin from the penalty spot – becoming the first goalkeeper in Premier League history to save three consecutive spot-kicks in the process – and also kept a clean sheet as QPR remained in the bottom three.

Right-back: Hector Bellerin (Arsenal)

On a day when Eden Hazard would go on to lift the PFA Player of the Year trophy, a young right-back impressed more than the league’s finest talent.

Bellerin has blossomed since getting a regular berth in the Arsenal first 11 and was accomplished again as the Gunners kept would-be champions Chelsea quiet.

Centre-back: John Stones (Everton)

Manchester United’s recent good run of form ended at Goodison Park, as the Toffees tasted sweet success on Sunday.

John Stones was as solid at the back as his surname suggests; keeping Wayne Rooney, Radamel Falcao, Angel di Maria et al at bay, and also notching his first Premier League goal on a wonderful day for the young Englishman.

Centre-back: John Terry (Chelsea)

A more experienced central defender called John then shone in the Sunday evening showdown between Arsenal and Chelsea.

Jose Mourinho labelled Terry’s display at the Emirates as the best he’s ever seen from his captain as Arsenal failed to find a way through to stop Chelsea’s march to the title.

Left-back: Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City)

Manchester City’s stutter to second place carries on, as they survived a scare at home to Aston Villa before nicking a winning goal late on. Kolarov, however, did impress.

City’s cult hero scored a trademark free-kick to make it 2-0, then assisted Fernandinho’s last-gasp winner to earn a fortunate but spirited win for the Premier League holders.

Centre midfield: Charlie Adam (Stoke City)

While he may not be glamorous, Charlie Adam is one of the Premier League’s most underrated players.

He impressed yet again on Saturday, scoring Stoke’s goal in the 1-1 draw at home to Sunderland, and earned the Man of the Match award for good measure.

Centre midfield: Fernandinho (Manchester City)

Fernandinho is regularly targeted when Manchester City struggle, with many believing he is yet to justify his £34million fee, but his winner against Villa was priceless.

It seemed as if City had thrown away a victory at home to Tim Sherwood’s improved side, but Fernandinho scored a composed finish to get the Citizens back to winning ways with just one minute left on the clock.

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Centre midfield: James McCarthy (Everton)

Another stellar performer from Everton’s 3-0 mauling of Manchester United, Man of the Match McCarthy was excellent on Sunday lunchtime.

The ex-Wigan midfielder danced between Daley Blind and Paddy McNair, before slotting home Everton’s opener past goalkeeper of the season, David de Gea, with only three minutes played.

Centre attacking midfield: Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea City)

As Swansea make themselves an established Premier League side, they have garnered a reputation for having a relaxed end-of-season period. One player who certainly has not got his mind on the beach, though, is Sigurdsson.

The cool Icelander has been red hot all season, and continued his rich vein of form this weekend, scoring one and assisting another in Swansea’s 3-2 win at Newcastle.

Striker: Dame N’Doye (Hull City)

Victory for relegation-threatened Hull was vital, and luckily, N’Doye was superb on Saturday.

The Senegalese striker notched both goals for Steve Bruce’s side to keep the Tigers roaring for another week at least.

Striker: Graziano Pelle (Southampton)

Pelle’s form this season has been as lopsided as the Leaning Tower of Pisa, but it would appear that the Italian stallion has his mojo back.

He provided both of Saints’ goals in their 2-2 draw with Tottenham; the second of which was a guided header past Hugo Lloris, and not one hair on Pelle’s head was compromised, which is quite a feat in itself.

Who would be in your team of the week?

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1 Comment on Team of the Week – Arsenal’s Bellerin steals Hazard’s thunder, while McCarthy and Kolarov star

  1. As much as , as an Arsenal fan, hate to say this, Cesar Azpilicueta deserves mention at left back. John Terry was man of the match in the Chelsea Arsenal game but Azpilicueta was not far behind. He made a host of key tackles on Arsenal’s best players and until Danny Welbeck came on late, the Chelsea left back forced the bulk of the action to the other side of the pitch. When your opposition would rather test Ivanovic than you, you’ve had a good day.

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