Arsenal provide the spine this week as Benjamin Wills picks from the best of the rest to make up this eclectic Team of the Week.
Goalkeeper: Petr Cech (Arsenal)
“Petr Cech will be worth 12 to 15 points for Arsenal”.
Those were the words of Chelsea captain John Terry when the Czech goalkeeper departed the west Londoners. Well, Cech certainly won the Gunners at least two points on Saturday.
He did concede, to Ross Barkley’s 44th minute goal, but the four crucial saves made by the £10 million man won Arsenal the game to send them top of the league – for a day anyway.
His best save was arguably the one that denied Gerard Deulofeu with just four minutes to go.
Right-back: Billy Jones (Sunderland)
Sam Allardyce, like Paolo Di Canio, Gus Poyet and Dick Advocaat before him, won the Tyne-Wear derby, which will get his new fans on his side early on – and he has Billy Jones to thank for a lot of that.
Jones scored Sunderland’s second to all but kill the clash off as a contest, with Newcastle already down to ten men following Fabricio Coloccini’s red card just before the half-time break.
It was only his second Premier League goal – his first also came against the Magpies, back in April 2013.
Centre back: Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City)
The Manchester derby was a snore fest and gave a bad name to the term “Super Sunday”, with Nicolas Otamendi’s performance at the heart of the Manchester City defence having some part to do with that.
Manchester United were limited to just six shots – only one on target – as Otamendi kept an out-of-form Wayne Rooney and the exciting Anthony Martial quiet.
Centre back: Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal)
Arsenal may have conceded at the Emirates Stadium against the Toffees, but they were still solid defensively, and Laurent Koscielny was useful at the other end too.
The Frenchman capitalised on Tim Howard’s misjudgement of a cross to head Arsenal into a two-goal lead, minutes after fellow countryman Olivier Giroud put Arsene Wenger’s side in front.
Left-back: Christian Fuchs (Leicester City)
Leicester’s promising season continues into late October, and, for the first time this season, they kept a clean sheet.
Christian Fuchs was instrumental at the back for the Foxes as they continue to look good for a surprise Europa League spot – the pizzas are on Claudio Ranieri.
Right midfielder: Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion)
Chris Brunt is gaining a reputation for his versatility, and there was no further proof needed of how important he has become for West Brom.
Brunt has combined the roles of being a goal threat for the Baggies with helping out defensively, and this was evident in the 1-0 win at Norwich on Saturday.
John Ruddy had to be at his best to deny Brunt twice, and the Northern Irishman was useful in covering back too, with Tony Pulis’ team earning a clean sheet.
Centre midfielder: Almen Abdi (Watford)
Watford’s seemingly easy adjustment to the Premier League has surprised a few, and three more points on Saturday now has them seven points clear of the dreaded drop zone.
Almen Abdi put in a stellar performance for the Hornets, and took his goal – a smashed finish past one of the best goalkeepers this season in Jack Butland – well to guarantee Watford the win.
Left midfielder: Andre Ayew (Swansea City)
Swansea’s meeting with Aston Villa, or the battle of the Ayews as it came to be known, did not disappoint, with both Jordan and Andre both scoring, along with Tim Sherwood losing his job the following the day, mainly due to Andre Ayew.
His 87th minute strike won the Swans the game at Villa Park; his fifth goal in 10 games as Garry Monk’s side flew up to 11th.
Centre attacking midfielder: Mesut Ozil (Arsenal)
As Arsenal continue to impress, so does Mesut Ozil, proving his many doubters wrong to show he really is world class.
Ozil was superb again on Saturday as the German notched one assist – a cross for Giroud’s header that made it 1-0. He now has seven assists this season, more than any other player in the league.
Striker: Odion Ighalo (Watford)
Odion Ighalo has made a fine start to Premier League life with five goals to his name already, and this weekend he showed he can set up goals too.
Watford overcame Stoke 2-0 at the Britannia Stadium thanks to goals from Troy Deeney and Abdi, with Ighalo proving the assists for both.
Captain Deeney’s first top flight goal was a fine strike as a result of Ighalo’s pass, and Abdi’s effort was a result of Ighalo’s good work too.
Striker: Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur)
Harry Kane’s breakthrough 2014-15 season has not been matched this term, but a hat-trick against AFC Bournemouth could give him the kick-start he needs.
Artur Boruc’s horror show in goal helped Kane, but every goal counts.
His first came from the penalty spot after Boruc brought him down, he slid in Christian Eriksen’s cross for number two, and the goal that earned him the match ball was a tap-in after Boruc pushed Toby Alderweireld’s shot into his path.
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