Bryan Gunn’s TOTW: Manchester United, Southampton & Arsenal players dominate the eleven

Former Norwich City goalkeeper Bryan Gunn is back after another week of Premier League action to run the rule over the eleven players who impressed him over the weekend.

 

Goalkeeper: Fraser Forster (Southampton)

Forster is now closer than ever to becoming England’s no.1 goalkeeper after Joe Hart’s fall from grace at the start of the season and he is continuing to be as solid as a rock for Southampton.

Whilst West Ham were poor at the London Stadium on Sunday, Forster dealt with anything the Hammers did manage to throw at him and the clean sheet will please him greatly.

Right-back: Hector Bellerin (Arsenal)

Saturday evening saw Arsenal produce their best performance against Chelsea for many years. Bellerin has become one of the best right-backs in the Premier League and he gave Cesar Azpilicueta a torrid time as the Gunners tore through a poor Chelsea side at the Emirates.

His unbelievable pace also made Chelsea’s Pedro look like a 45-year-old towards the latter stages of the match and his rapid rise means it is no surprise Pep Guardiola is supposedly keen on taking him to the Etihad.

Centre-back: Virgil Van Dijk (Southampton)

In an era of over-inflated transfer fees and huge wages, Virgil Van Dijk may be looked upon as one of the greater bargains over the last few years.

Whilst players moving from the SPFL can be hit or miss, Van Dijk has been superb for the Saints and was in dominant mood again on Sunday as he helped Southampton to another clean sheet and a brilliant 3-0 win against a struggling West Ham side.

Left-back: Ryan Bertrand (Southampton)

Bertrand put in one of his most assured and impressive performances on Sunday against West Ham. Often used as a third centre-back last season, Bertrand showed exactly what he offers going forward, picking out his man on more than one occasion before Charlie Austin finally gave him the assist he deserved.

As assured at the back as he was going forward, Bertrand will be pushing Danny Rose hard for a spot in the England team with more performances like that.

Right-midfield: Theo Walcott (Arsenal)

Not loved nor hated by Arsenal fans, Theo Walcott can frustrate and flourish all at the same time. But quietly he is turning into quite the game big player for Arsenal and does have a tendency to be the star on the odd occasion Arsenal have beaten Chelsea over the years.

Arsene Wenger called Walcott ‘special’ after his goal helped the Gunners to a rampant 3-0 victory over their London rivals and Walcott has already found the net three times this season. If he carries this confidence forward into the rest of the season, Arsenal will have the direct, confident winger they lacked last season.

Centre-midfield: Ander Herrera (Manchester United)

Whilst Paul Pogba stole the headlines and the Twitter gifs for his performance against Leicester City on Saturday, it was the introduction of Ander Herrera that appeared to help Jose Mourinho’s side.

With Herrera playing in a slightly deeper role he buzzed about the whole game, snapping at Leicester’s midfield and allowing Pogba to play the free role where United will get the best out of him. For Herrera, he should feel he’s on United’s team sheet most weeks and this performance will have done him no harm.

Centre-midfield: Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur)

Nobody has turned their Spurs career around this season quite like South Korean Son Heung-Min. After struggling in his first year at White Hart Lane, Son found the net twice for a second game in quick succession against Middlesbrough and is fast turning himself into a key player for Spurs.

With Harry Kane out, fans will look to new boy Vincent Janssen for the goals but they may not have to if Son continues to impress as he is right now.

Left-midfield: Dusan Tadic (Southampton)

The Serbian has proven an inconsistent figure since arriving at Southampton but he showed his brilliance on more than one occasion on Sunday afternoon.

His run and superb sidestep of West Ham goalkeeper Adrian showed what he was capable of and it was a goal that put the away side 2-0 up and well on their way to a convincing three points at the London Stadium.

Attacking-midfield: Juan Mata (Manchester United)

The big news story on Saturday morning was that Juan Mata would replace Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney in the no.10 role for the match against Leicester City.

After a quiet start in which Mata struggled to impose himself on the game, the classy Spaniard soon took over, starting and finishing a beautiful move for United’s second before quick thinking allowed him to set up Marcus Rashford for the third just minutes later.

Attacking-midfield: Mesut Ozil (Arsenal)

Mesut Ozil’s dismantling of N’Golo Kante for Arsenal’s third goal on Saturday will probably live long in the memory of the Frenchman.

Like Mata before him, Ozil started and finished a counter attack which put the Gunners into a 3-0 lead before the break – albeit the finish may have been a little fortuitous. But as ever, Ozil bossed things from midfield and played a key role in a rare Arsenal win over Chelsea.

Striker: Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)

Back from his ban and back with a bang. Despite injury concerns last season, Aguero might just be embarking on his best season yet for Manchester City which will be a worrying thought for the rest of the Premier League.

Despite a relatively difficult cross to control and finish, Aguero made his first goal look easy whilst he calmly slotted away yet another penalty in the second half to put Guardiola’s men back in front at Swansea.

 

You can follow Bryan Gunn at @MrGunny1963

 

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