Seb’s Premier League Team Of The Week

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Updated: February 4, 2014

Arsenal went back to the top of the Premier League after a comfortable win against Crystal Palace with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain while Chelsea closed the gap between them and Manchester City levelling them on points two points behind Arsenal. Totteham and Liverpool’s disappointing results mean Everton’s hopes of Champions League football aren’t unthinkable. Fulham go to the bottom of the table because of Sunderland and West Ham’s impressive wins.

Here is my team of the week.

Goalkeeper : David Marshall (Cardiff)

It was quite simply impossible to leave Marshall out having performed the way he did against Norwich. He may have conceded one goal but three very impressive saves kept Cardiff in the match and eventually helped Sosjaer get his first win as a Premier League manager. The stand-out save was the stop from Bradley Johnson’s shot that he managed to tip onto the bar.

Right-Back : Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea)

He may not have been an obvious choice but Ivanovic was key to restricting Manchester City’s chances on Monday night, Kolorov didn’t get the space to provide the balls he would have wanted to. We must also remember that he scored the crucial goal in the 32nd minute to make it 0-1.

Centre-Back : Gary Cahill (Chelsea)

There was nothing technically special to Cahill’s performance against Man City on Monday night, except for a great show of determination. He was battling Negredo and blocking almost anything that came his way. He has made sure this season that he is the number one defender for Chelsea and for England.

Centre-Back : James Tomkins (West Ham)

Although West Ham beat a Swansea side that are struggling for form their performance shouldn’t be undermined, Swansea were creating chances even though they weren’t playing at their best and Tomkins stopped anyone getting through except for when Bony was straight in on goal and that’s when Tomkins made one of the best tackles I’ve ever seen.

Left-Back : Erik Pieters (Stoke)

Great performance from Pieters to give Stoke a much needed win against Manchester United, his defending stopped United getting down the wing and was also influential to Stoke when they had possession.

Right-Midfield : Wilfred Zaha (Cardiff)

Zaha didn’t do too bad on his début for Cardiff. He gave Norwich loads of problems in the second-half no matter how their defence lined up, Zaha found a way to undo them. Norwich were also a bit lost with what to do with Cardiff’s wide men, Noone and Zaha had as much space as they wanted and thrived on that but before Zaha came on, Noone was clearly struggling to get anywhere when attacking.

Centre-Midfield : Charlie Adam (Stoke)

The architect to any of Manchester United’s defeats this season has been a centre-midfielder having a good game, as we’ve seen before this season, I’m not saying that if Manchester United had a better midfielder, they would have won all these games but these games just emphasise where they really need to improve. Charlie Adam played the way he always likes to play which is long passes and being aggressive which shouldn’t happen against Manchester United. Not forgetting as well that Adam did score both goals, one being a cracker, the other being a deflected shot which went in unfortunately for United.

Centre-Midfield : Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal)

It was a surprise to see Oxlade-Chamberlain start this match at centre-midfield but it was well worked out by Arsene. He knew that he could get Alex back to match fitness if he played him in a role which doesn’t consist of running more than a winger but not being too physical against a Palace side who lack a lot of physicality in midfield. His two goals were well taken and although he hasn’t played for five months, he looks like a player who is full of confidence.

Left-Midfield : Eden Hazard (Chelsea)

Hazard showed just why he is world-class against City the other night. Every time Chelsea had a chance, it was all down to him. He created chances from the most difficult of situations dribbling past two or even three defenders and getting a great

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cross in or a shot at goal. Hazard has steered away from the limelight now that everyone is suggesting that the team will be built around Oscar but as Chelsea’s top scorer this season and the performances he is putting in, he is without doubt Chelsea’s most important player.

Attacking-Midfield : Adam Lallana (Southampton)

The match against Fulham was a match of two halves and the difference was taking those chances, Fulham had three great chances but all of them were saved by Boruc, whereas Southampton had three good chances and scored all three. Lallana was yet again important for Southampton, keen to have the ball and knowing when to attack. His partnership with Rodriguez has been a major part of Southampton’s rise up the Premier League this season and both getting on the score sheet at the weekend along with fellow Englishman Rickie Lambert.

Striker : Andy Carroll (West Ham)

I was hesitant on putting Carroll in the team because of his red card but then I couldn’t think of another striker who played better. Carroll was brilliant at the weekend being the perfect player to take apart Swansea, his strength and presence in the air was way too much for Swansea who don’t really relish being bullied in that manner. His two assists for Kevin Nolan’s goals showed West Ham fans what they’ve been missing this season and what they’re going to miss for the next three matches.

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Article written by Seb True

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