Premier League Team of the Week

Players from Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal and Manchester City have all made it into our Premier League Team of the Week this time round.

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By Marcus Chhan

It was a good weekend round of results for the 'big teams' as Chelsea beat Norwich 4-1, Manchester United defeated Newcastle United 3-0, Arsenal won 3-1 at West Ham United, and Manchester City eased past Sunderland 3-0.

The only blip came with traditional 'big four' side Liverpool drawing at home against Stoke.

This week we've gone with a 4-5-1 formation with Wayne Rooney handed a free-role as part of our five in midfield.

GK: Alex McCarthy (Reading)

Reading were seriously poor defensively against Swansea during Saturday's 2-2 draw at the Liberty Stadium. The home team had 26 shots at goal, managing to get 10 on target and forcing visiting goalkeeper Alex McCarthy to pull out the stops for his team to get a much needed point on the road.

He made several excellent stops in the match but for me his best effort had to be that reflex save on Ki Sung Yeung where he was able to push the Swansea player's deflected shot onto the upright.

RB: Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea)

When your full-back gets you a goal and an assist, then you know he's had a commanding game for the team. This is exactly what Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic managed to do on Saturday for the Blues as they strolled past Norwich 4-1 in the Premier League.

His cross for Fernando Torres was only bettered by his volley towards the end of the game - Chelsea's fourth goal - which wrapped up the points for the current league leaders.

LB: Aleksandar Kolarov (Man City)

We hadn't had too many spectacular free-kick goals this season until Aleksandar Kolarov's effort for Manchester City in the fourth minute of Saturday's 3-0 win over Sunderland. From the edge of the penalty box, the full-back curled it sweetly past the goalkeeper at his near post.
He also finished the game with an assist - whipping a terrific ball into the box for Sergio Aguero to stab home on the hour mark.

CB: Jose Fonte (Southampton)

Southampton seem hell-bent on winning games with an "I can score more goals than you" philosophy this season. It hasn't worked out completely for the Saints as they have only picked up four points from seven games despite scoring 12 goals - that's only three less goals than current leaders Chelsea have managed.

At least on Sunday against Fulham it almost worked as defender Jose Fonte's brace earned them a 2-2 draw against Fulham and a valuable point to take into the international break.

CB: Jonny Evans (Manchester United)

Manchester United's defending - and their defenders - have come in for a lot of stick this season but against a very dangerous Newcastle side they passed the test with flying colours. Keeping Demba Ba and Company without a goal for the 90 minutes, United centre-back Jonny Evans can take a lot of the plaudits for the team's 3-0 win over the Toon on Sunday.

Evans also opened the scoring for the Red Devils with a powerful header from a corner but it was his defending which will have delighted manager Sir Alex Ferguson more given the team's recent woes at the back.

RM: Juan Mata (Chelsea)

For me Juan Mata was the man-of-the-match in Chelsea's 4-1 demolition of Norwich on Saturday. His influence could be felt in three out of the four goals the Blues scored that day and there should be no doubt the Spaniard will be key for manager Roberto Di Matteo as he looks for league success this campaign.

LM: Gareth Bale (Tottenham)

First the negative - Gareth Bale's dive as Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan approached him during Spurs' 2-0 win on Sunday was disgusting. He's such a good player; I really do not understand why he felt he needed to do it. Thankfully, for the most part of the match we saw what makes Bale so great - quality crosses into the box and driving runs forward with the ball at his feet. More of that please Gareth, less of the other stuff.

CM: Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)

Is he right-footed or left-footed? That was the mini-debate around the office as Santi Cazorla sparkled for Arsenal during Saturday's 3-1 win over West Ham. Cazorla is actually right-footed but you could hardly tell as one moment he was cutting open the Hammers defence with 30-yard pass on his right foot and then the next moment he would take a corner with his left foot. What we are 100% certain of his that the man is quality in midfield and he can score goals too as shown by his strike in the 82nd minute to seal the win for the Gunners at Upton Park.

CM: James Morrison (West Brom)

West Brom midfielder James Morrison is a surprise entry this week but the Baggies player was a key component in their 3-2 win over QPR on Saturday. The determination he showed for West Brom's opening goal epitomised the team's overall refusal to lose that day despite a good fight back from QPR.

AM/FC: Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)

Wayne Rooney's performance for Manchester United on Saturday against Newcastle United was the type of effort which first won the striker an avalanche of plaudits not only in England but across Europe as well when he burst onto the scene as a precocious teenager.

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson handed Rooney a free-role for Saturday's game and he gave the Toon a complete lesson in football and reminded everyone how a good a player he is even if he may not be your typical goal-obsessed striker.

Floating around the points of United's diamond, Rooney was key for United in defence, midfield and attack.

ST: Olivier Giroud (Arsenal)

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud makes his debut in our Premier League Team of the Week after a goal - his first in the league - and an assist in the 3-1 win over West Ham. It was good striker's goal too, an instinctive finish at the near post. His pass to set up substitute Theo Walcott for Arsenal's second goal was not bad either.


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