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Arsenal continued their challenge for a top-four finish in the Barclays Premier League with a 4-1 rout of Reading. Starring for the Gunners in the heavy win was Gervinho who has not been a regular in our Team of the Week picks this season.
A more familiar name this season has been Tottenham's Gareth Bale and he justifies his inclusion here once again with a scintillating display in a 2-1 win over Swansea City.
There is a mention for a Manchester United player this week as well, although the Red Devils were hardly in top gear in a 1-0 win over Sunderland. Unlike champions Manchester City who kept the title race alive with a 4-0 hammering of Newcastle.
Further down the table, the relegation fight heated up with some important results including Aston Villa's 2-1 defeat to Liverpool, QPR's 3-2 loss to Fulham and Southampton's 2-1 upset over Chelsea.
Elsewhere, West Ham did their chances of survival a world of good by inflicting a 3-1 defeat over West Brom with Andy Carroll scoring a brace.
GK: Mark Schwarzer (Fulham)
Before Monday's 3-2 win over QPR, Fulham boss Martin Jol said he wanted to keep goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer at the club for at least another two years. I thought he was just being respectful after all the Australian is 40-years old. How wrong I was.
Schwarzer was the best player on the pitch for Fulham in Monday's win and that's saying something because Dimitar Berbatov managed two goals in the game. It wasn't just the penalty save on Loic Remy in the 49th minute, it was all the stops that came after which made Schwarzer the key reason why Fulham were able to hang on for a win against QPR who are now staring relegation right in the face.
RB: Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton)
Southampton pulled off the biggest upset of the Barclays Premier League weekend by beating Chelsea 2-1 at St Mary's Stadium. Blues manager Rafa Benitez definitely had one eye on Monday's FA Cup replay with Manchester United but that should not take away from Southampton's achievement as well as the terrific game Nathaniel Clyne had at full-back.
He can be a bit rash in his tackling at times but that is outweighed by the positive runs he makes further up the pitch which really hurt the Blues.
LB: Alexander Buttner (Manchester United)
Another one of the Barclays Premier League's emerging full-backs is Alexander Buttner. The Manchester United man may not be the complete article yet but that comes with experience and on Saturday he definitely played with confidence in a 1-0 win over Sunderland.
Like most modern full-backs, he's better going forward than defending but his link-up play with team-mates down the left flank certainly brightened up what was a dull game from United.
CB: Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham)
Tottenham desperately needed a win to restart their chase for UEFA Champions League football next season and they got it at Swansea thanks in large part to defender Jan Vertonghen.
The versatile Belgium international was in sublime form, stopping Swansea from playing their champagne-style football while at the same time his wonderful touch to bring the ball down and score the opener for Spurs showed why he is so highly rated in other areas outside of defending.
CB: Vincent Kompany (Manchester City)
It's an all Belgian central defence in our Team of the Week with Vincent Kompany slotting in comfortably next to compatriot Jan Vertonghen. Back from a long injury lay-off, Kompany did not miss a beat as he captained Manchester City to an emphatic 4-0 win over Newcastle on Saturday - including helping himself to one goal.
RM: Gervinho (Arsenal)
I have to admit. I never thought Gervinho would ever make our Team of the Week this season. He is probably one of the most frustrating players to watch - and I don't even have any emotional attachment to Arsenal.
For someone who has so much ability on the ball, it is hair-pulling stuff to see how wasteful he is with it when he gets into dangerous positions. If he could just get his act together we could see a player like the one who destroyed Reading with a goal and two assists for Arsenal in their 4-1 win on Saturday on a regular basis.
His performance also keeps Samir Nasri out of our Team of the Week which to some Gunners fans may seem like poetic justice.
LM: Gareth Bale (Tottenham)
Predictable storyline to emerge from Tottenham's must-win game against Swansea: Gareth Bale inspires victory for Spurs. The Wales international ripped holes in Swansea's defence as he lofted a beautiful ball over Dwight Tiendalli to catch him out of position and set up Jan Vertonghen for the opening goal. Soon after, Bale sealed the 2-1 win with an unstoppable shot from just outside the box which left the Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm statuesque.
CM: Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)
My standout performance from the weekend came from Liverpool's Steven Gerrard in their 2-1 win over Aston Villa. Needing an injection in his heel to even take the field, Gerrard played through the pain barrier and inspired his team to a come-from-behind victory.
Forget about his goal, the defining moment of his match came when he dived to head over a goal-bound effort from Villa which would have made it 2-2. Just another day in the office for the skipper.
CM: Gary O'Neil (West Ham)
Perhaps there might be a few Manchester United fans expecting Michael Carrick to fill up the last slot in central midfield in our Team of the Week but I've decided to give it to Gary O'Neil instead.
Both had good games - O'Neil was just better and crucially made West Ham look like a more dangerous team than they are in their 3-1 win over West Brom while United were not quite purring on all cylinders in a narrow win at Sunderland.
Plus, his goal was well taken as was his corner for Andy Carroll's opener.
ST: Andy Carroll (West Ham)
Once in a while, Andy Carroll reminds us that he is a good striker. The 6ft 3in striker is a much better player than he gets credit for but his form has suffered tremendously because of injuries.
When he is match sharp, Carroll is a forward who can hold up the ball well bring others into play. He can also score as he proved with a brace for West Ham in a 3-1 win over West Brom.
ST: Jay Rodriguez (Southampton)
Dimitar Berbatov's two goals for Fulham on Monday made him a strong shout for our Team of the Week but instead we've given the nod to Southampton's Jay Rodriguez. The Saints striker did the damage to Chelsea in their 2-1 win and is currently enjoying his time under new manager Mauricio Pochettino.