Premier League Team of the Weekend – Sept 24-25

Arsenal came out on top for a first win in five years in the London derby with Chelsea, Bournemouth ended Everton’s good run and Man City march on. Here’s our EPL team of the Weekend…

Artur Boruc (Bournemouth)
A point blank save from Romelu Lukaku’s header was the highlight for the Polish stopper. Did everything that was required of him to earn his clean sheet and hand Bournemouth a crucial second victory of the season against one of the Premier League’s form teams.

Hector Bellerin (Arsenal)
Another accomplished performance from the Spanish right back. Provided the pass for Walcott’s goal and showed tremendous pace to recover and deny Pedro from a goalscoring opportunity. With six assists in the Premier League since the start of last season, is there a better fullback in the EPL right now?

Craig Dawson (West Brom)
Two vital clearances, one off the line from a Glen Johnson effort and the other from Joe Allen helped West Brom to grab a point through Salomon Rondon’s injury-time equaliser. The big defender handled Stoke’s attacking threat of Marko Arnautovic and Wilfried Bony well throughout.

Chris Smalling (Manchester United)

Was constantly in the thick of the action and helped to keep Leicester’s attacking duo of Jamie Vardy and Islam Slimani quiet, with Vardy substituted at half time. Made several important clearances and even found time to pop up and head United into the lead, out-jumping Robert Huth in the process.

James Milner (Liverpool)
He may have been pushed out from his preferred midfield role by Liverpool’s rich pool of attacking talent, but Milner slotted in well as a makeshift left-back. Got forward repeatedly in support of attacks and hit two goals from the penalty spot. His impressive showing had Liverpool fans comparing him to Roberto Carlos.

Paul Pogba (Manchester United)
Pogba was back to something approaching his best form in the first half after harsh criticism of his recent performances, controlling the game and driving the Reds forward at every opportunity. Scored with a header and saw a dipping long-range shot well saved as he seemed to benefit from the absence of Wayne Rooney.

Harry Arter (Bournemouth)
Ireland international Arter ‘covered every blade of grass’ in a dominant midfield performance alongside Andrew Surman and Jack Wilshere. His pressing and closing never gave the Everton midfield time to settle as the Cherries defeated in-form Everton and earned a precious win.

Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)

The £44 million man is finally beginning to look like the kind of player that persuaded Manuel Pelligrini to splash that huge amount of cash. A delightful goal that left Kyle Naughton in a daze and some great all-round play means the forward already has four goals and five assists this season in just eight appearances. Pep Guardiola has shown what can be done when you instill confidence in a player that was totally out of form last season.

Adam Lallana (Liverpool)
Lallana has hit a rich vein of form this season and already has four goals in eight Premier League games. The former Southampton man is thriving under the tutelage of Jurgen Klopp as his opening goal and two assists demonstrated. A deserved standing ovation when he was replaced by Daniel Sturridge late on.

Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool)
With two goals and three assists in his last three games, Philippe Coutinho is one of the form players of the Premier League. The Brazilian has struck up a great understanding with Lallana and the two combined superbly to tear the Hull defence apart almost at will.

Son Heung-min (Tottenham)
The South Korean is certainly repaying manager Mauricio Pochettino’s faith in him with a second stand-out display in two weeks. The Korean was on the verge of leaving Tottenham in the summer, but his two goals on Saturday, the second a sensational strike, meant Spurs did not miss the injured Harry Kane.
No wonder the Spurs fans said it looked like Gareth Bale was wearing a Son Heung-min mask.

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