After a fantastic round of matches on the weekend as well as on Monday night with Fulham winning over Liverpool at Craven Cottage, there were plenty to choose from this time around. We go with a 4-4-2 attack formation.
Goalkeeper: Wayne Hennessey (Wolves) The American goalkeeper provided a sort of display in between the sticks that even the world’s best would envy. He was imperious between the posts and controlled his area with aplomb. Saved a penalty that should never have been given in the first place to turn the match around for Wolves. Petr Cech was a close second for this one though.
Right Back: Micah Richards (Manchester City) It is hard to think why England boss Fabio Capello chooses to keep him out of the England squad when he is clearly the best right back in the country at the present time. In Manchester City’s 5-1 demolition of Norwich this week, he was excellent defensively and bombed down the right flank to support the attack on numerous occasions. Richards finished the match with yet another assist to his credit.
Center Back: John Terry (Chelsea) The England and Chelsea skipper looks to be back to his best after a somewhat shady start to the season. Although he has lost a bit of pace, he makes it up with his exceptional positional sense. An exceptional display from the skipper.
Center Back: Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United) Controlled the Man United defence brilliantly against Aston Villa at Villa-Park. United’s brilliance in the half of their opponents in the first half meant that the skipper had little to do. But, he certainly answered the questions that were asked of him in the second half of the match and how!
Left Back: Kieran Richardson (Sunderland) This man was one of the shining lights for Sunderland on an otherwise dark day for the club. As new Manager Martin O’Neil looked on from the stands, the former Man United starlet put on a great show as he scored the opener for the Black Cats and was quite good defensively.
Right Midfield: Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) While one may argue that his goal was more about the goalkeeper’s error than his effort, I beg to differ. The goal was taken superbly and the Spaniard who joined the Gunners from Everton on deadline day this August pulled the strings from the middle of the park at the Emirates all afternoon.
Central midfield: Phil Jones (Manchester United) United’s first signing of the summer showed tremendous drive and determination all night as he put in a Roy Keane-esque display at the center of the park at Villa Park. Finished extremely well for the goal and the run prior to the goal was even better. Jones was a calming influence at the center of the park all evening.
Central Midfield: Yaya Toure (Manchester City) This man has been City’s unsung hero this season. The Ivorian completed a mammoth 124 passes on the night, 5 less than the Premier League record set by Xabi Alonso for Liverpool against Bolton Wanderers in December 208. He helped the Citizens to a commanding victory and even got on the score-sheet with a fantastic curling effort from the edge of the area following a short corner from David Silva.
Left Midfield: Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur) This was most probably the easiest choices to make in this edition of the team of the week. There is no one in the Premier League to rival the Welshman on the left-flank. Scored the opener for Spurs six minutes into the game and also provided an assist. Good professional performance from the Spurs star. And we will not forget the tribute to Gary Speed in a hurry either.
Center Forward: Robin van Persie (Arsenal) The Flying Dutchman, as he is referred to these days, continued his scoring streak with yet another neat strike in the 4-0 win over Wigan. Was quite brilliant on the afternoon as he contributed to another goal as well – Gervinho’s strike.
Center Forward: Aiyegbeni Yakubu (Blackburn Rovers) Gave Blackburn their first win in the Premier League with 4 goals in the match. Reason enough for his selection in this lineup. Was clinical in front of goal as he put Swansea to the sword. Yakubu scored a couple of blinders that will remain in the memory for a while now.