Squarefootball's Team of the Week - Week Four
Arsenal hit Southampton for six at the weekend as Manchester United put four past Wigan without reply. Elsewhere the champions Manchester City and Champions League holders were held away from home at Stoke City and QPR respectively, and, keeping with the draw theme, Norwich and West Ham, Sunderland and Liverpool and Everton and Newcastle United also shared the spoils in an action packed weekend.
The top four is looking pretty familiar already after only four games, but who has done enough to be included in the Squarefootball Team of the Week? Let's find out shall we!
GK: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa)
The Villa shot stopper has come in to replace the out-of-sorts Shay Given and has done a fine job. The American pulled off some fine saves to deny Swansea. Not too many keepers keep a clean sheet against the Swans.
RB: Matthew Lowton (Aston Villa)
What a fantastic strike by the 23-year-old defender. It was his first goal for the Villa and one that he will remember for a long, long time. A clean sheet was an added bonus.
CB: John O’Shea (Sunderland)
The former Manchester United player was always going to up his game against Liverpool and he didn't disappoint. He was a rock at the back and kept his defensive colleagues informed of where they should be at all times. Could do nothing about the goal though.
CB: Ryan Nelsen (Queen’s Park Rangers)
The former Blackburn Rovers defender marshalled the R's defence like a trojan and he was determined not to let Chelsea score. Top performance.
LB: Alexander Buttner (Manchester United)
As debuts go this was one to remember for the Dutchman. He had a hand in United's second goal, scored their third following some great footwork and was awarded the Man of the Match award. No wonder Patrice Evra looked so worried watching on from the bench.
RM: Ryan Sterling (Liverpool)
The promising winger was Liverpool's main attacking threat and it was one of his crosses that that led to their equaliser. Pace, trickery and a brilliant final ball, Sterling has a bright future ahead of him.
CM: Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)
The Spaniard is proving to be a real hit at the Emirates and is in our Team of the Week for another time. He may not have scored but he was pulling all the strings in midfield.
CM: Javi Garcia (Manchester City)
The former Real Madrid midfielder saved the champions from defeat at the Britannia with an equaliser on his debut and his star quality shone throughout.
LM: Gervinho (Arsenal)
The former Lille man scored twice against Fulham on Saturday and was a constant thorn in the Saints' backline. Is this the season Gooners finally see the best of Gervinho?
CF: Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham)
Martin Jol says the Bulgarian is the biggest signing in Fulham's history and if he keeps playing like this he could be the best signing too. He found it hard at Old Trafford, but nobody doubted his ability. A brace on his home debut. Jol, Fulham and Berbatov could be a match made in heaven.
CF: Jermain Defoe (Tottenham Hotspur)
The England striker netted twice against Reading on Sunday and looked razor sharp. He could have easily had a hat-trick. Adebayor will have to wait for his turn in the starting XI on this form.
Goal of the Week: Alexander Buttner (Manchester United)
A stunning run and finish from the new United left back Buttner helped his side to a 4-0 victory over Wigan Athletic. The goal capped off a strong all-round performance by the defender.Manager of the Week: Paul Lambert (Aston Villa)
New Villa manager Lambert was able to guide his new side to their first win of the season, an impressive 2-0 victory over a strong Swansea team. New signings ran the show for Lambert’s squad, showing the Scott’s eye for a buy.Howler of the Week: Peter Odemwingie (West Bromwich Albion)
A lash out by Peter Odemwingie all but wrecked West Brom’s chances of getting anything out of their game with Fulham. The striker unreservedly apologised following the encounter but Peter will now miss the next three games because of his uncharacteristic error.Controversy of the week: Danny Welbeck (Penalty v Wigan Athletic)
Once again we are talking about Old Trafford, diving, and dodgy penalty decisions. Welbeck appeared to take lessons from Ashley Young’s performances last season after ‘tripping’ over Ali Al-Habsi in the first half. Although Hernandez failed to convert, fans were still left bemoaning the England forward’s actions.Mitch’s Moment: Handshake Hangover
I’ve had enough of the handshake row. Players need to earn the respect of their fellow sportsmen and in this instance it is clear to see that John Terry (and Ashley Cole) have lost the respect of Anton Ferdinand. It is a personal issue between the players. The amount of media coverage this incident has got in the past 48 hours in unnecessary. Enough said.