Squarefootball's Team of the Week - Week Nine
Game week nine in the Premier League had it all, great goals, great actions and great blunders by the officials. Arsenal and Manchester City squeezed past QPR and Swansea respectively while Manchester United became the first side to beat Chelsea this season.
Elsewhere, Spurs finally won at St Mary's, Newcastle saw off West Brom and Wigan sent the Hammers home with nothing. Not forgetting the epic six-goal thriller at the Madejski, the pulsating Merseyside derby or Norwich's draw at Aston Villa.
But who has made it into our Squarefootball Team of the Week?
GK: Julio Cesar (Queens Park Rangers)
Arsenal could have scored a bucketload if it wasn't for Cesar. The former Inter Milan shot stopper was determined to keep the Gunners out and pulled off save after save to frustrate the home fans. Only an offside goal that wasn't spotted by the officials beat him.
RB: Bacary Sagna (Arsenal)
The French defender was making his first start of the campaign and looked like he had never been away. He was up and down the flank like a whore's knickers! He's not the only Gunner to feature in the team either.
CB: Ivan Ramis (Wigan Athletic)
Ramis books his place in the squad if only for that fine opener against the Hammers. Not too many players would have taken on such a shot, but he kept his eye on the ball and lashed it past Big Jussi. That goal gave him confidence and he looked assured all game.
CB: Fabrico Collocini (Newcastle)
The new Bobby Moore, as Alan Pardew would have us believe, was outstanding again on Sunday. He did well to keep Lukaku quiet and made two great interceptions early on. If only he was English . . .
LB: Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur)
The versatile defender proved his worth to AVB by shining on his visit to St Mary's. He linked up well with Gareth Bale and was a threat offensively. He is a great asset to the squad.
RM: Juan Mata (Chelsea)
The Spaniard was in magical form again against United and scored a truly wonderful free-kick. He was denied by his fellow countryman last season in this game. However he made amends this time round.
CM: Chris Baird (Fulham)
Another week and another goal from Chris Baird. Unfortunately this time his effort wasn't a winner but Mrtin Jol will be pleased to have scorers throughout the team.
CM: Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)
How Arsenal have missed young Jack. He ended 17 months on the sidelines with an assured performance against QPR and if Wenger can keep him fit and injury free Arsenal could still have a say in the destination of the honours.
LM: Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur)
The former Southampton man showed no mercy for his old club by scoring the opener with a header. Was a constant menace and delivered some near perfect balls into the box.
CF: Robin Van Persie (Manchester United)
The former Arsenal striker loves playing against Chelsea! The Dutchman grabbed another in this clash and emerged from his battle with David Luiz as the clear winner.
CF: Luis Suarez (Liverpool)
Inspired to perform by David Moyes' criticism of him in the Press, Suarez was unplayable on Sunday. He was a constant threat and his late goal should have sealed all three points.
Game of the Week: Reading 3-3 Fulham
In a weekend that was full of action and great games, our award had to go to the fantastic match at the Madejski Stadium which saw Reading score a last-minute equaliser against Fulham. A barmy second half kept the fans at both ends entertained, before sending both home with a point.
Goal of the Week: Ivan Ramis (Wigan v West Ham)
There were some fantastic goals in game week nine - Mata's free-kick, Tevez's long-range goal and Leigterwood's and Ruiz's goals at the Mad Stad were awesome - but a stunning Paul Scholes-like volley from Ivan Ramis gave Wigan a deserved lead and eventual win over West Ham. The corner came in and Ramis was on hand to smash in a superb first time shot. Fantastic.Manager of the Week: David Moyes (Everton)
Scotsman David Moyes has managed the Toffees in more than 20 Merseyside derbies and his side’s comeback on Sunday against Liverpool has earned him our manager of the week award. Seeing Everton go 2-0 down, Moyes was able to inspire his team into scoring two goals, and earning a point.