Squarefootball's Team of the Week - Week Seven
Arsenal and Manchester United put the disapointment of last weekend behind them as they got back to winning ways away to West Ham United and Newcastle respectively. It was also a good weekend for leaders Chelsea and champions Manchester City, as both side maintained their unbeaten run to the season.
There were a number of star performances this past weekend and a number of top class goals, but who has made it into our Squarefootball Team of the Week and who has clinched a place in our Weekend Wonders?
Let's get straight to the action.
GK: Alex McCarthy (Reading)
A string of decent saves in the second half from McCarthy helped Reading to a draw at Swansea.RB: Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea)
The Serbian once again demonstrated his goal scoring prowess with a powerful effort against Norwich, helping his side to a 4-1 win.CB: Jose Fonte (Southampton)
Two goal for a centre back is a seldom thing, but that’s exactly what the Portuguese centre back got for the Saints against Fulham.
CB: Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United)
The England defender may have increased his stock with Roy Hodgson, even if ever so slightly, after a strong and dominant display against Newcastle.LB: Alexander Kolarov (Manchester City)
A goal and an assist from Kolarov helped City to a 3-0 victory over Sunderland.RM: James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion)
Midfield brilliance from Morrison topped off with a goal aided the Baggies to an exciting 3-2 victory over QPR.CM: David Silva (Manchester City)
Arguably the first time this season that Silva has looked his usual brilliant self, the Spaniard was at the heart of all things good about Manchester City this weekend.CM: Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)
What a signing this lad has been. A wonderful 25-yard strike from the Arsenal midfielder capped an incredibly impressive performance where Cazorla pulled the strings.LM: Juan Mata (Chelsea)
An intelligent display from Mata, who was at the heart of all creative play by the Blues.CF: Oliver Giroud (Arsenal)
A first goal in the Premier League for Giroud and he should’ve added more in Arsenal’s 3-1 victory over West Ham.CF: Arouna Kone (Wigan Athletic)
The Latics’ striker ran the Everton defence into the ground in the 2-2 draw at the DW stadium.
Goal of the week: Santi Cazorla (West Ham v Arsenal)
A wonderful 25-yard effort on the left foot from Santi Cazorla gave Arsenal a deserved 3-1 victory against West Ham at Upton Park. A close second is Tom Cleverley’s curling shot against Newcastle, although there is still debate if the midfielder meant it.Manager of the Week: Sir Alex Ferguson (Manchester United)
After last season’s drubbing at Newcastle, and last weekend's defeat by Spurs, many worried for United come this weekend’s fixture. But Fergie ensured his side was up to the task and they redeemed themselves in a dominant display, orchestrated by one of the best managers in history.
Controversy of the Week: Ouch, REF!
This week I’m combining the controversy with Mitch’s Moment, because there was a high number of ‘violent’ incidents and penalty appeals. We had Luis Suarez and Robert Huth, Robin Van Persie, Gareth Bale plus others all involving themselves in controversy; most of which was unnecessary. I think there needs to be a zero tolerance rule brought in for both violent conduct and for simulation. It’s the only way to bring back the true nature of the game.
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