Squarefootball's Team of the Week - Week 28
Arsenal and Spurs picked up three points at the weekend to put the pressure on Rafa Benitez and Chelsea. Spurs are now two points clear of Chelsea in third place with Arsenal just two behind the Blues, but with the north London giants squaring up to each other this weekend, Chelsea may have the opportunity to regain third place. However the race to finish in the top four is set to be an intriguing one.
Elsewhere this past weekend, Man United continued their march to the title with a 2-0 win at basement boys QPR, but the R's weren't the only team down the bottom to lose. Reading were well beaten at home by Wigan, Villa lost at Arsenal and Southampton left Newcastle empty-handed.
There were some great individual and team displays, but who has made it into our Team of the Week? Here are my Weekend Wonders.
It takes something special to let three goals in but still be our top goalkeeper, but Jussi did just that. Without his heroics, Steven Caulker could have had a hat-trick and Spurs would’ve scored seven or eight against West Ham.Right Back: Rafael (Manchester United)
Quickly becoming the best right back in the league, Rafael opened United’s account at the weekend with a stunning first time shot.Centre Back: Paul Scharner (Wigan Athletic)
Scharner was at the heart of a Wigan defence that kept out a strong Reading side over the weekend, putting in a commanding display at the back for the Latics.Centre Back: Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United)
If England need a centre back, I hope Roy Hodgson gives this man a call. Ferdinand once again was the boss of United’s defensive display at QPR.Left Back: Figueroa (Wigan Athletic)
A goal and a clean sheet earned Figueroa a place in the team of the week. Wigan will want to keep a hold of this man with his contract running out at the end of the season.Right Midfield: Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)
A brace from the little maestro spared Arsenal’s blushes in their win over Aston Villa this weekend. The two goals gave the Gunners a victory after a tough week in the Champions League.Centre Midfield: Yaya Toure (Manchester City)
The Ivory Coast midfielder is starting to again look like the player that was so pivotal to City’s side last season. Toure drove City forward throughout the game and made pushed Chelsea to the brink.Left Midfield: Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur)
I’m a West Ham fan (If you didn’t know) and I can’t even be mad at Gareth Bale after THAT goal in the last minute. His performance was outstanding, dictating the play against West Ham, and won Spurs the match with a brace.Right Forward: Kei Kamara (Norwich)
A strong debut from Kamara for Norwich. The debutant scored a powerful goal to bring the Canaries level with Everton, allowing them to push on and claim the win.Centre Forward: Romelu Lukaku (West Brom)
Two goals from the on-loan Chelsea forward gave West Brom a deserved victory over Sunderland. I wonder if Fernando Torres is worried about losing his place to him next season?Left Forward: Arouna Kone (Wigan Athletic)
Another brace for Kone, this time away to Reading, was the key stone in Wigan’s 3-0 win over the Royals. He has now scored 10 times in the league for the Latics.
Game of the Week: West Ham 2 Spurs 3
There were some fantastic matches this weekend. You couldn't take your eyes off Newcastle's six-goal thriller against Southampton, while Man City could have scored a hatful against Chelsea at the Etihad, but Spurs' last-gasp win at West Ham beats them both for pure action and entertainment. West Ham could have made it 3-1 before Spurs fought their way back into the game and as for Gareth Bale's winner, well, we'll talk more about that in a bit.
Manager of the Week: Roberto Martinez (Wigan Athletic)
It's that time of the season again when relegation-threatened Wigan turn on the style and start to rival Barcelona. They went to the Madejski looking for all three points and came away with them in style. I wonder if the Latics can hold on to the Spaniard again in the summer?
Goal of the Week: Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur)
In a weekend that produced a Goal of the Month competition in itself, Gareth Bale's sensational winner just pips them all. Rafael got the ball rolling with his arrow of a shot past Julio Cesar on Saturday, then Papiss Cisse got in on the act 24 hours later with a fierce looping strike against Southampton, but for the sheer audacity to try to score from 25 yards out in the dying moments of the game at Upton Park to claim all three points it has to be Gareth Bale. Take a bow son!
Howler of the Week: Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur)
With the goal gaping, all the former Arsenal striker had to do was put some power in his header to beat West Ham's Jaaskelainen and put Spurs back into the lead, but the Togo international's weak effort was saved. AVB would have expected more from his striker.
Save of the Week: Joe Hart (Manchester City)
With the scores level England's number one faced Chelsea and England's penalty king Frank Lampard. Everyone thought Lampard was going to rack up his 200th goal for Chelsea, but the former Shrewsbury Town keeper guessed the right way and got down to palm his strike away. Hart certainly repaid the City fans for his recent blunder against Southampton.
Well there you have it. That's our Team of the Week. Do you agree/disagree with our choices? We would love to hear from you.