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Thursday, 19 September 2013

Squarefootball's Team of the Week - Week Four

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Arsenal saw off Sunderland as record signing Mesut Ozil made his debut but the German international was upstaged by the Gunners' man of the moment Aaron Ramsey.

Elsewhere we had wins for Manchester United and a return to form for Wayne Rooney, Everton got their first three points of the season against Chelsea, Tottenham's new boys beat Norwich and Mark Hughes got a point for Stoke against his former side Man City at the Britannia.

Newcastle United made it two wins out of two with victory at Aston Villa, while Liverpool retained top spot with a hard fought draw at Swansea City. The rest of the games ended all square.

There were a total of 20 goals this past weekend in the Premier League and a number of outstanding individual displays, but who has made it into our team of the week?

As Jose Mourinho would say, here our are little chickens.

Goalkeeper: Jussi Jääskeläinen (West Ham United)

Inspired form from Jussi kept West Ham in the game at Southampton, making a string of fantastic saves in the 0-0 draw. 

Right Back: Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City)

It wasn't his greatest game, but Zabaleta looked solid defensively and gave a number of options going forward.

Centre Back: Dejan Lovren (Southampton)

The Croatian defender was rarely troubled by West Ham fans' favouriter striker Miaga, but he dealt with everything that was thrown at him and looked composed on the ball.

Centre Back: Curtis Davis (Hull City)

The former West Brom and Aston Villa defender got his name on the scoresheet against Cardiff with a low stooping header. Davies was also on call to shield his goal from harm's way. Could do nothing to stop Whittingham score though.

Left Back: Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur)

The England Under 21 star is growing in confidence at the Lane and laid on the ball for Sigurdson's second. Full of running and creativity, Rose is beginning to fulfil his potential at Tottenham. 

Right Midfield: Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle)

Another goal by the main creative spark at Newcastle. Ben Arfa is getting the fans out of their seats and sending Newcastle up the Premier League table.

Centre Midfield: Gareth Barry (Everton)

What a debut by the new Everton midfield general. Dictated play and pulled off a wonderful last-ditch block to deny Eto'o a debut goal. Wonderful stuff.

Centre Midfield: Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal)

Rambo can do no wrong at the moment. The Welshman added another two goals to his best-ever campaign already. Maybe Real Madrid brought the wrong Welshman!

Centre Midfield: Charlie Adam (Stoke City)

The former Liverpool man was the puppet master against Man City pulling all of the strings. He set up Walters for a great chance and also tested Hart himself. Adam looks to be enjoying himself under the leadership of Hughes.

Left Midfield: Gylfi Sigurðsson (Tottenham)

The midfielder grabbed both of Tottenham's goals as they saw off Norwich City. A confident display and his goals were just enough to push debut hero Christian Eriksen out of our starting XI.

Forward: Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)

The England international looked back to his best with a dominating performance against Crystal Palace. Rooney got himself on the scoresheet with a trademark free-kick and almost got an assist after his long-range pass was controlled by RVP on his chest, but the Dutchman rattled the bar with his volley. Maybe that gash on his head has got Rooney back on track!

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Save of the week - Jussi Jaaskelainen

The West Ham shotstopper was invincible against Southampton. No matter what the Saints threw at him he protected the goal like his life depended on it. Jussi pulled off great save after great save. It was a masterclass from the big Finn.

Miss of the week - Gabby Agbonlahor

This accolade is usually saved for Fernando Torres but Aston Villa's Agbonlahor is the rightful winner this week. With the goal gaping and only the keeper to beat, Gabby just had to hit the target. Instead he sent it well wide. I bet he would have scored had One Direction's Louis had his arse parked in the goalmouth!

Manager of the week - Alan Pardew

The Newcastle boss is under immense pressure at St James' Park on and off the park, so to leave Villa Park with all three points must have been a huge relief. Newcastle fans want to see a team playing good football and challenging for silverware, but they are frustrated by the goings on off the pitch with Ashley and Kinnear pulling the strings. At least Pardew has given the long-suffering fans something to smile about.

Goal of the week - Aaron Ramsey's double

With one Welshman costing Real Madrid £86 million I wonder how much Aaron Ramsey would be following his awesome start to the season? The midfielder scored twice at the weekend to ensure the Arsenal left Sunderland with all three points. His first goal took everyone by surprise. When was the last time an Arsenal player hit a volley on the edge of the 18-yard box? The second was a great team goal, sealed with a smart finish by Arsenal's number 16.

Debut of the week - Gareth Barry (Everton)

While Gareth Bale and Mesut Ozil were grabbing all the headlines following their big money moves, Everton's Gareth Barry showed why Roberto Martinez wanted him so badly. The former Manchester City man kept the Toffees ticking over and was on hand to spare Tim Howard's blushes with a great block to deny Eto'o his first goal in English football. Barry was on hand to protect the back four and retain possession. Superb debut.

Fool of the week - Ashley Young (Manchester United)

Winning by cheating is not big and it's not clever. Cut it out, now!

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