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Wednesday, 02 October 2013

Squarefootball's Team of the Week - Week Six


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Arsenal stormed to the top of the Premier League table following their win at Swansea at the weekend thanks to Chelsea and Spurs dropping points and both Manchester United and City getting beat by West Brom and Aston Villa respectively.

The Gunners are now two points clear of Spurs and Liverpool, who saw off a spirited Sunderland side, but Everton have moved into fourth following their Monday night victory over Newcastle - a win that retains their unbeaten run.

Elsewhere, Hull City beat West Ham United, Southampton were too strong for Crystal Palace while Cardiff piled the pressure on Fulham with a late winner at the Cottage and Norwich left Stoke City with all three points.

There were a number of great performances this weekend, but who has made it into our Team of the Week? 

Here are our chosen ones and our Weekend Wonders.

Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham)

Strong saves from the Frenchman earned Spurs a point in the 1-1 draw against Chelsea, including a brilliant stop from Andre Schurrle.

Right Back: Steven Caulker (Cardiff City)

A powerful headed goal, a disallowed finish, and a commanding performance at the back from Caulker was the catalyst for Cardiff’s impressive 2-1 win at Fulham.

Centre Back: Abdoulaye Faye (Hull City)

Sheer power from Faye ensured Hull kept a decent clean sheet at home to West Ham in their 1-0 victory.

Centre Back: John Terry (Chelsea)

A wonderful header from the former England captain secured a draw for Chelsea at Tottenham. Terry also put in a leader’s performance, making a number of crucial clearances.

Left Back: Gareth McAuley (West Brom)

McAuley put in another top-draw display in the 2-1 victory at Manchester United and is the first of three Baggies to make our team of the week.

Right Midfield: Morgan Amalfitano (West Brom)

The second is Amalfitano, who scored a simply sensational opener at Old Trafford. The Frenchman has been a wonderful signing by Steve Clarke, who will be hoping to make the loan deal permanent.

Centre Midfield: Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal)

Another appearance in the team of the week from Ramsey, who notched yet another goal in Arsenal’s deserved victory at Swansea.

Centre Midfield: Ross Barkley (Everton)

Ross Barkley scored his first goal at Goodison Park and excellently linked with a certain striker to aid Everton to a 3-2 win over Newcastle.

Left Midfield: Stephane Sessegnon (West Brom)

Sessegnon was simply a joy to watch for West Brom against Manchester United. The Benin international is clearly enjoying his football again after falling out of favour at Sunderland.

Left Forward: Romelu Lukaku (Everton)

Why has Mourinho let Lukaku go on loan?! A brace of well-crafted goals from the young striker was enough to see Everton beat Newcastle, with only three Premier League strikers scoring more goals than Lukaku in 2013.

Right Forward: Luis Suarez (Liverpool)

The return of Suarez means Team of the Week regular Daniel Sturridge misses out. A brace from the Uruguayan saw Liverpool win 3-1 at Sunderland.  

 

Weekend Wonders

Game of the Week: Manchester United 1 West Brom 2

It really was a toss up between this and Villa's epic comeback at home to Manchester City but the fact that the Baggies won at Old Trafford for the first time in 35 years just shaded it. Given that the Baggies went to the Theatre of Dreams, played two up front, and could have scored two more gives them this award.

Goal of the Week: Amalfitano

Again where do we start! There were some fantastic strikes this past weekend. Ruiz scored a stunner for Fulham, only for Cardiff's Jordan Mutch to outdo him with a last-gasp screamer. However, the winner has to be Amalfitano's cool solo effort for West Brom at Old Trafford. The calmness he showed to run from his own half, meg Rio Ferdinand, and then dink the ball over De Gea was pure class.

Manager of the Week: Steve Clark

The Baggies complete a clean sweep in our Weekend Wonders feature. The Scot was facing calls for his head after just three games of the season. This week Baggies around the globe have been walking around with their heads held high and their shirts proudly on display. You can say what you want about United being terrible, the Baggies played exceptionally well and made their hosts look bad. Great job Steve.

Calling all football fans: Do you agree with our selections? Either way we'd love to hear from you.

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