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Thursday, 28 November 2013

Squarefootball's Team of the Week - Week 12

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Week 12 in the Barclays Premier League proved to be another enjoyable one for Arsenal fans. Not only did they watch the Gunners extend their lead at the top of the table, they also saw their north London rivals Spurs hit for six at Manchester City!

Chelsea got back to winning ways as they eased past West Ham, Manchester United dropped points at Cardiff while Everton and Liverpool share the spoils in one of the most entertaining Merseyside derbies in recent history.

Elsewhere, Newcastle United did their chances of European football no harm by seeing off Norwich, Stoke City took three points off struggling Sunderland and 10-man Crystal Palace gave their survival hopes a shot in the arm with a priceless victory at Hull.

But with the past weekend producing 34 goals, just who has made it into Squarefootball's Team of the Week?

Sqf team of the week 2013 wk 12

Goalkeeper: Simon Mignolet (Liverpool)

It’s not often a 'keeper who concedes three goals will take our Team of the Week spot, but a further nine saves, including a couple of brilliant efforts, were the difference between Liverpool gaining a draw and leaving Everton with nothing. 

Right Back: Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City)

Zabaleta was fantastic in City’s 6-0 drubbing of Tottenham on Sunday and gave a real insight into how a right back should operate.

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Centre Back: Per Mertesacker (Arsenal)

The German was more than dominant in both penalty areas in Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Southampton. Mertesacker was strong and powerful in defence and also won the Gunners’ penalty at the other end.

Centre Back: Danny Gabbidon (Crystal Palace)

A first away win for Crystal Palace was made easier by a clean sheet, which in turn was aided by a very competent performance from the Welsh and former West Ham centre back.

Left Back: Keiron Gibbs (Arsenal)

It was a very strong performance for Gibbs against the Saints. The England defender provided another attacking outlet for which the men from St Mary's had minimal answer to.

Midfield: Jesus Navas (Manchester City)

A brace of fine goals from the Spaniard sandwiched City’s emphatic win against Spurs. Navas was a constant threat on the right wing and looked dangerous from the very start.

Midfield: Frank Lampard (Chelsea)

Two goals from Frank Lampard was the catalyst behind Chelsea’s 3-0 victory at his old stomping ground West Ham. The veteran rolled back the years to extend his record as Chelsea's all-time record goalscorer.

Midfield: Scott Parker (Fulham)

On the score sheet for the first time since his West Ham days, Parker gave a captain’s performance in Fulham’s loss to Swansea and looked like the player that was a first XI player for England only two years ago.

Striker: Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)

Aguero has the right to feel aggrieved after being subbed with more than 20 minutes of the game left against Spurs. The Argentinian striker had netted two, had a hand in two more, and would’ve fancied himself for a hat-trick. He’ll have to settle with completing our trio of City players in the Team of the Week.

Striker: Romelu Lukaku (Everton)

Lukaku also bagged himself a brace and would’ve almost definitely had more had it not been for the aforementioned brilliance of Simon Mignolet in the 3-3 Merseyside derby. The Belgium striker ran the Liverpool defence ragged.

Striker: Shane Long (West Brom)

Long was simply magnificent in the first half against Aston Villa, netting a brace to give West Brom a 2-0 lead, albeit they would draw the game.

Weekend Wonders

Game of the Week: Everton 3 Liverpool 3

What a game that was! The action was end to end and the game had it all - goals, controversy, skill and action. The afternoon kick-off was a great way to start the weekend's festivities.

Goal of the Week: Shane Long (West Brom)

There were some fine goals in the Premier League this weekend like Scott Parker's chip for Fulham or Jesus Navas' 14-second opening dink over Hugo Lloris, but the best was ultimately saved until the Monday night. West Brom's Shane Long opened the scoring with a stunning strike against Villa. The Irishman plucked a high ball out of the air as if he were picking an apple from a tree, moved on to his left foot and sent a rasping drive past the outstretched Brad Guzan. 

Manager of the Week: Keith Millen (Crystal Palace)

It was Keith Millen's last game in charge of the Eagles and he may have given them three life-saving points come May. Reduced to 10 men controversially away at Hull City, the travelling fans would have settled for a point. But Barry Bannan scored a late winner which has given the Eagles hope in their bid to beat the drop.

Save of the Week: Simon Mignolet (Liverpool)

Take your pick from a glut of fantastic stops from the former Sunderland man. 

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