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Wednesday, 06 November 2013

Squarefootball's Team of the Week - Week Ten


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Arsenal couldn't have dreamt of a better weekend than the one just gone. The Gunners saw off rivals Liverpool and second placed Chelsea surprisingly lost at Newcastle. Manchester City and Manchester United were always going to win their games but Everton's draw with Spurs ensured that Arsenal visit the champions this Sunday with a five-point lead.

It just wasn't all about the Arsenal though, Cardiff City won the big battle of Wales with rivals Swansea, Hull City brought Sunderland back down to Earth following their derby day victory, West Brom saw off Palace while Stoke and Southampton and West Ham and Aston Villa shared the spoils.

But who managed to light up the Premier League and snatch a place in our Team of the Week?

Sqf team of the week 2013 wk10

Goalkeeper: Asmir Begovic (Stoke City)

A goalkeeper scoring a goal in quite rare in England, but to do so inside 13 seconds - the quickest goal of the campaign so far - is quite extraordinary. A goal and a clean sheet would have been a dream for Begovic but Southampton scored an exceptional goal. 

Right Back: Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle)

It takes a great defender to keep Eden Hazard quiet so full marks go to Matthieu Debuchey. The French international - the one of three in our back four - was solid as a rock as the Mags stunned Mourinho's men. 

Centre Back: Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal)

The Frenchman had the uneviable task of trying to keep the SAS quiet at the Emirates and despite a few worrying moments, he emerged victorious. Koscielny is unrecogniseable from the player Wenger signed in 2010.

Centre Back: Steven Caulker (Cardiff City)

The former Swansea player came back to haunt them in this the first all Wales derby in the Premier League. The Cardiff captain kept the Bluebirds' defence tight and organised and scored the only goal of the game. Caulker will never have to buy a drink in Cardiff again!

Left Back: Patrice Evra (Manchester United)

Do Manchester United really need Leighton Baines when Evra is in this kind of form? The Frenchman could have cracked open a cigar in the first half as he dealt with everything Fulham could throw at him admirably.

Right Midfield: Chris Brunt (West Brom)

The Northern Ireland international gets a bit of stick from sections of the Albion support but the captain looked dangerous against Palace. He looked really effective in the second half and had a hand in both of their goals. 

Centre Midfield: Gary Medel (Cardiff City)

The Chilean international was a protective shield to Cardiff's backline and kept Swansea at bay with some great tackling. 

Centre Midfield: Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal)

The Welsh midfielder can do no wrong this season. Rambo scored his 10th of the campaign gainst Liverpool and said the dipping volley was definitely the best he has scored so far. A subject that we will surely debate at another time.

Left Midfield: David Silva (Manchester City)

The man they call Merlin was simply unplayable against Norwich. The Spaniard left the Norwich defenders in a spin as he conducted one of the most dominant displays of the season so far. Silva even scored himself in the 7-0 rout.

Centre Forward: Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)

Aguero moved joint top of the Premier League scoring charts with his eighth of the season. The only surprise here was that he failed to score more than once. The Argentinian ace was sublime in a great team performance.

Centre Forward: Robin Van Persie (Manchester United) 

The Dutchman scored one and played a huge part in the other two as Manchester United tore Fulham apart inside 13 minutes. RVP is obviously looking forward to the visit of Arsenal this weekend.

Weekend Wonders

Game of the Week: Arsenal 2 Liverpool 0

The clash between top and third place lived up to expectations with Arsenal coming through unscathed, but Liverpool were always a threat. 

Goal of the Week: Rodriguez - Southampton

In blustery condititons at the Britannia, Southampton scored a peach of a goal. The Saints played themselves out of trouble on the right. A few rapid one-touch passes later and the ball was played into the box for Rodriguez to attack. He headed the ball down, it bounced over Begovic and nestled into the back of the net. A glorious goal.

Manager of the Week: Alan Pardew - Newcastle

After last weekend's defeat by Sunderland Pardew was under pressure again and most people expected Chelsea to walk this, but the Mags dug in, nullified the visitors and fully deserved their victory.

Fools of the Week: Cattermole and Dossena - Sunderland

When you're battling relegation it's imperative that you keep 11 players on the pitch. For Sunderland to lost both Cattermole and Dossena before half-time was crazy. These two also star in our new feature, Flops of the Week.

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