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Saturday, 28 December 2013

Squarefootball's Team of the Week - Week 18

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The Boxing Day fixtures went with a bang with a mixture of great games, controversial decisions and goals, goals, goals.

Arsenal regained top spot following their victory at West Ham as Liverpool lost to Manchester City. Chelsea ground out another three points as Manchester United showed their winning mentality by coming back from two down at Hull to win 3-2.

But who has made it into our Team of the Week?

Goalkeeper - Vito Mannone (Sunderland)

The former Arsenal man was Sunderland's saviour as he helped Gus Poyet's side end Everton's unbeaten record in 2013. Mannone dealt with everything the Toffees threw at him.

Defender - Vincent Kompany (Man City)

Kompany scored and coped well with the attacking threat of Suarez, Sterling and Coutinho. 

Defender - Mike Williamson (Newcastle United)

The Newcastle defender was immense as the Toon destroyed Stoke City, although it didn't look like that was going to be the case after half and hour.  

Defender - Danny Rose (Spurs)

The young Englishman offered Tim Sherwood's side so much down the left hand side with his pulsating runs. Rose is a confident lad, even chancing his luck from distance against the Baggies keeper. 

Midfield - Adam Lallana (Southampton)

The Southampton man brought forward his wedding to Christmas Day in order to free him up for next year's World Cup in Brazil and if he continues to play like he did against Cardiff then it will be a wise decision. Lallana set up Rodriguez for the Saints opener with a well-timed run and the hosts just couldn't cope with his craft and guile.

Midfield - Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle United)

The Mercurial midfielder was on fire against Stoke's nine men. He terrorised the Potters and hit the woodwork twice.

Midfield - Eden Hazard (Chelsea)

The Belgium ace was sublime as Chelsea kept another clean sheet in a tight 1-0 win over Swansea. Hazard scored the only goal of the game as the Blues kept up the pressure on those at the top.

Midfield - Theo Walcott (Arsenal)

Walcott came to the Gunners' rescue with two timely goals as Wenger's men returned to the top spot with a hard-fought win at West Ham.

Striker - Loic Remy (Newcastle United)

The Frenchman may have missed from the spot but that didn't stop him from scoring twice in Newcastle's emphatic 5-1 drubbing of Stoke City. The on-loan striker is doing his chances of playing in Brazil no harm at all.

Striker - Wayne Rooney (Man United)

The England international orchestrated United's comeback at Hull. He swung in the free-kick for Evans to score before levelling the game with a stunning strike. Dark horses for the title? You would be crazy to write them off.

Striker - Rodriguez (Southampton)

The striker scored twice at Cardiff and had a hand in the third. Days don't get much better than this, especially away from home.

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