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Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Squarefootball's Team of the Week - Week 16


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Arsenal's defeat at Manchester City has blown the title race wide open. Just two points separate Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool, with Everton and Newcastle also battling it out for the title.

It was another fine weekend for Liverpool's Luis Suarez, while even Danny Welbeck manged to find the back of the net.

So without further ado. 

Goalkeeper: David Marshall (Cardiff City)

If it wasn’t for Marshall’s world-class save from Shane Long in Cardiff’s game against West Brom, perhaps the Baggies would have left Wales with a point and Steve Clarke would still be in a job.

Right Back: Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City)

The Argentinian was a part of an outstanding City machine that put six past the league leaders, Arsenal. Zabaleta was a constant threat.

Centre Back: Ondřej Čelůstka (Sunderland)

Sunderland’s on-loan defender gave West Ham’s defence a torrid time at Upton Park and also covered his defensive duties well.

Centre Back: Phil Jones (Manchester United)

Jones emphasised to the world that his natural position is as a centre-back after a strong game at Aston Villa.

Left Back: John Flannigan (Liverpool)

A fine finish capped Flannigan’s mature performance in Liverpool’s emphatic 5-0 victory at Tottenham.

Right Midfield: Antonio Valencia (Manchester United)

Valencia has come under a lot of scrutiny in recent times, so a fantastic outing at Aston Villa will take some of the pressure off of the Ecuadorian’s shoulders.

Centre Midfield: Fernandinho (Manchester City)

He scored his first two goals in English football, and Fernandinho sensational in the centre of the park for Manchester City.

Centre Midfield: Jordan Henderson (Liverpool)

Henderson looks to finally be living up to his hefty price tag after another convincing display for Liverpool, this time in the win over Tottenham.

Left Midfield: Craig Noone (Cardiff City)

Noone was incredibly lively in Cardiff’s win over West Brom. The winger played a fantastic ball in to set up the Bluebirds’ winner.

Striker: Luis Suarez (Liverpool)

Is there anyone better in English football than Suarez at the moment? Two more goals against Spurs sees the Uruguayan reach an average of a goal every sixth of a game this season.

Striker: Danny Welbeck (Manchester United)

Another United player often called out, Welbeck scored two real striker’s finishes to put United on their way to a 3-0 win at Aston Villa.

Weekend Wonders

Game of the Week: Man City 6 Arsenal 3

This game promised so much and it didn't fail to entertain with both teams going all out for the win. Nine goals in a top-of-the table clash, it just goes to prove that football really is a funny old game

Save of the Week: Marshall v West Brom

When Shane Long got his head on the end of that ball against Cardiff City he must have thought he'd scored. David Marshall was scampering across his line to his left, Long's bullet header was going to the keeper's right. But, miraculously, the Scot got a hand to the ball and prevented a certain goal. How vital will that be come the end of the season?

Goal of the Week: Rodriguez (Southampton v Newcastle)

While the likes of Theo Walcott, Fernandinho and Ramires all scored quality goals at the weekend, my vote goes to Southampton's Rodriguez. The Saints made a slick counter attack and Rodriguez and Davis combined to score a stunning goal.

Manager of the Week: Manuel Pellegrini (Manchester City)

City could have fallen nine points behind the leaders Arsenal had they lost at the Etihad on Saturday, so full marks to the hosts for stepping up to the plate and throwing down the gauntlet for the chasing pack. Their home form is sparkling, but can they take that form out on the road with them.

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