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Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Squarefootball's Team of the Week - Week 21

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It proved to be a great weekend for the top seven sides in the Barclays Premier League. Arsenal started it on top but were replaced by Chelsea, then Manchester City, before gaining their place with a 2-1 win at Aston Villa.

Things are also hotting up at the bottom of the table with just six points separating 10th placed Hull City and basement boys Crystal Palace. With so much to play for at the top and bottom of the Premier League this truly has been a remarkable season so far. 

This weekend brought us plenty of goals, controversy and excitement, with a number of top class individual displays, but who has made it into our Team of the Week?

Goalkeeper: Adrian (West Ham)

West Ham’s number two made a good case to be the number one between the sticks after an impressive display from the Spaniard aided his side to a much needed 2-0 win at Cardiff.

Right Back: Seamus Coleman (Everton)

It was yet another shining performance for Coleman, who once again contributed a phenomenal attacking outlet alongside his defensive duties in Everton’s victory over Norwich.

Centre Back: Per Mertesacker (Arsenal)

A shadow of the liability he was considered when he first joined Arsenal, Mertesacker brought his fine form into 2014 after another rock solid performance in the win at Aston Villa.

Centre Back: Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United)

Vidic looked back to his best for United in the victory over Swansea, proving that United can ill-afford to lose their captain come the end of the season.

Left Back: Alexander Kolarov (Manchester City)

Kolarov did more than his fair share defensively in City’s controversial victory at Newcastle, and provided a brilliant assist for Dzeko to score the opening goal.

Right Midfield: Adam Johnson (Sunderland)

A fantastic hat-trick for Adam Johnson was the catalyst behind Sunderland’s 4-1 victory at fellow relegation fighters Fulham. An excellent performance which has cast Johnson back in for a possible World Cup spot.

Centre Midfield: Mark Noble (West Ham)

It was a splendid game for Captain Noble, who took the armband in place of the suspended Nolan. Mr West Ham was everywhere on the pitch against Cardiff and capped his battling display with a well-earned goal.

Centre Midfield: Gareth Barry (Everton)

An excellently taken goal from distance optimised Barry’s game at Everton, leading to arguments over whether Barry should go to the World Cup in Brazil. In this writer’s opinion, yes.

Centre Midfield: Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)

It was a strong performance for Wilshere, but two minutes really caught the eye. First a well finished goal gave Arsenal the lead before a sensational pass found Giroud for the second only moments later.

Left Midfield: Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United)

Januzaj is fast becoming a key player for United, and it showed in their victory over Swansea. In the absent of world class talent in Rooney and Van Persie, Januzaj stepped up and offered a wonderful display of talent.

Striker: Luis Suarez (Liverpool)

I think Suarez has a seat reserved in our team of the week. Two goals seemed almost underwhelming for the Uruguayan, who inspired Liverpool to hold off Stoke’s fight-back in a very entertaining 5-3 at the Britannia. 

Weekend Wonders

Game of the Week - Stoke City 3 Liverpool 5

What a game that was at the Britannia. Liverpool's title credentials were tested to the full as the Potters refused to roll over and die. Great goals, great saves, controversy and end-to-end football contributed to a fantastic 90 minutes of action.

Manager of the Week - Sam Allardyce (West Ham)

Big Sam was public enemy number one following two heavy defeats in the cups, but he really earned his corn on Saturday by not only beating the Bluebirds but keeping a clean sheet and moving out of the bottom three.

Goal of the Week - Charlie Adam (Stoke City)

There were some blinding strikes this weekend. Gareth Barry hit a corker for Everton against Norwich, while Eden Hazard finished off a wonderful team goal at Hull City, but for me Charlie Adam's thunderball against his former side Liverpool to draw the Potters back to 2-2 was the best. You could have given Mignolet a 10 second advance warning about where the ball was going and he still wouldn't have got near it. Adam almost broke the net!

Well there you have it. That's our Team of the Week and our Weekend Wonders. Do you agree with our choices? Whatever your views, we'd love to hear from you.

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