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Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Squarefootball's Team of the Week - Week 27


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Premier League leaders Chelsea left it late to see off Everton at the weekend but the chasing pack of Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool remained hot on their taills with vital wins of their own.

Arsenal destroyed Capital One Cup finalists Sunderland at the Emirates, City struggled to see off Stoke City at home while Liverpool edged a seven-goal thriller against Swansea City. 

Elsewhere, West Ham United moved out of relegation picture with victory over Southampton - their fourth on the trot - while Norwich City kept Chris Hughton in a job for another week at least as they derailed Tottenham's Champions League hopes at Carrow Road.

There were a number of top class performers in the Premier League this past weekend with Olivier Giroud, Kevin Noland and Jordan Henderson all getting on the scoresheet, but who has made it into our Team of the Week?

Here are our chosen ones.

Sqf team of the week 2013 wk27

Goalkeeper: John Ruddy (Norwich City)

Norwich picked up an excellent victory over Tottenham and Ruddy made a super stop to deny Emmanuel Adebayor and help the Canaries to a much needed three points.

Right Back: Bacary Sagna (Arsenal)

Sagna showed why Arsene Wenger is so desperate to sign him to a new deal, with his superb defending and energetic overlaps on the wing providing problems for Sunderland.

Centre Back: James Tomkins (West Ham United)

James Tomkins continues to keep star defender Winston Reid out of the West Ham side after another impressive display at the back in the Hammers’ 3-1 victory over Southampton.

Centre Back: John Terry (Chelsea)

Chelsea’s captain fantastic - and the best defender England have right now - came up with the goods in extra time to secure a vital 1-0 win against Everton in the race for the Premier League title.

Left Back: Patrice Evra (Manchester United)

Evra was a handful for Crystal Palace in the Red Devils’ 2-0 victory at Selhurst Park, playing a part in both of United’s goals. Will his recent displays earn him a new contract at Old Trafford?

Centre Midfield: Ryan Snodgrass (Norwich City)

A fine display by Snodgrass was capped with a well taken winning goal for Norwich in their victory over Tottenham.

Centre Midfield: Jordan Henderson (Liverpool)

Henderson’s two goals capped a brilliant display for the midfielder in Liverpool’s 4-3 victory against Swansea, further increasing his claims to an spot in England’s 23 man squad for the World Cup.

Centre Midfield: Kevin Nolan (West Ham United)

Another excellent goal for Kevin Nolan secured the points for West Ham in their win over the Saints. Nolan looks a man transformed after recent suspensions and has had a successful February. Could he be the Premier League's Player of the Month?

Striker: Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool)

Two goals again for Daniel Sturridge means the Liverpool striker now has 10 goals in eight games, and England fans will be hoping the forward can take this form to the World Cup.

Striker: Oliver Giroud (Arsenal) 

Two goals and an assist for Giroud capped an impressive display for the Frenchman, who should have had a hat-trick.

Striker: Nikica Jelavic (Hull City)

Jelavic was the main man for Hull in their impressive 4-0 victory at Cardiff, popping up with two impressive goals in a clinical performance. 

Weekend Wonders

Game of the Week: Liverpool 4 Swansea City 3

Liverpool and Swansea played out a seven-goal thriller at Anfield and the Swans can feel aggrieved that they left Merseyside with nothing to show for their endeavours. Going forward Liverpool look devastating. Defensively though they must sharpen up.

Goal of the Week: Rosicky (Arsenal v Sunderland)

Jonjo Shelvey's first-time top corner goal was a contender for this honour but Arsenal's sensational one touch football with Rosicky at the heart of it was a joy to behold. 

Manager of the Week: Sam Allardyce (West Ham)

The former Bolton and Newcastle boss has had a hard time of it recently at Upton Park - some of it his own doing - but February could not have gone any better for him. Four wins out of four and now sitting in 10th place, the Hammers are well and truly happy now. 

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