After each round of Premier League fixtures, with Monday’s clash between Brighton and Stoke set to round off matchweek 12.
The Premier League team of the weekend: Which Man Utd, Arsenal, Chelsea and Mancity player make it? Check Now:
Goalkeeper: Heurelho Gomes (Watford) – click the right arrow to see the rest of the team of the weekend
A top class performance from the Watford star to prove he is still one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League. He made point-blank saves from Cheikhou Kouyate and Marko Arnautovic, with the triple stop against the latter arguably the best save of the Premier League season so far.
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Right back: Hector Bellerin (Arsenal)
Back to his best after a poor 2016-17, Bellerin was in exceptional form in Arsenal’s 2-0 win in the north London derby. He had complete control of the right flank, rarely letting anyone past him and attacking at will. He combined brilliantly with Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey in the final third
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Centre back: Shkodran Mustafi (Arsenal)
Both Mustafi and centre-back partner Laurent Koscielny were exceptional against Spurs, though the former earns his place in the team of the weekend as he also opened the scoring. His header was remarkably well taken, even if there was a hint of offside about it. Mustafi also excelled at the back, keeping Harry Kane a peripheral figure when he is normally so effective against Arsenal.
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Centre back: James Tarkowski (Burnley)
Another brilliant performance from one of 2017-18’s best defenders. Tarkowski helped Burnley keep another clean sheet, as they beat Swansea to move one point behind the top four. Tarkowski won four tackles and four aerial duels, further enhancing his reputation as a top class combative centre-back.
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Left back: Charlie Daniels (Bournemouth)
Daniels was one of many star performers in Bournemouth’s 4-0 rout of Huddersfield. He defended well and always looked to get forward and put the pressure on Huddersfield’s defence. He played a key role in Bournemouth’s opening goal, though his tackle to win the ball off Florent Hadergjonaj in the run up should have been considered a foul.
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Centre midfield: Paul Pogba (Manchester United)
Straight back in the team after his long-term injury, Pogba was instantly back to his best. He assisted Anthony Martial’s equalising goal – sending in a cross after some fine individual work – before adding a goal of his own. Pogba runs the game when he is in this kind of exceptional form.
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Right midfield – Mohamed Salah:
Every time Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah produces a tremendous display you wonder how he’ll top it — but he keeps on doing so. One of the signings of the summer was at it again against Southampton, sparking his team with a brilliant curler from distance, adding another and generally leading the visitors to a merry dance. Nicol says: “The Premier League’s top scorer — and who would have thought that?” Mariner purrs: “Staggering goals,” while Marcotti saw Salah “unleash” his range of skills on the Saints.
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Centre midfield: Will Hughes (Watford)
Hughes is starting to establish himself in Watford’s first-team after a slow start to the season. He was man of the match in their 2-0 win over West Ham, having scored the opening goal and assisted the second. Hughes dominated the midfield, and was constantly looking to create chances for his grateful teammates.
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Centre midfield – Mesut Ozil:
Although questions have been asked about Mesut Ozil at times this season, none were to be found when Spurs came to town. The Germany star was at his best, selecting from his range of probing passes, making lots of darting runs behind an uncharacteristically uneasy Spurs defence and not giving his midfield opponents a moment of peace. “One of those games that reminds you just why he’s so special on his day,” is Marcotti’s view, while Nicol is impressed by a tireless contribution.
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Left midfield – Eden Hazard:
The last thing that demoralised West Brom would have wanted to deal with was an in-form Eden Hazard — but, unfortunately for them, that’s what they got. Hazard is unstoppable when he plays as he did at The Hawthorns, a dynamic mixture of dazzling runs, shrewd passes and deadly finishing. He had West Brom in a daze, scoring twice, making another and popping up here, there and everywhere. “Brilliant,” says Nicol, while Mariner calls Hazard “unplayable on this form.”
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Centre forward: Callum Wilson (Bournemouth)
There were a number of impressive performances from strikers this weekend, but only Wilson scored a hat-trick. There was a sense of fortune about his first two goals against Huddersfield, but they all count. If Wilson stays this lethal in front of goal he could be in line for an England call-up in the coming months.
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