Another week, another cracking set of games that left fans in awe, disbelief, pride, and disappointment. While the real disappointment comes from the international break robbing us of Premier League football so soon after it started, let’s look back who impressed the most before the break.
- GK: Brad Friedel – Tottenham
Was pressured on a regular basis by the likes of Grant Holt. Friedel did well to keep Spurs in the lead as long as he did, it took a good finish from Snodgrass to finally get past him. If he keeps performing to this level, Lloris may struggle to get in the side.
- RB: Carl Jenkinson – Arsenal
The youngster has come a long way since signing for Arsenal last season. After some dreadful performances last year, it seems Jenkinson has finally started to repay the faith shown by Wenger with a fantastic display against Liverpool, keeping Suarez and Borini very quiet.
- CB: Gareth Mcauley – West Brom
A great display from Mcauley on both ends of the pitch helped result in a well earned 2-0 win for West Brom over an in form Everton side. He succesfully nullified the threat of Jelavic, and even got to the other side of the game to score.
- CB: Winston Reid – West Ham
Another defender who decided to play striker. Reid was the centre piece of a solid West Ham defence that kept Fulham quiet for nearly the entire match, unable to break through. Reid also contributed to the Hammers first half, three goal flurry with an excellent goal.
- RB: Eric Lichaj – Aston Villa
Since being part of the Aston Villa team in 2007. Lichaj has found opportunities few and far between in the Midlands, however with performances like the one he displayed against Newcastle, he is guaranteed to go far. Keeping Ba and Cisse at bay for most of the match, only a wonder strike prevented Lichaj ensuring Villa would keep a clean sheet.
- MF: Santi Carzola – Arsenal
He’s everywhere at the moment, and Arsenal fans are loving it. Carzola once again justified his £17 million price tag with a great performance for the Gunners against Liverpool. With his fantastic one -two combination with Podolski for both goals, Carzola ran rings around the ragged Liverpool defence.
- MF: Morgan Schneiderlin – Southampton
Faced with the daunting prospect of playing against Manchester United, Schneiderlin looked extremely comfortable against the 19 time champions. With his great skill and eye for the pass, Schneiderlin was able to get on the score sheet and play a crucial part in Lamberts goal.
- MF: Hatem Ben Afra – Newcastle
Despite a rather lacklustre display from Newcastle against Aston Villa, Ben Afra continues to show his quality in spades. With his trickery and eye for the spectacular coming into effect once again, as he struck a beautiful shot from outside the box past the unfortunate Guzan.
- ST: Lukas Podolski – Arsenal
Working in tandem with Carzola paid off for Podolski, who finally got off the mark with a sensational performance that tore Liverpool apart. His excellent strike only in comparison to his brilliant one-two play with the Spaniard ensured Arsenals first win of the season.
- ST: Rickie Lambert – Southampton
No matter what league he is in, he cant seem to stop scoring. Lambert was a constant threat in the United box with some excellent ball control to allow his team mates into the United area. By using his great aerial ability, Lambert powered a header past Lindegaard to give Southampton a surprising lead.
- ST: Robin Van Persie – Manchester United
Ignoring that dreadful penalty, Van Persie continued to show why he is considered one of the best strikers in the world today. With cutting edge control, the Dutchman was able to finally put away a resilient Southampton side with a beautiful hat-trick. Ensuring that United would leave with the three points.
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