Van Persie, Welbeck and Vidic all make the team of the week
The Week team of the week is dominated by the title holders and new league leaders
MANCHESTER United and Chelsea set down markers on the first weekend of the new football season, and Liverpool also issued a statement of intent with a vibrant performance against Stoke.
It was a dire week for Arsenal however, and they were booed off at the Emirates after capitulating 3-1 to Aston Villa.
Unsurprising, then, that players from United, Chelsea and Liverpool should feature in most pundits' teams of the week, while there are no Gunners to be seen.
Here's the pick of the experts’ picks:
Asmir Begovic (Stoke): Liverpool debutant Simon Mignolet stole the headlines with a fine penalty save, but ESPN's experts were more impressed by the efforts of Stoke keeper Begovic at the other end of the pitch, who kept his side in the game with a string of saves.
Luke Shaw (Soton), Steven Whittaker (Norwich), Seamus Coleman (Everton),Nemanja Vidic (Man Utd): The back four features three full backs, thanks to their exploits going forward. Shaw, Whittaker and Coleman were the three highest scoring defenders in Premier League fantasy football. Whittaker and Coleman were pitted against each other at Goodison Park and they matched each other with a goal and an assist each. Shaw won the last-minute penalty that earned Southampton a win over West Brom. Man United defender Vidic looked fit and solid against Swansea. "Solid as a rock," says Garth Crooks of the BBC.
Ross Barkley (Everton), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Paulinho (Spurs), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool). Barkley was a surprise inclusion in the Everton side that took on Norwich, but his dynamic display earned him a place in most pundits' teams. The 19-year-old is "built like Wayne Rooney and boasts incredible speed, strength and technical talent," says Bleacher Report. Frank Lampard picked up where he left off under Jose Mourinho, while Paulinho kept it "simple but effective" on debut for Spurs says Crooks. Coutinho pulled the strings for Liverpool. "His penchant for the killer ball is ridiculous," says Bleacher Report.
Robin van Persie, Danny Welbeck (both Man United). The two highest-scoring forwards in Premier League fantasy football were in fine fettle for United against Swansea. Van Persie is an "unanimous and unsurprising" choice for ESPN's team of the week, while Welbeck has already scored more goals this season than he managed last, and his chipped finish to make it 4-1 to United was "exquisite", says Crooks. ·