Cazorla, Ramsey and Podolski make the team of the week
Arsenal bounce back after bad start to the season as Spurs and Liverpool win again
THE BIG Premier League showdown between Man United and Chelsea might have been a damp squib on Mondaynight, but Arsenal, Liverpool and Spurs would all have been pleased with their victories this weekend. As a result of their performances, those three teams contribute seven players to The Week's team of the week.
Manchester City's shock defeat to newly-promoted Cardiff was the least expected result of the weekend. After the Old Trafford stalemate it means Spurs and Liverpool are the only two teams yet to drop points.
Goals were at a premium this week, with three 0-0 draws and three 1-0 wins, so there was plenty of competition for places in defence, while choosing the forwards was easy.
Here's the pick of the experts' picks:
Goalkeeper: Ben Foster (West Brom). There was plenty of competition for the gloves this week, with Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet once again making a strong case, along with Keiren Westwood of Sunderland and Hull's Allan McGregor. But in the end it is Foster who gets the nod after making seven saves as West Brom held Everton at home. Foster was the highest scoring keeper in Fantasy Football, and Garth Crooks of the BBC suggests he could replace Joe Hart in the England team.
Defence: Jose Enrique (Liverpool), Kyle Walker (Spurs), David Santon (Newcastle), Nemanja Vidic (Man Utd)
Again there was little agreement between the pundits over the make-up of the back four this week. Jose Enrique was the top scoring fantasy defender. He was solid at the back and set up Daniel Sturridge for the winner against Aston Villa. Spurs full-back Kyle Walker was solid at the back and going forward against Swansea. They both get the nod from Bleacher Report. David Santon of Newcastle is the third full-back to make The Week team, after he too helped his team keep a clean sheet as the Magpies drew 0-0 with West Ham. "The Italian continues to grow in stature on Tyneside," notes Goal.com. The final defender is Nemanja Vidic who would have been one of only a few people to enjoy Man United's draw with Chelsea and "did more than most to ensure no chances of note for Jose Mourinho's men," according to Goal.com.
Midfield: Aaron Ramsey, Santi Cazorla (both Arsenal), Andros Townsend (Spurs)
Three in the middle of the park this week. Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey forces his way into most teams thanks to another fine display against Fulham. Often criticised unfairly by Gunners fans the Welshman is enjoying a "real renaissance in 2013," says Eurosport. Ramsey's Arsenal team-mate Santi Cazorla also gets a place. He has the power to "transform the Gunners," says Crooks of the BBC. The final place goes to Andros Townsend of Spurs who has begun this season with a bang. "Brimming with confidence, the young winger was constantly running and shooting," says Goal.com.
Strikers: Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Fraizer Campbell (Cardiff), Lukas Podolski (Arsenal)
Liverpool striker Sturridge scored a wonderful goal against Aston Villa and has been tipped as the man to lead Roy Hodgson's England attack for years to come. "Who needs Luis Suarez? Daniel Sturridge is rendering the absence of the Uruguayan almost irrelevant," claims the Daily Telegraph. Fraizer Campbell scored twice for Cardiff as they stunned Manchester City. "A bustling, all-action performance," says Eurosport. "He led the line brilliantly and deserved his two goals." The final place in the XI goes to Lukas Podolski, the third Gunner to make the team, thanks to his two goals against Fulham. But it wasn't just the goals, says ESPN: "All game he demonstrated that he has the nous to thrive at the top level in England." ·