Ozil, Baines and Man City stars dominate team of the week
After Manchester derby win, City provide three players but London clubs top the table
THERE were some outstanding games in the Premier League this week, with Man City's remarkable destruction of United capping a fine couple of days of action.
With the table now starting to take shape, Arsenal are out in front, level on points with their local rivals Spurs. Another London club, Chelsea, are in fourth behind Man City.
David Moyes and his United team are languishing in eighth, level on points with Swansea, Stoke, Hull and Newcastle. Unsurprisingly, there are no Red Devils in this week's team of the week selections.
Here are those who make The Week's team of the week:
Brad Guzan (Aston Villa):
An almost unanimous choice after a brilliant display that included a penalty save and two late stops that helped Villa emerge victorious against Norwich. Other keepers impressed this weekend, but after 26 games without a clean sheet Guzan turned in what The Times called an "exemplary performance".
Leighton Baines (Everton), Vincent Kompany (Man City), Dejan Lovren, Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton):
Two Southampton stoppers make team of the week after their 1-0 win at Liverpool. Lovren "shut down Liverpool's attack for long periods... and scored the all-important goal via a header from a corner," says Bleacher Report. Garth Crooks of the BBC points out that Clyne attempted, and won, more tackles than anyone else this weekend. Vincent Kompany was immense in Man City's devastation of Man United. "Imperious," is how ESPN describes his performance. Meanwhile, Leighton Baines scored two free kicks as Everton came from behind to beat West Ham. He was the highest scoring player in Premier League fanstasy football this week and a unanimous choice.
Oscar (Chelsea), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Yaya Toure (Man City), Paulinho (Spurs):
It's a pretty fearsome quartet in midfield this week. Chelsea goalscorer Oscar showed why Juan Mata can't get in the team at the moment, says ESPN, with an "excellent" goal-scoring performance against Fulham. Mesut Ozil carried on where he left off last week and played a part in all three goals as Arsenal beat Stoke 3-1. His showing was "silky, penetrative and ultimately decisive" says The Guardian, which makes him man of the match. Over at the Etihad Yaya Toure helped Man City humble United. "For the first time this season, Yaya Toure looked like the world-class player he is," says Crooks of the BBC. And the final spot goes to Paulinho of Spurs who scored the winner against Cardiff and earned a spot in the Premier League fantasy dream team.
Sergio Aguero (Man City), Loic Remy (Newcastle):
The third Man City player to make The Week team of the week is Sergio Aguero who scored twice against United. "Unstoppable," is how Bleacher Report describes him. "He was fantastic in possession, on the counter and in front of goal," it says. The other spot goes to Loic Remy, who was in "top form" according to Goal.com as he scored twice in a losing cause for Newcastle against Hull. ·