Sturridge and Suarez lead the line for team of the week
Liverpool pair up front, Ramsey and Mata in midfield for The Week's team of the week
ARSENAL are sitting pretty at the top of the Premier League after their ninth straight win on Saturday. The Gunners saw off Swansea to go two points clear after seeing London title rivals Spurs and Chelsea play out a draw earlier in the day.
It was a dismal weekend for the Manchester clubs, with defeats for both United and City. David Moyes will be feeling particularly worried after watching his United side lose at home to lowly West Brom, while Manuel Pellegrini was distinctly unimpressed with City's capitulation at Aston Villa, despite twice leading the match.
A title race without the Manchester clubs? It could happen.
London won't have it all its own way, of course. Liverpool are up in second after a 3-1 win over bottom club Sunderland. Luis Suarez scored a brace on his comeback from suspension, but does he make this week's team of the week? Here's the pick of the experts' picks:
Hugo Lloris (Spurs). The Tottenham stopper was not called upon to make many saves against Chelsea on Saturday, although he did produce a fine fingertip effort to deny Fernando Torres. But the Frenchman gave what Bleacher Report calls a "masterclass" in sweeping. "He came off his line early and often to dominate Chelsea's strike force."
Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa), John Terry (Chelsea), Steven Caulker (Cardiff), Kolo Toure (Liverpool).
Bacuna played a key part in the downfall of Man City, setting up Villa's first equaliser and then scoring a wonderful free kick to make it 2-2. The Guardian made the wing-back man of the match. John Terry was on hand to score Chelsea's equaliser against Spurs and according to Garth Crooks of the BBC "Terry was at the heart of everything good" that Chelsea did. Steven Caulker was yet another defensive goalscorer, netting for Cardiff against Fulham and putting in a "very assured showing", according to ESPN. The final berth goes to Liverpool's Kolo Toure who was "immovable in the face of danger" against Sunderland according to Bleacher Report, and effective going forward
Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal). Yaya Toure (Man City), Morgan Amalfitano (West Brom), Juan Mata (Chelsea).
Will Aaron Ramsey's purple patch ever end? The Arsenal man was on target yet again against Swansea - that's eight goals this season - and is an almost unanimous choice in the teams of the week. He is in the "form of his life" says Garth Crooks and is now finally producing the performances he once promised. The other Toure brother, Yaya, gets the nod from Bleacher report thanks to his "dominant" performance in a losing cause at Aston Villa. Morgan Amalfitano scored one of the goals of the season for West Brom against Man United, his efforts earned universal acclaim a place in every team of the week and 12 points in the Premier League dream team. Juan Mata only played 45 minutes for Chelsea, but the Blues' forgotten man made quite an impact and managed more passes than Ramires and Frank Lampard did in 90, notes ESPN.
Daniel Sturridge, Luis Suarez (Liverpool)
Sturridge scored one and set up Suarez twice as Liverpool beat Sunderland. Manager Brendan Rodgers rates them the most lethal pair in the Premier League, and he could be right. Sturridge "must" lead the line for England in the upcoming World Cup qualifiers says Crooks of the BBC. Between them the duo scored 27 fantasy football points - 14 for Sturridge, 13 for the returning Suarez, who couldn't help but grab the headlines on his return. ·