Ramsey, Cazorla, Mertesacker make team of the week
Arsenal and Man City stars dominate the dream team after fine wins this weekend
ARSENAL are five points clear at the top of the Premier League today thanks to victory over Liverpool and other favourable results, including defeat for Chelsea, over the weekend. The Gunners' display at the Emirates was impressive, but not as dominant as that of Man City, who put seven past Norwich at the Etihad.
It's no surprise that players from those two teams dominate this week's team of the week, and take a clean sweep in midfield.
Elsewhere, Man United continue to make up for their bad start, and David Moyes's team are now only three points behind Chelsea, Liverpool and Spurs. But how many Red Devils made it into this week's dream team?
Here's The Week's pick of the experts' picks:
Asmir Begovic (Stoke City)
Goalkeepers don't usually earn their place in a side because of their goalscoring exploits, but Begovic's remarkable strike against Southampton means he has to get the gloves this week. The Stoke stopper became only the fourth man to breach the Saints' defence this season and fifth goalkeeper ever to score in the Premier League when his clearance was caught by the wind and flew over the head of a startled Artur Boruc. He was a near-unanimous choice among the pundits and was the top scoring fantasy league keeper.
Steven Caulker (Cardiff), Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle), Per Mertesacker (Arsenal), Jan Vertonghen (Spurs).
Caulker was a unanimous choice after scoring the winner for Cardiff against Swansea. His performance means that the former Swansea man has "become immortalised in the history of Cardiff City football club", says Garth Crooks of the BBC. Newcastle's Debuchy was "integral" to the Magpies "solid, sturdy defensive display" that helped earn them victory over Chelsea according to Bleacher Report. Arsenal defender Mertesacker helped keep Suarez and Sturridge at bay on Saturday evening as the Gunners overcame Liverpool. He "passed a difficult test against the SAS with flying colours", says ESPN. Meanwhile, The Guardian makes Vertonghen man of the match for his display in an unfamiliar role at left back against Everton on Sunday.
Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal), David Silva, Yaya Toure (Man City).
Arsenal and City players provide this week's midfield, and hardly anyone other than these four got a look in. Cazorla's inclusion is the most controversial, but he scored against Liverpool and was the top-scoring fantasy league midfielder this week. Ramsey is something of a fixture in team of the week and another brilliant goal left Garth Crooks stunned. "Gunners midfielder Aaron Ramsey can't continue playing like this - it's obscene!" he says. Silva's display against Norwich made him an "automatic selection", says Goal.com and, like everyone else, the website also picks Toure - "who scored with yet another curling free-kick" - alongside him.
Sergio Aguero (Man City), Wayne Rooney (Man United).
A Mancunian forward line and a scary one at that. Aguero is looking "deadly", according to website Fanatix, and earns his place after scoring one and playing a part in three other goals as City thrashed Norwich on Saturday. Rooney notched a goal and an assist as United ripped into Fulham. His performance was one of "endeavour, commitment and a touch of class", says Crooks. ·