Thursday, June 24, 2021

Premier League Matchweek 5: Team of the Week

Arsenal and Manchester City lead the way in the Premier League team of the week after Matchweek 5 of the 2017/18 Premier League season.

Manchester City was rampant as they stormed through Vicarage road beating Watford 6-0, with Sergio Aguero putting up half the goals, as David Silva grabbed a couple of assists. Meanwhile, in London, Arsenal of all teams put up a defensive masterclass at Stamford Bridge.

The Gunners earned a well-deserved draw thanks to consistent performances from both the midfield and the defense. While Burnley stalled a Liverpool attack that has been in the rampant form of late, thanks to a brilliant performance from their man in between the sticks.

Find out who made the cut and who didn’t for the Premier League Team of the week:

Goalkeeper: Nick Pope, Burnley

Liverpool’s attacking front trio is incredible, but even they have their moments of madness but Burnley had a sensational goalkeeper with Nick Pope. The Reds had 35 shots against the Clarets on Saturday but managed to found the net only once thanks to Pope.

To come in and replace Tom Heaton is a tough job, but the 25-year-old did not wilt under pressure and stood tall in front of waves of Liverpool attacks. But Pope saved his best for the end to deny Dominic Solanke a late goal.

Pope has gained praises after he preserved Burnley incredible away from, with the Clarets taking five points against Chelsea, Tottenham, and Liverpool.

Right-back: Cedric Soares, Southampton

The Gunners were far from the only outstanding defensive display of the week as the Saints thrived shutting out Crystal Palace. Roy Hodgson’s first game in charge of Crystal Palace ended in a loss, as the Eagles continued their losing streak.

But Soares’ performance against Hodgson’s side was faultless and a big reason that Southampton left with a simple 1-0 win. The right-back was a tireless presence, making himself know both going forward and a defensive presence at the back.

It’s no surprise, however, given how well Cedric Soares has played off-late with consistent performances from the right-back.

 

Left-back: Nacho Monreal, Arsenal

The ex-Malaga man may have been a part of a back-three at Stamford Bridge, but Nacho Monreal was beyond outstanding in a rare defensive performance from Arsenal.

The 31-year-old lead by example with a solid performance at the back, ensuring that Arsenal kept their shape alongside Mustafi and Koscienly.

His experience was valuable at the back, settling the visitors down after a nervy opening and the full-back barely put a foot wrong after the break, ensuring a well-deserved clean sheet.

Center-back: Jamaal Lascelles, Newcastle United

Newcastle and manager Rafa Benitez began their return to the Premier League losing their opening two matches, but have finally found their tempo. The Magpies have had a run of good performances with wins over West Ham, Swansea City, and Stoke City.

Lascelles was a key part as Newcastle beat Stoke City, as the 23-year-old playing at center-back, scored the winning goal after a clever corner from Matt Richie.

The English international made more than 6 clearances to stop Mark Hughes’ side from getting back level. But with two goals so far, the defender is also the Magpies’ top scorer.

Center-back: Shkodran Mustafi, Arsenal

Where on earth has Mustafi been hiding this performance? The center back that Inter Milan tried to buy over the summer was nothing short of a giant against Chelsea.

The German man utterly bossed Alvaro Morata in the air and off the air and a player who struggled in terms of strength last season was far from bullied on Sunday. He was also tidy playing out from the back, a dependable source of passes and was quick between the lines.

If he continues on, with performances like this the 25-year-old will more than justify Arsene Wenger’s selection.

Midfielder: David Silva, Manchester City

The Citizen’s destroyed the Hornets, putting six past them and none of the goals would have been possible if not for David Silva. The Spaniard has single handily managed to keep the playmaker fashionable in the Premier League, and was at his very best against Watford.

Playing around in the center of the park David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne, made sure that City kept the ball, while Fernandinho anchored both the midfield and the defense. However, the Spaniard was roaming about the pitch as he knit together City’s forwards and midfield brilliantly.

David Silva made the ball his and used it to a certain style, that makes him wonderful to watch and linked play together like only he can do. His brilliant distribution and passing allowed him to play through both Aguero and Otamendi, and get two assists.

Midfielder: Mario Lemina, Southampton

The Saints have always been a team that has made brilliant young players, but they pulled off quite a coup when they signed Mario Lemina from Juventus. The Gabon international looked every inch of a bargain as he ran the midfield against Palace.

Combined with Oriol Romeu, Lemina was the epitome of a central midfielder as he snapped into tackles and used the ball, even starting counter attacks. Lemina has a wide range of passing, including brilliant long balls over the top and used them brilliantly to link up with Shane Long up front.

However, it was Lemina’s combination play with Romeu that made all the difference in the middle of the park, as the two held steadily anchoring the midfield and the defense,

Midfielder: Aaron Ramsey, Arsenal

The third Arsenal man to make the Premier League team of the week list, Ramsey was a brilliant version of himself on Sunday. The best player on the pitch, the Man of the Match showed more discipline than usual. With Arsenal’s midfield coming under the gun for lazy and lethargic performances, Sunday was anything but.

The Welshman was at his best, shunning forward runs to stay deep and shield the defense, but also came extremely close to scoring a goal. A run into the box, beating three defenders ended with his toe-poked effort coming off the inside of the post.

Ramsey has often been criticized for his possession but used the ball steadily and intelligently against the Blues. If he can stay fit and produce consistent performances, he definitely will prove his worth for Arsenal as a key player.

Midfielder: Jordon Ibe, Bournemouth

It’s fair to say that Bournemouth has got the best out of Jordon Ibe since he joined them in a deal worth just over £15 million. Yet the winger, who spent most of the last season on the fringes of the team has finally proved his worth as a game changer on Friday.

Jordon Ibe created both goals in the Cherries’ comeback win at the Vitality Stadium, first setting up Andrew Surman with a clever backheel. Ibe, the teed up Jermain Defoe for the winner with a deftly disguised pass for the poacher.

It’s moments like that, why Eddie Howe bought the former Liverpool man and his flair and creative output will be essential to Bournemouth’s progressive brand of football.

Striker: Jermain Defoe, Bournemouth

The striker scored nearly 40% of Sunderland’s goals last season but has so far struggled to find the net for Bournemouth. The 34-year-old striker finally netted a goal against Brighton and was a-typical of the Englishman.

In an interview, manager Eddie Howe talked about Defoe “We need to get to know as a team what Jermain wants, where he wants the ball. He’s different from every other striker we have. And it’s all about us creating more openings for him. We haven’t created enough chances for him so far this season.”

A veteran of the Premier League, Defoe thrives on creative passing but unfortunately for the Cherries, they haven’t found the 34-year-old enough. Finding him more often will be the key for both player and the team.

Striker: Sergio Aguero, Manchester City

There are not enough adjectives in the English dictionary to describe the form that Sergio Aguero finds himself in. The Argentinian simply continues to score goals at will, create goals at will and just rip teams apart.

Aguero has terrorized more than few teams the way he did to Watford on Sunday, scoring freely adding three goals to his tally. But it’s not his goal tally that should worry opponents, it’s his evolution that they should be worrying about.

The 29-year-old has been pretty generous off-late, providing assist after assist for strike partner Gabriel Jesus. It seems that the Argentine is well on his way to becoming a complete striker, something Pep Guardiola has wanted him to become.

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