Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Team of the week

Julio Cesar - QPR
As expected the QPR goal was peppered all afternoon with shots coming from all over the park. Cesear make a handful of top saves and was only beaten by a dubious offside goal from Mikel Arteta.

Kyle Walker - Spurs
Walker plays with so much energy and pace. Against Southampton he played almost as an out and out winger. The link up play between Walker and Aaron Lennon led to a lot of what was good about Spurs and gained them 3 away points.

Ivan Ramis - Wigan
Along with dealing with the physical presence of Andy Carroll Ramis scored the first goal of the game with a superb volley finish to set Wigan on the road to 3 big points against West ham. At 2-1 Wigan endured a nervous end to the game, however Ramis was able to guide his defensive partners to the final whistle.

Michael Turner - Norwich
Last week it was Seb Bassong who stole the show against Arsenal, this week it was his defensive partner Michael Turner who was the stand out performer for Norwich as they gained a big point at Villa park. Turner looked solid in defence while also managed to grab the equaliser with a smart headed finish.

Gareth Bale - Tottenham
Bale seems to improve each week and while this was not a show stopping performance he is capable of he caused problems for the Southampton defence all afternoon and opened the scoring with a bullet header on his return to St Mary's.

Juan Mata- Chelsea
Although they ended up losing a hugely important game against Man Utd Mata had another great game and capped his performance with a neatly finished freekick. If he had taken the chance to give his team a 3-2 lead they would have grabbed the headlines instead of Mark Clattenberg!

Mikel Arteta - Arsenal
Whether or not his goal should have been given offside Mikel Arteta deserves the credit for being in the right place at the right time. Arsenal endured a frustrating afternoon but must be given credit for playing to the final whistle.

James McArthur - Wigan
Last week West ham beat Southampton largely due to their strong midfield. Against Wigan on Saturday the Wigan engine room of McArthur and McCartney out battled West ham and gave Wigan the platform to win the match. For me James McArthur was the stand out player.


Robin Van Persie - Man Utd

The Dutchman looks imperious with Rooney, Tom Cleverley, Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia behind him. Two of United's goals came as a direct result of Van Persie's excellent movement off the defender. The way he left Gary Cahill on the deck before firing his shot home was poetry in motion.

Luis Suarez- Liverpool
Whatever you think about this player and his antics you can't deny he is a menace for opposition defenders and a dream to have in your team. He terrorised Everton in the Merseyside derby. He scored one and could have had another if Raheem Sterling had looked up, and might possibly have completed a hat-trick if a perfectly good goal had not been disallowed.

Dimitar Berbatov - Fulham
The Bulgarian looks likes he's enjoying his football again. There aren't many strikers who leave Manchester United and rediscover their best form. His goal was sensational. It wasn't just the finish but the way he collected the ball in the box and shifted the defender to make room for the finish. Now that's a striker.