Team of the Weekend – Aug 26-27

It was a weekend to forget for Arsene Wenger as his Arsenal side were ripped to shreds by Liverpool’s razor-sharp attack, while the Manchester united juggernaut continued on its path. But who made our EPL team of the weekend?

Tom Heaton (Burnley)
The England keeper is one of the unsung heroes of a Burnley defence that has slowly gotten to grips with the Premier League. Against Spurs he made several important saves, including one low save from Harry Kane with the score at 1-0 that allowed the Clarets to snatch a point with their last-gasp equaliser.

Benjamin Mendy (Man City)
A strong debut from the former Monaco man, who delivered a stream of quality balls from the left flank throughout the match, including one on the volley that Gabriel Jesus just failed to capitalise on. The strength and power on show is guaranteed to strike fear into Premier League right backs who were watching this game. Further endeared himself to the City fans with his hilarious tweets!

Harry Maguire (Leicester)
A valiant effort by the Foxes stopper, who has been in inspired form since arriving from Hull in the close season. Against United Maguire was part of the reason Craig Shakespeare’s men were able to frustrate the Red Devils for 70 minutes as he made numerous clearances and several important blocks. Did not deserve to be on a losing side.

Christopher Schindler (Huddersfield)
The German center-back has been solid for the Terriers so far this season as part of a well organised defence that is yet to concede a goal. Against the Saints he was again impressive, and despite one early slip up he managed to keep Southampton danger man Manolo Gabbiadini reasonably quiet. Keep this up and it won’t be long before Schindler is on the list of some bigger teams!

Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea)
What a way to mark your home debut as captain! Did a great job of marshalling the Chelsea back line to nullify the resurgent Rooney, and even found the time to get forward and deliver an exquisite cross for Alvaro Morata to head in the all-important second goal. A real skipper’s display.

Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea)
Made up for his opening day madness against Burnley with the kind of display that led Antonio Conte’s men to the title in the latter half of last season. Bossed the midfield along with N’Golo Kante and produced a top-class finish as he side-footed Morata’s knockdown into the corner to give Chelsea the lead. All is forgiven, Cesc!

Matt Ritchie (Newcastle)
Was a bag full of energy in the midfield for Rafa Benitez’s side. Hassled West Ham youngster Declan Rice into a mistake that led to the first goal and then had a big hand in the second, winning the ball back before playing in a superb cross for Ciaran Clark to head home. Newcastle will need to scrap for every point this season and players like Ritchie will be key to that battle, and hence their chances of survival.

Paul Pogba (Manchester United)
Was unlucky to miss out on the team last week after being shaded by Mkhitaryan, but Pogba was once again outstanding for United. Driving the team forward at every opportunity and linking play nicely with a string of successful passes. Unlucky not to score after unleashing several top quality strikes from long range.

David Silva (Manchester City)
The big money signings pile up at the Etihad, but this relative bargain bucket buy continues to shine. His intelligent running, skill and vision continue to be vital for City in the final third and his pass to set up the opener for Gabriel Jesus was perfectly weighted and delightful. He may be unrecognisable with a shaved head, but there has been no change in his masterful performances.

Tammy Abraham (Swansea)
The tall teen was a constant threat to the Palace back line with his strength and energy. Set up Jordan Ayew in the first half with some great inter play and a delightful cross only for his strike partner to fluff his lines before going close himself after getting the best of Fosu-Mensah. Finally got the goal he deserved after out-muscling substitute Martin Kelly to side-foot home Swansea’s first goal of the season and put them on the way to a first win.

Mo Salah (Liverpool)
The Egyptian has made a stunning impact at Anfield since his arrival from Roma this summer. Has bags of pace and is willing to get stuck in, as he showed when he robbed Hector Bellerin and ran the length of the pitch to score Liverpool’s third goal. Has two goals and one assist already, but could so easily have been more. Superb!

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