Premier League Team of the Week
Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea all won this weekend to remain atop the early Premier League table.
Not coincidentally, all three teams benefited from impressive individual performances that warrant spots in this week's B/R Premier League Team of the Week.
Who made the cut? Keep reading to find out.
Statistics via WhoScored.com.
Goalkeeper: David Marshall, Cardiff
Defenders: Bacary Sagna, Arsenal; Phil Jagielka, Everton; Winston Reid, West Ham; Kevin Theophile-Catherine, Cardiff
Midfielders: Jay Rodriguez, Southampton; Aaron Ramsey, Arsenal; Steven Gerrard, Liverpool; Marko Arnautovic, Stoke City
There was plenty of competition for the goalkeeper's spot this week.
Everton's Tim Howard stopped a penalty and kept his team level with Aston Villa early before the Toffees eventually won. Wojciech Szczesny made a key save in the second half of Arsenal's win at Crystal Palace.
But Cardiff's David Marshall faced 31 shots, including 10 on target, at Norwich and still kept a clean sheet. The Canaries were only able to hit the back of the net when Leroy Fer ignored the unwritten rules of sportsmanship, but the referee took care of that part as well.
West Ham's trip to Swansea didn't feature any goals, but it did feature some solid defending by the Hammers' centre-back Winston Reid. The New Zealand international made five interceptions and eight clearances as West Ham escaped with a point following a scoreless draw.
Everton also kept a clean sheet, weathering Aston Villa's early storm before scoring twice in the second half to grab an away win. Goalkeeper Tim Howard's penalty save on Christian Benteke had a lot to do with that, but so did centre-back Phil Jagielka's performance. Jagielka recorded a whopping 14 clearances, along with five tackles and four interceptions.
As for full-backs, Cardiff's Kevin Theophile-Catherine led his team with 73 touches and made seven clearances in the scoreless draw at Norwich. Arsenal's Bacary Sagna provided an offensive outlet down the flanks, completing 88 percent of his passes, while also contributing key tackles and interceptions for the defence.
Southampton maintained their impressive start with another win, beating Fulham 2-0 at home. Jay Rodriguez excelled again in an attacking midfield role, scoring once and setting up another in a strong overall display.
Aaron Ramsey has enjoyed a similarly outstanding start to the season, and he provided the assist on Olivier Giroud's victory-sealing goal to cap a fine outing against Crystal Palace.
At Liverpool, Luis Suarez made the headlines with his hat-trick, but Steven Gerrard also performed admirably in midfield. The reliable veteran provided an assist and completed 87 percent of his passes as the Reds destroyed West Brom 4-1.
Finally, Marko Arnautovic provided a constant danger on the flank for Stoke as the Potters saw their upset bid fall just short at Old Trafford. Arnautovic scored a lovely free kick, and it was probably no coincidence that Stoke were much less potent after he left the match early in the second half.
These selections should be no surprise.
Luis Suarez was magnificent for Liverpool against West Brom, scoring three wonderful goals and looking every bit the world-class player he is. No wonder Liverpool were so keen to hang on to him over the summer.
On Sunday, Fernando Torres scored his first goal of the season and set up another as Chelsea claimed an important win over title rivals Manchester City at Stamford Bridge.
It's true that Torres fluffed a clear chance, and it's also true that he benefited from a defensive mix-up for his goal, but El Niño was dangerous throughout and easily could have had another goal or more.
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