Premier League Team of the Week: Begovic, Caulker, Aguero and Rooney Star
Welcome to the latest edition of our Premier League Team of the Week.
There were about 30 incredible performances this weekend, as a remarkable 10 teams kept clean sheets. The defence was incredibly hard to choose, the midfield was also difficult and some forwards left out will feel hard done by.
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GK: Asmir Begovic, Stoke City
There were several solid showings in goal around the Premier League this weekend, but how often does a goalkeeper score a goal—inside the first 15 seconds?
Asmir Begovic became just the fifth 'keeper to score and the fifth-fastest goalscorer in Premier League history, as his 12th-second clearance caught the wind and bounced straight over Artur Boruc's head.
He made some saves too, but that's hardly important, is it?
RB: Mathieu Debuchy, Newcastle United
Newcastle United put on a solid, sturdy defensive display to hold Chelsea scoreless at St James' Park.
Mathieu Debuchy was integral to that effort, putting in one of his best-ever displays in a Magpies shirt since joining the club in January.
Defensively he was excellent and dealt with every attacking talent to try their luck on the right, while offensively he provided balance, energy and width.
CB: Steven Caulker, Cardiff City
It was a rather important afternoon on Sunday in Wales, as the country's heavyweight teams Cardiff City and Swansea City met in the Premier League for the first time ever.
It was the Bluebirds who came away the victors, courtesy of a 1-0 scoreline, and Steven Caulker was the man to break the deadlock.
Both sides traded spells of pressure throughout the game, and Caulker was a pillar of strength in defence as usual. His goal will be seen as a bonus by the player, but to the fans it's the difference between jubilation and misery.
CB: Vlad Chiriches, Tottenham Hotspur
Andre Villas-Boas might be onto something here.
Few had seen Vlad Chiriches play before he joined Tottenham Hotspur for a hefty £8 million fee, but the more we see of him, the more we like.
He's cool, calm and composed—not to the extent that he's a blatant liability, but so much so that he looks unflappable in defence. His performance against Everton at Goodison Park was excellent.
LB: Jan Vertonghen, Tottenham Hotspur
Jan Vertonghen, playing at left-back in place of the absent Danny Rose and Kyle Naughton, had an extremely solid outing at Goodison Park on Sunday.
He set the tone early by marauding forward and challenging Seamus Coleman one-on-one, could have won a penalty, could have conceded a penalty and looked extremely effective overall.
He's got pace and agility that many centre-backs can only wish for.
DM: Mikel Arteta, Arsenal
Mikel Arteta was awesome against Liverpool, easily putting to bed suggestions that Arsenal would struggle without Mathieu Flamini.
Arsene Wenger got his tactical setup spot on, but it still required the individuals to show up. With seven tackles, two interceptions and 106 passes, it's fair to say Arteta played his part.
It's a morale-boosting win for the Gunners, who become more and more difficult to ignore as title contenders as the weeks go by.
CM: Aaron Ramsey, Arsenal
Yep, it's Aaron Ramsey again.
His box-to-box nature put Liverpool's questionable central midfield to the test on Saturday evening, and eventually it yielded. Mesut Ozil picked out his Welsh colleague on the edge of the box, and Ramsey let the ball sit up before hitting a beauty over the outstretched arms of Simon Mignolet.
Another superlative showing from world football's most in-form player.
CM: Yaya Toure, Manchester City
Manchester City tore Norwich City apart on Saturday afternoon, putting seven goals past John Ruddy in spectacular fashion.
Yaya Toure's was arguably the finest, as the Ivorian chipped a beautiful curling free kick into the top corner in the second half.
He was dominant on the ball, eased through challenges and ripped Chris Hughton's midfield three to shreds.
AMC: David Silva, Manchester City
David Silva had a field day at the Etihad Stadium for Manchester City on Saturday, scoring one of seven goals put past John Ruddy to bury the visitors.
The Citizens were under pressure to perform and re-assert themselves as a threat, and with Chelsea losing earlier that day, the Canaries at home represented the perfect chance to put up some huge numbers.
Silva was instrumental in piling up an early lead, forcing Chris Hughton to push for goals and subsequently get burned on the counter.
ST: Wayne Rooney, Manchester United
Manchester United's front four were brilliant at Craven Cottage on Saturday, with Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie, Adnan Januzaj and Antonio Valencia all in fine form.
We could only select one for our team, though, so we've opted for the first. Rooney played his heart out, as usual, for David Moyes and led United to the sort of dominant performance that helps stops the murmurs surrounding "fallen giants."
His clever assist for Valencia and cheeky goal sealed the win by the 22-minute mark for the Red Devils.
ST: Sergio Aguero, Manchester City
Sergio Aguero had yet another game to remember, topping off his recent excellent form with a one-goal, two-assist performance against Norwich City.
His lay-off for David Silva's strike was the pick of the bunch, stretching the pitch, getting between Michael Turner and Sebastien Bassong and finding his Spanish colleague's run with perfection.
This Argentine forward is Manuel Pellegrini's go-to guy at the moment.
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