On a weekend where Manchester City moved a big step closer to the Premier League title and Arsenal delved further into crisis – there were a number of star performers who helped secure huge results for their respective sides.
With this in mind, here’s our Premier League Team of the Weekend:
Matt Ryan – Brighton
Brighton’s hard-fought victory over Arsenal can be put down to some excellent defending – and when their last line of defence was called upon, he made some fine saves to keep the Gunners at bay and allow his side to hold on for an excellent result.
Simon Francis – Bournemouth
You’ll hardly see a better aerial display all season than the one Francis provided against Leicester – be it in his own box or the oppositions, he was at the heart of everything – and incredibly unlucky not to end up on the winning side for his valiant effort.
Lewis Dunk – Brighton
Set his side off in the perfect manner with a well-taken early goal and made vital blocks and interceptions at the back to keep Arsenal’s attackers at bay. His leadership at the back and influence going forward ultimately helped prove the difference.
Alfie Mawson – Swansea
While it was Swansea’s forwards that stole the headlines, they were given the freedom thanks to Mawson’s calmness at the back. An assured display as good as any you’ll see in the league this season, the Englishman simply didn’t put a foot wrong all afternoon.
Andy Robertson – Liverpool
Although Newcastle provided little threat going forward, Robertson was a focal point in attack, marauding forward constantly and always looking a threat on the ball. When called upon in defence, he dealt with everything competently, and he was a real thorn in the opponent’s side all evening at Anfield.
Heung-Min Son – Tottenham
Took his first-goal very well when played through and nodded in an excellent header to cap off a wonderful team move. When given the opportunity, Son is as lethal as anybody in front of goal – another brace going a long way in showing that.
Ki Sung-Yeung – Swansea
Scored a great goal from outside the box into the far corner and played a huge role in Andy King’s goal also. He is in a fantastic vein of form at present, and his performances are going a long way as Swansea look set to avoid the drop.
David Silva – Manchester City
Manchester City are four games away from lifting the title, and Silva’s creativity is one of the main reasons why. Constantly probing and dictating the play from midfield, it was his pass that allowed Bernardo Silva to score the crucial goal against Chelsea – and he was head and shoulders the best player on the pitch.
Leroy Sane – Manchester City
While City were not their usual ruthless selves in front of goal, Sane took on defenders at will and dribbled past them with ease. He was a joy to watch at times and was unlucky not to end up on the scoresheet.
Glenn Murray – Brighton
It is very hard to believe that Glenn Murray is 34 years old. He made more sprints than anybody in Brighton’s huge win against Arsenal, leaping highest to nod in the second goal. Had his teammates played him in with more regularity, he could certainly have walked away with the match-ball. A timeless forward’s performance.
Mo Salah – Liverpool
Very rarely this season has there been a Team of the Week that Salah has not been a part of – his role in Liverpool’s win over Newcastle means this weekend is no exception. Made plenty of space for others to run into and caused problems when on the ball – scoring the first and being heavily involved in the second. He is the beating heart of Liverpool at present.
They keep winning, and Salah keeps scoring.
Jordan Norris, Pundit Arena