On a weekend where Manchester United took a firm grip of second place, West Brom looked destined for the drop and Chelsea returned to winning ways, we take a look at the stand-out performers from some enthralling action.
Without further ado, here’s our Premier League Team of the Weekend:
Petr Cech – Arsenal
The Arsenal stopper was in top form for his side versus Watford – making a fantastic stop from a Troy Deeney penalty as well as a string of top-drawer saves to secure his 2ooth Premier League clean sheet. While not always consistent as of late, there is no denying the Czech international is one of the finest to ever grace England’s top division.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka – Crystal Palace
The youngster has emerged with excellent performances for Roy Hodgson’s side – he performed excellently in their loss to Manchester United, and the same can be applied in their game with Chelsea.
Confident on the ball and tenacious in the tackle, Bissaka plays with experience much beyond his years.
Federico Fernandez – Swansea
Swansea were under siege from Huddersfield – and Fernandez swept away from danger without fail. A wealth of interceptions, tackles and clearances went a long way in securing a vital point for his side, and he and Alfie Mawson excelled in defence.
Shkodran Mustafi – Arsenal
Mustafi started the game superbly against Watford with a bullet header into the bottom corner and remained an aerial presence at the back to stem the threat of the opposition.
His performances have come under scrutiny as of late, but this was one from the top-drawer.
Ashley Young – Manchester United
The United full-back did something no one else has managed to achieve in the Premier League this campaign – keep Liverpool’s Mo Salah quiet. Young was excellent throughout in shutting out the attack, and he linked up well with Marcus Rashford on occasion to set the Reds on the front foot.
Riyad Mahrez – Leicester
An excellent performance from the Algerian. Mahrez’s stunning pass allowed Jamie Vardy to equalise in style against West Brom, and he took his goal well while offering a threat throughout.
Ultimately, it was his ability that proved the gulf in class between the sides.
Jonjo Shelvey – Newcastle
Shelvey is plain and simply the heartbeat of Newcastle – he provided a wonderful assist for Kenedy to open the scoring against Southampton and dictated the play throughout before laying off for Matt Ritchie to secure the win. He was flawless in midfield and ran the game all on his own.
Dele Alli – Tottenham
Alli got in behind the Bournemouth defence to take his goal well, before providing an assist for Heung-min Son in the second half. His trickery and excellent footwork caused problems throughout, and in the absence of Harry Kane it was his initiative that spearheaded Spurs to an important victory.
Marcus Rashford – Manchester United
The youngster added to his growing reputation with a stunning display at Old Trafford. He turned Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold inside-out before curling home a stunner early on and timed his run to perfection to fire home the all-important second.
Constantly had Liverpool on the back foot when he ran with the ball, and it was quite surprising that he did not end up with a hat-trick.
Heung-min Son – Tottenham
The South Korean is in a rich vein of goalscoring form, bundling home Spurs’ second before fooling Bournemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic to tap home the third. He is one of the form players in the Premier League at the present, and priceless to Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
Chris Wood – Burnley
Wood’s second-half display against West Ham was wonderful – laying on an assist for Ashley Barnes to fire home the opener, before popping up in the right place twice to add some gloss to the scoreline.
The game will be remembered for crowd disturbance, but in footballing terms – it was one which belonged to Wood.
Jordan Norris, Pundit Arena