It’s Gameweek 35 and Liverpool continue at the top of the table but Chelsea slipped up against the most unlikely of teams. There was more misery for David Moyes (who has subsequently been sacked) as he returned to Goodison Park to be haunted by his old side. See who starred in the PA Team of the Week, lining out at 3-4-3.
GK – Vito Mannone:
While it has been an awful year for The Black Cats, they can at least savour their 2-1 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Mannone put his howler at Man City behind him to give his team something to build on. And build they did as Conor Wickham and Fabio Borini scored the goals in a famous victory. Mannone made some fine saves to deny Chelsea anything from the game, and deserves the plaudits.
DF – John O’ Shea:
Another brave Black Cat who makes the team after their fine win. O’ Shea was instrumental in the victory and was a rock at the heart of the Sunderland defence. He was composed all afternoon and was the leader his side needed. A fine performance from the Irishman.
DF – Per Mertesacker:
The big German has been the most consistent Arsenal player all year and played excellently against Hull again. Marshalled the defence with authority and didn’t put a foot wrong all day, Mertesacker has been Arsenal’s player of the year by a long way.
DF – Seamus Coleman:
David Moyes cannot get a break as he returned to his old club to be comprehensively beaten. Seamus Coleman put in a superb shift at right back. He has well and truly been the best right back this season and showed why against Man United. He was a constant threat on the right flank, getting up and down the line and he supplied the pass for Kevin Mirallas to slot home and seal the 2-0 win. The three points keeps Everton hot on the heels of Arsenal in the race for fourth.
MF – Steven Gerrard:
Calm, composed and constantly assured, Gerrard played a true captains role against Norwich. When Norwich pressed Liverpool in their own half, Gerrard rallied the troops and despite some questionable defending from his team mates he kept their heads up to claim a victory. Very few have ever deserved to lift the Premier League trophy as much as Gerrard.
MF – Aaron Ramsey:
How good it is to see that Ramsey’s most recent injury woe has not affected the form he had at the start of the season? The Welshman made his first start since returning from injury and put in a man of the match performance against Hull. He opened the scoring for Arsenal getting on the end of a Santi Cazorla pass and had in a hand in the third. It’s good to see the injury has ruined his rhythm.
MF – Christian Eriksen:
By far and away Eriksen is the best thing to come out of Tottenham’s fairly poor season. The Dane starred again against Fulham, setting up two of the three goals with two wicked free kicks putting goals on plates for Paulinho and Younes Kaboul. Whoever is in the hot seat at White Hart Lane next season needs to make keeping Eriksen priority number one.
MF – Raheem Sterling:
Sterling was the most vital player for Liverpool against Norwich. The England youngster continued his exceptional form in the nervy 3-2 win with a hand in all three Liverpool goals. He opened the scoring with a stunning 25 yard strike after just five minutes and he then helped Luis Suarez increase the score setting up the Uruguayan for his 30th goal of the season. Sterling added his second and Liverpool’s third in what proved to be the winner. After Sunday’s showing, and on recent form, he could well claim the PFA Young Player of the Year.
FW – Lukas Podolski:
The Arsenal forward has continued his fine scoring run with another brace against Hull. His first a powerful effort into the corner and his second saw him react quickest after Aaron Ramsey’s shot had been saved. He is proving Arsenal’s most consistent scorer when on the pitch and Arsenal will need him in the run in to keep Everton at bay from cracking the Top 4.
FW – Sergio Aguero:
The Argentine played a vital role in the opening two goals for Man City in the 3-1 win over West Brom. He forced Ben Foster into a fin save after Aguero’s effort but it fell to Pablo Zabaleta to slot home. The Argentine striker then added a second with a 20 yard drive to cap a good first half. He still looks far from fully fit however, and with concerns over him, and David Silva who was stretchered off, it’s a worrying time for Man City as they head down the final straight.
FW – Wilfried Bony:
Bony was the coolest man in Newcastle as the Swans beat the Magpies at the death to put more misery on Alan Pardew’s men. Bony scored twice from the penalty spot and he kept his cool to score his second at the death and give Swansea all three points. Swansea now look like they are safe from the drop but for Newcastle, it’s a fifth straight loss.
Steve Neville, Pundit Arena.
Featured Image By Jon Candy from Cardiff, Wales (DSC06340) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.