Another dramatic Premier League weekend saw the two Manchester clubs pull away from the rest with three more points apiece, Spurs’ title chances all but ended, AVB departed the Bridge while Arsenal took pole position in the tight race for fourth as Wolves and Wigan slipped further into trouble at the bottom. Here is the PL Team of the Weekend…
GK: Wojciech Szczesny (Arsenal)
The Gunners shot stopper has quickly become one of the league’s best ‘keepers. The Polish international has been solid all season and has been one of their most consistent performers. His penalty save at Anfield and other important stops kept the Gunners in the game before RVP stole the show.
RB: Bacary Sagna (Arsenal)
Since returning to the side, the French right back has improved Arsenal’s performances considerably. They missed him a lot during his injury lay off and his pin point cross provided Van Perise with the equaliser as well as keeping Enrique and Downing quiet most of the game.
CB: Jonny Evans (Man United)
To say Evans has had his critics would be an understatement but the centre back has silenced them with some rock solid and mature displays at the heart of the champions’ defence. He needed to step up to the plate this campaign or face the Old Trafford exit door but he has established himself as a regular in the absence of Vidic. He came away from White Hart Lane not only with three vital points for his side but also Spurs striker Louis Saha in his back pocket.
CB: Steven Caulker (Swansea)
A solid performance from the young centre back helped his side as mentioned to a massive three points when the pressure is beginning to rise. He kept Wigan’s dangerous players quiet throughout and showed maturity to see the victory out.
LB: Jon Arne Riise (Fulham)
The Norwegian flyer hasn’t really hit top form for the Cottagers since moving from Roma but this season he looks back to a shade of his former self and his performance against Wolves emphahsised that. His left foot is lethal and during the home side’s dominance he must have had four efforts on goal as well as bombing up and down the left wing.
RM: Clint Dempsey (Fulham)
He has become one of the stars of the season and with 18 goals now this campaign, the American international is not only the PL top scorer from USA now but also one of Fulham’s prize assets. Two more goals on Sunday as well as constantly terrorising Wolves’ back line sees him in our team of the weekend.
CM: Gylfi Siguardsson (Swansea)
Two superb individual goals sealed a vital victory for the Swans at struggling Wigan, three points that will surely go a long way to keeping the Welsh side in the top flight for another season at least.
CM: Youssouf Mulumbu (West Bromwich Albion)
The Baggies have struggled at home this season and many people were tipping them to become embroiled in a relegation battle but three back to back wins have all but secured Roy Hodgson’s men PL status and it has been Mulumbu who has been key to their success. A bit of an unsung hero in the middle of the park, he works his socks off for the team as well as getting forward on every occasion. Marshalled the likes of Mata and Lampard in Saturday’s defining victory which of course saw the end of AVB’s reign at the Bridge.
LM: Ashley Young (Man United)
The former Villain backed up his England goal during the week with two brilliant goals at the Lane. He was quiet throughout (as were most of his team mates) but when he got a sight of the goal he punished the home side with a quality volley before sealing the win with a curling effort.
ST: Robin van Persie (Arsenal)
What can you say about RVP that hasn’t been already said? Perhaps Wenger has a pretty big job on his hand during the summer to keep the Dutch forward at the Emirates. His double at Anfield brought him up to 31 goals in all competitions for the season.
ST: Pavel Pogrebnyak (Fulham)
Russian players don’t always adapt to the English game but there is no doubt that Pogrebnyak has quickly adapted to life at Craven Cottage. His first hat trick in England sent the Cottagers on their win to an impressive 5-0 win over Wolves. He already has five goals for Fulham.
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