Team of the Week: Matchday Eight

In the latest edition of Team of the Week, The Football RoundUp’s Fraser Munro picks out his standout XI from the Premier League this weekend, as Arsenal come within two points away of first place.

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GOALKEEPER:

Rui Patricio  

The Wolves stopper kept his fifth clean sheet of the season after denying Crystal Palace on Saturday. The Portuguese international five saves, including a superb double save to rescue his team with twenty minutes to go.

DEFENCE:

Nacho Monreal

One of the stand out performers in a rampant Arsenal team was their free-scoring left back, however he turned provider on Sunday. He cunningly cut the ball back for Lacazette to open the scoring which would be the start of a 5-1 mauling of Fulham, as well as remaining responsible in his defensive duties.

Dejan Lovren 

A solitary gem in a Liverpool backline that looked unstable for the first time this season. The fans can be glad that the world cup finalist was on song, as he kept the Champions Manchester City at bay in a crucial stalemate draw.

Matt Doherty

Arguably the stand out performer in a formidable Wolves side, the centre-half fired in the only goal of what was a very close game to drag his side up to 7th place.

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Doherty celebrates opening the scoring at Selhurst Park (Credit: Getty Images)

 

Hector Bellerin

The Arsenal right back had an equally enjoyable afternoon as his fellow Spaniard Monreal. He whipped in a wonderful cross for Aubameyang to tap in the Gunners fourth of the afternoon.

 

MIDFIELDERS

Aaron Ramsey

The welsh star was an integral part of the free-flowing football that dismantled Fulham in the last twenty minutes of the game. He had only been on the park for forty seconds before he flicked Arsenal into a two goal lead, and then set up the fifth and final goal of the rout for Aubameyang.

Ross Barkley 

It took only half an hour for Barkley to make a mark on the game when he threaded the ball through a helpless Southampton defence for Hazard to slot home. And on the hour mark he got in on the act himself to put Chelsea two nil up with his first goal for the club, and present Sarri with a real headache in midfield options.

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Barkley has had to bide his time for a shot in the Chelsea midfield (Credit: Getty Images)

Gylfi Sigurdsson  

We may only be eight games into the season, but the Everton’s Icelandic talisman has already produced one of the goals of the season. He fired Everton to victory over Leicester with a stunning solo effort from 30 yards.

 

FORWARDS

Eden Hazard

It’s that man again. Another stellar performance from the Belgian star saw him fire his team in front against Southampton early on. He then rounded of a brilliant performance by playing in substitute Morata who dinked the ball over the keeper.

Josh King

Two goals twelve minutes from Josh King pretty much put the contest between Watford and Bournemouth to bed before half time. The striker also drew the foul in the box from Kabasele that saw the Watford man be sent off, and King made no mistake from the penalty spot.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

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Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette striker partnership has shot Arsenal up to third in the table (Credit: PA)

He may have only been on the park for 23 minutes, but the man who was a serial goal scorer in the Bundesliga grabbed two goals at the end of the game. He also provided a good cross for Ramsey’s goal meaning he had a hand in Arsenal’s third, fourth and fifth goals at Fulham.

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