After another weekend of some great individual performances, theScore puts together a best XI from the latest slate of Premier League fixtures.
Stoke City and Swansea City could yet produce some stellar individual performances tonight, but it will take something special to displace these 11 men:
GK – Tom Heaton
Heaton’s the first name on the team sheet for his 11 saves that earned Burnley a precious point at a limp Manchester United on Saturday. Not a bad way to perform against the side that released him in 2010.
RB – Nordin Amrabat
A shift to a wing-back system under Walter Mazzarri has made Watford a more potent proposition down the right. Amrabat has linked up well with Roberto Pereyra for much of the season, and the former’s six key passes and four dribbles at Hull City represent the freedom that he’s enjoying under the Italian.
CB – Calum Chambers
Through his sporadic deployment at centre-half for Arsenal, Chambers had proven to be largely inept at the position. For Saturday’s 2-0 trumping of Bournemouth, however, the 21-year-old was disciplined and strong, winning all of his aerial duels and clearing the ball from danger on eight occasions.
CB – Michael Keane
Another player not deemed fit for senior matters at Manchester United, Keane frustrated his former club, making 12 clearances from the back and intercepting three times. The 23-year-old’s reputation is growing.
LB – Kieran Gibbs
Nacho Monreal got his pants pulled down two Premier League outings in a row by pacey wingers, so Arsene Wenger called in Gibbs for Saturday’s trip to Sunderland. He cracked the woodwork after overlapping Aaron Ramsey, but was additionally proficient in the air and walloped seven clearances.
RW – Philippe Coutinho
Liverpool’s effortlessly versatile Coutinho put in a breathless display in the 4-2 win at Crystal Palace, assisting twice as he’s given license to roam by manager Jurgen Klopp. Irritatingly inconsistent, but when he’s on song he orchestrates things for the Reds.
CM – Ilkay Gundogan
Considering his injuries and a change of footballing climate from Germany to England that has seen Henrikh Mkhitaryan flounder at Manchester United, Gundogan could’ve been a bust for City. Instead, his two goals and assist at West Bromwich Albion marked yet another all-action performance from the midfielder.
CM – Ross Barkley
If Barkley is to reach his undoubted potential, you’d suspect it will be through the tutelage of Ronald Koeman. He flourished in the space afforded to him by West Ham United’s disorganised midfield, scoring a goal in the 2-0 triumph. He also probed when it was possible with three key passes.
LW – Eden Hazard
With the protection from the excellent Marcos Alonso behind him, Hazard has been able to freely torment defenders. He had a game-high 68 sprints in the 2-0 ease at Southampton, and Alonso was the only Chelsea player to touch the ball more than him.
FW – Sergio Aguero
Aguero’s delicious double against West Brom had manager Pep Guardiola purring: “He is one of the best. And above all that he is one of the nicest people I have ever met. I love working with the nice guys, and Sergio is one of them.”
FW – Alexis Sanchez
The Chilean has now been involved in eight goals in eight league matches following his brace at Sunderland. Sanchez is undoubtedly first choice leading the frontline, but his positional pliancy offers a valuable plan B when Olivier Giroud is called from the bench. Arsenal has some frightening depth this term.