Premier League: Garth Crooks's team of the week

By Garth CrooksFootball Analyst
Garth Crooks's team of the week

In a weekend full of surprises in the Premier League, Arsenal extended their lead at the top of the table after an impressive victory at Swansea.

Manchester United and Manchester City suffered shock defeats, with the Red Devils humbled by West Brom and Manuel Pellegrini's side edged out by Aston Villa.

Southampton and Hull continued their good form by securing home wins, while Cardiff and Norwich picked up valuable victories on the road.

Take a look at my team of the week and see if you agree with my selections.


Hugo Lloris

Spurs have not had a world-class goalkeeper since the days of Pat Jennings in the 1970s and Ray Clemence a decade later. Well they have now. Hugo Lloris produced a series of saves at critical times in the 1-1 draw against Chelsea when the match was in danger of going the Blues' way.

Did you know? Of the keepers who have played all six games this season, Hugo Lloris has the highest save percentage (89.47%).


Mamadou Sakho

I've watched this lad play a few times for Liverpool recently and I must say he is proving to be an excellent defender with plenty of composure. His relationship with the rest of Liverpool's defence has been key to the Reds' fine form. If they can keep it up, we will have to start taking Liverpool's Champions League ambitions seriously.

Did you know? The Liverpool defender completed 95.9% of his passes in the 3-1 win against Sunderland - a higher percentage than any other Liverpool player.


John Terry

It's no coincidence that when John Terry and Gary Cahill play for Chelsea as a pair they concede fewer goals than when David Luiz plays at the back with either one of them. Just why manager Jose Mourinho perseveres with the Luiz-Terry partnership when the stats speak for themselves is a mystery to me. Terry was at the heart of everything good at the back for Chelsea in the draw at White Hart Lane.

Did you know? The Chelsea captain's last four Premier League goals have all come away from Stamford Bridge.


Steven Caulker

The centre-back kept strikers Dimitar Berbatov and Darren Bent quiet for the entire match during the 2-1 win against Fulham while posing a constant threat in the opposition box at set pieces and popping up with a goal.

Did you know? Nobody has made more blocks in the Premier League this season than the Cardiff defender (11).


Chelsea right-back Branislav Ivanovic

The tackle by Ivanovic on Paulinho in the first half to prevent Spurs from going 2-0 up in the London derby was superb and it transformed Chelsea's prospects of taking something out of the game. This was another flawless performance by the Serbia defender.

Did you know? Only John Terry (35) has made more clearances for Chelsea than Branislav Ivanovic has this season (33).


Jack Wilshere

If Arsenal lift the Premier League title this season, it will be down to their midfield quartet of Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey, Mathieu Flamini and Wilshere. Their performance in the 2-1 win against Swansea was so cohesive that it was enough to make Spurs fans feel nauseous!

Did you know? No Arsenal player has attempted more dribbles than Jack Wilshere (19).


Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey

This lad is in the form of his life. He is starting to display the confidence and produce the performances that I heard he was capable of when he was a trainee. For years he struggled to live up to the billing, but well done to Arsene Wenger for retaining belief in a player many, myself included, thought incapable of such impressive performances.

Did you know? The Welsh midfielder has won the most tackles in the Premier League so far this season (29).


Stephane Sessegnon

What a performance by the former Sunderland man. When he's in the mood, he is capable of giving defences nightmares and the Benin international ran Manchester United ragged in the Baggies' shock win at Old Trafford.

Did you know? Sessegnon won four fouls against Manchester United - more than any other player for the Baggies.


Serge Gnabry

The German youngster appears to be yet another Arsene Wenger protege destined for great things. Gnabry proved against Swansea that he is quick, strong and can score goals. Football Association chairman Greg Dyke suggested recently that foreign players in the Premier League are limiting the opportunities of homegrown talent. Wenger clearly thinks that if you're good enough, you play - regardless of age or nationality.

Did you know? Gnabry is the 97th player to score for Arsenal in the Premier League (excluding own goals).


Morgan Amalfitano

What a goal. Morgan Amalfitano's strike against Manchester United at Old Trafford will go down as one of the coolest finishes of the season. The Frenchman ran from inside his own half, weaving his way past red shirts, then nutmegged Rio Ferdinand before chipping the ball over a helpless David De Gea. It doesn't get better than that.

Did you know? The on-loan midfielder has scored twice from just three shots on target.


Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge

He was precocious at Man City and disgruntled at Chelsea, but you could never deny his talent. At Liverpool he has matured into a top-class striker, and he also demonstrated in the win against Sunderland just how much his general football awareness has developed at Anfield. Sturridge must lead the line for England in the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers.

Did you know? Eight of Liverpool's last 12 Premier League goals have been scored by Sturridge.

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