Another week of the English Premier League wrapped up and it certainly didn’t disappoint. There was something in it for everyone looking to be entertained, from the 4-0 thrashing dealt by Manchester City over Brighton to the nailbiter that was the 2-2 Arsenal v Tottenham game. It wouldn’t have been possible without some excellent players though and without further ado, let’s take a look at the Team of the Week for Gameweek 4.
GK: Angus Gunn (Southampton)
Despite conceding a goal early on in the game against Man United, Gunn looked very sharp throughout the game. He was one of the reasons why Southampton were able to draw against the reddevils, having managed 7 saves throughout the game.
LB: Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Manchester United)
It’s no secret that Manchester United is in a tough spot having won only 1 of their games so far and this week did not comprise of that win as the Reddevils drew 1-1 against Southampton. While there’s been a lot of finger-pointing going on for the not-so-impressive performance, no one is pointing the finger at Aaron Wan-Bissaka. He continues to be strong on both attack and defence, thanks to his speed, dribbling and tackling skills. The Englishman completed a whopping 10 tackles and 3 dribbles throughout the game.
CB: Virgil Van Dijk (Liverpool)
The Ballon D’or favourite proved why he’s considered to be at the top of the defending world yet again. Thanks to his keen sense of defending, he helped maintain a clean sheet for Liverpool. Perhaps the biggest takeaway from his game this week was how unbeatable he was in the air, having won 12 aerial balls. His passes were also sharp with an 83% accuracy.
CB: Issa Diop (West Ham United)
West Ham United improved on their standing by winning another match, this time against a Pukki-led Norwich. While Sebastian Haller continued the goal scoring, Diop at the back was crucial to their clean sheet victory. He maintained his position very well and was good at proving cover and going for the chances. He even managed 2 shots and completed 1 dribble. Diop’s passing accuracy was fantastic as well(90%).
RB: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)
The 20- year old has continued being strong on both attack and defence. His highlight of the game might’ve been the goal he scored, which was eventually given as an own goal because of the deflection. The distance from the post and the way the ball dipped sure made it one of the best goals of the week. He delivered some excellent crosses, his tackling was strong. Alexander-Arnold completed 3 tackles and 2 dribbles maintaining his excellence on both fronts.
CM: Matteo Guendouzi (Arsenal)
The 20-year-old from France played his heart out against Arsenal. He was working incredibly hard, trying to put his team at the top, especially in the attack. His stamina was great and he used his skills and pace to help his team out immensely in the North-London derby. He managed 2 shots, completed 1 dribble and 3 tackles. Not to mention his, incredibly important assist to Aubameyang that leveled the game. He also had one of the most numbers of accurate passes in the game, showcasing his tenacity.
CM: Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)
Kevin De Bruyne continued his splendid form, this time against Manchester United. This time, he opened up the scoring with a goal in just the 2nd minute of the game. He played a little more aggressively upfront, ready to attack whenever needed and looking at the 4-0 scoreline, it worked. KDB made it difficult for the defenders to take a breath with how dynamically he played, even managing 4 shots in the game. Last but not least, he added another one to assist column with a nice pass to Sergio Aguero. He is currently leading the assists with 5 of them in just 4 matches.
CM: Rodrigo (Manchester City)
So far, Rodrigo has been exceptional. He gets the job done without looking overly flashy and that’s what makes him a special player. Rodri has adjusted to the Premier League and City’s style of playing brilliantly and his tall frame has helped him thwart attacks like it was child’s play. The way he sticks his leg out at the right time to dispossess oncoming players is an asset many people would kill for, and he uses it well. He had an incredibly his passing accuracy at 96% over the course of 69 passes. Of course, the highlight of his game was his tackling, where managed to complete a staggering 6 tackles. Just a display of all-round sharpness.
LW: Sadio Mane( Liverpool)
He was one of last season’s golden boot winners for a reason and he showed why. His positioning is top-notch along with his finishing. The way he co-ordinates with the other ones of Liverpool’s front three is a sight to behold. Mane’ scored his 2nd goal of the season in Liverpool's win thanks to an assist from Roberto Firmino and while it wasn’t flashy, it certainly shows how well he links up with the rest as part of the front line. He managed 2 dribbles and two shots and 1 key pass. The Senegalese striker keeps maintaining his reputation as one of the PL’s best attackers.
RW: Riyad Mahrez( Manchester City)
You knew a lot of Manchester City and Liverpool players were going to make it to this list, given the score lines they had over the weekend. Riyad Mahrez might not have had any direct contributions but he was sensational and ever-present during the attack. His dribbling, passing and general attacking awareness were top-notch. Not only did he complete 2 dribbles, but he also had a passing accuracy of 96% which is incredible considering how many risky passes he had to make, being part of Manchester City’s frontline. He had a staggering 5 key passes and it really is no wonder why he made the TOTW.
CF: Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)
Almost any other week, and this would’ve been Roberto Firmino’s spot, given that he was exceptional in Liverpool’s game against Burnley. But the Man City forward who recently reached the ‘400 career goals’ edges past the Brazilian by the length of a whisker. He showcased why he’s one of the deadliest attackers in the world. The Argentine’s finishing and attacking awareness were top-of-the-line. He had 2 key passes but most important were his direct contributions to Manchester City’s 4-0 victory. He scored the two middle goals of the game. His first one involved brilliant movement from the team members on the attacking lines; not to mention that his rocketed shot was sensational. His second one was from a David Silva assist and was just as brilliant. He even contributed to the last goal of the game, delivering a clever pass to Bernardo Silva on the left just seconds after the Portuguese entered the game. This performance takes Sergio Aguero to the top of the goal-scoring charts with 6 goals, ahead of teammate Raheem Sterling(5). Just a domineering performance for the Argentinian.