Another great few weeks of goals and excitement to finish the 26th Matchday of the Premier League. Manchester United maintained their unbeaten run against Chelsea for the season. Liverpool won yet again but could not carry the momentum into their match against Atletico in the Champions League. Vardy seems to be entering into a bit of a drought as Leicester drew 0-0 against Wolves. Tottenham won another match and is only 1 point behind Chelsea at no.4.
A lot of twists and turns and here are the players that made them possible.
Formation : 4 - 3 - 3
GK: Rui Patricio (Wolves)
Wolves would have been in dire straits had it not been for Patricio. He was quick and adept and his composure throughout the season has been key. He made 3 crucial saves as well as 1 claim. If he was not present, it’s unlikely Wolves would have walked away with 1 point.
LB: Bukayo Saka (Arsenal FC)
After 4 games without a victory, Arsenal swung things around with a gargantuan 4-0 victory.One of the highlights in that game was Bukayo Saka. He was dominant on the left flank and his pace, aggression and dribbling were key. He managed a whopping 6 dribbles throughout the game and 1 assist. He also had 1 tackle and 1 interception.
CB: Harry Maguire( Manchester United)
Man United jumped it’s way back into contention for top 6 with a win against Chelsea. Harry Maguire seemed to be underwhelming for most of the season, especially after the record-breaking transfer but this match proved that he is capable of the expectations that come with that sort of label. He was a brick wall in defence. He had 1 tackle, 4 interceptions and 9 clearances. Most importantly he scored a goal as well to give Man United the victory.
CB: Eric Bailly (Manchester United)
Man United owes the clean sheet victory to this man as well. Composed and aggressive at the right times, Bailly was instrumental in the victory and thwarting the opposition. He was incredible in the air, with 6 aerial battles won. He also made 2 clearances and interceptions.
RB: Trent Alexander Arnold ( Liverpool FC)
Another good performance to add to the pile for Trent Alexander Arnold. He was sharp and fast and his work rate remains among the best. He had 1 dribble and 2 tackles proving yet again to be strong on both attack and defence. He also managed 2 key passes.
CM: Rodrigo ( Manchester City)
Rodrigo continues to be an excellent buy for Manchester City. His passing was sharp and precise throughout the game as was his ball control and distribution. He was excellent in the air with 3 wins. He also scored the first goal of the game with a rather clever and well-executed header off De Bruyne’s cross. Rodrigo proves to be more dependable as a player by the day and it won’t be remotely surprising for him to make this list more often in the future.
CM: Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)
The Team of the Week veteran makes the squad yet again. His vision proved yet again to be vital. His distribution and general awareness were top notch in this match and he was instrumental in both goals and general attack throughout the game. He opened up the scoring with a brilliant corner kick towards Rodrigo. His goal was fantastic and cheeky as well thanks to a clever assist from Bernardo Silva as well.
CM: Douglas Luiz (Aston Villa)
Despite fighting hard, Aston Villa lost 2-3 to Tottenham. Douglas Luiz had a strong showing in midfield in a rather chaotic match. He was strong both on attack and defence and his passing was great as well. A performance with very few weak points from him despite the loss. Luiz had 3 dribbles and 3 tackles and even 1 clearance proving he had a very well-rounded performance.
LW: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ( Arsenal)
A 4-0 win ensures that at least some of the attackers should make the best of the week and it’s not an exception here. Aubameyang proved yet again to be a very dependable attacker for Arsenal just like he did last season. Only this time, he had more company in the scoresheets. His attacking awareness and pace were all influential in Arsenal’s game. His passing was accurate as well (90%). Most importantly, he opened up the scoring thanks to a ball from Nicolas Pepe.
RW: Nicolas Pepe ( Arsenal)
Arguable Arsenal’s best player in the game, Pepe seemed to be master of his domain during the 90 minutes.His cross to Aubameyang for the first goal was clinical and brilliant. His goal showcased his sense of positioning and awareness. His last assist was textbook and Lacazette had a comfortable finish. With 2 dribbles, 4 key passes, a goal and 2 assists, Arsenal’s biggest signing of all time was bound to make the list.
ST: Son Heung-Min (Tottenham)
Son continues to be arguably Tottenham’s most vital player. That is all the more clear thanks to his most recent brace against Aston Villa. Despite having missed the penalty, he was cool enough to score on the rebound. Most importantly he scored the late winner and clinched the 3 points for Tottenham proving to be one of the more composed players in the league. He had 1 dribble in the game with a staggering 6 shots on the target. He even managed 1 key pass.