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Manager: Arsene Wenger, Arsenal
The Frenchman barely had 11 healthy first team players to call upon, but Arsene Wenger crafted some magic in encouraging his Gunners to an impressive 3-1 win over Fulham this week.
Considering they’ve only just come back from a midweek game in Turkey, Arsenal’s victory was as much of a testament to Wenger’s man management as anything else.
GK: Allan McGregor, Hull City
One of the brighter spots for Steve Bruce to look upon in the 1-0 win over Norwich City, Allan McGregor redeemed his mistakes against Chelsea, making four saves and four aerial claims in a highly impressive display this weekend.
RB: Mathieu Debuchy, Newcastle United
Like Walker, Mathieu Debuchy was a full-back slightly off his attacking game, but played good defense.
The Magpies’ utility tackles well and was strong in the air against Matt Jarvis and Kevin Nolan, helping his side to a morale-boosting point against West Ham.
CB: Jose Fonte, Southampton
Scorer of Southampton’s only goal, Jose Fonte imposed himself up front as well as at the back against Sunderland, winning no less than eight aerial battles and maintaining an 88 percent passing average.
CM: Marouane Fellaini, Everton
Although the Belgian has struggled to get off to as successful an attacking season as 12 months ago, Marouane Fellaini nevertheless pitched in very helpfully in his preferred defensive midfield spot this weekend.
Against West Brom, the towering utility made five tackles and a goal-line clearance, but also managed to almost clinch a winner near the death. He was unfortunately denied near the post.
LM: Robbie Brady, Hull City
Robbie Brady was one of the few more explosive players to provide Chelsea with a defensive challenge last week and also gave Norwich a tougher test on Saturday.
The young Irishman eventually converted Yannick Sagbo’s won penalty to give his side the three points, but was almost omnipresent off the left flank.
AM: Emanuele Giaccherini, Sunderland
Despite being one of the smallest men on the St. Mary’s pitch, Emanuel Giaccherini did an incredible job craning his header past Artur Boruc on Saturday and provided a generally dynamic performance from the right wing.
ST: Daniel Sturridge
With another game winner, Daniel Sturridge maintained his 100 percent scoring record for the 2013-14 season so far, dribbling past Brad Guzan despite being lodged between numerous Villa defenders before finishing with great calm.
In the absence of Luis Suarez, the forward was again a stern platform in attack and linked up well with his wide teammates, with accuracy again his among his finest assets.