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Premier League Team of the Week: Olivier Giroud, Glen Johnson and More

Sam TigheWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterSeptember 1, 2013

Premier League Team of the Week: Olivier Giroud, Glen Johnson and More

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    Welcome to another edition of Premier League Team of the Week, featuring the créme de la créme of individual performances from the weekend's action.

    We had Liverpool stun Manchester United, Arsenal squeeze past Tottenham and a host of clean sheets, but very few attackers stood out due to a real dearth of goals.

    Read on to see who we've selected for our 4-3-3 formation this time around!

GK: Hugo Lloris, Tottenham Hotspur

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    Hugo Lloris put in a magnificent display in the North London derby and is starting to challenge Petr Cech for the mantle of No. 1 goalkeeper in the Premier League.

    Arsenal missed two or three clear-cut goalscoring opportunities due to the Frenchman's brilliance, and his incredible reading of the game and willingness to rush out to sweep up draws him favourable comparisons to Manuel Neuer.

    He was the standout shot-stopper this weekend.

RB: Glen Johnson, Liverpool

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    Glen Johnson enjoyed a super game against Manchester United at Anfield, with his defensive contributions lending directly to Simon Mignolet's third consecutive clean sheet.

    He made two vital interceptions and blocked a goal-bound shot from Ashley Young in the second half, all while storming forward with his usual gusto.

    He was superb at his position, and admittedly, that's a rarity for him. More of the same is required.

CB: Martin Skrtel, Liverpool

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    The first game back at Manchester United may be a terrifying prospect for some, but not Martin Skrtel.

    He got over some early (understandable) rust in the first half, then turned in a blinder of a performance in the second half.

    Liverpool came under some concerted pressure, and the Slovakian international formed a colossus in defence and even outshone the mighty Daniel Agger. There was no way past him.

CB: Laurent Koscielny, Arsenal

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    Laurent Koscielny bounced back from his opening-day disappointment in style, leading his Arsenal defence to a clean sheet against Tottenham Hotspur in the North London derby.

    Per Mertesacker was also fantastic and it was tough to choose between the two, but the Frenchman was a pillar of solidity in the final 10-minute onslaught.

    He nipped in front of Roberto Soldado numerous times and made his life hell all game long.

LB: Ben Davies, Swansea City

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    Swansea City got themselves officially up and running by beating West Bromwich Albion 2-0 at the Hawthorns on Sunday.

    Many had them finishing in the top half of the table once more, but poor performances in the first two games caused a few lingering doubts to rise to the fore.

    Ben Davies was a big factor in the win, scoring and helping keep a clean sheet.

DM: Etienne Capoue, Tottenham Hotspur

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    Bar Hugo Lloris, Etienne Capoue was the best player in a Tottenham shirt before being stretchered off midway through the second half.

    We hope it's not serious and that he can regain his early form immediately, because up to this point, he's been one of Andre Villas-Boas' best players.

    He was an interception machine once again and, despite one slip-up in possession, impressed in his overall game.

CM: Mile Jedinak, Crystal Palace

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    Mile Jedinak has made an astonishing start to his Premier League career with Crystal Palace, and it's becoming rather easy to see why he's adored at Selhurst Park.

    He works his socks off, never appears beaten and fights for every ball. His passing is serviceable and does the simple things well, but it's the combative arena he thrives in.

    Dwight Gayle grabs the headlines, but Jedinak has had three brilliant performances in a row. 

CM: Leroy Fer, Norwich City

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    Leroy Fer will be Norwich City's best signing of the summer—not Ricky van Wolfswinkel—and the former FC Twente powerhouse is taking to the Premier League with ease.

    He averaged 100 percent pass completion in the first half—a revelation that had the statistic lovers gushing—and finished up with a rather respectable 94 percent.

    He also managed eight tackles, solidified the midfield line and provided a simple assist for Nathan Redmond's wonder goal.

RW: Jason Puncheon, Crystal Palace

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    Signing Jason Puncheon was a master stroke, as he provides the attacking spark Crystal Palace needed to come to life.

    The Eagles were slow and static in their first two games, but Puncheon changed all that. Put the ball at his feet and watch him run; he's absolutely mesmerising at times.

    He will unlock the best in Marouane Chamakh and Dwight Gayle, worry defences and score a fair haul himself. Against Sunderland, he was magnificent.

LW: Nathan Redmond, Norwich City

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    Nathan Redmond was the difference between two well-matched sides at Carrow Road on Saturday, scoring the only goal of the game against Southampton.

    He's been electric ever since signing with the club, surpassing all but the wildest expectations, and his long-range effort to seal the home side three points was the icing on the cake of another great showing.

    He's fearless, quick and extremely positive—three qualities defenders absolutely despise in their markers.

ST: Olivier Giroud, Arsenal

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    Olivier Giroud was crowned "King of Derby Day" on Sunday as he continued his brilliant start to the season.

    After 23 minutes of deadlock and nervous energy, the Frenchman beat his marker to a near-post cross and slipped an effort straight past international colleague Hugo Lloris.

    His close control, strength and movement gave the Spurs back line a nightmare afternoon, and his sole strike ended up being the game-winner. That's three in three, and he's looking superb.

     

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