Premier League Team of the Week: Ramsey, Rose and Ben Arfa Star
Welcome to another edition of our Premier League Team of the Week, featuring stars from Arsenal, Everton, Tottenham Hotspur and more.
Unsurprisingly, midfield god Aaron Ramsey takes his spot in the side, but who else has made the cut? There were tough decisions to make in almost every position, with several very unlucky to miss out.
Read on to see the selections!
GK: Jussi Jaaskelainen, West Ham United
Jussi Jaaskelainen rolled back the years to pull off several incredible saves against Southampton on Sunday afternoon and had a big say in his side holding onto a point.
Two stops in particular were of note, the first a sprawling save on Daniel Osvaldo and the second to keep Morgan Schneiderlin's goal-bound volley out, and he rightly won the Match of the Match award.
The Fin is still not showing any signs of slowing down.
RB: Seamus Coleman, Everton
Seamus Coleman is the only Everton defender on our team despite a masterful display in shutting out Chelsea, and that points more toward the team effort and work ethic Roberto Martinez has installed than anything else.
Coleman, though, was brilliant from the right-hand side, pinning Ashley Cole back well when attacking and setting his stall out well in defence.
The Irishman broke out last season, and now he's fast becoming one of the finest right-backs in the league.
CB: Sebastien Bassong, Norwich City
If it weren't for Sebastien Bassong, Norwich City could have easily lost five or six goals to nil at White Hart Lane on Saturday.
He was monstrous, carrying his defensive line with Michael Turner and frustrating Tottenham's attacking delights for long periods.
The home side recorded 69 percent possession and an overwhelming 23 shots on goal, but Bassong had a big say in keeping it respectable.
CB: Winston Reid, West Ham United
West Ham put in a battling display to keep Southampton out on Sunday afternoon, and Winston Reid limped through the final 10 minutes in dedicated fashion.
Rickie Lambert and Daniel Osvaldo began to click in the second half and stretch the Hammers defence, and Reid did a fantastic job of dominating the aerial duels.
Factor in the fact he was halfway across the world midweek, and you have to tip your hat to the New Zealander.
LB: Danny Rose, Tottenham Hotspur
Danny Rose continues to impress in his efforts to truly nail down the starting berth at left-back for Tottenham Hotspur, and his performance against Norwich City was another strong one.
He got forward extremely well, helped his side dominate possession and provided the overlap option for Gylfi Sigurdsson on a consistent basis.
He made one incredible last-ditch tackle when Ricky van Wolfswinkel looked certain to score.
DM: Steven N'Zonzi, Stoke City
In an ugly game at the Britannia Stadium, Steven N'Zonzi stood out in a Stoke midfield that looks a much-improved unit from the Tony Pulis days.
The Potters were the better side against titans Manchester City and were more than deserving of a point on Saturday afternoon.
The Frenchman has the potential to become one of the most dominant defensive midfielders in the league thanks to his size, and he needs to put in performances such as this on a regular basis.
CM: Aaron Ramsey, Arsenal
Aaron Ramsey was the Man of the Match against Sunderland—quite the feat considering it was Mesut Ozil's debut for the Gunners.
Arsenal claimed a precious 3-1 victory to continue their early season resurgence, with Ramsey bagging two goals in sublime fashion. The first was an unbelievable volley, the second a deft finish after some seriously slick passing.
CM: Ross Barkley, Everton
Ross Barkley continued his wonderful start to the season by having a strong game against title contenders Chelsea.
He was the major factor in most of Everton's dominant spells, showing immense power and verticality in midfield and not letting John Obi Mikel or Ramires get close to him on the ball.
His confidence and willingness to spear forward is astonishing and he played several fantastic through-balls in the first half despite one youthful mistake.
When the Toffees fell under the cosh, he was also a star, breaking forward on counters and helping hold the ball up in Chelsea's half.
RW: Hatem Ben Arfa, Newcastle
Hatem Ben Arfa dominated Aston Villa on Sunday, with Paul Lambert's charges simply failing to find an answer to him.
He opened the scoring by entering the box late and stealing a yard on his marker, then directly contributed to the winner by cutting in and forcing Brad Guzan to palm his shot to Yoan Gouffran.
He enjoyed acres of space as Villa, and in particular Antonio Luna, pushed forward in search of a victory, and his ability to go inside or out made him impossible to stop.
LW: Gylfi Sigurdsson, Tottenham Hotspur
Gylfi Sigurdsson came up with two sweet finishes as Tottenham Hotspur beat Norwich City 2-0 on Saturday.
Christian Eriksen slid him in for his first, then Paulinho found him attacking the far post for the second. His overall game was extremely tidy, and with Roberto Soldado struggling to score from open play, Andre Villas-Boas will be relieved Sigurdsson is answering the call.
CF: Wayne Rooney, Manchester United
There was a dearth of striking options to choose from this weekend, and in the end, it came down to Wayne Rooney vs. Olivier Giroud.
The Frenchman is in fine fettle and played well once again, but we've given the nod to Scarface for an all-action, busy-body performance in a tight game at home to Crystal Palace.
It was your typically committed showing, full of hard running and tracking back, and his late free kick simply provided the icing on the cake.
Giroud may be upset at missing out, but he's made almost every other Team of the Week this season—it's time to share the wealth.
Like the new article format? Send us feedback!