Premier League Team of the Week: Sergio Aguero and Andros Townsend Star
Welcome to the latest edition of our Premier League Team of the Week featuring Sergio Aguero, Andros Townsend and more.
We have representatives from Arsenal, Stoke City, Swansea City, Southampton and Manchester City making for a rather diverse palette in a matchday packed with great performances.
Disagree with our selections? State your XI in the comments below.
GK: Asmir Begovic, Stoke City
Asmir Begovic put in a resplendent showing in goal for Stoke City once again, helping his side to a hard-fought clean sheet at home to West Bromwich Albion.
The Bosnia and Herzegovina native made five saves and claimed three crosses, negating spells of pressure as the Baggies desperately sought a goal.
It's the third standout performance Begovic has recorded this season and the second time he's made our Team of the Week.
RB: Angel Rangel, Swansea City
Angel Rangel is the only Swansea City representative in our Team of the Week, and that's harsh, considering how well the South Wales club played.
The right-back tore up and down the flank all game long to wonderful effect, looked a real threat in the offensive third and even troubled Keiren Westwood with a few shots.
Phil Bardsley was facing an uphill task upon re-entering the Sunderland side at left-back, and Rangel made the impossible even harder.
CB: Michael Dawson, Tottenham Hotspur
Michael Dawson was split from his usual partner in defence on Sunday, but still put in a commanding performance to claim a clean sheet.
Tottenham gave Vladimir Chiriches his first Premier League start of the season and Dawson did well to guide him through it—especially when you consider the array of attacking options Aston Villa presented.
A sliding interception in the second half prevented a clear goalscoring opportunity, and not even the introduction of Christian Benteke could break through the Spurs' defensive wall.
CB: Dejan Lovren, Southampton
Dejan Lovren is a regular here in our Team of the Week, and as much as we strive for variety, it's impossible to deny his brilliance early in the season.
He led a stingy defensive line to Old Trafford on Saturday and held strong for long periods, riding out early pressure and allowing his side a foothold in the game they eventually capitalized on.
There were concerns about the signing in preseason due to Lovren's poor form toward the end of the 2012-13 campaign for Lyon, but he's putting those notions to bed now.
LB: Erik Pieters, Stoke City
Standout performances at left-back this weekend were few and far between, and Erik Pieters of Stoke City takes our mantle after beating out Luke Shaw.
The Potters stopped a three-loss streak at home to West Bromwich Albion by keeping a clean sheet in a 0-0 draw, and eight points from eight games is a respectable return for manager Mark Hughes.
Stoke are in the middle of an identity shift; Pieters was brought in to aid that, and he's playing well.
CM: Morgan Schneiderlin, Southampton
Morgan Schneiderlin put in the sort of performance Southampton fans have been pining for after setting the bar extremely high last season.
There was one tackle in particular that epitomised everything that is "Spiderman," as he ran 40 yards on the stretch to make a last-ditch tackle on Adnan Januzaj to shield goalkeeper Artur Boruc.
He accumulated seven successful tackles on the day.
CM: Aaron Ramsey, Arsenal
It's rare that we include substitutes in our Team of the Week, but in this case, we are happy to make an exception.
Aaron Ramsey put in a ridiculous 53-minute shift in place of starter Mathieu Flamini, pulling out some outrageous footwork, tricks and stunts.
His goal exuded pure confidence, with drag-backs and dummies leaving three defenders on the floor as he powered a clinical strike past John Ruddy from close range.
Our selection was between Ramsey and Jack Wilshere, and it was an extremely tough choice.
AMC: Mesut Ozil, Arsenal
Mesut Ozil put in another masterful display against Norwich City, and it felt a little like the Canaries had run into an unstoppable train on Saturday.
The German collected one cute finish off an Aaron Ramsey cut-back and one header, while WhoScored? clocked him with a dominant 104 touches.
He, along with Olivier Giroud, was at the heart of everything positive Arsenal created.
Wing: Adam Lallana, Southampton
Adam Lallana is starting to grow into his role as club captain, providing a consistent impact over the course of 90 minutes that's stopped Mauricio Pochettino substituting him with regularity.
His bundled, messy finish in the closing minutes at Old Trafford salvaged Southampton a draw away to Manchester United, and it's the least they deserved.
Lallana was a threat throughout, and sliding Daniel Osvaldo in for a gilt-edged chance was just one of several openings he created.
Wing: Andros Townsend, Tottenham Hotspur
Andros Townsend was bottled up for 30 minutes at Villa Park, but in the 31st minute, he wriggled free and struck gold.
It was a lucky goal—more a cross that bounced all the way in at the far post. Regardless, his excellent play over the course of the game merits a first Premier League strike.
Once Aston Villa opened up and left him one vs. one with Antonio Luna, he had an absolute field day.
ST: Sergio Aguero, Manchester City
Sergio Aguero had a field day at the Boleyn Ground on Sunday, grabbing two goals and a clever assist in a 3-1 win over West Ham United.
The Hammers are strong on their own turf and were fresh off a 3-0 away victory over Tottenham Hotspur, but the home crowd were silenced when Aguero drove home a superb, low finish following a pass from Fernandinho.
"Kun" then netted his first headed Premier League goal in the second half, arching his neck and powering an incredible finish into the roof of the net.
In the closing minutes, he teed up David Silva for a killer third, crowning a wonderful performance and a first away win of the season.