Premier League Player Power Rankings: Ozil, Lovren and Giroud Rise
Welcome to the latest edition of our Premier League player power rankings, where we chart the rise and fall of the league's top performers.
It was business as usual for the Arsenal boys. Each of their three representatives has received a bump, while Liverpool and Manchester United players fall on the back of poor showings.
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On the Bubble
Sergio Aguero, Manchester City
The Argentina international striker helped himself to two goals in Manchester City’s win at West Ham, which suggests he could soon be forcing his way into our Top 10.
Eden Hazard, Chelsea
The winger is thriving in the Jose Mourinho machine, and he had a big game in the win over Cardiff—with the Belgian wizard bagging two goals and also claiming an assist.
Hugo Lloris, Tottenham Hotspur
Lloris was a feature in our power rankings early in the season and recently dropped out, but yet another clean sheet against Aston Villa puts him back on the radar.
10. Fabian Delph, Aston Villa
Last Week: N/R
Fabian Delph put in a masterful showing against Tottenham Hotspur despite his side falling 2-0 at home.
He's been Aston Villa's Player of the Season so far, and he has added an element of consistency to his game, dragging his team forward and creating opportunities for others.
He has that Luka Modric-esque ability to skip a marker and tear forward, and although he's nowhere close to the Croatian in terms of performance levels, he's certainly a player to model your game on.
9. Luis Suarez, Liverpool
Last Week: N/R
Last week, we suggested another strong performance from Luis Suarez would see him enter our rankings.
After doing his utmost to squeeze a win out of Liverpool's trip to St. James' Park on Saturday, he's now earned his spot in our Top 10 having returned from suspension in fine fettle.
He picked up another assist for Daniel Sturridge's leveler and hit the woodwork with an effort of his own.
8. Wayne Rooney, Manchester United
Last Week: 5
Wayne Rooney has tended to play well even in defeat this season, but that trend finished at Old Trafford against Southampton.
It was a bad day at the office for everyone in red, and Rooney drops a few places in our rankings as a result.
The Red Devils host Stoke City this weekend after beating a strong Real Sociedad side at home midweek—the perfect arena to reaffirm his Premier League form, you might say.
7. Yaya Toure, Manchester City
Last Week: 6
For the first time since the Premier League campaign started, Yaya Toure was outshone by his midfield colleague Fernandinho in Manchester City's recent encounter with West Ham.
Both did a good job securing the centre of the pitch, exerting control and facilitating the dominance of possession, but the Brazilian stole the limelight with some glitzy statistics and a beautiful through ball for Sergio Aguero's opener.
Despite not hitting the headlines, Toure put in another commanding shift as per usual.
6. Mesut Ozil, Arsenal
Last Week: 9
Mesut Ozil was in menacing form as Arsenal destroyed Norwich City, 4-1, at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.
The German nodded home his first goal in the first half following a cute cross from Olivier Giroud, and he slotted home an easy second following an incredible pull-back from Aaron Ramsey.
Aside from his own direct contributions, Ozil has unlocked the best in Arsene Wenger's current crop and has encouraged them to fulfill their free-flowing potential.
5. Dejan Lovren, Southampton
Last Week: 7
The impact Dejan Lovren has had on this Southampton's side is utterly remarkable.
Mauricio Pochettino's side haven't been playing that well, yet they still find themselves in sixth place after stealing a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.
How? Clean sheets, of course, and Lovren has come in and plugged a huge hole left over from last season. The Croatian will become a world-class defender, and while he lost his way at Lyon, he's found it on the South Coast.
4. Ross Barkley, Everton
Last Week: 3
Ross Barkley has been on fire this season, but he put in a rather average performance against Hull City.
At 19 years of age, he's going to have ups and downs, and the important thing is Roberto Martinez is willing to stick by him during the bad bits.
Given his talent level, his "poor" patches won't threaten to derail the team, though, and it's very easy to hang your hat on someone who works this hard in every area of the pitch.
3. Daniel Sturridge, Liverpool
Last Week: 2
Daniel Sturridge bagged the equaliser against 10-man Newcastle United, converting from close range after great work from Luis Suarez on the left.
It had been a poor performance from the England international up until that point, and as impressive as he's been over the course of the season so far, Saturday afternoon provided a chilling reminder of how young and inexperienced he remains.
The Reds have come to look for and rely on him, and he's going to struggle occasionally.
2. Olivier Giroud, Arsenal
Last Week: 4
Olivier Giroud hasn't scored in the Premier League for over a month, but his overall game has been so efficient that he's still the clear form striker in the country.
Touch, linkup play and awareness have all been thoroughly coached over the course of the summer, and he now looks every bit the complete forward Arsene Wenger thought he had signed 14 months ago.
Giroud is a prime example of why one season isn't enough time to judge a player.
1. Aaron Ramsey, Arsenal
Last Week: 1
Movement: None (Four consecutive weeks atop the rankings)
The Aaron Ramsey train rolls on.
Despite being rested for the home visit of Norwich City, the Welshman was called into action due to a concussion Mathieu Flamini sustained in the first half.
He proceeded to knock the socks off the Emirates crowd, twisting and turning his way to an assist and a goal in sensational fashion.
The confidence this young man now exudes is on another level.