Premier League Player Power Rankings: Aguero & Giroud Rise
Welcome to the latest edition of our Premier League player power rankings.
A mauling at the Etihad Stadium has paved the way for a certain someone to leap forward in our rankings, while we also welcome two new faces—one of them a former regular in our top 10.
All statistics are from WhoScored.
Drop Outs / Honourable Mentions
Mathieu Debuchy breached our top 10 for the first time last week, but has subsequently dropped after missing Newcastle United's win over Norwich City.
The re-emergence of a fellow midfielder has seen Gareth Barry fall by the wayside, too.
Robin van Persie was on the cusp last time out after scoring the winner against Arsenal, but he missed the Cardiff City game with a niggle.
Martin Skrtel and Phil Jagielka have both been in strong form this season, but both let in three this weekend in the Merseyside derby.
Alvaro Negredo needs to up his Premier League form to breach our top 10, as most of his great work (recently) has come against UEFA Champions League sides.
10. Ross Barkley, Everton
Last Week: N/R
Ross Barkley was a regular in the upper echelons of our form rankings earlier in the season, but Roberto Martinez decided to rest him for a while in favour of Leon Osman.
He was restored to the starting XI for the Merseyside derby, though, and excelled in almost every aspect of the game. His passing was good, his presence was strong and he committed himself to every move.
Breaking forward, he's incredibly difficult to halt.
9. Adam Lallana, Southampton
Last Week: 8
Most of the focus from Arsenal 2-0 Southampton fell on Artur Boruc's manic goalkeeping actions, but Adam Lallana put in another decent showing to continue his upward trend.
The decision to substitute him early in the second half was questionable, but Mauricio Pochettino was chasing the game and clearly deduced his captain as disposable due to the flow of the match.
He had one shot of note that forced Wojciech Szczesny into a fine save.
8. Loic Remy, Newcastle United
Last Week: N/R
Loic Remy has now scored three goals in three games for Newcastle United and, astonishingly, 47 percent of their total league goals.
That he is only on loan is a bit of a worry. If they don't have a fixed fee built into the contract, they could lose their main threat next season should Queens Park Rangers get promoted.
Shades of Romelu Lukaku and West Bromwich Albion.
7. Wayne Rooney, Manchester United
Last Week: 6
Wayne Rooney's Sunday afternoon was a bit of a mixed bag.
He kicked out at Jordon Mutch maliciously and saw yellow when he really should have seen red, then compounded Cardiff City's misery by (messily) slotting home the opening goal of the game.
His corner found Patrice Evra's head to put the away side 2-1 up and statistically he was excellent, but the temperament shown cannot be defended.
6. Dejan Lovren, Southampton
Last Week: 2
Dejan Lovren wasn't able to play on Saturday and his absence was truly felt.
Southampton lost their cloak of invincibility when they lost their Croatian giant at centre-back, and although Arsenal are a strong outfit, Mauricio Pochettino's men looked particularly ragged in stages.
The sooner he comes back, the better.
5. Luis Suarez, Liverpool
Last Week: 5
Considering the circumstances in which Luis Suarez played the Merseyside derby—he was rushed back from Uruguay's World Cup play-off on a private jet on the Thursday morning—his performance was downright excellent.
He capped it with a goal, making it 2-1 to Liverpool, as he swung a trademark free-kick around the wall and into the corner of the net. Tim Howard had little chance.
4. Daniel Sturridge, Liverpool
Last Week: 3
Daniel Sturridge wasn't fit enough for a full 90 minutes in the Merseyside derby, but did come on for the last 10 to have a dramatic effect on the game.
A free-kick won to the right side of the penalty area was nodded home at the near post by the former Manchester City man, sending the Liverpool section delirious as they pulled level at 3-3.
He drops due to the great form everyone else around him is in.
3. Sergio Aguero, Manchester City
Last Week: 7
Sergio Aguero bagged two goals in Manchester City's thrashing of Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday and was taken off to a standing ovation from some parts of the stadium.
The Argentine is in absolutely incredible form, and he's now scored more Premier League goals (10) than the entire Spurs side combined this season (nine).
A big jump for "Kun" here.
2. Olivier Giroud, Arsenal
Last Week: 4
Olivier Giroud's first goal against Southampton was extremely opportunistic, robbing goalkeeper Artur Boruc of the ball after good persistence and slotting home with ease.
His second, a penalty, crowned a rather excellent day for the Frenchman, who put in his usual hardworking shift but finally managed to end his slight goal drought in the league.
This man is rising up our charts again.
1. Aaron Ramsey, Arsenal
Last Week: 1
Aaron Ramsey came oh-so-close to scoring one of the best goals many viewers would have ever seen on Saturday.
Mesut Ozil's low ball into the box picked out the Welshman in acres of space, and the in-form midfielder attempted to score a back-heel flick. It conked against the outside of the far post.
His overall game wasn't that spectacular, though, and he needs to up it to stay top in the weeks to come.