Premier League Team of the Week: Rooney, Deulofeu and Ramsey Star
Welcome to the latest edition of B/R's Premier League Team of the Week.
Saturday saw a flurry of clean sheets emerge from the unlikeliest of sources, while Sunday saw goal-mouth action aplenty. Gerard Deulofeu, Aaron Ramsey and Wayne Rooney were obvious stars, but who else impressed?
Read on to see our 4-4-2 formation.
GK: Wojciech Szczesny, Arsenal
In truth, there were not too many outstanding goalkeeping displays in the Premier League this week.
Most of the usual suspects were caught out. Costel Pantilimon was solid but not spectacular, so we've gone for Arsenal 'keeper Wojciech Szczesny, who continues to improve and impress this season.
He made one outstanding save, in particular, from Fraizer Campbell to keep his side in the lead.
RB: Seamus Coleman, Everton
Seamus Coleman's unorthodox finish signaled "game over" for Stoke City, as his shanked, left-footed effort nestled into the top corner to make it 2-0.
He was solid throughout, provided excellent energy and running as usual, helping his team to yet another clean sheet.
Everton may be worried about the loss of their left-back, but at least their right-back is the picture of consistency.
CB: Per Mertesacker, Arsenal
Ideally, we'd roll Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny into one mega-morph human and present them both in this slot.
Unfortunately, due to scientific limitations we've been unable to do this, and so we've opted for the big German defender.
He was in superb form at the Cardiff City Stadium—an arena in which world-class centre-backs have struggled this season—and was a big factor in Arsenal's clean sheet.
CB: Curtis Davies, Hull City
Curtis Davies put in another typically commanding performance for Hull City, helping his side to a crucial 3-1 win over Liverpool.
He covered the wide areas superbly, dealt with Victor Moses' overloading Ahmed Elmohamady very efficiently and left his mark on the forwards.
A captain's performance, once again, from Steve Bruce's most trusted presence.
LB: Bryan Oviedo, Everton
Bryan Oviedo had been waiting a long time for this chance, and he seized it with both hands.
Filling in for Leighton Baines in just his second Premier League start since joining Everton in mid-2012, the Costa Rican international tore Stoke City apart to the tune of one goal and one assist.
Add that to the clean sheet, and it seems like Baines won't be missed as much as we first thought.
CM: Ki Sung-Yueng
In a rather unspectacular game at Villa Park, Ki Sung-Yueng shone like a beacon of light thanks to his immense control of the game and tidy technical talents.
His passing confused Aston Villa on a consistent basis as he dictated the tempo of the game, refusing to let the likes of Fabian Delph up the ante and excite the home crowd.
Ki is a measured talent, and one that will be key to Sunderland's revival—should they mount one.
CM: Aaron Ramsey, Arsenal
Aaron Ramsey continued his fine form, scoring two spectacular goals in Arsenal's 3-0 win over Cardiff City.
It was a special day as he returned to his hometown club, the organisation that produced him and allowed him to flourish, and his (genuine) non-celebration was applauded by all four corners of the stadium.
Will he ever slow down?
Wing: Stewart Downing, West Ham
Stewart Downing put in a stunning showing for West Ham against Fulham on Saturday, and in truth it's been a long time coming.
He was influential in tearing apart both flanks in the 3-0 win, giving Sam Allardyce and his troops real breathing space at the bottom of the table.
When Andy Carroll returns, he'll be even better.
Wing: Gerard Deulofeu, Everton
In what was Gerard Deulofeu's first-ever Premier League start for Everton, he showed genuine signs that he can rip apart experienced, solid defences.
There were occasions where he got too greedy, no doubt, but this was a mightily promising outing from the Spaniard who is on loan from Barcelona.
He bagged a goal and an assist.
ST: Demba Ba, Chelsea
Demba Ba changed Chelsea's fortunes on Sunday afternoon, coming on at half-time to transform a 1-0 deficit into a 3-1 win.
His back-post effort from a corner struck the post and allowed Gary Cahill to draw things level with a tap-in, then rounded off the result with a low finish for the Blues' third in stoppage time.
Good for him to get in on the action, as he's been clearly out of favour so far this year.
ST: Wayne Rooney, Manchester United
Manchester United will have been targeting a victory on their visit to White Hart Lane this weekend, but given Tottenham's sudden upturn in form, a draw was well worth the trip.
Wayne Rooney was integral to the point gained, firing home two goals—one scrappy, one penalty—and providing just the all-action type of performance that endeared him so quickly to Red Devils' faithful this season after asking to leave this summer.
He was even heading corners clear in his own box.
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