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The Premier League abounded with excellent midfield play this weekend.
In a crowded field, we've chosen Newcastle United's Cheick Tiote and Southampton's Jack Cork for their efforts in slowing down the Manchester giants.
Ahead of Tiote and Cork, we've selected Everton's Ross Barkley, who at times—especially in the first half—made Arsenal's fearsome midfield look silly.
Still just 20, Barkley holds immense promise for both Everton and England, as his manager, Roberto Martinez, knows well.
"I've never seen an English player with that mentality," said Martinez, via The Guardian's Daniel Taylor. "We need to give him time but he has absolutely everything."
Joining Barkley in the attacking midfield are Chelsea's Andre Schurrle—who scored two well-taken goals and came close to a third, hitting the bar—and Stoke City's Stephen Ireland. The latter came on as an early substitute for Stoke against Chelsea following an injury to Charlie Adam, and his positioning, running and finishing were integral to the Potters' surprising 3-2 win.
Ireland's strong play was rewarded with goal in the second half, a brilliant finish off the far post. Later, he played a final pass to Oussama Assaidi for the winner, although in fairness, Assaidi did it all with a special finish.