Premier League Team of the Week: Gerrard, Delph, Silva and J-Rod Star
Welcome to the latest edition of our Premier League Team of the Week!
We've got representatives from Liverpool, Aston Villa, Southampton, Arsenal and many more. It was a heavily competitive selection process with several standout stars omitted, so apologies if your favourite stars didn't make the grade.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, there are no Chelsea players present this week.
GK: David Marshall, Cardiff City
David Marshall has had a stunning season in goal for Cardiff City despite their precarious position in the league.
He continued the trend with an excellent showing against Everton at Goodison Park, making several top-class saves to keep the Bluebirds in the game.
Unfortunately, all of his efforts were in vain as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men came away with a 2-1 loss.
RB: Seamus Coleman, Everton
Seamus Coleman ended his goal drought—yes, right-backs can endure goal droughts!—by scoring at the death against Cardiff City this weekend.
It was a strike that ensured Everton keep pace in the hunt for Europe and avoided an embarrassing home draw against the lowly Bluebirds.
CB: Laurent Koscielny, Arsenal
Laurent Koscielny was monstrous at the back for Arsenal as they beat Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 in the North London derby on Sunday.
He managed to get a full-body block on Nacer Chadli's goal-bound shot in the second half to preserve the Gunners' clean sheet, and he did just enough throughout to nullify Emmanuel Adebayor.
Best centre-back in the Premier League?
CB: Ron Vlaar, Aston Villa
Aston Villa defended stoutly for long periods against Chelsea on Saturday evening, and against all odds they came away with a clean sheet and a 1-0 win.
Ron Vlaar is central to any victory Villa grab, and he was dominant in the box at Villa Park this weekend, inspiring his teammates and guiding Nathan Baker through a very tough schedule.
LB: Jon Flanagan, Liverpool
Jon Flanagan played another excellent game at left-back for Liverpool as they crushed rivals Manchester United 3-0.
If you had suggested "Flani Alves" would be the Reds' most reliable, consistent full-back in preseason you'd have been laughed out of the room. His turnaround has been truly remarkable to watch.
He keeps it simple and doesn't make mistakes.
DM: Steven Gerrard, Liverpool
Ice-cool from the penalty spot: the Steven Gerrard we know and respect.
Manchester United were very poor in their 3-0 loss to Liverpool on Sunday, and Gerrard didn't have to create too much. However, both his penalties were arrowed right into the corner, and it's his impact that sealed the game.
It's just a shame he missed the third penalty.
DM: Morgan Schneiderlin, Southampton
Morgan Schneiderlin set the ball rolling with an early goal at St. Mary's Stadium on Saturday, and the fact that he scored so early was key in Southampton's ability to move through the gears.
The South Coast club have suffered over the past month and have had to reassess their goals, but the French midfielder's opportunistic finish created a party atmosphere for the next 85 minutes as Southampton came away with a 4-2 victory over Norwich City.
CM: Fabian Delph, Aston Villa
Fabian Delph ran the show as Aston Villa beat Chelsea on Saturday evening, providing offensive and defensive spark for the Midlands club.
He managed four dribbles and four tackles, with his most notable mazy run coming late on as he beat two players, laid off and back-heeled the return ball into the net from an absurd angle.
A sublime showing.
Wing: Tomas Rosicky, Arsenal
Tomas Rosicky: difference-maker, game-winner.
His second-minute strike nearly ripped the net off Hugo Lloris' posts to set Arsenal on their way to victory at White Hart Lane on Sunday, and afterward he committed himself to pressing and harrying when out of possession.
Helluva way to repay the Gunners for that new contract.
Wing: David Silva, Manchester City
Vincent Kompany was sent off after just 10 minutes against Hull City, putting Manchester City in an extremely precarious position.
After losing two on the bounce they needed a man to step up and take control of their title challenge, and David Silva quickly emerged as their key outlet.
Despite fatigue and Kompany's red, the Spaniard scored and assisted in a solid 2-0 win.
ST: Jay Rodriguez, Southampton
Jay Rodriguez proved last week was no fluke as he put in another stupendous performance against Norwich City.
The Southampton striker replaced Rickie Lambert in a central berth at St. Mary's Stadium and outfoxed the Canaries defence on multiple occasions.
He grabbed a goal, an assist and caused mayhem with his speed and dribbling ability.
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