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Monday, 31 October 2011

Team of the Week and Weekend Wonders: Week Ten


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Arsenal's stunning 5-3 win at Chelsea certainly was the eye-catching result of the weekend but with Spurs, Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool all gaining maximum points just who has made it into Mitch Waddon's Team of the Week this time? All will be revealed.

I’m going to open with a question this week: Do you think that the influx of Premier League goals has come from improved attacking displays or abysmal defensive showings? An interesting point and one I’m sure we will have the answer to soon.

Anyway, another exciting week of Premier League action saw an amazing 35 goals scored in nine fixtures, averaging 3.8 goals a game.

With Stoke City entertaining Newcastle in the Monday night fixture, we have 18 teams to select our team of the week from. Who’s made the starting XI this Halloween?

Sqf team of week 10

Goalkeeper: Paddy Kenny (QPR)

Even though Paddy Kenny’s side lost 3-1 to Spurs on Sunday, the keeper made a few brilliant saves to ensure that a cricket score was not run up against Rangers.

Right Back: Phil Jones (Manchester United)

Jones returns to the Team of the Week after an assured performance against Everton. The young English defender looked dangerous on the break, providing United with a new dimension in their attack.

Centre Back: Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United)

The United captain was back in the Red’s starting XI and his showing earns him a place in ours. Vidic commanded the back four and ensured his side left Goodison Park with a clean sheet and all three points.

Centre Back: Daniel Agger (Liverpool)

Agger reached a century of appearances for Liverpool this weekend and is rewarded with his first appearance in our Team of the Week. The Danish international led the defensive line in the absence of Jamie Carragher and earned his side a clean sheet against West Brom.

Left Back: Leighton Baines (Everton)

Even though Baines’ side lost 1-0, his display at left back was fantastic. He provided serious threat with awesome crosses and, from a dead ball situation, had United rattled on occasions.

Centre Midfield: Joe Allen (Swansea)

One of three Welshman in our Team of the Week, Allen opened the scoring for the Swans against Bolton in a 3-1 win. A variety of ranged passes from the midfielder kept Bolton on the back foot for the majority of the game.

Centre Midfield: Scott Parker (Tottenham Hotspur)

This man must be the first name on the team sheet for both club and country. Parker’s determination, drive and passion were a big factor in his side’s 3-1 win over QPR. Scott Parker could be the buy of the season at this rate!

Centre Midfield: Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal)

It was another confident outing by the Welsh captain and Ramsey’s creative passing kept Chelsea’s defence on the back foot in his side's 5-3 win. The pick of the passes was a sublime through ball to Gervinho to set up his team’s first of the game.

Right Winger: Theo Walcott (Arsenal)

The young England winger showed off his superb talents against Chelsea this weekend and gave Ashley Cole a torrid time. He rounded off a fantastic performance by scoring a brilliant solo effort to give Arsenal their third of the game.

Centre Forward: Robin Van Persie (Arsenal)

Amazing! A third consecutive appearance in the Team of the Week for Robin Van Persie, who coincidentally scored a brilliant hat-trick against Chelsea to give his side the victory in a classic at Stamford Bridge. Wenger has to sign him up!

Left Winger: Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur)

In the mood Bale was in against QPR, he was unplayable. The Welsh Wizard conjured up fantastic crosses and passes and scored two brilliant goals along the way to give his side the 3-1 win.

 

Weekend Wonders

Manager of the Week: Sir Alex Ferguson (Manchester United)

Sir Alex gets the manager award after picking up the pieces from last week’s shocking 6-1 home loss to Manchester City. Ferguson will have had a tough week reinstalling confidence into his side, so for them to go to a tough place like Everton and leave with all three points and a clean sheet is a sign of a real fantastic manager. Of course, you don’t need me to say that; just look at the last 25 years. Shout outs must also go to Arsene Wenger for masterminding Arsenal’s 5-3 win over Chelsea and to Fulham’s Martin Jol for his side's first away win of the season - a 2-0 win at Wigan.

Goal of the Week: Gareth Bale’s second against QPR

A lot of contenders again for goal of the week, but Bale’s curling finish just shades it for me. In a move filled with beautiful, free flowing, one-touch passing, the ball found its way to Bale who sent a beautiful shot past the hand of Paddy Kenny and into the net. Special plaudits should also go to Norwich’s Steve Morrison for his brilliant volley against Blackburn and to Blackburn’s Junior Hoilett for his run and powerful strike in the same game.

Howler of the Week: Wayne Hennessey

It’s not often a goalkeeper gets this prestigious award, but Hennessey earned it! The Wales goalkeeper, who had an excellent first half against Manchester City, dawdled on the ball long enough for Sergio Aguero to steal it off him, allowing Edin Dzeko the easiest of goals. At the other end of the pitch, tributes must go to Tottenham’s Emmanuel Adebayor for missing the simplest of headers when it looked easier to score and for Gervinho’s miss against Chelsea.

Controversy of the Week: THAT penalty at Carrow Road

Was it a penalty? It appears there are many different opinions on this one. The ball definitely struck Steven Nzonzi on the arm in the penalty area, but was the midfielder fouled in the build up? The referee obviously thought not, as Norwich got the penalty, meaning Blackburn only left Carrow Road with a point.

Mitch’s Moment: Robin Van Persie’s hat-trick

Van Persie is in the form of his life at the moment. Twenty-eight goals in 27 appearances this year is simply phenomenal. Many thought Arsenal would struggle with Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri departing, but Van Persie appears to be a man on a mission and will not let Arsenal slip. Continuing performances like this are why Arsenal fans continue to sing “WENGER, WENGER, SIGN HIM UP!”

Do you agree with my team of the week? How about the Weekend Wonders? Why not post your opinions below, we’d love to hear from you!

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