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Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Team of the Week and Weekend Wonders: Week 26

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Arsenal's sensational comeback against Spurs and Manchester United's last-gasp winner at Norwich were the highlights for many this weekend, but who has made it into our Team of the Week?

Yet another enjoyable weekend of Premier League action has once again reminded us why England's top flight is the best in the world. Add to that the drama of the Carling Cup final between Liverpool and Cardiff City, and all the action from Saturday and Sunday has left many drooling for more.

With Liverpool playing and winning the cup final on Sunday, they we unable to play Everton in the Premier League. This means we are left with 18 of the country's best to select our team of the week from.

Team of the Week

Sqf team of week 26

Goalkeeper: David De Gea (Manchester United)

The Spaniard made some huge saves to keep United's title hopes on track at Carrow Road. It looks as though he is finally showing the form that convinced Fergie to snap him up.

Right Back: Bacary Sagna (Arsenal)

His bullet header got Arsenal back into the game and gave them hope to produce one of the most amazing comebacks in English football. Offered his attacking services down the flank all game and managed to keep Bale quiet after the initial 30 minutes.

Centre Back: David Luiz (Chelsea)

The Chelsea defender opened the scoring against Bolton and was a threat going forward all game. Also kept a clean sheet. But should AVB now deploy him in a midfield role as his ball skills are immense?

Centre Back: Matthew Upson (Stoke City)

The former West Ham United defender got on the scoresheet against Swansea and commanded his backline well to thwart the Swansea attack. He isn't doing his chances of a place at the Euros any harm at all with displays like that.

Left Back: Alexander Kolarov (Manchester City)

He may make the wrong decisions at times by trying to score from ridiculous angles, but you can forgive him because he does have it in his locker to do it. He was also a threat down the flanks giving City options all day. Kolarov also kept a clean sheet.

Right Midfield: Theo Walcott (Arsenal)

The youngster could do nothing right in the first half and was given some right old stick for his poor showing, then he scored a crucial brace against the old enemy and he is treated to a standing ovation. Will this be a turning point in his season?

Centre Midfield: Frank Lampard (Chelsea)

The old master returned to give the Blues all three points against Bolton. Lamps got himself on the scoresheet and is now within touching distance of breaking Chelsea's all-time scoring record. But will he still be around at the Bridge next season to fulfill that goal?

Centre Midfield: Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal)

Where did that come from? Rosicky put in a real shift against Spurs and capped off a great display with a goal. Arsenal fans will be hoping for more of the same from the Czech international.

Left Midfield: Ryan Giggs (Manchester United)

Where do I start with Ryan Giggs? Nine hundred appearances for his club and a priceless winner against Norwich City. There really is only one Ryan Giggs. His feats in the game will never be repeated.

Centre Forward: Peter Odemwingie (West Brom)

Five goals in two games, the Baggies striker has rediscovered his scoring boots. Chelsea are up next for the striker. Can he continue this purple patch against AVB's men?

Centre Forward: Robin Van Persie (Arsenal)

It wouldn't be a Team of the Week without the Arsenal striker! The Dutchman scored the goal that brought Arsenal level and set up both of Walcott's efforts. Where would Arsenal be without RVP?

Weekend Wonders

Manager of the Week: Arsene Wenger (Arsenal)

There's life left yet in the team. Wenger led his team to a sensational comeback over bitter rivals Tottenham this weekend. Having trailed 2-0, the Gunners came back at won the match 5-2 thanks to their manager's motivation and the home crowd's participation as the 12th man. Special mention also goes to Roy Hodgson of West Brom for his side's 4-0 demolition of Sunderland, halting the O'Neill express.

Goal of the Week: Grant Holt (Norwich)

A wonderful goal from Grant Holt this week, this time against reigning champions Manchester United. Holt brought the ball down well from a fick-on to swivel and send the ball into the far corner of the net in stunning fashion, beating the impressive David De Gea. Mentions also go out to Robin Van Persie for his effort against Spurs and David Luiz for his cool finish vs Bolton.

Howler of the Week: Carling Cup final penalties

I wasn't going to include anything about the Carling Cup in this article, but the standard of penalties in the shoot out on Sunday was simply abysmal. Both Steven and Antony Gerrard missed, as did Miller, whilst one can only assume Charlie Adam's shot is now orbiting the Earth and will collide with it in December 2012.

 Mitch's Moment: Ryan Giggs 900 games for United

To play 900 games is incredible. To do it for one side is absolutely outstanding. Giggs has always been one of the best players on the pitch. His work ethic is amazing and his desire to continue is laudable. One of the best to ever grace a football field. The Welshman capped the performance with a winning goal as well, to show there's life in the old guard yet.

Do you agree with Mitch's Team of the Week? We'd love to hear from you. - Football News & Transfers

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