Saints were one of only two teams to keep a clean sheet at the weekend and central to their achievement – a fourth in a row in all competitions – was the dominant presence of Van Dijk.
The Dutchman acted as a magnet to West Ham’s hopeful long balls, dealing with 16 of them – the most any defender managed over the weekend.
If his anti-air dealings weren’t enough he also cleared West Ham’s only goal threat off the line to secure the unblemished record.
Centre-back: Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal)
Koscielny is the darling of the Emirates and it is easy to see why. The Frenchman exudes confidence and rarely looks out of place or under pressure.
Against Chelsea he took charge of the Blues’ only goal threat, happily subduing Diego Costa, who has so often been a nightmare for Arsenal.
With his team on the front foot he defended positively to help keep the pressure in the first half unrelenting.
Left-back: Daley Blind (Manchester United)
With Luke Shaw injured, Blind was given a challenge as he reverted to play at left-back for United’s home game against Leicester.
He responded wonderfully, registering two assists with perfectly-delivered corners and affecting another in a quick combination with Juan Mata.
Away from dead ball situations he was similarly impressive, pushing forward down the flank and linking play intelligently.
Centre-midfield: Paul Pogba (Manchester United)
Pogba has been under immense pressure to perform since completing his world-record transfer from Juventus and he showed his abundant talent on the weekend.
The 23-year-old completed the second-most passes over the weekend, dominating the midfield, driving United forward and probing the Leicester box.
He capped the performance with a powerful header from Blind’s corner to register his first goal for the club. A perfect day all round.
Centre-midfield: Adam Lallana (Liverpool)
One of the players of the season so far, Lallana is at the very top of his game under Jurgen Klopp’s tutelage.
The former Southampton midfielder has always been talented, but now Klopp is harnessing it fully, with Lallana pressing off the ball and threatening on it.
He provided two assists against Hull, while also displaying his vastly-improved finishing with a third league goal of the season.
One of Lallana’s many partners in crime was Coutinho, who was Liverpool’s most dangerous player in the thrashing of Hull.
The Brazilian has often been accused of shooting too frequently, but against the Tigers he hit the target with all six of his attempts with one flying into the top corner in triumphant fashion.
In this kind of form, with his team mates clicking around him, Coutinho is a real weapon for Klopp to use.
Forward: Son Heung-min (Tottenham)
At the start of the season it was notable that Son was still at Tottenham after Mauricio Pochettino had to convince him to stay.
After missing the opening three league matches, Son has begun to reproduce the form that saw Spurs pay £18m to sign him from Bayer Leverkusen.
The South Korean was once again the match-winner at Middlesbrough, scoring both goals with incisive finishes in the 2-1 win and completing seven take-ons – the most of any player over the weekend.
The Chilean has been redeployed as a central striker in Olivier Giroud’s absence and against Chelsea he was excellent, tormenting their beleaguered back line with his movement and power.
His playing on the front foot meant he was alert to seize upon Gary Cahill’s mistake, but his composure and lifted finish to make it 1-0 really stood out.
That goal was his 47th in 100 appearances for Arsenal, and he completed the performance with a clever assist for Mesut Ozil’s goal to make it 3-0.
Forward: Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)
Unsurprisingly the Premier League’s best marksman completes the line-up after once again finding the net in a Man City win.
The Argentine scored with both of his shots on target against Swansea to keep a smile on Guardiola’s face.
With an abundance of creativity behind him Aguero is the perfect foil and the Swans certainly felt his clinical presence.
Write-up by Felix Keith at squawka.com
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