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Premier League team of the week

Premier League team of the week

06/12/2016Sport

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Gameweek 14 of this season’s Premier League campaign has come and gone, with a few standout results at both the top as well as the bottom of the table.

League leaders Chelsea’s trip to the Etihad Stadium kicked things off on Saturday as they came from behind to record a 3-1 victory over Manchester City and extend their winning streak to eight games.

That was widely tipped as Antonio Conte outfit’s toughest test to date and they passed that with flying colours. Although London rivals Arsenal remain hot on their heels after taking advantage of Liverpool’s dramatic collapse against Bournemouth.

Elsewhere Sunderland gave their survival hopes a massive boost with a 2-1 win over Leicester City, while Crystal Palace recorded a convincing 3-0 victory against Southampton.

Such was the quality on show in English football’s top flight over the weekend, picking a best XI from gameweek 14 was rather tough, but here is the chosen XI.


Goalkeeper: Lee Grant (Stoke City)

Grant takes the place in between the sticks after registering clean sheet number four in the Premier League this season in the nine appearances he’s been deputising for Jack Butland.
 

Right-back: Kyle Walker (Tottenham)

It was a confidence boosting 5-0 win for Spurs against a struggling Swansea City side and while Harry Kane will get the plaudits for his brace, Walker was equally as effective at the other end.

No Premier League defender won more duels on the weekend than Walker's 11. 
 

Centre-back: Marc Muniesa (Stoke City)

The Spaniard has had to wait for his chance in the Potters’ starting XI this season but made the most of his opportunity against Burnley by scoring his first-ever Premier League goal in his 50th appearance.
 

Centre-back: Steve Cook (Bournemouth)

It was quite a remarkable game at the Vitality Stadium and the hosts came from 3-1 down to secure a 4-3 win over the Reds.

Cook scored against Liverpool and made more clearances (19) than any other defender in the Premier League on the weekend.
 

Left-back: Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland)

Van Aanholt created more chances (5) than any other player in Sunderland vs Leicester, a tally also higher than any other defender in the Premier League on the weekend.
 

Right-wing: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal)

The Gunners were in fine form at the London Stadium and Oxlade-Chamberlain improved following a frustrating first-half for himself.

He completed six take-ons against West Ham - more than any other player on the pitch and the second-most of any player across the weekend – scored once and registered an assist.
 

Centre-midfield: Idrissa Gueye (Everton)

The midfield battle at Goodison Park was of intrigue and Gueye came out on top over Paul Pogba as he won more tackles (5) than any other midfielder in the Premier League over the weekend.
 

Centre-midfield: Christian Eriksen (Tottenham)

The Danish international hasn’t been at his very best so far this season but scored twice and created five chances - the joint-most of any premier League player over the weekend. 
 

Left-wing: Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth)

Speaking of the seven-goal thriller on the South Coast. Fraser came off the bench to provide his first Premier League assist and score his first goal within two minute spell.
 

Forward: Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)

The Chilean international stole the show at the London Stadium. Sanchez scored a hat-trick from four shots on target, while also creating five chances and registering an assist.
 

Forward: Diego Costa (Chelsea)

With the visitors trailing at the Etihad Stadium, they looked to the Spaniard for inspiration and that’s exactly what they got.

Costa scored from his only shot on target against Manchester City to register his 11th goal of the season and also provided an assist for Willian.

 

Write-up by Tashan Deniran-Alleyne for Squawka.com