Sergio Aguero and Alexis Sanchez the stars in Team of the Weekend
After each round of Premier League fixtures, ESPN FC brings you its Team of the Weekend. Our panel of experts carefully selects 11 star performers, along with a manager.
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Goalkeeper: Everyone loves a penalty hero don't they? Gab Marcotti and Paul Mariner certainly do, as they put Heurelho Gomes forward for goalkeeper in this incarnation of Team of the Weekend. The former Spurs man saved Glenn Murray's late spot kick to rescue a point for Watford in their 1-1 draw with Bournemouth, one they earned largely thanks to a stinking howler from Artur Boruc at the other end and Gomes' save from Steve Cook's stunning overhead kick that Marcotti describes as "ridiculous".
Right-Back: Staring at a 2-0 deficit in what proved to be Dick Advocaat's last match in charge of Sunderland, it was Carl Jenkinson who started West Ham's comeback, surging into the box before finishing smartly. Mariner and Marcotti were suitably impressed.
Centre-Back: There were heroic performances all round in Southampton's stunning 3-1 win at Chelsea, but Jose Fonte was calmness personified in the heart of their defence. He dealt with everything that came his way and made a big impression on Mariner, who said: "He was in total control all day."
Centre-Back: Mariner is sweet on Crystal Palace's Brede Hangeland as Fonte's central defensive partner, but Marcotti is insistent that Per Mertesacker should be included. And here he is to tell you why: "Arsenal's match with Manchester United suited the big man. Arsenal took an early lead, there was no stupidly high line and they faced shell-shocked opponents. He responded with all his strength and experience."<
Left-Back: We have three options. Steve Nicol wants Ryan Bertrand included for his tireless efforts at Stamford Bridge for Southampton, while Mariner puts Aleksandar Kolarov forward for his marauding runs in Manchester City's 6-1 mauling of Newcastle. Marcotti is adamant Leicester's Christian Fuchs should get the nod. Marcotti said: "He was elegant and hard-running at once, offering the width that helped the Foxes get a result at Norwich." For that elegant description, Fuchs it is.
Centre-Midfield: Yohan Cabaye is a man that just oozes class, adding an extra dimension to Crystal Palace's raw element. In a game that West Brom tried to smother, his delightful delivery helped Bolasie open the scoring before settling the game with a well-taken penalty. Mariner said: "Cabaye pulled the strings all day long," and Nicol is in total agreement.
Right-Midfield: Cabaye is going to have to play the holding role, because in front of him it is all-out attack. With votes from Mariner and Nicol, Wilfried Zaha is the next name on our team sheet. Right from the very outset at Selhurst Park, he looked most likely to make something happen for Crystal Palace, giving Chris Brunt a torrid time down the flank. Mariner said Zaha was "superb" and Nicol added: "He was so dangerous."
Left-Midfield: What has Alexis Sanchez been having for breakfast these past two weeks? After a modest start to the season, he has exploded into life, bagging a hat trick at Leicester then scoring a pair of beauties in Arsenal's thumping 3-0 win over Manchester United. Marcotti said: "Energy, dynamism and two goals. When he's in this form, he's unstoppable." Mariner simply added: "Wow."
No. 10: We have an almighty conundrum now. There's is one space left, either in midfield or attack, to choose from and here are the star studded candidates: Kevin De Bruyne (one goal, two assists); Mesut Ozil (one goal, two assists); David Silva (two assists) or Graziano Pelle (one goal, two assists). Ozil tore Louis van Gaal's men to shreds inside 20 minutes and this is what he was bought to do; win big games. Mariner selected him and said: "He was all about energy, pace, quality, goals and class as he tormented United."
Striker: Sadio Mane was so utterly ruthless in exposing Chelsea's defensive frailties, invoking sheer panic in John Terry and Gary Cahill while grabbing two goals. Here's Marcotti: "Look up live wire in the dictionary and you'll see him. Nobody got close to him at Stamford Bridge." Nicol was equally gushing.
Striker: "We're doing alright here," Steve McClaren probably thought to himself after 41 minutes of action at the Etihad as his Newcastle side were 1-0 up. A mere 20 minutes later, the visitors had been absolutely humiliated. Sergio Aguero was unstoppable, scoring five goals in a quite astonishing display of scoring prowess. "A striking clinic stripped down to its essentials," Marcotti said. "What a shocker -- he's in TOTW again," adds a sardonic Mariner. Nicol, of course, makes it a full house.
Manager: There are two outstanding candidates to be crowned Manager of the Weekend, and Brendan Rodgers isn't one of them. We either plump for Arsene Wenger after he silenced his critics with a battering of Manchester United, or Ronald Koeman, whose side ran Chelsea ragged at Stamford Bridge in a sparkling performance. It's a battle the Dutchman wins and here's Marcotti to tell you why: "It's not just the win at Chelsea. It's the fact that he fell behind, kept pushing while making the right personnel decisions at every turn."