31 goals were scored this weekend, but HalfTime felt eleven players made it happen for their clubs, hence our 4-3-3 formation brings to fore our team of the weekend in the most followed league in the world.
It’s stuck between Simon Mignolet for Liverpool and Artur Boruc for Southampton. Coincidentally, both were in goal when the Saints grabbed all three points at Anfield. Boruc did well to save from Gerrard, while Mignolet had a triple save that stopped Sotton from increasing their lead. Artus Boruc will nick this one especially because he was well composed to see off Liverpool’s challenge towards the end of the game.
On a weekend when he scored a rare goal from a set piece, Bacary Sagna makes it into this list. A key and senior figure in the Arsenal squad, he’s responded well to Carl Jenkinson’s challenge, and most importantly, he stood up to Stoke’s physical challenge on the day. Crowning it with a goal was super cool.
It just has to be Leighton Baines. Manchester United will be regretting that they never pulled the stops to get the Premier League’s hottest fullback. He’s dangerous with set pieces, and loves bombing forward. Speaking of set pieces, two free-kicks in a game seems a rare commodity, but Jussi Jasskalainen was a victim of Leighton Baines’ brilliance.
Vincent Kompany’s return for Manchester City was always going to be a big boost for them. Against Cardiff they missed his presence, but in the Manchester Derby he was rock solid. Matija Nastasic looks secure when with him, and Wayne Rooney toiled under the watchful eye of Kompany, even getting a yellow card.
A fine showing at Anfield earns Dejan Lovren a place in this teamlist. He scored the winner and has been a constant feature in Mauricio Pochettino’s squad. The ex-Lyon defender kept Daniel Sturridge quiet in some moments at Anfield.
Yaya Toure has always been a thorn in the flesh of Manchester United since he started playing the Manchester Derby. The arrival of Fernandinho has granted him the license to roam and make sure the opponents groan. Crisp passing especially when Silva was missing, he won the aerial duels, dominated United in the middle and remains one of the players that will determine if the Premier League title returns to the Eastlands. John Obi Mikel comes to mind after scoring his first Premier League goal in seven years – a collector’s item!!!
Aaron Ramsey has now scored seven goals from eight shots on target this season. Hope the end is not near, as the Welshman is drunk on confidence and working his socks off. He got himself into great positions last season but failed to deliver. This season, Ramsey has been Arsenal’s battering ram, and he seems to be reveling in it.
In comes Mesut Özil, Arsenal’s new assist master. With only two games played, he’s had more assists than any player in the Premier League. He had a hand in all the goals Arsenal scored against Stoke. Tailor-made crosses for Sagna and Mertesacker, Özil seems to have added a lot to Arsenal’s middle. (Come to think of it, Özil hasn’t completed all ninety in his first two games.)
Alvaro Negredo’s work ethic was monstrous! His partnership with Sergio Arguero looked terrific all day on derby day. I think Edin Dzeko has to be content playing behind these two guys. A shame he didn’t get on the score sheet, but his flicked header did lead to Yaya Toure’s goal.
Sergio Aguero has to make it into this list also. Five goals in six derby clashes tell the story of who Usain Bolt warned about last week. Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic didn’t heed those warnings and paid heavily for it! His movement was difficult to track all afternoon, and he could have even gotten a hat-trick.
Not trusted at Chelsea, but loved and wanted at Merseyside where he’s rewarding them already, Romelu Lukaku got his goal account opened, with many more to stream in.
– Written by Olawale Adigun. Follow him on his Twitter handle ‘@olywal’