Premier League Team of the Week: Match Day 27
Posted by Aaron C-Reid | Published on March 1, 2016
Manchester United hosted Arsenal in a thrilling instalment on Sunday. It was one of eight fantastic games in another great week in the Premier League. This is my best XI from the weekend’s fixtures.
Goalkeeper – Lukas Fabianski
Fabianski was the man of the match in the trip to White Hart Lane. Swansea may have lost 2-1, but the Polish international made 12 saves. The whole game was camped near the Swansea box and it could have been a cricket score if it wasn’t for Fabianski. He beat away Christian Eriksen’s free-kicks and another strike from Harry Kane. He kept the home side at bay for 70 minutes and was a clear hero but was let down by the Swans’ defence.
Right Back – Guillermo Varela
The inexperienced right back was making only his third league appearance for United and he was doing it in a huge game against Arsenal. After he was yellow carded within the first few minutes, many thought Alexis Sanchez would give him a torrid time. However, he clearly nullified the Chilean, while also providing an attacking threat. His cross found Marcus Rashford for the opening goal. The 22-year-old looks to be a great talent for the future and has had a great week.
Centre Back – Branislav Ivanovic
After receiving a huge amount of criticism for his performances earlier in the season, Ivanovic has seen his Chelsea career revitalised under Guus Hiddink. He had a decent game at the back against Southampton, as well as grabbing a last minute winner for the Blues.
Centre Back – Angelo Ogbonna
Ogbonna has been in and out of the West Ham side, since signing from Juventus in the summer. He performed to a solid level against Sunderland, quashing the Sunderland attacks in the process, as well as keeping a clean sheet.
Left Back – Danny Rose
Danny Rose has found fantastic form under Mauricio Pochetino. Since returning from his loan at Sunderland in 2013, Rose has lived up to his huge potential. The England international had a blinder. He played well defensively and Rose also grabbed himself a goal. A cleared corner fell to the feet of Rose, who banged home from the edge of the area to give Spurs the lead they deserved.
Centre Midfield – Craig Gardner
It isn’t often Craig Gardner has a masterclass in midfield, controlling the tempo of the game, but on Saturday he did. He scored West Brom’s first goal as well as setting up Craig Dawson for their second. The Englishman was very impressive and will hope to be a mainstay in the Baggies’ side for their upcoming games.
Right wing – Saido Berahino
After being made out to be a villain after his transfer request, Berahino played brilliantly on Saturday. He put the Baggies 3-0 up after a superb volley into the bottom corner of the net. He also helped set up Gardner’s goal and was a huge threat for the whole game. He will hope to continue his fine form and possibly be on the plane to France in the summer.
Attacking Midfield – Mesut Özil
How many times this season has the German international been Arsenal’s star performer. Even though Arsenal lost Özil was superb, grabbing a goal and an assist. His pin-point pass played in Nacho Monreal early on, but the Spaniard couldn’t quite finish the chance. He then set up Danny Welbeck’s first goal from a brilliantly weighted free kick. He then finished well to get Arsenal’s second goal, but the Gunners couldn’t quite get back in the game.
Left Wing – Marko Arnautovic
Arnautovic has been Stoke’s stand-out performer thus far. He has scored 9 times, as well as assisting his teammates 4 times. The Austrian international bagged 2 goals in the defeat of Aston Villa on Saturday. He scored a penalty and then chested in Affelay’s cross. It was Arnautovic’s sixth Premier League goal at the Britannia this season; twice as many as any other Stoke player. Arnautovic will hope to continue his impressive form for the rest of the year.
Striker – Connor Wickham
Crystal Palace’s forward, Wickham almost staged a late comeback against West Brom. After being 3-0 down, the Englishman got himself two late goals. Wickham lifted the ball over Ben Foster and finished from a tight angle to put Palace back in the game. Wickham then got his second on 80 minutes with a sublime half-volley past a helpless Ben Foster.
Striker – Marcus Rashford
After surprising everyone on his debut in midweek, Marcus Rashford scored two goals on his first Premier League game against Arsenal. He latched onto a cross on the 29th minute, guiding it past Petr Cech. He then flicked a magnificent header into the net to put the Red Devils up 2-0. The youngster will look to build on this and continue to develop in a Manchester United shirt.