101GreatGoals Team of the week
After another thrilling weekend of Premier League action, 101 takes a look at the players worthy of a place in the team of the week
GK. David de Gea (Manchester United)
Manchester United’s David De Gea had very little to do for much of the West Ham encounter, in truth. The Spaniard could do nothing about the home side’s opener, which saw Said Benrahma’s shot deflect off of Raphael Varane before looping into the opposite corner.
❌ David De Gea’s penalty save was his first in PL since Oct 2014 (v Everton, from Leighton Baines) – Mark Noble had scored his last 10 PL penalties & hadn’t failed to convert since Dec 2016 pic.twitter.com/nFnQzUYPuY
— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) September 19, 2021
Having not saved a penalty since 2014, however, it was seemingly set for West Ham to snatch a last-gasp equaliser as Mark Noble stepped up for his first kick of the game. However, the United shot-stopper dived to his left, ensuring that all three points headed back to Manchester, and kept United’s early title charge alive.
DF. Gabriel (Arsenal)
How the Gunners needed this performance. More steel than the silk that they became renowned for under Arsene Wenger, Mikel Arteta and his side picked up their second win of the season courtesy of a 1-0 win at Turf Moor.
While new signing Ben White flattered to deceive, Gabriel more than made up for his defensive partner as they kept Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes at bay for 90 minutes.
Gabriel Magalhães for Arsenal against Burnley:
◉ Most clearances (8)
◉ Most tackles (3)
◉ =Most blocks (2)
You shall not pass. pic.twitter.com/3ptJXKtOAB
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) September 18, 2021
The Brazilian defender’s return matching up with Arsenal’s upturn in form is no coincidence, with Gabriel now one of the more important players in the Arsenal side. With the drop off in Arsenal’s defence so severe when he is absent, the Gunners will be hoping he can stay fit for the entire season as they fight for Europe.
DF. Kurt Zouma (West Ham)
Despite the result going against them, Kurt Zouma was outstanding on his home debut for West Ham United. The Frenchman joined the Hammers from Chelsea late in the transfer window, and adds some much-needed power, skill and athleticism to David Moyes’ side.
Zouma defended manfully alongside Angelo Ogbonna during the defeat, with only a sublime finish from Jesse Lingard stealing a point from the East Londoners.
Kurt Zouma’s game by numbers vs. Manchester United:
90.9% pass accuracy
39 total touches
6 headed clearances
0x dribbled past
— Dan Woffenden (@danwoff98) September 19, 2021
In the Frenchman, West Ham have signed a young defender who will instantly improve them. West Ham fans should be very excited.
DF. Thiago Silva (Chelsea)
When you consider that Kurt Zouma’s competition for the Chelsea defensive berths included Thiago Silva, it is clear to see why the Frenchman departed.
Returning to the heart of Chelsea’s defence against Tottenham, it was clear that Spurs thought that the Brazilian was the man to target in the first half. Silva, however, was more than capable, keeping a lid on Heung-Min Son as he constantly sought to run in behind the former PSG man.
Thiago Silva’s game by numbers vs. Spurs:
100% aerial duels won
100% shot accuracy
7 ball recoveries
5 duels won
5 touches in the opp. box
4 aerial duels won
1 goal scored
0 fouls committed
0 goals conceded
O Monstro does it again. pic.twitter.com/0RUml1yiZl
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) September 19, 2021
He was just as effective in the attacking third too, netting the opening goal for the Blues early in the second half with a thundering header. He came close to a second late in the second half too, nodding just over the bar as Chelsea tightened the screws.
As Silva and Cristiano Ronaldo are both demonstrating so far this season, top players can continue to play at the top level well into their late 30s.
MF. Ismaila Sarr (Watford)
Too good to be relegated two seasons ago, Ismaila Sarr will be a key man if Watford are to avoid the same fate this time around. Pacey, tricky and with the ability to finish, his two goals for the Hornets ensured a comfortable looking victory over fellow newly-promoted side Norwich that was anything but.
Ismaila Sarr’s game by numbers vs. Norwich:
100% take-on success
100% shot accuracy
93% pass accuracy
9 touches in opp. box
5 shots on target
5 duels won
He was superb. pic.twitter.com/qLXTfWcXlx
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) September 18, 2021
In the right place at the right time, Sarr’s brace was well taken and much-needed, to ensure that Watford gain early ground in the race to stay up.
It is the quality of players like Sarr that will make the difference in the vital moments, and just might be enough to keep Watford in the Premier League for another season.
MF. N’Golo Kante (Chelsea)
In a way, this addition is more a nod to Thomas Tuchel’s in-game change as opposed to N’Golo Kante’s brilliance. Kante, of course, is one of the best midfielders in the world, but his introduction at half-time by the Chelsea boss was nothing short of match-winning.
Overrun in midfield by Tottenham for large parts of the first half, Tuchel introduced the Frenchman for the ineffective Mason Mount, reverting to a 3 man midfield in order to combat Tottenham’s press.
It worked wonders. Chelsea dominated the second half, and Kante himself got in on the scoring via a heavily deflected strike that left Hugo Lloris stranded. In truth, it could have been an even heavier victory if it weren’t for some fabulous saves from Lloris and some woeful finishing on Chelsea’s behalf.
Are Chelsea favourites for the Premier League title?
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) September 20, 2021
At the rate Tuchel’s side are going, can anyone stop them winning the title?
MF. Yves Bissouma (Brighton)
Many were surprised to see Yves Bissouma remain at Brighton this summer, with Arsenal and Liverpool both linked with the Malian midfielder. If performances like this one are to be expected on a weekly basis (clue: they generally are) however, then we could see him follow Ben White in making a big-money departure from the South coast in the near future.
“I think we can finish in the top 10 or a little bit higher.”
Yves Bissouma outlines his aims and ambitions at Brighton this season but admits it is too early to talk about qualifying for Europe. pic.twitter.com/CCYp8W9wTI
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) September 15, 2021
Brighton have begun the season in brilliant form, currently sitting in fourth place having won four of their opening five games. If they are to be successful this season, it feels as if Bissouma will have a major role to play, even if he doesn’t get the goals and assists to show for it.
MF. Martin Odegaard (Arsenal)
In a game of generally low technical quality, the moment of magic was provided by Arsenal’s newest attacking addition. After half an hour of a game that was taking a familiarly dull shape from an Arsenal perspective, the Norwegian stepped up to fire in a free-kick from 20 yards out, giving Arsenal a lead which they battled to hold on to for the next hour.
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) September 19, 2021
It was by no means a pretty win for the Gunners, but fans will have been pleased to see fight against a side that they dropped 5 points to last season. It was a much needed three points for Mikel Arteta too who must have been fearing the swing of the executioner’s axe after their dreadful start.
FWD. Leon Bailey (Aston Villa)
What a spell Leon Bailey had. Brought on as a second-half substitute, the Jamaican summer signing set up Villa’s second goal, before rifling in a third goal as Dean Smith’s side took the game away from Everton in nine second-half minutes.
Unfortunately for Bailey, his evening lasted only 20 minutes, as the substitute was substituted ten minutes from time with a potential injury.
What an atmosphere to score my First Premier League goal. You fans are amazing thank you for the unforgettable welcome to Villa Park. UP THE VILLA! pic.twitter.com/LNHQlGxFRh
— Leon Bailey ✞ (@leonbailey) September 18, 2021
Filling the void left by Jack Grealish was always going to be a tricky task, but if Bailey can put in performances like that on a regular basis, he will certainly go some way to replacing the former Villa talisman.
FWD. Allan Saint-Maximin (Newcastle United)
Saint-Maximin must be a dream and a nightmare rolled into one. Impossible to shackle, entirely unpredictable, and capable of moments of sheer magic, he is a joy to watch.
⭐️ @asaintmaximin ⭐️
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) September 17, 2021
Although Newcastle United could only manage a draw against Leeds United, it was Saint-Maximin that stole the show. Leaving defenders for dead on several occasions, he netted a stunning effort to bring his side back into the encounter, and looked by far the most likely to score on either side after that.
Newcastle do not have a lot of quality in their side, and certainly no one else of his level, but if they can get Callum Wilson back into the side alongside Saint-Maximin, they may just avoid the drop.
FWD. Ivan Toney (Brentford)
Brentford continued their fine start to their debut Premier League campaign with a convincing 2-0 win over Wolves. Key to their success was forward Ivan Toney, who caused the opposition defence problems from the first minute.
44 – With a goal and assist today, Ivan Toney has scored (33) or assisted (11) 44 league goals (excl. play-offs) since joining Brentford in 2020, at least seven more than any other player in England’s top four tiers since the start of last season. Buzzing. #WOLBRE pic.twitter.com/289afQe6Hg
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 18, 2021
Indeed, the Englishman had the ball in the net on three occasions in the first half, although two were ruled out for offside and handball respectively. However, a goal and an assist means that he leads the line this week.
The final team
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This article was edited by Josh Barker.
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|9||West Ham United||7||4||11|
|Salah, Mohamed||Liverpool FC||7|
|Vardy, Jamie||Leicester City||7|
|Antonio, Michail||West Ham United||5|
|Mane, Sadio||Liverpool FC||5|
|Fernandes, Bruno||Manchester United||4|
|Firmino, Roberto||Liverpool FC||4|
|Maupay, Neal||Brighton & Hove Albion||4|
|Sarr, Ismaila||Watford FC||4|
|Greenwood, Mason||Manchester United||4|
|Townsend, Andros||Everton FC||3|
|Ings, Danny||Aston Villa||3|
|Benrahma, Said||West Ham United||3|
|Son, Heung Min||Tottenham Hotspur||3|
|Gray, Demarai||Everton FC||3|
|Ronaldo, Cristiano||Manchester United||3|
|Lukaku, Romelu||Chelsea FC||3|
|Calvert-Lewin, Dominic||Everton FC||3|
|Jota, Diogo||Liverpool FC||3|
|Hwang, Hee-chan||Wolverhampton Wanderers||3|
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|Pogba, Paul||Manchester United||0||4|
|Dennis, Emmanuel||Watford FC||0||4|
|Veltman, Joel||Brighton & Hove Albion||0||4|
|Skipp, Oliver||Tottenham Hotspur||0||4|
|Doucoure, Abdoulaye||Everton FC||0||3|
|Rice, Declan||West Ham United||0||3|
|Cooper, Liam||Leeds United||0||3|
|Duffy, Shane||Brighton & Hove Albion||0||3|
|Norgaard, Christian||Brentford FC||0||3|
|Tarkowski, James||Burnley FC||0||3|
|Laporte, Aymeric||Manchester City||0||3|
|Neves, Ruben||Wolverhampton Wanderers||0||3|
|Mings, Tyrone||Aston Villa||0||3|
|Canos, Sergi||Brentford FC||0||3|
|Struijk, Pascal||Leeds United||1||2|
|Brownhill, Josh||Burnley FC||0||3|
|Etebo, Oghenekaro||Watford FC||0||3|
|Djenepo, Moussa||Southampton FC||0||3|
|Antonio, Michail||West Ham United||0||1|
|Fernandes, Bruno||Manchester United||0||2|
|Pogba, Paul||Manchester United||7|
|Salah, Mohamed||Liverpool FC||4|
|Doucoure, Abdoulaye||Everton FC||4|
|Jesus, Gabriel||Manchester City||4|
|Antonio, Michail||West Ham United||3|
|Saint-Maximin, Allan||Newcastle United||3|
|Kovacic, Mateo||Chelsea FC||3|
|Fernandes, Bruno||Manchester United||2|
|Townsend, Andros||Everton FC||2|
|Ings, Danny||Aston Villa||2|
|Benrahma, Said||West Ham United||2|
|Toney, Ivan||Brentford FC||2|
|Jimenez, Raul||Wolverhampton Wanderers||2|
|Bamford, Patrick||Leeds United||2|
|James, Reece||Chelsea FC||2|
|Azpilicueta, Cesar||Chelsea FC||2|
|Gross, Pascal||Brighton & Hove Albion||2|
|King, Joshua||Watford FC||2|
|Lindelof, Victor||Manchester United||2|
|Pereira, Ricardo||Leicester City||2|