It was a quiet week in the Premier League with *just* the 37 goals going in across the 10 games on offer. Late goals decided all four of the 3pm games, which fans in England continue to bafflingly be forced to miss, with Leeds United grabbing a second straight win thanks to a 4-3 win over Bournemouth.
Meanwhile, 10-man Manchester City edged past Fulham, before Arsenal returned to the top of the league with a much more straightforward win over Chelsea. Unai Emery enjoyed a happy return to Premier League management, hammering Manchester United 3-1, before Liverpool came away from a tough encounter with Tottenham victorious despite a late bombardment from the hosts.
Newcastle took the opportunity to move up to third with a comprehensive win over Southampton, who have since sacked their manager, while Leicester also managed another comfortable win to move out of the bottom three.
But who made Team of the Week? Read on to find out.
GK: Alisson (Liverpool)
After being seriously second-best in the first half, Tottenham turned the tables in the second 45 and could well have walked away from the game with a draw had it not been for the Brazilian shot-stopper.
Liverpool’s no.1 was a calming influence on his backline, and came up with four saves to prevent Spurs finding a leveller and continuing to hamper the top 4 aspirations of Jurgen Klopp’s side.
RB: Kieran Trippier (Newcastle)
The Newcastle defender, and the man likely to be first-choice right-back for England this winter, put in another strong performance for the Magpies, grabbing an assist in a 4-1 demolition of Southampton that has since cost Ralph Hasenhuttl his job.
CB: William Saliba (Arsenal)
Chelsea hardly had a sniff against the Gunners, and it was largely a result of William Saliba that any attacks were snuffed out, with the Frenchman turning in another performance that showed experience far beyond his 21 years.
Even with Potter throwing Armando Broja, Kai Havertz and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at the youngster, he dealt with it all superbly to help Arsenal return to the top of the Premier League.
CB: Ibrahima Konate (Liverpool)
Minutes after Harry Kane had scored once from a cute Dejan Kulusevski reverse pass, the same scenario almost played out again. Enter Konate, who ensured his side didn’t concede a quickfire second with an excellent challenge that floored the Tottenham no.9. It was the latest in a long line of impressive challenges, both in the air and on the ground from the Frenchman.
LB: Lucas Digne (Aston Villa)
Digne’s free-kick to double Aston Villa’s lead over Manchester United in Unai Emery’s first game was a moment of magic, and the Frenchman had a very solid game going in both directions as he continues to prove Everton’s folly in letting him go 12 months ago.
CM: Jacob Ramsey (Aston Villa)
Undoubtedly the star of the show, Ramsey was involved in each of the four goals, cancelling out his own goal with a fine strike as well as grabbing an assist from midfield. Manchester United simply could not handle his energy and the positions that he took up, while he put in a strong shift defensively too.
CM: Adam Lallana (Brighton)
When fit, Adam Lallana is a joy to watch, but fitness has always been the main issue. In Brighton’s engine room, however, he was excellent. The former Liverpool man ran the game for the Seagulls, and grabbed a goal and an assist to underline his importance to Robert Di Zerbi’s side.
CAM: James Maddison (Leicester City)
Another week and another performance of the highest order from Leicester City midfielder James Maddison, who continues to stake a late claim to being in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the World Cup.
Awarded man of the match, the creator grabbed a brace of assists, though in truth the first was all down to the brilliance of Youri Tielemans. But it was his all-round performance that caught the eye, with the Englishman the brightest player on the pitch and ultimately a key difference maker against Everton.
RW: Mo Salah (Liverpool)
The contrast between Salah and Liverpool teammate Darwin Nunez could not have been more stark against Tottenham. While Nunez played at 100mph, Salah had seemingly hours to pick his spot for the opener, before dinking the ball over an onrushing Lloris for the second.
Back into some kind of form, and with a break during the World Cup, he could be heading to somewhere back to his best heading into the second part of the season.
ST: Gabriel Jesus
Gabriel Jesus did not score a goal against Chelsea, but his link up play and tenacity were a key factor in the Gunners bullying Graham Potter’s side. It was his press that led to the corner that Arsenal’s goal came from, and his 62 touches were a stark contrast to the man he was signed to replace, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang managing just 8 before being taken off on the hour mark.
LW: Wilfried Zaha
After a week of links to European giants, Zaha continued to prove his quality with a brilliant all-round performance against West Ham. The Ivorian grabbed a goal and an assist as a last-minute winner from teammate Olise handed Vieira’s side a much-needed three points.