Team of the Week: Week 5

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Goalkeeper

Wojciech SzczesnySczesny

Probably due to the added competition from David Ospina’s arrival, Arsenal first choice Wojciech Szczesny has been fantastic so far this season and continued his great run of form with a fine performance in the 3-0 victory over Aston Villa.While the victory was a coast in the end, Arsenal did come under a bit of pressure early in the first half and it was Szczesny who brilliantly denied Ciaran Clark and Fabian Delph.

If it were not for the young Polish goalkeeper, Arsenal may well have been in for an uncomfortable afternoon against a resolute Villa side.

Defence

Eliaquim MangalaMangala

Given a bit of a baptism of fire after being handed his Premier League debut against Chelsea but Eliaquim Mangala displayed exactly why Man City splashed so much money to sign him over the summer.Mangala is a beast of a player who has pace to burn and he wonderfully negated the threat posed by the dangerous Chelsea attack.

On early showing, the young man looks set to be a fine acquisition for City this season.

Joleon LescottLescott

Another player making a debut for his new team, Joleon Lescott did wonderfully well in helping his side to a 1-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.Although in truth, Spurs were woeful in attack on the day but it was also due to the West Brom defence – led by Lescott, not allowing the home side any space.

The experienced defender could now well lead the revival for the Baggies in the coming weeks.

Winston ReidReid

Winston Reid has been a big player for West Ham United for quite a number of seasons and once again displayed his importance to the Hammers’ side in their 3-1 victory over Liverpool.The New Zealand international handed West Ham the early lead before brilliantly keeping Liverpool star Mario Balotelli in his pocket in defence throughout the game. A fine display from the 26-year old!

Midfield

Mesut OzilOzil

The only way Mesut Ozil could answer his ridiculous critics was through his performances on the pitch and that is what he exactly did after orchestrating Arsenal’s victory over Aston Villa.The German superstar looked much happier playing centrally and linked up with Danny Welbeck remarkably well to shock Villa in a frantic two minutes after the hour mark.

The performance proved that in the case for Ozil – form is temporary, class is permanent.

Victor WanyamaWanyama

Southampton have begun their new era under Ronald Koeman in a blistering fashion and one of the key men to their success has been Victor Wanyama.The imposing midfielder has been fantastic this season and played a starring role in the Saints’ victory over Swansea this week.

Dominating proceedings at the middle of the park, Wanyama was simply superb throughout the match and even grabbed the only goal of the game with a very smart finish.

Stewart DowningDowning

A much maligned figure during his Liverpool days, Stewart Downing looked like a man on a mission to prove a point against his former side this weekend and was sensational in helping West Ham claim a 3-1 victory over the Reds.Playing in a more central position, Downing gave the likes of Steven Gerrard and Lucas a proper runaround and was a constant thorn for the Liverpool backline to deal with.

Cheikhou KouyateKouyate

Cheikhou Kouyate has been very impressive since his move to West Ham United over the summer and the Senegalese international put in another fine performance in his side’s victory over Liverpool this weekend.Strong and uncompromising on the ball, Kouyate simply dominated the midfield area and despite being injured in the first half – he shouldered on like a warrior to guide his side to a fine win.

James MilnerMilner

James Milner is probably the most underrated player in the Premier League but one can be sure that Manchester City are certainly appreciative of his value.Milner was perhaps a shock starter against Chelsea but fully justified his selection with a brilliant display. Full of running and industry, Milner put in a wonderful performance and sensationally filled in at three different positions throughout the course of the match.

It was his wonderful run down the left which helped Frank Lampard find the equalizer late on in the game and the Englishman well and truly deserved his man of the match award.

Attack

Jamie VardyVardy

The Premier League always provides us with some wonderful tales and the story of Jamie Vardy is certainly a fantastic one.Just three years ago, Vardy was playing non league football with Fleetwood Town and fast forward to now – the striker has played a starring role in helping Leicester City to a remarkable victory 5-3 over the mighty Manchester United.

Vardy simply tore United apart with his wonderful pace and power and managed to earn 2 penalties, an assist as well as a goal in the match. A brilliant performance on the day by Vardy and easily the best moment in his career so far.

Papiss CisseCisse

While Alan Pardew might be a dead man walking at the moment, he lives to fight another day due to Newcastle United’s comeback 2-2 draw against Hull City and the man he will have to thank for potentially saving his job is Papiss Cisse.With Newcastle United down 2 goals heading into the final quarter of the game, Cisse came off the bench for his first appearance in over six months and sensationally salvaged a point for the Magpies with a quickfire brace to save Pardew’s blushes as well as his job.

Leonardo UlloaUlloa

Forget Diego Costa or Alexis Sanchez, the signing of the season so far has to be Leicester City’s Leonardo Ulloa.The striker has been sensational for the Foxes during the start of the season and continued his fine run of form by scoring a brace in his side’s remarkable 5-3 victory over Manchester United.

A huge physical presence, Ulloa did not give the United defenders a moment’s peace and is proving to be one of the deadliest striker’s in the English top flight at the moment.

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