GMF Team of the Week: 24-26 March
Premier League Team of the Week: 24-26 March
Another frantic weekend of football came to an end last night, with Manchester Unite reclaiming top spot in the Premier League with a 1-0 win against Fulham.
The Red Devils capitalised on Manchester City’s draw against Stoke, whilst Arsenal cemented their place in third with a comprehensive victory against Aston Villa at the Emirates. Chelsea and Spurs shared the spoils in a draw at Stamford Bridge.
At the bottom of the table, Wigan got a huge win against Liverpool at Anfield, whilst Bolton beat Blackburn and Wolves lost to Norwich. There were also wins for Newcastle, Sunderland and Everton.
GMF pick the best XI (3-4-3) from another great weekend of action…
Goalkeeper: Ali Al-Habsi – Wigan Athletic
Wigan Athletic’s goalkeeper was part of the stunning defensive effort on show at Anfield, as the Latics gave themselves a realistic chance of survival.
The Oman international, one of the Premier League’s most under-rated stoppers, made eight saves against the Reds and proved to be the vital last line of defence.
Defender: David Wheater – Bolton Wanderers
Not your usual goalscorer, but Wheater notched twice for the Trotters in a massive 2-1 win over Blackburn Rovers in the basement battle at the Reebok Stadium.
The goals were extra special for the ex-Middlesbrough man, who helped Bolton secure victory in their first match since Fabrice Muamba’s heart attack.
Defender: Jonny Evans – Manchester United
The Northern Ireland international continues to grow in stature at Old Trafford, and was the stand-out performer against an attacking Fulham side last night.
Evans kept Pavel Progrebnyak quiet though, and grabbed the vital assist as United moved back to the top of the Premier League.
Defender: Gary Cahill – Chelsea
A £7 million signing from Bolton in January, Cahill took time to grow into this Chelsea side but produced his best performance of the season against Spurs.
Looked solid alongside captain John Terry, and made a crucial sliding clearance when Emmanuel Adebayor looked certain to score in an empty net.
Midfielder: Theo Walcott – Arsenal
The England international winger has gradually improved this season, and his performance against Aston Villa was another step-up as we head towards Euro 2012.
Not only did Walcott score in the 3-0 win, but his link-up play with Robin Van Persie was again impressive as the pair form a dynamic combination.
Midfielder: Hatem Ben Arfa – Newcastle United
The French international midfielder was at his very best against the Baggies, helping his side to a 3-1 win at the Hawthorns.
Ben Arfa created two goals for Demba Cisse, and also curled in a beautiful second to keep the Toon on track in the chase for a top four finish.
Midfielder: Scott Parker – Tottenham Hotspur
Another fantastic performance from Parker, who took the armband at Stamford Bridge and stopping many of the Blues’ attacks at source.
Parker has been one of Spurs’ top performers all season, and his performance in west London showed just why he’s so important to Harry Redknapp’s side.
Midfielder James McLean - Sunderland
The young Sunderland midfielder is making some serious waves on Wearside, scoring again in the 3-1 win over QPR.
The Irishman also grabbed an assist for Nicklas Bendtner’s opener, and inspired Martin O’Neill’s side to an emphatic victory.
Forward: Papiss Demba Cisse – Newcastle United
The January signing from Freiburg appears to be an inspired bit of business from Alan Pardew, grabbing a brace in the Toon’s win against West Brom.
Working alongside compatriot Demba Ba, the Senegalese striker has stolen the headlines from his team-mate with a great display of attacking prowess.
Forward: Wayne Rooney – Manchester United
Not Rooney’s best performance this season, but the England international striker scored the winner to put United top – what more can you ask.
The predator struck from six yards in a tight game against the Cottagers, delivering the goods when needed.
Forward: Grant Holt – Norwich City
Not often will a player see red and make the team of the week, but Holt scored twice before that to guide the Canaries to a big win against Wolves.
The striker is even being talked about as an England man for the summer, chipping the keeper for the first and scoring from the spot in a 2-1 victory.