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Team of the Week: September 15/16

Lukas Podolski was superb for Arsenal (©GettyImages)
Lukas Podolski was superb for Arsenal (©GettyImages).

The majority of the Premier League find itself four games in, and already the table is taking shape.

Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal have parked themselves in the top four, and will fight to stay there until the end of the season.

But this weekend Chelsea and City could only draw, while Manchester United hit four past Wigan and Arsenal six past Southampton.

And there were some good performances from Aston Villa and Fulham, former-Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov quickly settling into his new surroundings.

So with the weekend in the books, here is your Team of the Week…

Brad Guzan - Aston Villa

It was a bold decision by Paul Lambert to drop Premier League stalwart Shay Given, but the Villa boss knew exactly what he was doing. American shot-stopper Guzan pulled off some superb saves against Swansea, and clung on to a much needed clean sheet for the Midlands club.

Kyle Walker - Tottenham Hotspur

The England fullback was excellent against Reading, and kept the Royals captain Jobi McAuff quiet all game. And the Spurs right back got forward in typically enthausatic fashion, laying on the crucial second Tottenham goal for Gareth Bale.

Ryan Shawcross - Stoke City

The Stoke captain was superb at the heart of Tony Pulis's defence, and kept Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli relatively subdued for much of the match. And his last-ditch, last-second clearance from Edin Dzeko saved a point for his side.

Per Mertesacker - Arsenal

The big German was at his best on Saturday. Against a large striker like Rickie Lambert, Mertesacker is in his element and the Gunners centre-back swallowed the Saints striker whole. Only a Szczesny mistake cost him the clean sheet.

Alexander Buttner - Manchester United

Preferred to Evra at left-back, the Dutchman had an Old Trafford debut to remember, scoring an slaloming solo goal in the second half. Slightly careless in possession on occasion, the new signing can nonetheless be thoroughly pleased with his Saturday afternoon's work.

Paul Scholes - Manchester United

Scholes marked his 700th Manchester United appearance with a composed display. His passing set the tempo and settled United after Hernandez missed his penalty. A class apart, even on the Old Trafford pitch.

Javi Garcia - Manchester City

Manchester City look to have quite a player on their hands. The Spaniard capped a neat midfield performance with a well taken header, and could have scored the winner in stoppage time were it not for the brilliance of Stoke keeper Asmir Begovic.

Santi Cazorla - Arsenal

The Spaniard received the Arsenal Player of the Month award for August before kick off, and his September looks pretty good as well. The former-Malaga midfielder toyed with the Saints midfield, and they simply couldn't get near him for 90 minutes.

Lukas Podolski - Arsenal

The German capped his best performance in an Arsenal shirt with a stunning 25-yard free-kick, curled into the top corner. Southampton were pretty poor, but Podolski, Gervinho and Cazorla were ruthless in the final third for Arsene Wenger's side.

Dimitar Berbatov - Fulham

The Fulham striker might just turn out to be the best buy of the transfer window. And he showed Craven Cottage why with two goals - the first a beauty curled into the top corner.

Jermain Defoe - Tottenham Hotspur

The pressure mounting upon AVB's shoulders was relieved by Defoe's brace at the Madejski Stadium. His first capped an excellent, incisive team move, while the second was individual brilliance.

Who was your standout performer of the weekend? Join the debate by leaving a comment below...

Topics:
Gervinho
Asmir Begovic
Arsenal
Brad Guzan
Dimitar Berbatov
Football
Manchester City
Carlos Tevez
Chelsea
Ryan Shawcross
Per Mertesacker
Premier League
Manchester United
Shay Given
Paul Scholes
Jermain Defoe
Mario Balotelli
Gareth Bale
Kyle Walker
Edin Dzeko

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