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Premier League Team of the Week: October 27-28

Van Persie scored again for Manchester United (©GettyImages)
Van Persie scored again for Manchester United (©GettyImages).

Manchester United and Manchester City closed to gap on Premier League leaders Chelsea to a single point atop the Premier League table this weekend, and the two Manchester clubs are strongly represented in the GMF Team of the Week.

Another weekend full of goals made it difficult to choose a defence, but going forward there was so many options - Demba Ba, Luis Suarez and Dimitar Berbatov all have a right to feel aggrieved at missing out.

In the middle of the park it was fantastic to see Arsenal star Jack Wilshere back on the field after more than 15 months out injured, and while Wilshere was excellent, his midfield partner Mikel Arteta stole the headlines with a later winner for the Gunners.

So, enough with the preamble, here's your GMF Premier League Team of the Week...

Joe Hart

Another clean sheet for the England goalkeeper, and in a week packed with goals, that's enough to see him claim the Team of the Week number one jersey. An unspectacular performance, but Hart made a number of important saves, in particular from Swansea forward Michu, to help his side claim three points.

Kyle Walker

The Tottenham right-back was a constant thorn in Southampton's side on Sunday, and seemed to have the entire flank to himself at times.

Along with Aaron Lennon, the England star was superb, getting forward to excellent effect, and giving his side vital width as they blew the Saints away in a blistering first-half.

Michael Turner

The former-Sunderland centre-half turned in his best performance yet as a Norwich player at Aston Villa. And the big defender snatched a share of the spoils for his side with a late header to earn a 1-1 draw. The relief on Chris Houghton's face was evident.

Vincent Kompany

The Belgian has not matched the heights of last season yet this campaign, but he will be happy with his performance against Swansea. If nothing else, City kept a clean sheet.

Gareth Bale

Bale will have to slot in at left-back in this side, but the Welshman will be given licence to raid forward. Like Walker, Bale was magnificent against Southampton, and got on the scoresheet to cap an impressive return to the Spurs side.

Juan Mata

The Spaniard's excellent form is a big positive for Roberto Di Matteo to take away from an otherwise disappointing match against Manchester United.

His overall play was spectacular, his touch and cross helped set up Ramires for the second goal, while his opening free-kick got Chelsea back in the match. It was inch-perfect.

Mikel Arteta

Wilshere's return to the side was a huge plus for the Gunners, and the England international should form a strong partnership with Arteta.

The Spaniard keeps things moving for Arsenal - a crucial task for a side that often comes up against stubborn opposition intent on parking the bus. His late winner capped another fine performance.

James McArthur

Roberto Martinez has quietly improved his Wigan side this season with a number of shrewd acquisitions, and one of those new signings, Ivan Ramis scored a screamer for the Latics.

But it was an old-boy, James McArthur, who scrapped, battled and ultimately beat an imposing West Ham midfield for control of the DW Stadium turf. The Hammers have bullied most sides this season, but not on Saturday.

Antonio Valencia

Manchester United have a number of excellent wingers, but Valencia has established himself as the best of the bunch.

In the opening 20 minutes Chelsea star Ashley Cole just couldn't deal with the Ecuadorian, and Valencia made it count as United raced into an early 2-0 lead. His crosses are unorthodox - he laces it across with the power of a shot - but effective.

Carlos Tevez

Not for the first time this season, Carlos Tevez got his side out of jail. The Argentinian scored the only goal of the game to secure a vital win for the Premier League champions.

Robin Van Persie

The Dutchman continued his sensational start to his Manchester United career with a goal and an assist against league-leading Chelsea. Sir Alex Ferguson said he bought him to 'make a difference' in the title race. Looks like he's already begun paying his boss back.

Who was your Player of the Week? Van Persie for 'making a difference' against Chelsea, maybe Tevez for his match-winning strike, or even Luis Suarez for his star turn in the Merseyside derby?

Leave your choice in the comment box below…

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