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Premier League: Best XI

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As the new season has just begun surprise performers and highly reputable names have wowed Premier League fans.

With that in mind, who would feature on an English Premier League all-star team based upon performances in the first couple of the weeks of the 2013-14 campaign?

Here, an EPL starting XI is formed based on the new season.

Formation: 4-5-1

Manager: Arsene Wenger (Arsenal)

As his side sits top of the table its hard to argue with this one. Arsene Wenger has reinvigorated his side after there opening day loss to Aston Villa. Since then the team has gone undefeated in all competitions, no doubt because of the tactical and mental prowess of the man at the helm of the club.

Goalkeeper: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa)

Without the heroics of their American shot stopper Aston Villa would surely be further down in the table. After stunning performances in Aston Villa's last two matches Guzan deserves a spot in the EPL starting XI. His agility and reflexes have been on fine display at the start of the season.

Right-back: Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City)

The Manchester City full back recently signed a new contract to extend his stay at the club, and he has clearly justified this reward with solid displays so far this season. After another fine performance in City's 4-1 demolishing of Manchester United a starting position was well deserved for the Argentinian.

Centre-back: Michael Dawson (Tottenham)

The English centre-back has featured in every game for Tottenham this season, and has contributed to the Spurs having the best defence in the league.

Centre-back: Dejan Lovren (Southampton)

Southampton's new signing has been vital in their recent run of fine performances. The Saints currently occupy seventh place and are ahead of last season's English Premier League champions. Lovren has been a rock in the defence and has contributed finely to their excellent start, including a game winning goal against Liverpool last Sunday.

Left-back: Leighton Baines (Everton)

Who else? Fantastic going forward, solid in defence, and a free kick specialist. After two goals on the weekend Baines looks as if England boss Roy Hodgson should consider putting him into his England starting XI.

Central-midfielder: Yaya Toure (Manchester City)

Yaya Toure has been the driving force of Manchester City's start to the season. He has contributed with three goals thus far in just five matches, and even picked up a man of the match award with his performance in the Manchester derby on the weekend.

Central-midfielder: Gareth Barry (Everton)

After signing on loan at Everton until the end of the season Gareth Barry has looked like a new player. He looks confident on the ball, is dictating the play in the centre of the park, and is playing like a true leader. He has fitted in well to Roberto Martinez's tactics and his excellent start to the season has contributed heavily to their current top 6 position.

Attacking centre-midfielder: Mesut Ozil (Arsenal)

He already has the most assists in the English Premier League after arriving at the end of the transfer window. Deadly from set pieces and lethal in attack Ozil's flair and guile has helped Arsenal to sit in first place after five games.

Left attacking-midfielder: Matthew Jarvis (West Ham)

The English winger has been influential for West Ham thus far by providing two assists in five matches which is tied for the second most in the Premier League. His ability to quickly beat his man and then deliver a quality cross has been excellent for West Ham's big burly forwards to pounce on.

Right attacking-midfielder: Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle)

The man is absolutely quality and after a game winning goal and a game winning assist from his superb abilities to wreak havoc upon opposing defences his spot in the starting XI was justified. Newcastle without Hatem Ben Arfa look poor, but with  Ben Arfa the side are sprung with liveliness.

Centre-forward: Olivier Giroud (Arsenal)

Olivier Giroud is currently joint top scorer on the top team in the English Premier League. The French forward has contributed with four goals in five matches, and after Mesut Ozil joined the club he will look to maintain his impressive start to the season with a new play maker to feed him balls for him to put away. There is no doubt that Giroud will continue banging in those goals.

Subs: Artur Boruc (Southampton), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Jose Cana (Swansea), Coutinho (Liverpool), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Christian Benteke (Aston Villa)

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