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Premier League: Best XI of the season so far

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With just nine games remaining, GMS contributor Rowan Williams takes a look at the best team so far in the Premier League. There is a good chance that this will be the final team of the season.....

Manager: Arsene Wenger

Without spending a huge amount of money (except on Mesut Ozil, and that was a one off), Wenger has extracted sheer quality from seemingly mediocre players, getting them to play scintillating one-touch football to great effect.

The bench:

David Marshall (Cardiff)

Dejan Lovren (Southampton)

Paulinho (Tottenham)

Ross Barkley (Everton)

Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)

Christian Eriksen (Tottenham)

Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool)

Goalkeeper: Wojciech Szczesny (Arsenal)

The Arsenal number one has been absolutely outstanding this season. Known for his excellent reflexes, his Premier League best saves this season include a stunning save against Manchester United and three against Fulham.

Left-back: Leighton Baines (Everton)

Arguably the best left-back in the world, Baines can be mopping up at the back at one moment and the other crossing or curling in free-kicks. He hit two in one match against West Ham and has never missed a penalty for Everton (excluding shootouts).

Centre-back: Per Mertesacker (Arsenal)

The defender, now third-choice captain for Arsenal and vice captain for Germany, has been excellent this season. He's unbeatable in the air, acrobatic and has the brain to intercept almost any pass.

Centre-back: Vincent Kompany (Manchester City)

One of the finest defenders on the planet, Kompany is an intelligent, strong and committed defender and a leader among the ranks. With the dodgy Martin Demichelis at his side, Manchester City have Kompany to thank for their defensive success.

Right-back: Seamus Coleman (Everton)

One of the most improved players in the league, Coleman (who was given the impossible task of replacing Phil Neville) has matured into one of England's finest attacking full-backs as well as a confident and reliable defender. He is also known for scoring stunning long-range goals.

Centre-midfield: Yaya Toure (Manchester City)

One of the most complete midfielders in the world right now, Toure has it all; amazing passing skills, mesmeric ball control, a talent for free-kicks and long shots and strength in the tackle. Known as 'The Machine', Toure has been compared to the likes of Bastian Schweinsteiger, Roy Keane and Paul Scholes by some fans.

Centre-midfield: Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal)

Despite a long-standing injury, few would argue Ramsey has been one of the best players in the league this season. He has finishing skill, a golden first touch and is remarkably consistent. At the age of 23, he has great potential.

Left-wing: Eden Hazard (Chelsea)

The young Belgian has really flourished this season and is tipped by many as a future Ballon d'Or winner. Gifted with incredible skills and fine finishing ability, Hazard is incredibly talented.

Right-wing: Adam Lallana (Southampton)

A surprise selection. Lallana, although deployed on the right, pops up all over the pitch. Fast and skilful with two very well tailored feet, Lallana has captained Southampton and led by example, earning an England call-up.

Striker: Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)

Recovering from a mediocre 2012/13 campaign, Aguero has been unplayable this season. Fast, strong and an exceptional finisher with vision and flair, Aguero has had bad experiences with injuries but has still been a Player of the Year contender.

Striker: Luis Suarez (Liverpool)

This season's top scorer with 24 goals and 10 assists in 23 appearances, Suarez is a perfect forward. His right foot is quite simply superb; able to apply power and swerve to maximum effect. He has done things this season that have never been seen before and to think that goals are just a tiny part of his game shows you what a player he is.

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