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Premier League team of the week: Gameweek two

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The Premier League season is now two weeks old and, so far, we have been treated to an entertaining series of encounters.

In gameweek two, we bore witness to the first ever Friday Premier League match, between Aston Villa and Manchester United, whilst Manchester City dismantled Jose Mourinho's Chelsea.

Sandwiched in between those two fantastic fixtures were a cluster of games that provided the nation with a feast of fun. Now, it's time for Luke Greaves to list his best eleven from the weekend's events.

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Goalkeeper - Tim Howard (Everton)

Although the second half may have been somewhat dull for Tim Howard, his heroics in the first 45 minutes could have proved to be the cutting edge for Everton in their 3-0 victory over Southampton.

Sadio Mane and Graziano Pelle were both denied glorious opportunities inside the first quarter of the match by the American keeper - chances that, if they were taken, could have proved pivotal in the game.

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Defender - Seamus Coleman (Everton)

What a gifted and talented player Seamus Coleman really is. We were provided with yet more evidence on Saturday that he is one of the league's best full-backs after his attacking endeavour earned him an assist.

But the most pleasing aspect of the Irishman's performance was the clean sheet that had been kept intact for the entire 90 minutes. That's something to come away from St Mary's extremely proud of.

Defender - Vincent Kompany (Manchester City)

Talking of impressive clean sheets, not many defenders can put on their CV that they have kept a clean sheet against a Chelsea side managed by Jose Mourinho. However, Vincent Kompany will have rushed to the nearest pen at full time on Sunday to add that to his list.

Plus, the Belgian will be adding another goal to his tally, scoring his second header in as many games.

Defender - Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City)

Helping Kompany earn his clean sheet was the unfazed Aleksandar Kolarov who showed no signs of being intimidated by the attacking talents at the disposal of Chelsea.

Winning every tackle, driving forward and adding some ferocity into the game, it was the perfect performance for the left-back.

Defender - Joel Ward (Crystal Palace)

Sometimes it's not always about defensive performances from those at the back that can earn themselves a place in the team of the week, so that explains why Joel Ward has made this squad having conceded twice to a hungry Arsenal side.

His drilled effort which found the bottom corner in divine fashion pulled the game level and made the Gunners nervy. Despite losing the game eventually, Ward had the opportunity to equalise again, but saw his header saved by Petr Cech.

Whilst he may have failed to score, having so very nearly pulled his side right back into the game, Ward is deserving of his spot.

Midfielder - Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)

Santi Cazorla may not have scored or assisted any goals against Crystal Palace, but the skilful Spaniard made 73 successful passes, more than any other player at Selhurst Park. A statistic that ultimately proved vital to victory.

Midfielder - Ross Barkley (Everton)

It's two goals in two games for Ross Barkley who will be eager to really make a significant impact this season. He's certainly hit the ground running, and Everton fans will he hoping the coveted 21-year-old can continue this form.

One assist and a fine finish on the South coast in Saturday's lunchtime kick off earns the wonderkid a place in this week's best XI.

Midfielder - Stephen Ireland (Stoke City)

Not many substitutes can make it into a team of the week, but Stephen Ireland makes a rare appearance in this week's edition.

His introduction to the game saw more involvement from the forward, Mame Biram Diouf. Ireland was the assistee to the equaliser scored by Diouf and provided a ton of service to the Senegalese in the final 20 minutes.

Midfielder - Juan Mata (Manchester United)

One of the league's top providers of goals in recent years is Juan Mata, and the Spaniard had another to his name after assisting Adnan Januzaj's goal for Manchester United in Friday night's tie with Aston Villa.

The Red Devils could have had more goals if the likes of Memphis Depay and Wayne Rooney had brought their shooting boots to finish off fantastic Mata moves.

Striker - Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City)

Most Premier League strikers tend to score a goal and be content with their days work, but Mame Biram Diouf should be happy with the shift he put in on Saturday after registering a handful of shots on target.

Look at it however you may as he may be annoyed with the chances that he failed to convert, but Hugo Lloris was in fine form, so Diouf will be more than pleased to have scored a late equaliser to complete a two goal comeback.

Striker - Romelu Lukaku (Everton)

There is no player more worthy of making this week's best XI as Romelu Lukaku hit the back of the net twice against Southampton.

Both of the Belgian's goals were brilliantly taken, and if Saturday's show is anything to go by, Everton fans shouldn't be worried about any goal droughts this season.

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Stoke City
Vincent Kompany
Stephen Ireland
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