Premier League Team of the Week: September 22/23

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Chelsea remain top of the Premier League table thanks to a 1-0 win over Stoke at Stamford Bridge.

But it was by no means a vintage performance from the Blues, the much hyped attacking trio Juan Mata, Eden Hazard and Oscar struggling to outsmart Robert Huth and Ryan Shawcross.

Still, Roberto Di Matteo will be delighted to have snatched the win, with Ashley Cole the stand-out performer.

Elsewhere, Steven Gerrard turned in his best performance this season, and Arsenal star Santi Cazorla continued his excellent early season form.

With Week Five in the can, GMF selects the Premier League Team of the Week...

Petr Cech

One of only three keepers to keep a clean sheet, Petr Cech was solid if unspectacular for the Blues as they squeezed past Stoke 1-0.

Tony Pulis' side gave Chelsea a tough match, and the Czech shot-stopper was called upon on more than one occasion. Each time he kept them at bay.

Ashley Cole

Chelsea's match-winner was by far the Blues' best player on Saturday. Effective going forward and robust at the back, Cole popped up with the 85-minute winner to secure all three points for Roberto Di Matteo's side.


Manchester United escaped Anfield with three points, and they have Rafael to thank for waking them from their slumber.

Liverpool dominated Sir Alex Ferguson's side, even with 10 men, until Rafael curled his shot into the top corner, levelling the scores and setting United up for the win.

Joleon Lescott

Manchester City will be disappointed to have dropped points from a winning position again.

Although Lescott failed to keep a clean sheet, the England defender will have been pleased to get on the scoresheet, especially after Matija Nastasic's impressive debut at the Bernabeu put his place in the team under a little bit of pressure.

Jan Vertonghen

The Belgian has quickly settled into life at White Hart Lane, and was Tottenham's outstanding defender on Saturday.

One second-half tackle in particular saved a certain goal, and a bursting run from the former-Ajax captain set up Defoe's winner.

Gareth Bale

In the absence of Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Bale started at left-back but the Wales winger did his best work when moved further forward in the second period.

His shot onto the bar was tapped in by Defoe for Tottenham's winner, giving Andre Villas-Boas a much needed home win.

Marouane Fellaini

Another brilliant Belgian. The Everton midfielder has started the season in fine form, and continued on Sunday, helping himself to Everton's third in a 3-0 win over Swansea.

Steven Gerrard

The Liverpool captain turned in by far his best performance on the season against Manchester United, but, reduced to 10 men, it was always going to be difficult by Brendan Rodgers' side.

Even after the dismissal of Jonjo Shelvey, Gerrard still imposed his authority on the midfield, and scored an excellent second-half strike to raise Liverpool's hopes of a victory.

Santi Cazorla

Possibly the player of the season so far. The Spaniard has had a hand in the majority of Arsenal goals, and the Gunners have started the season well.

Against Manchester City, Cazorla pulled the strings, and was largely the reason why Arsenal kept the ball so comfortably in the Premier League champions' own backyard.

Demba Ba

The Newcastle striker is reportedly unhappy, but put that aside to score the only goal of the game against Norwich.

It's quite a role reversal from last season, as Papiss Cisse is struggling for form while Ba already has four Premier League goals.

Robin Van Persie

The Dutchman had a quiet game, but it's the mark of a great striker that he still proved to be the match-winner.

A trip to Anfield is rarely straightforward, and for large periods United were outplayed, but they escaped with all three points thanks to a nerveless penalty from Van Persie.

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Robin Van Persie
Petr Cech
Ashley Cole
Manchester City
Robert Huth
Ryan Shawcross
Benoit Assou-Ekotto
Premier League
Juan Mata
Marouane Fellaini
Manchester United
Joleon Lescott
Roberto Di Matteo
Steven Gerrard
Demba Ba
Gareth Bale

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