Who said the Premier League had lost its appeal? After all the controversy in recent weeks it was refreshing to get back to matters on the pitch, and the top tier of English football rewarded us with a host goals and plenty of action.
Arsenal showed their remarkable vulnerability against Fulham, both Manchester City and Manchester United battled it out for comeback of the week and Chelsea threw away points against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.
Here as ever with the very best performers from another remarkable weekend of Premier League action is your GMF Team of the Week - leave your comments below.
Brad Friedel, Tottenham
Pushed close buy Fulham’s Mark Schwarzer, Freidel demonstrated once more that his advancing years do not equal a decline in talent.
Many Spurs fans have grown tired of seeing their expensive summer signing Hugo Lloris sitting by and watching on the bench, but so far there is no reason why the American should be replaced. If he wasn’t on the pitch on Sunday, Manchester City would have been out of sight long before they eventually snatched the win.
Leighton Baines, Everton
Is there a more consistent performer in the Premier League? The Englishman is demonstrating just why he is pushing Ashley Cole so hard at international level with an unwavering performance for Everton against Sunderland on Saturday.
Aside from his outstanding crossing ability, Baines completed 88% of his passes and helped carve out three clear-cut chances for his team-mates as they fought back against Sunderland to claim a 2-1 win.
Jose Enrique, Liverpool
Much maligned in a Liverpool shirt last term, Enrique is starting to show flashes of his ability.
Playing somewhat further up the pitch than usual, the Spaniard touched the ball more than any of his team-mates, including linchpin Joe Allen.
More performances like this and he’ll start to win over a few more people on Merseyside.
John Terry, Chelsea
Welcome back Mr. Terry. Although only on the pitch for 40 minutes after an accidental collision with Luis Suarez, the Chelsea defender made his mark long before he was forced to depart.
A free header it may have been but Terry’s powerful effort beat Brad Jones in the Liverpool goal, while he dealt with Suarez well before leaving the pitch. Reports today suggest he won’t be out too long either, which is a real boost for Chelsea.
Ryan Shawcross, Stoke
A commanding performance for Stoke at the weekend in what was an otherwise drab game against QPR, Shawcross showed why he has been linked with a move to one of the Premier League big boys in recent weeks.
Eight clearances and two shots blocked demonstrate the Englishman’s resolute style to perfection.
Marouane Fellaini, Everton
Another weekend and another goal for Fellaini, who is showing himself to be the driving force behind Everton’s top four charge.
The Belgian has been at the top of his game since the very start of the season, and if he wasn’t before, is now certainly the heartbeat of his side with Tim Cahill out of the picture. Sublime against Sunderland.
David Silva, Manchester City
The Spaniard had been out of action for Manchester City for over a month before this weekend, but in one flick of his boot the former Valencia man demonstrated his worth to his team.
City are forward-heavy but ever so slightly short in terms of creativity when Silva is out of action – but his sublime ball for Edin Dzeko’s winner against Tottenham showed the Spaniard at his creative best.
Christian Benteke, Aston Villa
Ok, so technically a forward but given the fine performances in attack this week it only seems fair that the Belgian is shoe-horned in somewhere. His fine work down the left hand side against Manchester United, including his assist for Villa’s first, proved not only his quality, but his strength and perseverance.
Olivier Giroud, Arsenal
Perhaps those who have deemed the Frenchman a flop already may want to reconsider? A brace in Arsenal’s 3-3 draw with Fulham on Saturday will no doubt bolster his confidence, while his all-round contribution was one of the bright spots on a dark day for Arsene Wenger.
Dimiter Berbatov, Fulham
The Bulgarian plays the game at his own pace – and Arsenal simply couldn’t live with him on Saturday. Every time he touched the ball there was panic in the Arsenal ranks, while on another day the Bulgarian could have more than his two goals.
When playing like this, Berbatov looks like the buy of the summer.
Javier Hernandez, Manchester United
Manchester United have two goal machines in the middle of a purple patch at the moment – and it was Javier Hernandez who took centre-stage after coming on as a substitute against Aston Villa.
With two goals to his name, the Mexican should have been celebrating a hat-trick had United’s equaliser not gone down as a Ron Vlaar own goal. ‘Chicharito’ has an uncanny knack of knowing where to be at the right time when the ball comes into the area, and he now has seven in his last six games.
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