Premier League: Top Four XI

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Last season's top four of Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal have all had differing starts to the current campaign, with the Gunners setting the early pace after the other three clubs experience managerial changes in the summer.

There have been some incredible performances from some of their players in recent weeks, and here at GMS we have compiled a squad made up of the form players from these four sides this season.

Bear in mind, this is based on current form only. So if you're reading this Joe Hart, sorry pal.


Goalkeeper - David De Gea

An extremely close call between the Spaniard and Petr Cech, but we have given the edge to the Manchester United youngster simply because he has had much more to do in between the sticks than his Chelsea counterpart.

United have not enjoyed a particularly great start, but it could have been a whole lot worse without the athletic young shot-stopper protecting them at the back.

Right-Back - Branislav Ivanovic

The solid Serb just pips Pablo Zabaleta to the right-back spot after experiencing a fine run of form under new/old boss Jose Mourinho, keeping a fine young talent like Cesar Azpilicueta out of the squad on a consistent basis and providing some serious thrust on the right-hand side at Stamford Bridge.

Centre-Back - John Terry

The former England international had a lot of questions asked last season after an indifferent run of form, but with the return of Mourinho came the return of John Terry's class at the back.

The Chelsea skipper has once again been a rock at the back for the Blues and looks every bit the player he was during the Portuguese manager's early years at the club.

Centre-Back - Per Mertesacker

If Vincent Kompany had been fully-fit for the beginning of this season, he would surely have made this team, however in his place is the big German that has been a calming and effective presence at the back for a very attack-minded Arsenal side.

Forming a solid partnership with Frenchman Laurent Koscielny, Mertesacker's lack of pace is compensated by his incredible reading of the game and a shaky start to life in the Premier League has been all-but forgotten.

Left-Back - Ashley Cole

In a position that seems to be more impressive outside the top four at the moment than inside it, Ashley Cole is still the benchmark.

The England centurion has been one of the world's best for a number of years and although his attacking presence could slowly be on the wane, his defensive work is still top class.

Centre Midfield - Aaron Ramsey

If we would have compiled this squad six months ago, the Welshman would have been miles away from making the cut, but he is a different player this season and has arguably been the best in the Premier League so far.

With Arsenal storming to the top of the table following a disappointing opening day defeat, Ramsey has been the shining light and has chipped in with several impressive goals as well.

The young midfielder is finally showing his class after a long recovery from that horrific leg break four years ago.

Centre Midfield - Yaya Toure

Even when Manchester City aren't playing well, the powerful Ivorian cannot be held back and has been just as impressively consistent as ever under new manager Manuel Pellegrini.

As well as his driving runs and physical dominance, the former Barcelona man has added free-kick taking to his CV, scoring two carbon copy stunners this season so far.

Attacking Midfield Right - Oscar

The least hailed of all Chelsea's attacking options, the young Brazilian has certainly stepped into the limelight ahead of Eden Hazard and Juan Mata this season and has already notched some important goals for the club.

A player that always causes problems, Oscar has now added some substance to his game and looks a real prospect ahead of the World Cup next year in his home country.

Attacking Midfield Centre - Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney is a man with a point to prove, and he has certainly proven it so far this campaign. 

Reportedly ready to leave Manchester United in the summer after spending last season playing second fiddle to Robin van Persie, Rooney remained at the club and has set about regaining his place as the main man at Old Traffordm despite playing with some questionable headgear.

Attacking Midfield Left - Mesut Ozil

The furore created when Mesut Ozil arrived at Arsenal from Real Madrid was monumental, but judging by what we've seen so far, it was entirely justified.

The £42.4m man has galvanised the Gunners and helped fire them to the top of the table, chipping in with some goals as well as his usual array of assists, including three in one game against Stoke at the Emirates.

Striker - Sergio Aguero

The Argentinian was always going to struggle to replicate the end to his 2011/12 season in the last campaign and the former Atletico Madrid man struggled at times as Manchester City meekly conceded their title to their fierce rivals.

There has been a different story this time around however and the powerful striker has been on fire thus far, especially in the 4-1 demolition of Manchester United in September. He makes this squad ahead of some impressive competition in Olivier Giroud and Robin van Persie.

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