Premier League Team of the Week: Gabriel Jesus, Granit Xhaka, Andy Robertson
Sports Mole picks his Premier League Team of the Week including Gabriel Jesus, Granit Xhaka and Andy Robertson.
The final whistle has sounded on another series of Premier League fixtures, with Manchester Cityis the usual beating of watford seeing them stay a point ahead at the top of the table.
liverpool ensured the gap would remain at a single point with a 2-0 Merseyside derby win over Evertonwhile chelsea tightened their grip on third place with a late 1-0 success over West Ham United.
Arsenal have increased their chances in the Champions League while working Manchester Unitedis in a 3-1 victory at the Emirates Stadium, and fourth place is again in the hands of the Gunners after Tottenham Hotspur draw 0-0 with Brentford.
Wanderers of Wolverhampton‘ European aspirations received another blow in a 1-0 loss to Burnleyand Newcastle UnitedThe rise of continued with a 3-0 victory against the basement City of Norwich.
Somewhere else, Southampton saved a 2-2 draw at Brighton and Hove Albion and Leicester cityis the battle with AstonVilla finished scoreless, as did Monday’s encounter between Leeds United and crystal palace.
Right here, sports mole picks its Premier League Team of the Week for the final round of fixtures.
Wilfried Zaha terrorized the Leeds defense nonstop at Selhurst Park on Monday night, but the Whites are number one Illan Meslier stood firm to ensure an invaluable point would be theirs, with the Frenchman making seven crucial saves to preserve his clean sheet in the capital.
As Tottenham strikers flattered themselves with cheating for the second weekend in a row, Christian Romero – who was moved to right-back in our XI – was a standout player at the back, making five interceptions, three blocks and posting 93% passing accuracy in another promising display.
Tottenham’s inability to break through the Brentford defense is largely due to the efforts of Pontus Janssonwho had six clearances, three blocks, three interceptions and two tackles to keep Antonio Conteon the calm side and maintain the solid form of the bees.
Another dominant force at the back came in the form of Joel Matip in the Merseyside derby, the Cameroonian centre-back making six tackles and winning his six ground duels in the fiery encounter at Anfield, while recording 89 per cent passing accuracy from the back.
Matip represents one of two Liverpool inclusions in our defense this week, with Andy Robertson eventually managing to break down Toffees resistance with a well-taken header past the Kop, and the left-back also completed 93 per cent of his passes for the title-chasing Reds.
Finally enjoying a string of regular starts in the Newcastle midfield since joining from Lyon, Bruno Guimaraes is featured week after week for Eddie Howeand scored his fourth Premier League goal with a cheeky chip after a Norwich error, and the Brazilian also posted 95% passing accuracy, two key assists and four interceptions in a dominating display.
The scoring midfielders were out in force this weekend, and it was no surprise to see the dead-ball specialist James Ward-Prowse knocking home another free-kick in the draw with Brighton, but the Southampton captain also demonstrated his mastery of open play with a drilled effort from the corner to save a point for his side.
Arsenal duo mohamed elneny and Xhaka Granite both took over last week, and the latter picked the perfect moment to score his next long-range thunderbolt to restore Arsenal’s two-goal cushion against Manchester United, while his two interceptions and accuracy 96% assists were also vital to the Gunners’ success.
Higher in the field, Kevin De Bruyne has been more about goals than assists this season, but the Belgian set up his team-mates twice in the 5-1 win over Watford, including a sumptuous cross for Gabriel Jesus to go home second in his team in front of the home crowd.
Hours after stories emerged from Gabriel Jesus potentially ready for a move from Man City to Arsenal in the summer transfer window, the Brazilian has given Pep Guardiola a glimpse of what he could miss with a staggering four goals in the win over the Hornets, and he provided a sweet assist for Rodri in City’s only goal that he didn’t score himself.
The star of Selecao, companion of Jesus Joelinton – whose prowess has also been felt in a deeper role recently – completes the front line of our XI this week, with the Newcastle man winning his first Premier League double in his 100th appearance in the competition – curling home a powerful effort on the crossbar before a back-post tap-in against the hapless Canaries.
Sports Mole Premier League Team of the Week (4-3-1-2): Messier; Romero, Jansson, Matip, Robertson; Guimaraes, Ward-Prowse, Xhaka; De Bruyne; Jesus, Joelinton