Eriksen and Ozil walk into our team of the week following brilliant debut performances…
Premier League team of week 4:
GK) Jussi Jaaskelainen – West Ham
The Premier League veteran was brilliant against Southampton at the weekend, keeping Rickie Lambert and Pablo Osvaldo at bay with a string of impressive saves. Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino will be feeling very sorry for himself after coming up against a keeper in such good form.
DR) Martin Olsson – West Brom
West Brom were battered against Fulham, but came away with a point thanks to a rigid defensive performance from the Baggies. Martin Olsson was particularly impressive, but West Brom need to improve at the top end of the pitch, and quickly.
DL) Danny Rose – Tottenham
Arguably Rose’s best performance in a Spurs shirt – the young English left-back was dynamic up and down the flank, getting forward while remaining defensively responsible at the back. Also produced two fantastic blocks from Ricky Van Wolfswinkel shots, and passed the ball accurately, too.
DC) Phil Jagielka – Everton
All of Everton’s defenders were brilliant against Chelsea, and it helped them secure a 1-0 win over the Premier League contenders who had 21 shots on goal. Jagielka was their leader, and organised a team performance of defensive magnitude.
DC) Robert Huth – Stoke City
Like Jagielka, Huth organised a defensive team performance which helped Stoke keep a clean-sheet against a title contender. City were woeful though, and Stoke were arguably the better side. Huth dealt with everything City threw at him comfortably.
MC) Gareth Barry – Everton
The first of three debutants in this team, Barry was back to his ultra-solid best for the Toffees. His memorable moment came with a last-ditch tackle on Samuel Eto’o, which immediately made Barry a Goodison park favourite.;
MR) Hatem Ben Arfa – Newcastle
The second goal in as many games for the mercurial French winger. His manager Alan Pardew knows that Newcastle’s hopes of a respectable finish this season lie heavily on Ben Arfa’s shoulders. Hi mazy runs and sweet left-foot caused Aston Villa problems all day.
ML) Mesut Ozil – Arsenal
The 24-year-old German was scintillating during the first half at the Stadium of Light. He made a goal for Olivier Giroud after 11 minutes, and then laid on a succession of guilt-edged chances to Theo Walcott, one of which he definitely should have scored. Easily a Premier League Player of the Year contender.
AMC) Christian Eriksen – Tottenham
Another brilliant debuntant – Eriksen pulled the strings behind Roberto Soldado magnificently for Andre Vilas-Boas’ side. is vision, technical ability and creativty was there for everyone to see, and at just 21-years-old, the Danish playmaker is only going to get better.
AMC) Gylfi Sigurdsson – Tottenham
Spurs’ record signing Erik Lamela will likely start the next match on the bench, which shows you how well Sigurdsson played in the victory of Norwich at the weekend. bagging himself two goals, the first a beautiful control and finish – reminded AVB that he has more than one top-notch attacking midfielder in his squad.
FC) Olivier Giroud – Arsenal
The French hitman made it four goals in his first four Premier league matches, and his opener in the Sunderland match sent Arsenal on their way to an easy victory. Giroud looks an entirely different player to last season, and is quickly becoming an early favourite for the Golden Boot.