By Neil Leverett and Niall Clarke
- AFC Bournemouth dominate our Gameweek 8 Team of the Week, after Cherries impressive 4-0 win at Watford
- Arsenal win eighth game on the bounce in all competitions, as Chelsea remain unbeaten with comfortable win versus Saints
- Liverpool and Manchester City play out surprising stalemate at Anfield before international break
PREMIER LEAGUE, UK – The Cherries dominate our Premier League XI of the week after their emphatic 4-0 win at Watford, but who else made the final cut before the international break?
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Goalkeeper & Defenders
Kepa Arrizabalaga (GK) – It was a good week for goalkeepers with the likes of Asmir Begovic and Hugo Lloris making their own cases to be in the team of the week, but it the young Chelsea starlet who makes the cut. Chelsea ran out comfortable 3-0 winners against Southampton, but things could have gotten hairy if not for some vital saves from Kepa. The pick of the bunch was tipping Nathan Redmond’s long range effort onto the bar to preserve his clean sheet.
Matt Doherty (RB) – Another win and another clean sheet for Wolves as they continued their impressive start to the season with a 1-0 win at Crystal Palace. Doherty was solid defensively once again for the recently promoted club, but it was going forward where he provided the most damage. The Irishman scored the winning goal for Wolves making it three goal contributions in his last four games.
Davinson Sanchez (CB) – Many expected Tottenham Hotspur to thrash Cardiff at Wembley, but it ended up being a more competitive game than anyone expected. Spurs ran out 1-0 winners on Saturday but they did face danger from Cardiff, danger that Sanchez was equal to throughout. If it was not for the recovery of the Colombian and his ability to fill in voids left by the full backs, it could have been a much different result.
Nathan Ake (CB) – AFC Bournemouth were excellent in their 4-0 demolition of Watford on Saturday and that is why three of them feature in our team of the week. Ake was a rock at the back for the Cherries, making eight clearances and winning 100% of his duels against the Hornets. It was a commanding performance by the former Chelsea centre-back that helped his side to a clean sheet.
Chris Lowe (LB) – Huddersfield Town put in a solid performance against Burnley and in many ways were unlucky to not get the three points. It was a difficult choice for a left back, but Lowe’s performance earns him a place in our team of the week due to not only his assist for Christopher Schindler’s header that levelled the game for the Terriers, but the German full-back’s impressive four key passes.
David Brooks (RM) – The Cherries Welsh international is quickly making a name for himself in the top flight, after his summer move from Championship side Sheffield United in the summer. It was in the second tier that Brooks was often a substitute, but his move to the top level has not daunted the 21-year-old and has now netted in successive week and was Eddie Howe’s star man at Vicarage Road, also making two interception and creating one key pass.
Jonjo Shelvey (CM) – Despite Newcastle United’s undeserved defeat at Old Trafford, Shelvey caused chaos for United in establishing the Magpies initial and shock 2-0 lead against the Red Devils. Setting up Yoshinori Muto for the second, Shelvey laid on four key passes and made an interception and two blocks. Many believe the midfielder will be vital in Newcastle are to avoid the drop, and though his efforts were in vain here, his fans were rightly on high after Saturday evening.
Ross Barkley (CM) – Though Chelsea’s talisman Eden Hazard again scored and set up Alvaro Morata for the Blues’ third on Sunday, the Belgian was usurped by a superb showing by forgotten man Barkley in central midfield. Preferred to Mateo Kovacic, the former England man played in Hazard to opening the scoring on the south coast, before latching on to Olivier Giroud’s cushioned header to sweep home and effectively kill off the Saints. Barkley also made one further key pass and further showing like this could see the former Everton man return to his best under Maurizio Sarri.
Beram Kayal (LM) – Completing a midfield four is Brighton Israeli playmaker. Filling the boots of Pascal Gross and Dale Stephens through injury, the Seagulls’ man found space on the left and his cross was converted by Glenn Murray to keep his impressive goal tally against West Ham in tact. Defensively also, Kayal made three interceptions and the same amount of blocks and tackles.
Callum Wilson (ST) – Wilson continues his stunning start to the campaign for the Cherries and his assist double and goal were just enough to tip the balance in his favour compared to Josh King, who was also again on the score-sheet. Bournemouth are now sixth in the league standing and are beginning to think of a potential European berth in May. Wilson has been a huge part of such a notion, with three goals and seven assists after just eight league games.
Alexandre Lacazette (ST) – Arsenal have really started to make waves in the league after a tricky start in their opening two games. It is now nine wins on the bounce for Unai Emery’s side as the Gunners firmly put Fulham to the sword in impressive style at Craven Cottage. Though Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang came off the bench for a sterling cameo to set up Aaron Ramsey, before bagging his own brace, it is Lacazette who takes his spot in the front two. Lacazette also made two tackles and is becoming the perfect foil for his Gabonese strike partner.
Here is our Gameweek 8 Team of the Week. Do you agree with our picks?
The Premier League returns on Saturday 20 October, as Chelsea host Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.
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