Premier League Team of the Week

Patrice Evra
Patrice Evra celebrates his goal against Newcastle. Photo: PA

ITV Sport's Will Unwin selects his Premier League Team of the Week, as the big clubs have a good weekend.

Joe Hart (Man City) – It’s been a good few days for England’s No.1. On Wednesday he had one of the games of his life to earn City a point in the Champions League against Borussia Dortmund. Hart followed this up with his first clean sheet of the season against Sunderland.

Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) – The Serbian is one of the best all-round defenders in the league, and one of the most consistent. He looks composed at the back, and is an increasing threat going in the other direction: witness his sublime goal at Stamford Bridge against Norwich on Saturday.

Jose Fonte (Southampton) – By definition, a Saints defender will struggle to have a decent weekend this season, as Jos Hooiveld has proved. Fonte, however, showed his worth at attacking set-pieces by salvaging a point for his team with two headers against Fulham.

Joleon Lescott (Man City) – The England centre-back isn’t always trusted in the big games these days, but he stepped up against Sunderland after missing out in the Champions League, guiding defensive partner Micah Richards safely through his first game of the season.

Patrice Evra (Man United) – The Frenchman has struggled for a while, but regained some of the class he showed in his early part of his United career, as his team looked more defensively cohesive than in recent times. Evra also weighed in with a rare goal.

Aaron Lennon (Spurs) – A recall to the England squad has boosted the winger’s confidence as his explosive pace kept Aston Villa on the back foot for the majority of the game, and it was deserved when he fired in a goal to confirm the win for improving Spurs.

Aaron Lennon
Aaron Lennon jumps for joy after scoring against Aston Villa. Credit: PA

Steven N’Zonzi (Stoke City) – Since moving to the Potteries from the laughing house of Ewood Park, N’Zonzi has made himself a first-choice pick in a competitive Stoke midfield, and once again imposed himself on the opposition, which is no mean feat against the likes of Steven Gerrard and Nuri Sahin.

Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) – Another mesmeric game from the diminutive former Malaga man. West Ham claim they play football as it should be played, but they won’t be able to compete with Arsenal who had the swagger of the Spaniard running the show from between the opposition lines.

Juan Mata (Chelsea) – When this man can’t get into the Spain squad, it’s a sign of how good a group of players Vicente del Bosque has at his disposal. Mata ran the game against Norwich, alongside both Oscar and Eden Hazard in what could be the most potent attacking force in the league this season.

Wayne Rooney (Man United) – The evolution of Rooney’s role in the United team has been an interesting one since the arrival of Robin van Persie, with the England forward looking comfortable as the link-up man between forwards and midfielders. Rooney really thrives when possession goes through his feet.

[Arouna Kone (Wigan Athletic) – In the modern game £5m is nothing for a striker, so Roberto Martinez will be ecstatic by how quickly the Ivorian has settled in at the Latics. His direct running and composed finishing will make him a favourite with Wigan fans.

Arouna Kone
Arouna Kone was a threat all game against Everton. Credit: PA