Premier League Team of the Week

Michael Turner
Michael Turner netted the equaliser for Norwich at Villa Park. Photo: PA

After an engrossing weekend on and off the pitch, ITV Sport's Will Unwin has put together his best XI from all the action.

Brad Guzan (Aston Villa)

His side were lucky to leave with a point, after a game which saw the American forced into a collection of saves, as Norwich’s forwards were allowed a plethora of chances, with Guzan the victim of some poor defending from the Villa back four.

Ryan Nelsen (QPR)

The New Zealand defender might not be the quickest, but he still gives it all, and was a key reason why the west Londoners held out against Arsenal for so long, and he was close to preventing Arteta’s late offside goal that gave the Gunners the win.

Ivan Ramis (Wigan)

After a shaky start to his Premier League, the Spaniard has found his feet. The ultimate proof of his quality came with a stunning volley, which opened the scoring at the DW, and he continued to impress by keeping Andy Carroll quiet all afternoon.

Michael Turner (Norwich)

He failed to live up to his billing at Sunderland, but the centre-back is now coming back to his best, as he forms a strong bond with Sebastian Bassong in the heart of the Norwich defence, and his goal showed his crucial threat at the other end the pitch.

Juan Mata (Chelsea)

The Spanish playmaker made headlines for non-footballing reasons, but if Chelsea had maintained 11 men of the pitch, he was looking like the man who would take them through to victory, following his superb free-kick and the fact he was running the show.

Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)

He may have only played an hour on Saturday, but thediminutive midfielder gave everyone a reminder of what Arsenal and England havebeen missing over the last 14 months, with exemplary passing and energy in thecentre of the park.

Jack Wilshere
Jack Wilshere impressed on his Arsenal return against QPR. Credit: PA

Leon Osman (Everton)

After going two goals down against your fiercest rivals, it was understandable that one-club man Osman would be the keenest to turn the game around, as he fought in midfield with the more decorated Gerrard and excelled throughout.

Gareth Bale (Spurs)

Cheap Halloween headlines suggest the Welshman haunted former club Southampton on Saturday. But Bale is a permanent danger against whoever he faces, whatever the time of year, and the Saints’ erratic defence was just the latest victim.

Carlos Tevez (Man City)

In what was possibly the worst football match of the season, only one man stood out from the utter embarrassment of the other 21 men on the pitch. The Argentine striker was lively throughout, as he dragged the match of the ditch to provide fans with a spectacular goal.

Robin van Persie (Man Utd)

The match will now be remembered for other matters, but the striker was at his very best. RVP’s movement resulted in the opening two goals for United and his quality was decisive as United overcame the nine men of Chelsea.

Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham)

It seemed like the Bulgarian had given his side a late winner against Reading, but the Royals quickly equalised. Berbatov was the star of the show, despite playing a lot of the game with a rib injury, which might have curtailed a lesser player’s apperance.