An unexpected clean sheet for Stoke City against Arsenal can be thanked largely to the efforts of England goalkeeper Jack Butland. Made six saves to help his side hold onto the three points, including some brave reflex saves at his near post from Danny Welbeck and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Match-winning display from the Spaniard. Sublime piece of quality opened the scoring against Tottenham, netting from a free-kick right into the top corner of Hugo Lloris’ net, and put Chelsea in front for the second time when his near-post drive crept under the Spurs goalkeeper in the dying moments.
Got to the ball first to force the ball over the line from a corner in the 4-0 hammering of Swansea and hardly looked troubled in defence.
Looks to have settled in well to Stoke’s backline, enjoying a physical tussle with Welbeck and nullifying Arsenal’s attack to help his side to a clean sheet. Kept the ball better than any of his starting teammates, maintaining a tidy 89% passing accuracy ratio.
A busy full Premier League debut for the Spaniard, who played a reliable role in a much more stable Watford defence compared to the one that conceded three against Liverpool. Read the game extremely well to make more interceptions (6) than any other player on the pitch.
Second consecutive appearance in our Premier League Team of the Week. The Australian scored the decisive goal of the game against Newcastle in style, playing a one-two with Elias Kachunga before delicately curling a shot beyond the hapless Rob Elliot.
A mature showing in a losing effort against Liverpool. The 21-year-old was unfazed by the occasion, laying on four tackles and completing three successful dribbles (the most amongst Crystal Palace players). Outmuscled Ragnar Klavan on the byline before teeing up Christian Benteke, who squandered a glorious chance.
Antonio Conte shuffled his threadbare squad around to accommodate for a lack of natural midfielders, starting with the deployment of David Luiz in a midfield role against Tottenham. The Brazilian was razor sharp with the timing of his challenges, making five, one of which was key in the build-up to Marcos Alonso’s winner.
Possesses an incredible knack for being in the right place at the right time. Scored two crucial goals as an under-manned West Ham battled, ultimately in vain, of salvaging something from the game against Southampton.
Another impressive performance from the Armenian, who was unlucky not to be included in last week’s XI. Found Lukaku in acres of space to seal the win over Swansea in the 80th minute and went one better when his clever reverse pass carved a path open for Paul Pogba to make it 3-0.
A hattrick of Stoke City inclusions is capped off by the debuting Spaniard Jese Rodriguez. Posed the biggest threat to Arsenal’s backline and proved as much when he linked brilliantly with Saido Berahino to score the decisive goal in a 1-0 win.