first_imgWe’re into the second quarter of the Premier League season now but the excitement is never ending after more interesting results this weekend.Chelsea lost again in a game which saw Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp claim his first victory, while Steve McClaren’s Jekyll and Hyde Newcastle side were denied three valuable points by a stoic Stoke.Arsenal are continuing their march to top, while Manchester City are stumbling but keep getting results to ensure they remain on top of the table.But who were the stand out stars of the weekend? Click the right arrow above to see our XI… Attacking midfield – Arouna Kone (Everton) – After a terrible time with injuries and poor form, the ex-Wigan man is finally proving why Roberto Martinez has had so much faith in him. He claimed a brilliant hat-trick and an assist as Everton beat Sunderland 6-2 and was an absolute handful for the Black Cats who couldn’t deal with him. Attacking midfield – Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) – If Jurgen Klopp’s side are going to start claiming more Premier League victories, the Brazilian must become a match-winner. Often the skilful star can go absent in games before displaying glimpses of his class. Performances like his two-goal showing against Chelsea need to happen more often. Attacking midfield – Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) – Currently in his best spell as a Gunner, Ozil popped up with two more assists to add to his tally as they ran out 3-0 winners over Swansea City. Now the challenge for the German is to keep this form going. Goalkeeper – Jack Butland (Stoke). Find out who else makes the team – just click the arrow above! – The England star is in good form this season and another superb display managed to keep Newcastle out at the weekend. He pulled off a number of stunning stops to deny the Magpies and he’ll be hoping this can get him another England cap in the upcoming friendlies with Spain and France. 11 Centre-back – Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City) – The Argentine centre-back has settled well in Manchester and grabbed the opening goal of the game at the Etihad Stadium. His defensive contribution was key though as he won five headers and made six tackles to deny Norwich City. 11 Centre-back – Chancel Mbemba (Newcastle) – In the air and on the deck, the man known as the Chancellor is becoming a reliable figure at the back for the Steve McClaren’s side. He won five aerial duels and made three tackles to keep out Stoke on Saturday, while remaining tidy in possession and managing two efforts on goal. 11 11 Defensive midfield – Etienne Capoue (Watford) – It didn’t work out for the Frenchman at Tottenham but he’s been doing a good job for the Hornets so far this season. Against West Ham he was heavily involved and impressed talkSPORT pundit and ex-Arsenal star Ray Parlour who was cooing over the midfielder’s performance. Striker – Odion Ighalo (Watford) – If the Hornets avoid relegation back to the Championship this season it will be down to their strike partnership of Ighalo and Troy Deeney. The duo work well in tandem and the Nigerian’s double, which downed West Ham, continues to show he’s one of the most clinical forward’s currently in the Premier League. 11 Defensive midfield – Fernandinho (Manchester City) – When on form, the Brazilian is one of the most formidable midfielders in the Premier League. Against Norwich City he was imperious in possession, misplacing just five of his 125 passes as Manuel Pellegrini’s men won 2-1. 11 Right-back – Seamus Coleman (Everton) – It was a brilliant team performance from the Toffees as they dispatched Sunderland 6-2 at Goodison Park but Coleman finally looks to be regaining his form after injuries hampered his progress. Left-back – Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) – Usually in the shadow of Hector Bellerin on the opposite flank, Monreal has been a solid and steady performer for Arsene Wenger this season. Against Swansea City he was exceptional going back and forward as he had three successful dribbles, won four aerial duels and put in four tackles. 11 11 11 11 11last_img

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