Match Day twelve began with the North-London derby. A fantastic match with Arsenal triumphing over Spurs 5-2. Whilst Chelsea and Manchester United lost at West Brom and Norwich respectively, Manchester City took the opportunity to take top spot for the first time this season. But which players made the top 5 this week?
5) Shane Long – Amazingly West Brom sit 4th in the Barclays Premier League. Who’d have thought we’d be saying that last year? Shane Long’s influence on the team’s run has been sublime. He keeps breaking into the top 5 because of his goal return and assists. He puts in so much effort weak-in-weak-out. Not many players have the same work ethic as Long and they could certainly learn from the Irishman.
4) Theo Walcott – Throughout the North-London derby, Walcott showed why he’s one of the best wingers in England. He assisted Per Mertesacker’s opening goal and finally got on the score sheet himself in the 91st minute. Although transfer speculation has begun with The Sun stating that Wenger wants to ship Walcott off to Liverpool in exchange for Sterling. Whatever happens, Walcott’s class against Spurs was clear to see and it was much appreciated by the Gunners.
3) Michael Turner – The Norwich centre half was unbeatable against United. RvP and Hernandez were crowded out by the sole centre half. Not many defenders can solely stop a Manchester United attack. It’s funny how players such as Turner can play so well against the big teams and yet fail to get into the Sunderland team and be cast off to Norwich. I doubt he’ll ever play so well again but I’m sure Norwich fans will forever hold him at a high standing.
2) Luis Suarez – The Uruguayan now sits top of the golden boot table. He scored twice in Liverpool’s comprehensive 3-0 win over Roberto Martinez’s Wigan. Although he gets a lot of stick from neutrals, he has shown in recent months that he can be a match winner for the Reds. There’s no mistaking his goal scoring prowess or his goal return for that matter. Like Shane Long, he keeps getting into my top 5 as one just can’t leave out a player that provides so much every match day.
1) Carlos Tevez – Thanks to Tevez, Manchester City have returned to the top of the table for the first time this season. Two goals and an assist make him my player of the week. However I can’t help but think that if Tevez played for a team with more honour such as United or Liverpool, he would have never returned to the set-up. But because City don’t have any sort of prestige to maintain and because they’ve come so far in such little time, none of that matters. Perhaps it shows how fickle City fans are?