The top four remain separated by a solitary point after Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea all picked up maximum points on the road this weekend. The Gunners beat a beleaguered Sunderland side in Saturday’s early kick-off before City, Liverpool and Chelsea all kept up with the pace with away victories over West Bromwich Albion, Crystal Palace and Southampton respectively.
Spurs and reigning Premier League champions Leicester City played out a 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane while Manchester United fell further behind with a goalless stalemate against Burnley despite having an incredible 37 shots!
Elsewhere there were good wins for Everton, Watford, Middlesbrough and Stoke City with the latter beating Swansea City on Halloween evening. The MUFC Latest team of the week is as follows:
GK: Tom Heaton – Burnley: The English keeper made an incredible 11 saves against Manchester United as he thwarted his former club. The 11 saves was joint high for a Premier League game this season (also Heaton v Southampton). His best stop came at the back post against Zlatan Ibrahimovic as Heaton made a Peter Schmeichel-esque block to deny the big Swede.
RB: Seamus Coleman – Everton: You can always count on Coleman being an attacking outlet down the right-hand side and he worked tirelessly in Everton’s 2-0 win over West Ham at the weekend. It was the Irishman’s powerful strike that led to the Toffee’s opening goal and no player on the pitch made more tackles that Coleman (three).
CB: Michael Keane – Burnley: Much like his keeper behind him, ex-Red Michael Keane put in a tremendous shift to deny his former employers all three points at the Theatre of Dreams on Saturday. The 23-year-old has been brilliant so far this season for the Clarets and his recent call up to the England squad echoes that.
CB: David Luiz – Chelsea: Since Chelsea switched to the 3-4-3 they have won three out of three without conceding a goal. David Luiz used to be seen as a liability however has fully taken to Antonio Conte’s system and club captain John Terry will find it hard to get back into this team. Chelsea kept their fourth Premier League clean sheet in a row in the 2-0 win over Southampton on Sunday.
LB: Kieran Gibbs – Arsenal: For all the attacking talent at Arsenal’s disposal it was Kieran Gibb’s who was pulling the strings in the Gunners 4-1 win over bottom of the table side Sunderland. No player on the pitch created more chances than Gibbs and he also registered an assist for his sides second goal.
CM: Gaston Ramirez – Middlesbrough: Newly promoted Middlesbrough claimed their first win since the second weekend of the season much to the individual brilliance of Gaston Ramirez. The Uruguayan scored his first Premier League goal since December 2014 and it was well worth the wait. He started in his own half before showing a clean pair of heels to the Bournemouth defence and coolly slotted the ball into the back of the net.
CM: Ilkay Gundogan – Manchester City: Manchester City answered their critics having gone six games without a win in all competitions with a resounding 4-0 win at West Bromwich Albion, much to the brilliance of Iklay Gundogan. The German international set up Sergio Aguero’s first goal before adding a brace in the second half.
CM: Ross Barkley – Everton: Much has been made about Barkley’s ability to fulfill his potential recently and he even missed out on the latest England squad chosen by Gareth Southgate. The Englishman’s all round performance in Sunday’s 2-0 win over was impressive and he also notched his first goal since the opening day of the season.
RM: Philippe Coutinho – Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp’s men came out on top in a six-goal thriller at Selhurst Park on Saturday evening with Brazilian Coutinho stealing the show. The attacking midfielder was at the heart of pretty much every Liverpool attack and claimed two assists as Liverpool won 4-2.
ST: Sergio Aguero – Manchester City: The Argentine forward ended a drought of six appearances without a goal with a brace in the 4-0 win at The Hawthorns on Saturday afternoon. Only Diego Costa (eight) has more goals this season than Aguero (seven).
LM: Alexis Sanchez – Arsenal: The Chilean forward netted a brace as the Gunners saw off bottom of the table side Sunderland with ease. He scored in either half as Arsenal continued to keep pace at the top of the table. Sanchez has been involved in 11 goals (seven goals, four assists) in his last nine outings for Arsene Wenger’s men.