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Premier League Team of the Week: Hat-trick hero


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After the latest round of Premier League action, we bring you our pick of the best players on display in the English top flight.

And to give you a flavour of how their performances were viewed across the land, we have also included tweets from players, journalists and random punters.

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GK: Wojciech Szczesny, for Arsenal v Crystal Palace (8/10)

Made two world-class saves in quick succession to deny Joel Ward and Mile Jedinak, and was a towering presence under late pressure as Arsenal held on with 10 men to record the win.

Key moment (74'): GREAT SAVE SZCZESNY! Fantastic volley from Jedinak on the edge of the box but the Pole makes a remarkable stop! Corner again!

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RB: Phil Bardsley, for Sunderland v Newcastle (7/10)

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Exiled to the fringes of the first-team by former manager Paolo Di Canio due to disciplinary problems, this represented something of a triumphant return at the Stadium of Light as he helped keep Newcastle out and was afforded a warm reception when coming off in the second half.

Key moment (39'): Bardsley cleans out Santon to huge cheers from the home fans. Five or so minutes till half-time. This one is delicately poised.

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CB: James Tomkins, for West Ham v Swansea (8/10)

Put in an impressive shift at the heart of the West Ham defence and made some crucial clearances and blocks as Swansea gained the edge after the restart.

Key moment (73'): De Guzman sends in a free-kick from the right. West Ham, as you'd expect, deal with it well through James Tomkins.

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CB: Jose Fonte, for Southampton v Fulham (7/10)

In truth, defensive partner Dejan Lovren was also deserving of a place in our XI (yet again) but we could only pick one so Fonte gets the nod. He is a key component of the Premier League's best defence, with a 2-0 win over Fulham meaning Southampton have conceded only three goals in nine games this season, leaving them third in the league.

Key moment (74'): Southampton have the ball, but Fulham win it back. Bent speeds down the right, finds space to cross, and his low pass is just cut out by Fonte at the near post to concede a corner.

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LB: Razvan Rat, for West Ham v Swansea (8/10)

The Romanian was in fine form in the away match at Swansea, helping West Ham keep a clean sheet in a 0-0 draw at the Liberty Stadium. Rat also caused problems with his set-piece delivery.

Key moment (23'): A punt upfield from Rat causes Michel Vorm all sorts of difficulty. He completely misses his punch and is fortunate to see a team-mate hack the ball away from danger.

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CM: Jack Colback, for Sunderland v Newcastle (8/10)

Fabio Borini and Jozy Altidore will take the plaudits as Sunderland emerged victorious on derby day but Colback was immense in the middle. Made Cheick Tiote and Yohan Cabaye look very average, which is no easy feat.

Key moment (61'): Johnson whips in an outswinging corner towards Colback on the edge of the box. The midfielder knocks it inside to Larsson who lashes a curling effort just over the bar.

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CM: Leon Osman, for Everton v Aston Villa (7/10)

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The midfielder set up one goal and scored the other with a lovely side-footed finish in a decisive performance as he came on as a substitute for Roberto Martinez's side.

Key moment (81'): GOAL! ASTON VILLA 0-2 EVERTON! Leon Osman wins it for Everton. Barry finds himself just inside, the penalty area on the left. He takes a moment, pulls it back for Osman who passes the ball into the near post.

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CM: Adam Lallana, for Southampton v Fulham (8/10)

Both Jay Rodriguez and Rickie Lambert scored in Southampton's comfortable 2-0 win, but it was Lallana who was at the centre of almost every attacking play and made sure Saints kept possession throughout.

Key moment (43'): GOAL! SOUTHAMPTON 2-0 FULHAM! Rodriguez scores. Lallana sends a diagnonal cross in towards Lambert at the back post. This time he heads it across goal for Rodridguez to be the man to head home at the back post.

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ST: Fernando Torres, for Chelsea v Manchester City (9/10)

Bore the brunt of criticism after missing two really important chances from close range, but individual brilliance from him created the first Chelsea goal and he added his own name to the scoresheet late on; endless running, great energy and off-the-ball play.

Key moment (90'): GOOOOOOAL! One last push ... and the winning goal! Fernando Torres takes advantage of some horrific defending, slotting into the empty net. Chelsea 2-1 City.

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ST: Luis Suarez, for Liverpool v West Brom (9/10)

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A near-perfect performance from the Uruguayan, who could have scored six or seven but in the end settled for three at Anfield. With Suarez operating alongside Daniel Sturridge, Liverpool look to possess the best strike partnership in the league.

Key moment (12'): GOAL! Suarez breaks the deadlock. He's faced with a wall of West Brom shirts but, undeterred, he dribbles past two, pops it through the legs of another and rolls it into the bottom corner. Wonderful stuff.

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ST: Sergio Aguero, for Manchester City v Chelsea (8/10)

Though ultimately on the losing side in a 2-1 defeat at Stamford Bridge, Aguero was in impeccable form for City, scoring their goal and never giving the Chelsea defence a moment's rest. After an indifferent second season, Aguero is coming into his own once again.

Key moment (48'): GOOOOAL! Manchester City are level. It's 1-1. Sergio Aguero beats the offside trap in the left channel of the box and he smashes the ball past Petr Cech. Incredible finish.

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