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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 journalists and punters alike.

GK: Tim Howard, for Everton against Arsenal (8/10)

Everton were in complete control against Arsenal but that didn't mean Tim Howard did not have a few top saves to make. The American ensured there would be no nervous moments for the Toffees.

Key moment (83'): Howard with a stunning finger tip stop to divert a brilliant effort by Oxlade-Chamberlain shot onto his bar. That ball was travelling at some pace from 25 yards.

RB: Seamus Coleman, for Everton against Arsenal (7/10)

A couple of showboating moments from Coleman summed up another confident display. The Irishman looks to be a certainty for the right-back spot in any team of the year vote.

Key moment (85'): Powerful drive by Oxlade-Chamberlain is blocked by Coleman. Everton determined to get this clean sheet it seems.

CB: Mamadou Sakho, for Liverpool against West Ham (8/10)

Had to step in at short notice for the injured Daniel Agger but might be hard to dislodge after this display. His physical presence helped deal with the threat of Andy Carroll

Key moment (85'): West Ham's attacking threat seems to have fizzled out and that's a credit to Sakho and Skrtel.

CB: Winston Reid, for West Ham against Liverpool (8/10)

West Ham may have lost but few teams have kept Suarez and Sturridge as quiet this season. The performance of the Kiwi centre-back was a big reason for that.

Key moment (50'): Gerrard with some lovely passing this afternoon. Reid with another timely clearance. He is having a fine afternoon for the home side.

LB: Leighton Baines, for Everton against Arsenal (7/10)

Bombed down the left with ease for the Toffees as Santi Cazorla failed to track his runs. His pass to Lukaku that eventually led to the opener was a thing of beauty.

Key moment (14'): Goal! Naismith slides the ball into the net after Szczesny had made a fine stop from Lukaku. Brilliant pass by Baines to get the move going. Everton lead 1-0.

CM: Steven Gerrard, for Liverpool against West Ham (8/10)

A real captain's performance from Gerrard. Two fine penalties, but his passing was something to behold as he drove his side towards another vital three points in their quest for the title. Avoided a booking so will be ripe for battle against City next week too.

Key moment (44'): Penalty to Liverpool! Tomkins handles the ball after Suarez tried to go past him. Clear-cut penalty to the visitors. Brilliant pass from Gerrard to pick out Suarez.

CM: Willian, for Chelsea against Stoke City (8/10)

Superb performance and goal from the attacking midfielder. Outstanding stuff as he ran the show from the centre of the park.

Key moment (72'): Willian smacks the ball into the net from just outside the Stoke box. Brilliant finish, and Chelsea lead 3-0.

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AMR: Jason Puncheon, for Crystal Palace against Cardiff City (8/10)

If Roy Hodgson wants to look at men in form for his World Cup squad, it would not be a bad idea to study Puncheon's capabilities. Carries pace and a menace from various points on the park as Cardiff will testify. An attacking midfielder, who looked more like a forward.

Key moment (88'): Goal! Puncheon slams the ball high into the net from 25 yards. Superb swerving finish high above Marshall. 3-0 and this match well and truly over. Cardiff an utter shambles at the back.

AMC: Juan Mata, for Manchester United against Newcastle United (8/10)

Few players would have the ability to score a free kick so close to the box. To get the ball over the wall and then under the bar requires impressive technique, and in a fairly muted game that deserves recognition. His second required the kind of calm that has escaped most of his team-mates this year. Dos gols por favor.

Key moment (39'): Fletcher is fouled by Gosling as he looked to burst into the box. Mata takes a short run up to curl a free kick from just outside the box, and sends the ball into the top corner. Wonderful free-kick.

AML: Samir Nasri, for Manchester City against Southampton (8/1o)

The Frenchman was in fine form once again, orchestrating most of City's positive play. Although his goal was undoubtedly offside, it was taken well and capped off a neat City move.

Key moment (45+1'): City retake the lead. A really, really intricate passing move ends with Nasri sliding the ball past Gazzaniga from six yards. There's a big shout for offside as Silva receives the ball in the box, but you can't take anything away from the quality of the move. It was worked beautifully and finished expertly. 2-1.

FW: Steven Naismith for Everton against Arsenal (8/10)

The Scotland player has emerged as a figure of real quality. Surprisingly played in a central role with Lukaku pushed out wide and Arsenal didn't know how to handle him as he proved to be a constant nuisance to Wenger's side.

Key moment (14'): Goal! Naismith slides the ball into the net after Szczesny had made a fine stop from Lukaku. Brilliant pass by Baines to get the move going. Everton lead 1-0.

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