Five-a-side TOTW: September 27th 2016

Picking an eleven is hard; picking just five is even harder.

Over 30 Premier League goals scored for the third week running. Arsenal’s 3-0 drubbing of Chelsea almost tempted me to include an entire 5TOTW of Arsenal players. Alas, I’ve limited it to just two Gunners this week. Elsewhere, Manchester City made it six wins out of six, Tottenham maintained their unbeaten record and Manchester United were back to winning ways against Leicester. But who made it into the 5-a-side team of the week?

Goalkeeper – Artur Boruc

Is it me or are clean sheets increasingly becoming a thing of the past? Only four keepers kept clean sheets during match week six with the Bournemouth stopper being the pick of the bunch. His save to deny Romelu Lukaku’s downward header is the best I’ve seen in the Premier League this season. The ex-Celtic man was brilliant last season too but perhaps didn’t get the credit his performances deserved. He more than merits his place in our team.

The Stopper – Chris Smalling

In my opinion he is England’s best central defender. I was worried when he was left out of Mourinho’s first few games in charge. That omission cost him his England place too, yet despite the early disappointments the former non-league defender has recovered and regained his place in the United side. Captain for the day and scorer of the opener, Smalling and United were excellent as they thrashed last seasons surprise champions 4-1.

The Playmaker – Mesut Özil

WOW! This guy was simply magnificent all match. Özil was a key factor in Arsenal’s win against Chelsea, their first league victory against their London rivals in five seasons. He destroyed Chelsea and made the usually very reliable N’Golo Kanté look nothing more than ordinary. The way Özil span away from the Frenchmen prior to scoring the third goal was a thing of beauty. The finish itself was a bit fortunate but the turn was majestic and that alone warrants a place in our team.

Free Role – Alexis Sánchez

An assist and a goal. You can’t ask for much more than that can you? His goal was all of his own doing as he put pressure on an increasingly vulnerable Gary Cahill before clipping the deftest of finishes into the left-hand corner. The Arsenal No.7’s assist wasn’t too shabby either; a beautifully flighted cross for his fellow 5TOTW companion, Özil, to scuff into the back of the net.

The Finisher – Son Heung-min

He’s only played three Premier League games this season but the South Korea international has already matched last terms goal return. Two goals against Stoke were followed up by another brace against Middlesbrough. He opened the scoring with a smart run and finish before brilliantly doubling Spurs’ advantage with a wonderful curling effort. During the summer there were noises coming out of White Hart Lane suggesting he was heading back to Germany. Now with Harry Kane out for several weeks and new signing Vincent Janssen yet to hit top form, the former Bayer Leverkusen man could provide a much needed goal threat.

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