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.
David Marshall would have made our XI but for Paulinho's late, late goal for Tottenham against Cardiff, so instead we reward Guzan, who won the game for Villa with a penalty save to deny Robert Snodgrass and a succession of further stops, most notably to prevent Gary Hooper from scoring late on.
Key moment (6’): Robert Snodgrass versus Brad Guzan from the penalty spot. The midfielder strikes it hard into the corner but Guzan leaps the same way... Saved! What a start at Carrow Road.
— bradley h friedel (@friedel_b) September 21, 2013
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RB: Leandro Bacuna, for Aston Villa v Norwich (8/10)
Matt Lowton was one of Villa's best players last season but Paul Lambert has been bold in replacing him with Dutchman Bacuna, who joined from Groningen in the summer. Bacuna defends proficiently and also delivers a stream of dangerous crosses and set-pieces - as he showed in a fine performance away at Norwich.
Key moment (90+4’): Bacuna clears from inside his own area... Norwich have less than 60 seconds to find a leveller.
I thought it was great to have a RB who understood when to attack & defend. Not knocking Lowton as he is still learning but Bacuna excelled. — AVFC FORUMS (@avfcforums) September 21, 2013
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A true captain's performance from the Belgian as he proved utterly dominant in the thumping derby win at the Etihad Stadium. Strong in the air and impeccable on the deck, Kompany's assured and imposing performance set the tone for City's supremacy.
Key moment (89’): Kompany has been outstanding today. This time the defender slides in to turn away a Felliani cross.
Great day for our club today! Proud of our team, proud of our fans. We seemed to be all at our best… http://t.co/JlQ9TEiNRI
— Vincent Kompany (@VincentKompany) September 22, 2013
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Though he looked at one stage to have felled Daniel Sturridge to give away a penalty, this was nevertheless a fine performance from the £8.5 million Croatian, signed from Lyon this summer. The highlight was obviously his headed winner at Anfield.
Key moment (54’): GOAL! The corner finds the head of Dejan Lovren who heads low into the corner. Gerrard, trying to clear it off the line, only hacks high into his own net. The away end erupts! 1-0 Southampton!
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We've come to expect Baines's presence in our Team of the Week but it's usually for his gutsy defending, relentless running and brilliant delivery. This week he makes it in having scored two glorious free-kicks against West Ham, leaving Jussi Jaaskelainen flummoxed on both occasions.
Key moment (82’): GOAL! Baines scores another absolute scorcher. Curls the free kick into the top right. In off the post.
Since the start of 2008/09, no player has scored more direct free-kicks than Leighton Baines in the Premier League.
— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) September 21, 2013
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His signing was widely ridiculed in the pre-Ozil era but Flamini has proved to be an astute acquisition by Arsene Wenger. Returning with the same fire and passion he showed during his first spell at Arsenal, the Frenchman has added steel to midfield and helps cajole team-mates into upping their games too.
Key moment (69’): Cameron's cross is turned behind for a corner by Flamini, who has had an excellent game so far.
Lot of #afc love for Ozil, rightly so, with assists etc but Flamini also worthy of praise. Does the ugly, ball-winning stuff, vocal too
— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) September 23, 2013
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CM:Yaya Toure, for Manchester City v Manchester United (8/10)
Just as Kompany dominated in defence, Toure was his usual menacing self in midfield, snapping into tackles and bringing drive and verve to the heart of the City side. He ran at United with regularity and also scored a goal in a comfortable win.
Yaya Toure simply swept aside Fellaini yesterday - & it was a struggle to notice if Carrick was playing. Young worst offender though. Awful.
— Phil McNulty (@philmcnulty) September 23, 2013
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Amalfitano scored his first goal for the Baggies in only his second game following his move from Marseille and looks to have brought real quality to the right side of Steve Clarke's attack. He also helped tee up Liam Ridgewell for the second goal and was a threat througout.
Key moment (90+3’): GOAL! Morgan Amalfitano gets a deserved goal. Anichebe backs into O'Shea, spreads the ball into the winger's path, and his shot is so well struck past Westwood, that he can only get his fingers to it.
Great to see my old mucker from Marseille Morgan Amalfitano playing well here. I told so many people he'd be great here. Well done to him. — Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) September 21, 2013
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Crystal Palace (8/10)
There's no danger of second-season syndrome affecting Swansea's star man with Michu claiming his fifth goal of the season and helping his side utterly dominate Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. Pure class from the Spaniard.
Key moment (2’): GOAL Swansea! And it’s Michu who puts them ahead. Shelvey pokes it through and it falls nicely into Michu’s path and he fires home.
@Michuoviedo 1 minute 20 seconds against palace, all it took! HE SCORES WHEN HE WANTS
— ThatWelshBoy (@JordanWebber96) September 23, 2013
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AML: Sone Aluko, for Hull City v Newcastle (9/10)
The Hull forward records a 9/10 for the second week in a row after another brilliant display, this time in an impressive 3-2 win away at Newcastle. The highlight was of course his sumptuous volleyed finish from a flowing Hull move.
Key moment (76’): WHAT A STRIKE! Aluko with a tremendously-controlled effort to volley left-footed from the edge of the box to give his side the lead. George Boyd with the cross.
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ST: Sergio Aguero, for Manchester City v Manchester United (8/10)
Last season was rather quiet by Aguero's lofty standards but he appears to be finding his feet once more, two goals in the Manchester derby helping to settle the game for those in sky blue. His first was a thing of real beauty too.
Key moment (18’): GOAL! Nasri slips in Kolarov down the left and the defender whips in a dangerous cross. It's slightly behind Aguero but the striker adjusts his position to somehow volley the ball beyond De Gea. Stunning strike.
Winning the Derby is always special, but doing so with great teamwork is even better. We're very happy! #cityvunited
— Sergio Aguero (@aguerosergiokun) September 22, 2013
- Sports & Recreation
- Brad Guzan
- Aston Villa
- Vincent Kompany
- Mathieu Flamini
- Leandro Bacuna
- Leighton Baines
- Premier League
- Robert Snodgrass
- Manchester City