TEAMtalk's Top Men

TT's Top Men: Wilshere back with a bang

Tuesday 30th October 2012 9:38

Jack Wilshere: Made an impressive return from injury

Jack Wilshere: Made an impressive return from injury

Arsenal's Jack Wilshere made an impressive return from injury to make TEAMtalk's Top Men, while Juan Mata again found himself in our XI.

After every round of Premier League fixtures, we pick our team of the weekend, explain our selections and then invite you - our loyal army of readers - to pick your team of top men. We're looking for the players who caught your eye with dazzling displays or powerful performances on Matchday Nine (27 and 28 October). You can choose any formation and there's no limit on how many players you can pick from each team - so have a think, then get involved.

TEAMtalk's Top Men (4-3-3): Cesar; Vertonghen, Turner, Ramis, Sagna; Bale, Wilshere, Mata; Suarez, Berbatov, Van persie.

Goalkeeper

Julio Cesar - Queens Park Rangers: QPR remain rock-bottom of the Premier League and Arsenal piled more woe on Mark Hughes' men with a 1-0 win at Emirates Stadium, but Cesar's commanding display offered Rangers some comfort. The experienced goalkeeper produced a host of fine saves as the Gunners applied the pressure, with only an apparent offside goal from Mikel Arteta managing to beat the Italian.

Defenders

Jan Vertonghen - Tottenham: Vertonghen put in another assured display on the left of Spurs' defence as they overcame Southampton 2-1. The Belgian looked strong at the back while also showing his prowess getting forward as he continued to develop a partnership with Gareth Bale, linking up well with the Welshman.

Michael Turner - Norwich: Aston Villa were restricted to just one chance as the Canaries kept them quiet at Villa Park in a 1-1 draw and Turner was solid at the back for the visitors, putting the gloss on his display when he netted a late equaliser, heading home Wes Hoolahan's corner.

Ivan Ramis - Wigan: The Latics defender contributed a fine all-round display at home to West Ham, while his sizzling left-footed volley which opened the scoring in the eighth minute was particularly easy on the eye. The centre-back helped keep things tight at the back throughout, with he and defensive partner Gary Caldwell successfully subduing Andy Carroll.

Bacary Sagna - Arsenal: Sagna made an excellent return from injury to give Arsene Wenger a headache in choosing between him and the impressive Carl Jenkinson. The right-back fired in a string of crosses as he got forward for the Gunners while also holding steady in defence as Arsenal picked up a clean sheet.

Midfielders

Gareth Bale - Tottenham: Bale was a nuisance to the Southampton defence throughout and saw his efforts rewarded with a well-taken opener, nodding home Tom Huddlestone's through-ball with apparent ease for his fourth headed goal of the season.

Jack Wilshere - Arsenal: Returning from a 17-month injury lay-off, Wilshere was in impressive form for the Gunners as he took up his usual place at the heart of their midfield. The youngster made several attacking runs and linked up well with Santi Cazorla as he ran the show for the hosts.

Juan Mata - Chelsea: Mata is no stranger to our team of the week and contributed another excellent display against Manchester United, playing a key role as the Blues clawed their way back from two goals down. The Spaniard scored a superb curling free-kick on the stroke of half-time to inspire Chelsea's revival but could not stop them slipping to defeat after going down to nine men.

Strikers

Luis Suarez - Liverpool: Suarez caused problems for Everton's defence throughout the Merseyside derby as he enjoyed a prolific afternoon, seeing his shot deflected into the net by Leighton Baines for Liverpool's first then adding another six minutes later. The frontman should have had a third in the dying minutes but it was ruled out for offside, with replays showing the officials made the wrong call.

Dimitar Berbatov - Fulham: Berbatov capped a convincing performance for the Cottagers with a wonderful goal late on, applying an expert finish to Steve Sidwell's pass. His antics were all the more impressive following Martin Jol's revelation he was playing with a cracked rib that required an injection at half-time.

Robin van Persie - Manchester United: Van Persie left the Chelsea defence all at sea early on in Sunday's clash at Stamford Bridge as he made a superb start. The Dutchman saw a fourth-minute shot deflected in off David Luiz before lashing home Antonio Valencia's cross for the home side's second eight minutes later.

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