David de Gea:
Manchester United became only the second side to avoid defeat against Chelsea, although the Blues did have the lion share of the chances. David de Gea showed again why many consider him to be one of the best goalkeepers in the world and why some think he should be Spain’s number one. He made an excellent save to deny Eden Hazard in a one on one situation after the Belgian struck a powerful shot, while he also made a smart save to deny Didier Drogba. The Spaniard wasn’t at fault for the goal.
Arsenal have a lack of defensive options, but the signing of Calum Chambers looks to be a good bit of business as he is comfortable at both right back and centre back. He was impressive in both halves at the weekend and played a big part in Arsenal gaining a clean sheet.
Swansea were impressive on Saturday overcoming a Leicester side that has been impressive in the early stages of the Premier League. The Welshman was dominant in the air and his reading of the game was second to none as he managed to keep the threatening forward line of Leonard Ulloa, Jamie Vardy and David Nugent quiet. His leadership is crucial to the Swans, and it played a huge role on Saturday.
Hull continued their good run with a draw away to Liverpool, managing to keep a clean sheet in the process, which was partly down to Curtis Davies, who managed to keep Liverpool’s chances down in the final third. Last season many were calling for the defender to get an England call up and if he keeps putting in performances like this, those calls will only get louder.
The England international continues to be one of the most consistent players in the league as he delivers solid performances week in week out. Defensively he was strong, but going forward he was very good, supplying a sumptuous ball for Samuel Eto’o’s first goal. Everton are starting to climb the table and Baines plays a big part in the side’s success.
It’s beyond doubt that Southampton have had the best start to the Premier League season as the South Coast side lie in 2nd place, behind only Chelsea after a turbulent summer. However the new signings have settled in well and one of them, Sadio Mane, scored the goal at the weekend to beat Stoke. The winger was a threat throughout as his direct running and positioning will prove to cause problems this season.
Many people were shocked when Alex Song moved to West Ham on loan from Barcelona, after all this was a player that was so impressive for Arsenal in the Premier League. There are many clubs that would benefit from signing Song, like Liverpool and Manchester United, but he is at the Hammers. He was dominant in the middle of the park on Saturday, laying the foundations for a home win. He got the better of both Fernando and Yaya Toure showing his undoubted quality.
Newcastle caused one of the shocks of the weekend in their win at Tottenham and French international Moussa Sissoko was the best player on the pitch. He battled hard for every ball in the middle of the park, even in the first half when the rest of his teammates looked disinterested. In the second half, Sissoko’s drive from midfield caused Spurs all sorts of problems as the home side looked scared of the central midfielder. Sissoko also played an integral part in the Newcastle winner.
Chelsea may not have won on Sunday, but the way they dominated the match at Old Trafford was impressive. Nemanja Matic has been one of the best signings of the year as he has provided Chelsea with a quality defensive midfielder, while he also looks to be positive when he recovers possession offering more attacking influence than Claude Makelele did, showing how the role has changed. He was key on Sunday as he dominated the Manchester United midfield and ensured Chelsea’s attacking players got enough of the ball to make an impact.
For the second week in a row, Alexis Sanchez makes the team after scoring twice at Sunderland. Both goals may have been down to individual errors, but the alertness and composure of Sanchez can’t be overlooked. He was also a threat the entire game and looks like he will always influence games, even when he isn’t playing at his best.
Chelsea opted not to keep Eto’o, but Everton have got a quality player as he showed on Sunday, scoring two goals against Burnley. He was playing a more withdrawn role off Romulu Lukaku, but his striking instincts were spot on as he scored a brilliant header after ghosting into the box, while his second was a sensational goal from distance.