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Alan Shearer has given his best XI of the last round of Premier League matches.
Unsurprisingly, Manchester City and Arsenal are heavily represented, having achieved dominant victories over Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion respectively.
Southampton are three times overall after their surprising win against Liverpool, while Manchester United also have two players on the squad.
🧤 De Gea
👕 Smith Rowe
👕 De Bruyne
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David De Gea – After a slump in performances over the past two years, David de Gea is slowly returning to his best form. The Spaniard made four saves against Aston Villa on Friday, being beaten only by the close-range finish of Bertrand Traore.
Eric Bailly – Unsurprisingly, scorers Anthony Martial and Bruno Fernandes will get most of the credit for Man Utd’s win against Aston Villa, but it could very easily have ended up tied. Eric Bailly made a magnificent stoppage time block to deny Keinan Davies the equalizer.
John Stones – Another that has been lost in the last two years, John Stones has emerged from the margins and has shown that he still has a lot to offer. The Englishman is currently keeping Aymeric Laporte out of the starting eleven, which is much easier said than done.
Jack Stephens – Jannik Vestergaard’s absence was expected to be costly for Southampton, but Jack Stephens has improved admirably. The defender posted his fourth clean sheet in as many appearances, keeping players like Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane calm at St. Mary’s.
Bukayo Saka – Arsenal have had a mini resurgence in recent weeks after a horrible season opener, and Bukayo Saka is a big reason. He was once again outstanding against West Brom, scoring second in a 4-0 win at the Hawthorns.
Emile Smith Rowe – Not much was expected from the former Huddersfield loan, but he hasn’t looked out of place on Mikel Arteta’s side. He had two assists in the win at Hawthorns.
Ilkay Gundogan – He may not be the most natural scorer, but Ilkay Gundogan returned to producing the goods for the third time in four games, finishing the inning to give Man City the lead at Stamford Bridge.
Kieran Tierney – Even in Arsenal’s darkest days, Kieran Tierney was producing top-notch performances. And on Saturday he finished off with a wonderful goal to put Arsenal ahead.
Kevin De Bruyne – As if Chelsea needed more reminder of the mistake it was to let Kevin De Bruyne go, the Belgian playmaker was brilliant once again, helping Phil Foden before converting the rebound from Raheem Sterling’s shot to put Man City 3- 0 in the middle. time.
Harry Kane – The England captain helped dismantle Leeds United with another full performance. He came home from the penalty spot to make it 1-0, then produced a wonderful cross for Heung-min Son to convert shortly before the break.
Danny Ings – The former Liverpool striker has had his season interrupted by injuries but looked back at his prime against his former club. Ings produced a beautiful shot in the second minute, which turned out to be the only goal of the match.
Ralph Hassenhuttl (Coach) – The Austrian was excited for the end of Southampton’s win against Liverpool on Monday night. The three points brought the Saints to sixth place, out of the top four only on goal difference.