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Premier League team of the week: Arsenal and Man Utd match-winners feature – Mirror Online

The 2021-22 Premier League continued to give us plenty of drama on matchweek five.

Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United drew level on 13 points with weekend wins while Manchester City slipped up by drawing at home to Southampton.

Unfortunately for Tottenham Hotspur, they were unable to mark the passing of English legend Jimmy Greaves with a positive result, falling 3-0 to Chelsea thanks to a one-sided second half.

Newcastle and Leeds played out an exciting 1-1 draw on Friday, before Brentford claimed all three points at Wolves in Saturday’s early kick-off.

Brighton edged a controversial clash at Leicester and Arsenal made it back-to-back victories at Burnley.

Norwich lost their fifth successive game as Watford got back to winning ways and Aston Villa thumped Everton 3-0.

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With all of those fixtures in mind, Mirror Football selects the Premier League Team of the Week for matchweek five.

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For a goalkeeper, it doesn’t come much better than saving a last-minute penalty to secure the win for your team.

That’s exactly what De Gea did for Manchester United at West Ham on Sunday after Mark Noble, fresh off the substitutes bench, stepped up to try and equalise for the Irons after Luke Shaw had handled the ball in the area.

The Spaniard had failed to save his last 40 spot-kicks – dating back to April 2016 – but rolled back the years and helped erase the nightmare of the Europa League final by guessing right, which even resulted in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer running onto the pitch in celebration.

No clean sheet but well and truly the hero of the day.

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Matty Cash

Thanks to three goals in nine second-half minutes, Villa cruised to victory over Everton on Saturday evening.

Cash kicked off the slew of strikers but scoring a cracker; driving into the box and producing an unstoppable effort from his weaker left foot.

The ex-Nottingham Forest winger was deployed at wing-back by Dean Smith, completing the most dribbles in the match which was preluded by talks of the 24-year-old considering a switch of international allegiance from England to Poland.

A day to remember as he scored his first goal for the club.

Thiago Silva

At the other end of his career, 36-year-old Thiago Silva produced a vintage performance at Tottenham, marshalling the Blues’ back line and breaking the deadlock with a thumping header.

Taking the Lion’s share of post-match praise from fans and pundits alike, the Brazilian showed why he is still one of the world’s most trusty defenders, even helping weather the early storm that Thomas Tuchel and co endured.

Kristoffer Ajer

One of the weekend’s biggest shocks came at Molineux, where Brentford beat Wolves 2-0 – and in convincing fashion.

Ajer, who signed for Celtic during the summer transfer window, was imperious for the Bees, who played the final half hour of the match with 10 men.

The Norwegian’s tackle on Hwang Hee-chan is closing stages could well have prevented a collapse from Thomas Frank’s men as they recorded their second win of the season.

James Milner

With Trent Alexander-Arnold having to drop out at the last-minute on Saturday morning, Mr Reliable stepped up for Jurgen Klopp and helped Liverpool defeat Crystal Palace 3-0 at Anfield.

Tipped to struggle against Wilfried Zaha pre-match, Milner was his assured self and stood out in a game which may have seen the limelight go the way of the attackers.

Winning a game-high 10 duels and completing 62 passes – more than any other player – the veteran’s evergreen quality shown through.

Martin Odegaard

Arsenal are tentatively beginning to get a head of steam after consecutive 1-0 wins, the latest being in Lancashire.

Odegaard’s scrumptious free-kick made the difference and the Norway international was the bright spark with his two chances created and two key passes.

The 22-year-old was stuck alongside Thomas Partey in a deeper role by Mikel Arteta and the decision paid off as the Gunners climbed to 13th in the table.

Douglas Luiz

Returning to Villa Park, Luiz’s dominant display in the middle of the pitch was standout showing.

Assisting Cash’s opener, the 23-year-old contributed in both an attacking and defensive sense as he held his side together.

He juggled creating a whopping six chances and two dribbles with three successful tackles – both the best by any player in the teatime contest.

Everton clearly struggled to contain the former Manchester City man, fouling him on four occasions as they tried in vain to stop his powerhouse performance.

Our only substitute selection, Lingard returned to the London Stadium to pick up the form he showed on loan at West Ham in the second half of last term, firing in an 89th-minute winner for United.

Although Cristiano Ronaldo had the bulk of the chances for the Red Devils, the midfielder was the man who eventually grabbed the decisive goal 16 minutes after entering the fray.

David Moyes was left to rue missing out on the 28-year-old, who boasts the second-best goals per-minute ratio this season behind Crystal Palace’s Odsonne Edouard.

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Ismaila Sarr

Two goals, five dribbles and nearly one sensational assist, not much more needs to be said of Sarr.

The Senegal winger wreaked havoc at Norwich as Watford ended a streak of three successive losses.

His first showed a predatory instinct in the penalty area and second more of a poacher’s strike, netting the rebound after Joshua King forced Tim Krul into a save.

If Emmanuel Dennis has connected with his teasing second-half cross that outfoxed the entire Canaries back line, Sarr would have gained a third goal contributions but it was not to be.

Ivan Toney

Unfortunate not to have three goals, one and a lay-on to boot was what Toney had to settle for in the midlands.

The 25-year-old put away a penalty which was sandwiched by two goals disallowed for offside and he set up Bryan Mbeumo to double the six minutes after the opener.

Continuing to prove his goalscoring prowess in the top flight, Toney’s form is making many believe Brentford can indeed survive their first Premier League campaign.

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Becoming the first man to score against the same team on nine meetings in a row, Mane also notched his 100th goal for Liverpool against Palace.

His close-range finish after Mohamed Salah’s header was saved by Vicente Guiata got things started, while the Senegalese star also tormented Joel Ward with his speed and dribbling throughout the 90 minutes.

Despite having the least touches on the field of any outfield players, Mane’s display was what mattered.

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