Arsenal are represented in the latest Premier League team of the week that has been selected by BBC pundit Garth Crooks following the clash with Watford.
Actually Garth is now down as a ‘Football Analyst’ these days, a posh term for a pundit then!
The performances by goalkeeper Petr Cech and Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the three nil victory over Watford at the weekend at the Emirates Stadium was enough to earn them a place in the side alongside the other, in the opinion of the former Spurs striker anyway, most impressive performers in the topflight over the latest weekend.
I think we’ll already know ourselves, and not just based on the latest performance, why Crooks, we’ll also not argue with it, selected the duo as part of his team but explaining his choice he told the BBC.
‘Troy Deeney doesn’t miss many but if he was going to miss a penalty then who better to save it than Petr Cech? The Czech international may be past his best but both will go down in history for very different reasons. However, Cech can take great comfort in achieving a great Premier League landmark. To reach 200 Premier League clean sheets is very special. He has been a great keeper and an even better professional.’
‘Arsenal fans may be announcing their displeasure by not turning up in any great number against Watford but it didn’t seem to bother Henrikh Mkhitaryan. The Armenian international got on with the business of winning football matches. Arsenal fans might think about doing the same. They still have the Europa League and that could mean the Champions League. A great time for Wenger to consider a dignified exit.’
It’s always good to see the club represented in this way, and well played to both for their recognition, but the most important thing about the weekend was of course the win.
Petr Cech (Arsenal), Ashley Young (Manchester United), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), Matthew Lowton (Burnley), Kenedy (Newcastle United), Willian (Chelsea), Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Arsenal), Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Ashley Barnes (Burnley).