Date: 24th April 2017 at 7:02am
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Arsenal are represented in the latest Premier League team of the week that has been selected by BBC pundit Garth Crooks.

Actually Garth is now down as a ‘Football Analyst’ these days, a posh term for a pundit then!

The performances by Nacho Monreal and Gabriel in the two one victory over Manchester City in the FA Cup semi final at the weekend at Wembley 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.


‘Well, who would have believed that Arsenal would have beaten Manchester City in an FA Cup semi-final, considering the turmoil at the club in recent weeks? All credit to the players and manager for putting personal differences to one side and getting on with the business of playing football. The player who has impressed me during the difficult times at the Emirates has been Nacho Monreal. He always appears to play the game as though his life depends on it – regardless of the circumstances. Monreal wouldn’t rank in my top 10 all-time Arsenal full-backs but against Manchester City that didn’t matter. He did what he always does and that is stick to the task. However, what I don’t expect to see from Monreal are big goals in the big games. With Liverpool losing at home to Crystal Palace, Arsenal could still win the FA Cup and finish fourth. This win against City was a big result for Arsenal in more ways than one.’


‘I’ve never been completely convinced by Gabriel as a top-class defender but against Manchester City he was superb. For me he always seems to be a tackle away from a sending-off but he was disciplined and focused and not remotely interested in ugly confrontation. If Gabriel can take the petty squabbling with the opposition out of his game, and simply concentrate on his job, he could be a real asset for Arsenal. The Gunners can now look towards an FA Cup final against Chelsea. Games against the Blues are often explosive affairs and we all remember the clash between Gabriel and Costa at Stamford Bridge – there’s no love lost there. However Gabriel’s performance at Wembley must have given Wenger food for thought and if the Arsenal manager can trust the Brazilian in the really big games, he could be the difference between Arsenal winning the cup or not.’

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 progressing through to the final of the competition.

Full Team:

Eldin Jakupovic (Hull City), Victor Moses (Chelsea), David Luiz (Chelsea), Nacho Monreal (Arsenal), Gabriel (Arsenal), Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur), N’Golo Kante (Chelsea), Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Willian (Chelsea), Kamil Grosicki (Hull City), Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace).