Date: 30th October 2016 at 11:45pm
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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 Kieran Gibbs and Alexis Sanchez in the four one victory over Sunderland at the weekend at the Stadium of Light 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 both as part of his team but explaining his choice he told the BBC.


‘He hasn’t played many games this season, mainly because of injuries. However, when he does play, Arsenal always look far more adventurous down their left flank. There is no doubting Kieran Gibbs’ technical ability, lovely poise and delightful left foot, but I do worry about his ability to stay the course of a full season. The quality of the cross for Olivier Giroud to score with his first touch of the ball was typical of the defender, and he did exactly the same moments later – only this time Mesut Ozil failed to put the ball into the back of the net when the Gunners were leading 2-1 and totally in control. This is a big season for Arsenal and it’s time Gibbs came of age and made this position his own. Besides, England can always do with another good left-back.’


‘Is there a striker who works harder than this player? He simply ran the heart out of Sunderland, picked up his two goals as a reward for his efforts and went home. I’ve said it before and I will say it again, to turn Alexis Sanchez into the main striker in the Arsenal line-up in the absence of Olivier Giroud was a masterstroke by manager Arsene Wenger. Theo Walcott tried it and didn’t even come close to convincing anyone that he could do that job, but Sanchez looks Luis Suarez-esque. What’s more, Sanchez could have the same impact on Arsenal as Suarez had on Liverpool. The only problem is now Giroud is fit does Wenger move the Chilean wide again or leave him where he is? I know what I would do.’

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 points.

Full Team:

Tom Heaton (Burnley), Seamus Coleman (Everton), David Luiz (Chelsea), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal), Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City), Ross Barkley (Everton), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool), Gaston Ramirez (Middlesbrough), Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City).