Date: 5th January 2017 at 3:45pm
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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 Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud in the three all draw with Bournemouth on Tuesday at Dean Court 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.


‘Did you see Alexis Sanchez as he walked off the Vitality Stadium pitch? He had a face like thunder and was remonstrating with himself about Arsenal’s inability to take their title opportunities seriously – or at least that was what it looked like. He was furious and had every right to be. Arsenal fans can pacify themselves all they want about their brilliant comeback against Bournemouth, but if they do they will have badly missed the point. Arsenal should have knocked the Cherries out of the park and Sanchez knew it. This is the real reason why I believe Sanchez and team-mate Mesut Ozil are considering whether to re-sign for the Gunners or not. Players like these know what it takes to win titles because they’ve done it before elsewhere and at the moment Arsenal simply don’t have what it takes.’


‘This lad has had an amazing Christmas period. He stole a result out of West Brom, scored arguably the goal of the season against Crystal Palace and pulled Arsenal out of the fire against Bournemouth. Giroud has had to play second fiddle to Sanchez up front but appears to have done so without rancour. When he has been asked to perform he has done so brilliantly. This was another magnificent display of commitment and desire from two very different sides. Bournemouth gave everything and Eddie Howe, while disappointed with the final outcome, must have been very proud of his boys and the way they equipped themselves throughout this torturous period. As for Arsenal? As good a comeback as it was I saw all the reasons why I think they cannot, I repeat cannot, win the title. They are too busy looking good and simply aren’t ruthless enough.’

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 point and late fightback.

Full Team:

Lee Grant (Stoke City), Angel Rangel (Swansea City), Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur), Gareth McAuley (West Bromwich Albion), Gael Clichy (Manchester City), Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal), Ross Barkley (Everton), Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Jermain Defoe (Sunderland), Olivier Giroud (Arsenal).