Date: 5th December 2016 at 10:19pm
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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 Alexis Sanchez in the five one victory over West Ham United at the weekend at the London 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.


It was like a scene from Game of Thrones. The hostilities had barely started and West Ham looked under siege in their own keep. Their walls had been breached by Arsenal and these uncompromising Wildings had no intentions of taking any prisoners. What was so alarming was that before the Hammers could draw breath, Monreal had two crosses cleared by scrambling West Ham defenders desperate to clear their lines – and so it continued. Monreal defended with the same intensity as he attacked and snuffed out the dangerous Manuel Lanzini during the early encounters. I have never been totally convinced by Monreal’s overall performance for the Gunners, but against West Ham he looked like a man with a point to prove. Take note, Kieran Gibbs.’


‘You won’t see many better hat-tricks than this. Neither will you see a striker just as keen to assist his team-mates as he is to score himself. However, that is Sanchez. What a pro. I found myself howling with laughter watching Match of the Day as Gary Lineker (as I knew he would) took Alan Shearer to task about his definition of a world-class striker. ‘Links’ absolutely nailed Alan and continued to bait him over the statement that he thought Aguero was the only world-class striker in the Premier League. Well, I’m with ‘Links’ on this one. Sanchez easily joins that rank and I’m really struggling to understand what he lacks to not fit into the category. I’ve said it before in this column that when more people agree than disagree about a player’s world-class status, more often than not those that agree are right.’

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.

Full Team:

Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea), David Luiz (Chelsea), Marc Muniesa (Stoke City), Gareth McAuley (West Bromwich Albion), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur), James McArthur (Crystal Palace), Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth), Nacho Monreal (Arsenal), Matt Phillips (West Bromwich Albion), Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal), Diego Costa (Chelsea).