Date: 8th May 2017 at 8:51pm
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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 Laurent Koscielny and Aaron Ramsey in the two nil victory over Manchester United 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.


‘Arsene Wenger has invested in a number of top-class French players during his 21 years at Arsenal. Some have been better than others, and whilst my personal favourite – Patrick Vieira – takes some beating as arguably Arsenal’s all-time best French player, Laurent Koscielny is the latest in a line of great Frenchman to have played for Wenger. I admit he can be erratic at times but when he is on top of his game there aren’t many better defenders in the league. Against Manchester United, and a very lively Anthony Martial, he coped comfortably. Even when United’s speed merchant Marcus Rashford came on, Koscielny didn’t seem the least bit concerned about the threat posed. And why should he be? He’s seen it all before and coped admirably. Whatever decision Wenger makes about his future at Arsenal in the days and weeks ahead, the manager can look back at a career where his countrymen have never let him down. And, for that matter, he hasn’t let them down either.’


‘Well, what a difference a few days make. I said after last week’s defeat at Spurs that Arsenal could still finish fourth and win the FA Cup and nothing has changed. In order to keep this dream alive the Gunners had to take care of Manchester United and they did it without a great deal of fuss. Admittedly, Jose Mourinho’s priority is no longer finishing fourth but winning the Europa League. If United were to win that competition they would secure a Champions League place and win a major trophy at the same time – all in Mourinho’s first season. Aaron Ramsey, on the other hand, could, by winning the FA Cup and finishing fourth, provide Arsene Wenger with the perfect leaving gift. Wenger would be mad to subject himself to any more of the vicious bile that has been thrown in his direction from some of his own supporters. If I were him I wouldn’t stay at the club for one second more than was absolutely necessary.’

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:

Jordan Pickford (Sunderland), Axel Tuanzebe (Manchester United), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City), Alfie Mawson (Swansea City), Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Manuel Lanzini (West Ham United), Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City), Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal), Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City), Sam Vokes (Burnley).