Date: 12th December 2016 at 2:45am
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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 performance by Hector Bellerin in the three one victory over Stoke City 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 Bellerin as part of his team but explaining his choice he told the BBC.

‘When Hector Bellerin plays for Arsenal they tend to win. His quality of pass is so good when he is in the final third of the pitch, it’s quite impressive. The substitute had only been on the pitch for a few minutes, having come back from injury, and he was causing Stoke all kinds of problems down the right. The full-back then produced the most wonderful ball for Theo Walcott to equalise and almost immediately set up a chance for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who should have done better. Bellerin is a fabulous talent and earned his place in the Arsenal team. As for Stoke, it was a valiant effort with notable performances particularly from Joe Allen and Charlie Adam. However Adam needs to be careful. He caught Alexis Sanchez with a nasty clip as he played a one-two with Alex Iwobi for Arsenal’s third goal. He got away with what might have been interpreted as an clumsy error by some, but a stamp by others who know what actually takes place on a football field. Adam got away with it this time but it might cost him and his team in the future.’

It’s always good to see the club represented in this way, and well played to Bellerin for his recognition, but the most important thing about the weekend was of course the three points.

Full Team:

David de Gea (Manchester United), Stephen Ward (Burnley), Marcos Rojo (Manchester United), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Hector Bellerin (Arsenal), Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace), Jeff Hendrick (Burnley), Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Manchester United), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Diego Costa (Chelsea), Stefano Okaka (Watford).

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