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TRIBAL TEAM OF THE WEEK: Aguero the king at Man City as Eriksen influences Tottenham

Week 8 of the 2015/16 Barclays Premier League season has already come and gone.


Sergio Aguero was the undisputed star of the weekend with a stunning five-goal haul in Manchester City's 6-1 thrashing of Newcastle United.

The Argentine is joined in our latest select XI by Danish playmaker Christian Eriksen who scored a stunning double, both from free-kicks, as Tottenham drew at Swansea City while Alexis Sanchez made it two selections in a row following his double against Manchester United to follow on from his hat-trick at Leicester City the weekend prior.


TRIBAL TEAM OF THE WEEK - 8


Goalkeeper

Heurelho Gomes (Watford)

The Brazilian was the saviour for the Hornets at Bournemouth with a handful of key saves including a late penalty to deny Glenn Murray an 85th-minute winner.

Mainly known in England for a calamitous spell at Tottenham, Gomes has resurrected his career at Watford and is one of the key reasons the Hertfordshire outfit have already amassed 10 points in their top flight return.


Defenders

Glen Johnson (Stoke City)

Somewhat a forgotten man in the Premier League, Johnson has been getting better and better each week for the Potters.

The former Liverpool right-back was at his best in the weekend's win at Aston Villa, helping keep a clean sheet, and providing the assist for the only goal of the contest for Marko Arnautovic. Also quelled the influence of the impressive Jordan Amavi.

Has missed just one of Stoke's opening eight matches and is emerging as a key part of Mark Hughes' line-up.


Ramiro Funes Mori (Everton)

The Argentine defender was thrown into a Merseyside derby in just his second Premier League start for the Toffees

Having experienced River Plate v Boca Juniors derbies in Buenos Aires, Funes Mori looked at ease in the cauldron of arguably England's fiercest rivalry.

Deputised for the injured John Stones and did a great job in subduing Danny Ings and Daniel Sturridge, chiming in with a match-winning slide to deny Coutinho's through ball for Sturridge late on in the 1-1 draw.


Per Mertesacker (Arsenal)

The towering German was a rock for the Gunners in their message-sending win over Man Utd.

Mertesacker kept quiet an attack which had scored nine goals in its past three outings and made Gabriel's job alongside him in central defence look a lot simpler.

If 'The BFG' can find some consistency at the back then his influence goes a long way to giving Arsenal a good attacking springboard.


Nacho Monreal (Arsenal)

The Spaniard has made the left-back spot at Arsenal his own this season and it is performances like Sunday's which has prompted Wenger to continually start him in the league.

Montreal returned to the line-up after watching Kieran Gibbs slip up against Olympiakos in Europe and was a driving force behind the Gunners' convincing win.

Kept a clean sheet against a previously in-form United forward line and assisted Alexis Sanchez in having Matteo Darmian hooked at half-time


Midfielders

Sadio Mane (Southampton)

The Senegalese winger was dominant as the Saints upset reigning champs Chelsea at 'The Bridge'.

Mane was a constant thorn in the backsides of the Blues defence, scoring his side's second goal, and providing the assist for Graziano Pelle's goal which wrapped things up.

Ronald Koeman fears the 23-year-old will one day leave St Mary's for a bigger club if he continues to put in displays such as this.


David Silva (Manchester City)

The return of the Spanish magician coincided with City's 6-1 demolition of Newcastle.

Silva missed City's previous two league matches - both losses - but returned to guide Pellegrini's men to the most dominant performance of the season so far.

Had two assists as Aguero ran riot and set up almost every forward foray in a scintillating showing.


Christian Eriksen (Tottenham)

The Dane was the hero for Spurs as they continued their positive run of results.

Eriksen twice beat Lukasz Fabianski with sumptuous free-kicks as Tottenham fought back on two occasions to claim a 2-2 draw.

Has been a key reason for his side's seven-match unbeaten run and was brilliant in South Wales with his two dead ball stunners.


Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)

The Chilean has certainly hit his straps in recent outings, scoring six goals in three appearances in all competitions.

Alexis got his season rolling with a hat-trick at Leicester last weekend and backed that up with an early double in Arsenal's win over United.

The first was a sublime back flick before he thundered home past David De Gea to set up the comfortable victory. Limped off late but should be ok with the international break now here.


Forwards

Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)

Produced one of the most dominant individual displays we have seen in the Premier League.

Five goals from Aguero helped City to a huge 6-1 triumph over the Magpies and reaffirmed the Argentine as the best striker in the league.

Fired home in the 42nd, 49th, 50th, 60th and 62nd minutes to become just the fifth man in England's top flight to score a handful.


Graziano Pelle (Southampton)

Southampton's shock win at Chelsea has a lot to do with the performance of the Italian striker.

Pelle continually drove at the Blues defence and came away with a goal and a couple of assists to stake his claim as one of the most in-form players in the Premier League.

Plays with unbridled passion which was evident after he rifled beyond Asmir Begovic to wrap it up in West London. Has five goals to his name this season.


Manager

Arsene Wenger (Arsenal)

What a way to respond to a disastrous Champions League defeat to Olympiakos.

Wenger had the Gunners ready and raring to launch an assault on Man Utd and his players did not let him down, with a sparkling performance, particularly in the opening 25 or so minutes.

The question is now if Wenger's Arsenal can seriously mount a title challenge.

Andrew Slevison
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