Premier League Team of the Weekend: Arsenal, Liverpool, and Chelsea stars included

18 Aug

The weekend is done and dusted with nine Premier League games now in the record books.

It was a fantastic second gameweek 2 as we learn a lot more about the new players, managers, and clubs in the top flight.

Mason Mount celebrates his goal at Stamford Bridge
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Champions Manchester City dropped their first points of the season in their 2-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur, while Adrian dropped a clanger for Liverpool but helped them hold on for a win over Southampton.

Arsenal – live on talkSPORT – beat a tough Burnley side 2-1, while Chelsea …………

Teemu Pukki’s hat-trick gave Norwich City all three points against struggling Newcastle United, meanwhile John Lundstram’s strike made it a goal in all four tiers of top level football in England and a vital victory over the woeful Crystal Palace.

But who were the heroes of the action? talkSPORT.com have assessed the contenders and named our Team of the Weekend.

Goalkeeper: Aaron Ramsdale (Bournemouth)

The Cherries shot-stopper was a shock starter for some this season but he’s already looking assured between the sticks.

He made six saves and couldn’t do anything about Aston Villa’s goal in the 2-1 win.

Centre-back: Grant Hanley (Norwich City)

For the fourth-choice to step up and perform so admirable just a week after a costly own goal has to be credited.

Throw into the mix he helped keep quiet Newcastle’s new £40million striker Joelinton and you get a place in the Team of the Weekend.

Centre-back: Yerry Mina (Everton)

Everything that came near the Colombian was repelled, by hook or by crook, as the Toffees kept a clean sheet.

He’s very tough to beat in the air and makes a formidable partner for Michael Keane at the heart of their defence.

Mina was terrific for the Toffees
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Centre-back: Dan Burn (Brighton)

New £20million signing Adam Webster has another thing coming if he reckons he’s getting past Burn and into the starting XI any time soon.

Once again he was excellent for the Seagulls at both ends of the pitch and also had an assist chalked off by VAR.

Burn is having a fine start to the campaign for Brighton
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Central midfield: Dani Ceballosbourne (Arsenal)

It’s a shame the Spaniard is just on loan for one campaign with no option to buy – big mistake from the Gunners.

Luckily he’s clearly going to be absolutely exceptional for them this season.

His press resistance and close control will be a wonderful asset.

Ceballos was particularly impressive for Arsenal
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Central midfield: Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)

The Belgian is no doubt fuming his side didn’t get all three points on Saturday night but it wasn’t for a lack of trying.

His deliveries for Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero were superb and he ran things in midfield as Spurs struggled to cope.

Kevin De Bruyne captained Manchester City against Tottenham
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Central midfield: Todd Cantwell (Norwich City)

If you wondered how the Canaries would fare with their attacking philosophy in the Premier League, they’re proving more than capable of holding their own.

With Onel Hernandez out injured, Cantwell needed to step up and he’s been impressive in their opening two games now.

Attacking midfield: Mason Mount (Chelsea)

Dangerous throughout, his pressing was exemplary and resulted in his goal as he robbed Wilfred Ndidi of possession on the edge of the penalty area.

He could have had a couple more goals such were the positions he was moving into.

Mount scored on his home Premier League debut
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Winger: Sadio Mane (Liverpool)

The question surely will soon be asked whether the Senegalese is now the Reds’ main superstar in place of Mohamed Salah.

He shows no sign of easing off, even against former club at Southampton, as he rattled home the opener and laid on the second for Roberto Firmino.

Winger: Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)

Even with Moussa Sissoko helping him out Kyle Walker-Peters will be glad he doesn’t have to see the England superstar for sometime.

His header for City’s opening goal was excellent while he was always a threat running at Spurs’ backline.

Sterling’s fourth goal in two games was not enough for City
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Striker: Teemu Pukki (Norwich City)

Who else? It has never really worked out for the Finnish ace elsewhere but at Carrow Road he has found a home.

He’s also linking up superbly with teammates and firing the ball home with tremendous accuracy.

Newcastle had no answers for Pukki, who now has four goals this season
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