The latest edition of Garth Crooks’ team of the week features Manchester United’s Alexander-Arnold, Chelsea’s Alli, Liverpool’s Henderson and Everton’s Lukaku.
The trent alexander-arnold is an English footballer who plays as a right back for Liverpool and the England national team. He made his debut in 2016, and has since established himself as one of their most important players.
With a 5-0 thrashing of newly promoted Norwich, Manchester City earned their first win of the season, while Liverpool made it two wins in a row with a triumph over Burnley.
Brighton won 2-0 at Watford to keep their perfect record intact, as did Tottenham with a 1-0 victory at Wolves and Chelsea with a 2-0 win at Arsenal.
Manchester United drew 1-1 with Southampton, while Aston Villa defeated Newcastle 2-0 thanks to a Danny Ings goal.
Check out my team of the week before making your own choices at the bottom of the page.
David Raya is the goalkeeper (Brentford)
David Raya: There was no doubt in my mind. The ball was headed for the back of the goal the minute it left James McArthur’s right foot, and it would have handed Crystal Palace their first victory of the season. Raya, on the other hand, came up with a world-class save to preserve the game scoreless.
Although three clubs were promoted, Brentford seems to be the most likely to survive, at least on present form. Even still, I’m not completely persuaded.
The west London club is currently on a high, but it will not be enough to rescue them. They will need a large number of objectives. So far, they’ve only faced a poor Arsenal team and a mediocre Palace side.
What if I told you that Raya has kept a clean sheet in eight of Brentford’s previous ten league games (excluding play-offs).
Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Shane Duffy (Brighton), and Reece James (Brighton) are among the defenders (Chelsea)
Trent Alexander-Arnold: I’m Trent Alexander-Arnold, and I’m I considered awarding Tino Livramento this place for his Southampton home debut against Manchester United, but that would have been too emotional.
The 18-year-performance old’s was noteworthy, but when compared to Alexander-performance Arnold’s against Burnley, I really didn’t have a choice.
Not only did the Liverpool and England star spray the ball around Anfield with incredible accuracy, but he also delivered a stunning pass for Sadio Mane to score Liverpool’s second goal. I haven’t seen a full-back hit a ball that cleanly with both feet in a long time.
What if I told you that In the Premier League, Alexander-Arnold has given Mane nine assists, four more than any other Liverpool player.
Cesar Azpilicueta: Chelsea did not win the Champions League by chance. Their performance against Arsenal served as a subtle reminder to everyone involved that they have no intention of relinquishing the trophy and are also focused on the Premier League.
To accomplish so, you’ll need a captain and leader who can keep the team focused on the objective, and Azpilicueta is that guy. The Spaniard was excellent against Arsenal, as he had been for the most of last season.
He seems to perform better the more responsibilities he has. Chelsea has probably the greatest squad in the league, and they have a very clear mentality. They now want to be the greatest squad in the world.
What if I told you that Against Arsenal, Azpilicueta made three tackles, one block, and completed 93 percent of his passes.
Shane Duffy: I was shocked to see him leave Brighton on loan for Celtic last season, and I was even more astonished to see him return this season. In a defense where they have developed a strong combination over the years, Duffy reunites with Lewis Dunk.
Brighton have won both of their first games and seem to be a team that is developing in its second season under Graham Potter, who has mastered the art of saying very little.
What if I told you that Only Dunk and Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk (both 10) have scored more Premier League goals than Duffy (7) since the start of the 2018-19 season among center defenders.
Reece James: It’s a good thing Chelsea’s match against Arsenal wasn’t a heavyweight boxing match. If it had been, the referee would have called a timeout, and Arsenal would have been rewarded with a 2-0 victory. It might have been five, and it should have been.
Arsenal had been subjected to so much abuse from Chelsea at one point that I felt they had done very well to end without being totally humiliated. James assisted on Romelu Lukaku’s goal and scored the game’s second goal.
On this evidence, it’s difficult to see the Blues failing to challenge for the championship this season. James, on the other hand, is no longer a fill-in player for Chelsea or England.
What if I told you that After Juan Mata in September 2012, James is the only Chelsea player to score and assist against Arsenal in the Premier League away from home.
Yves Bissouma (Brighton), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Dele Alli (Tottenham), Demarai Gray (Tottenham) are among the midfielders (Everton)
Yves Bissouma: I’ve been watching him for a while, and with each touch of the ball, he appears to improve. If he’d been playing for a more trendy team, I’m sure he’d have made my team of the week more often.
Watford and Brighton both played excellent football. Bissouma, on the other hand, was without a doubt the greatest player on the field. He’s 24 years old, plays box to box, produces great interceptions, and can read a throw.
He paid an unknown amount to come to Brighton, which usually implies he cost buttons. I’ll eat my hat if he’s not worth more than £25 million in today’s market. Brighton would be wise to keep him.
What if I told you that Bissouma had the most tackles (5) and interceptions (5) against Watford of any Brighton player.
Jordan Henderson (Jordan Henderson): Have Liverpool’s fans gone insane? They let Georginio Wijnaldum to depart Anfield, and they can’t be thinking about doing the same with Henderson.
The Liverpool captain was back in the side against Burnley, controlling play from midfield as Andre Previn used to do with the London Symphony Orchestra. Henderson was at the top of his game.
Is Jurgen Klopp serious when he complains about the game reverting back 10-15 years and asks the Premier League to safeguard players by reconsidering rule changes? Concerns about player health and safety have never been greater.
In the Crooks of the Matter section below, I explain why I believe the game has evolved into a non-contact sport.
What if I told you that Henderson attempted (73) and completed (66) more passes than any other Liverpool player against Burnley.
Dele Alli: Spurs were fortunate to win this game, but they did. The distinction between the two sides was clear. Alli is capable of finishing, while Adama Traore is not.
The winger for Wolves has it all. The most difficult thing to accomplish on a football field is to put the ball in the net. There is electric speed, enormous force, and, on sometimes, a touch of talent, but the most difficult thing to achieve on a football pitch is to put the ball in the net. Alli showed bravery and confidence by scoring his first league goal in 17 months from the penalty spot.
Alli has started and completed a game for Spurs for the second week in a row. I’m curious whether Nuno Espirito Santo has succeeded where Jose Mourinho failed and rediscovered the player. When you treat people well, it usually works.
What if I told you that Alli’s previous league goal came in March 2020 against Burnley.
Demarai Gray: Leeds got exactly what they deserved against Everton in the first half. I’m not a fan of VAR, but referee Darren England did the right thing by using the replay check for the first goal when in question.
It’s hard to believe Liam Cooper had the audacity to dispute his following booking, much alone the penalty he gave away for yanking Dominic Calvert-shirt Lewin’s off his back.
In terms of Everton, I believe they were very fortunate to get Rafa Benitez as manager so quickly after losing Carlo Ancelotti. Gray, a winger who looked electrifying against Leeds and is a genuine talent, has been brought in by the Spaniard.
What if I told you that Gray scored his first Premier League goal for Everton, making him the 34th player in the league to score both for and against the Toffees.
Gabriel Jesus (Man City), Romelu Lukaku (Man Utd) (Chelsea)
Gabriel Jesus: Playing against Manchester City after losing to Tottenham must feel like being trapped by a three-day-starved animal. That was the possibility confronting Norwich, who now seem to be in a league in which they have no business.
Everyone appeared to think that Gabriel Jesus was the match’s guy, and I tend to agree as well. However, no matter how brilliant a coach is, I cannot accept a world-class striker giving assists on the right side of a three-man attack when he is perfectly capable of scoring goals himself.
If Jesus knows what’s best for him, he should instruct City to either acquire Harry Kane and pair him with me so we can form a partnership, or make me your primary man. Aside from that, I’m leaving.
What if I told you that For the second time in his career, Jesus produced two assists in a single Premier League game, this time against Brighton in July 2020.
Romelu Lukaku: He has put in a lot of effort to achieve his goals. Lukaku has played for West Bromwich Albion, Everton, Manchester United, Inter Milan, and now Chelsea, where he began his career. Along the way, the Belgian international has received a lot of heat.
However, at this point in his career, I view him as another Didier Drogba. I never expected to say this when he was at United, but the player’s touch with his back to goal has improved, and his overall contribution to the game has much increased.
Arsenal couldn’t handle him, but I wouldn’t be too concerned if I were them. Most other Premier League clubs will have the same issue this season when facing Lukaku.
What if I told you that Lukaku has now scored 114 Premier League goals, passing Ian Wright to become the 20th greatest scorer in the league. Lukaku is also the sixth non-Englishman to score 50 or more goals in the tournament, both at home and away.
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Jurgen Klopp and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seem to be enraged by rule modifications made this season that give referees more discretion in their decisions. Officials have been urged to continue playing when players make physical contact that isn’t technically a foul. In the meanwhile, both managers feel the game is getting too violent.
When I first read the remarks, I assumed it was a typo. Is it possible that the game is getting too physical? The game is on the verge of getting absurd.
Regular readers will recall how annoyed I was with players who went to the ground at the least provocation. The majority of these incidents occurred as a result of the erroneous belief that if contact was made in the first place, a foul had been committed.
This hasn’t always been the case. Football has always been a physically demanding sport. While no one likes to witness injuries, they are an occupational danger that cannot always be avoided. Players must be able to compete properly and honestly without being penalized for just participating, otherwise the contest will become sterile and sanitized.
Football, like any top sport, must be competitive, and players may be required to put their bodies on the line on rare instances.