Arsenal’s French striker Olivier Giroud made the Garth Crooks’s Team of the Week alongside West Ham United’s striker, Mauro Zarate.
The much criticized striker gave the Gunners the focal point needed as they earned a point after fighting back from two goals down in the first half to level up 2-2, in an exciting weekend of football where Tottenham hammered former boss Harry Resknapp’s team QPR with four unreplied goals.
The team was selected based on performances in the nine games spread over Saturday and Sunday.
Take a look at my team of the week and see if you agree with my selection.
GOALKEEPER – Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea)
DEFENDER – Eric Dier (Tottenham)
DEFENDER – Phil Jones (Manchester United)
DEFENDER – Philippe Senderos (Aston Villa)
DEFENDER – Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea)
MIDFIELDER – Mark Noble (West Ham)
MIDFIELDER – Stewart Downing (West Ham)
MIDFIELDER – Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea)
MIDFIELDER – Erik Lamela (Tottenham)
FORWARD – Mauro Zarate (West Ham)
FORWARD – Olivier Giroud (Arsenal)
The France striker should have had a hat-trick in Arsenal’s 2-2 draw at Everton, but will be happy that an equaliser was enough to give his side a point. For the second consecutive week the Gunners produced something special in the final minutes of the game. Arsenal might have Alexis Sanchez in the mix now, but Giroud has looked the most effective in attack in their opening games.
Did you know? Giroud scored away from home against Everton, having gone seven Premier League games on the road without a goal.
Have Your Say: Can Giroud really be the striker that Arsenal need?