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English Premier League: Top performers of week seven



10. Jamie Vardy

Leicester City may have surrendered their unbeaten run, but the fighting spirit and togetherness in the group can not be questioned. Arsenal bounced back brilliantly to usurp the Foxes but not without a fight. Jamie Vardy continued his fine form with a performance of note and two quality goals to match, the second, a curly beauty that flew past Cech in the Arsenal goal capped a modest afternoon for the flamboyant forward.

9. Eric Lamela

You can't beat Manchester City mercilessly and not get a mention here, although the match officials scored part of the goals, but Eric Lamela's dance around Willy Caballero and Nicolas Otamendi earns him a place here. The Argentine, who had a slow start to life in England is finally settling in and he's improving by the games. A goal and an assist is a welcome development.

8. Anthony Martial

Manchester United blew Sunderland away in fine fashion, Rooney ended his goal drought but Anthony Martial stood out in the game and sure deserves a mention. The French forward may not have scored but his runs and positioning threatened the black cats all day. His rampaging run in the opening seconds of the second half fed Wayne Rooney for his historic, though fortuitous finish.

7. Mesut Ozil

Whenever Ozil is playing well, you can be sure Arsenal is winning. The German special intelligence was on fire all afternoon as his quick feet and sleek passes disjointed Leicester City to the delight of Alexis Sanchez who was on hand to convert at ease. The quality of Ozil's passes were world class, unpredictable and outrageously precise. More of that with a clinical finisher and Arsenal will be a genuine contender.

6. Hugo Lloris

Tottenham Hotspur dismantled Manchester City was the headline of the weekend but it could have been the reverse had Hugo Lloris was not on hand to thwart the Citizens severally in the first half. The then log leaders launched several missiles at the French shot stopper which he dealt with very well, although later beaten by a near post Kevin Debryne finish but City could have been out of sight as early as the half hour mark if not for the heroics of the spur captain.

5. Rudy Gestede

Liverpool rarely ever find it easy against Aston Villa at Anfield and last weekend wasn't completely different. When Daniel Sturridge pumped in to make it 2:0, it seemed as if Tim Sherwood's side would ship in lots but some spirited brace on either side of Sturridge's winner by Rudy Gestede restored some pride and pegged the home side back as Aston Villa searched for a leveler that was never going to come. Gestede had a performance to remember and would feel really buttered to end up on the losing side after such a showing.

4. Daniel Sturridge

If anyone is capable of driving Brendan Rodgers out of trouble water it has to be the fit again three lions forward Daniel Sturridge. His magnificent display on Saturday suggests what Liverpool missed while he was injured. Two goals on a day Aston Villa weren't going to die easy was a huge relief to Rodgers who now live to fight another day. Thank you Sturridge. Signed: BR

3. Romelu Lukaku


Monday night football seemed to be heading the baggies way until Romelu Lukaku took laws into his own hands and reversed the order. Westbrom gave everything but Lukaku wasn't going to let them be great as he notched up a brace of high quality. Everton are now up there within just four points of Manchester United and must be high in believe now.

2. Juan Mata

Manchester United are on top of the league... Quite unfamiliar for three seasons now huh, maybe Sunderland weren't the strongest of oppositions but the Red Devils prepared for Wolfsburg the best way possible with the little magician dictating the tunes. When Deley Blind found Juan Mata with a terrific cross-pitch pass, the drop down to Depay by the Spanish playmaker was spectacular, and when found by Ashley Young in the closing stages, his composure and guile found the back of the net in an emphatic style. That's how to do it Juan.

1. Alexis Sanchez

Despite the gulf in class and history, many tipped Leicester City to continue their fine form with a win over an inconsistent Arsenal but that wasn't going to happen. Claudio Ranieri's side suffered heavily at the hands of the gunners thanks to a rampaging hatrick from Alexis Sanchez. The Chilean forward registered his account finally this season and what a way to make it happen. Premier league defenses must be wary of the hungry lion now... He has broken loose.

Written by @Komptrolla

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