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Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool celebrates scoring his goal to make it 4-0 with his team-mates
Liverpool v Arsenal, Premier League, Anfield, Liverpool, UK - 27 August 2017
Manchester City earn nervous 1-0 win over Leicester City, via Vincent Kompany’s long-range screamer
The Citizens hold one-point lead over Liverpool into final game of the season, after Reds themselves endure anxious 3-2 win at Newcastle
Arsenal and Manchester United are held to draws, as Tottenham and Chelsea all but confirm top four finishes
PREMIER LEAGUE, UK – After another rollercoaster weekend in the Premier League, which three players caught the eye and made the Britwatch team’s three for Gameweek 37?
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3. Marko Arnautovic (ST) – West Ham United
It has been a turbulent ride for the Hammers’ marksman since being linked strongly with a move to the Chinese Super League during the winter transfer window, but against Southampton the Austrian midfielder-turned striker was back to his clinical best to keep alive the east Londoner’s hopes of a top ten finish next weekend.
Having scored five times in separate games during the opening 11 games of the campaign, injury frustrated the former Inter Milan and Stoke player, before having his eyes turned on a lucrative move to Asia. As his form dipped dramatically having been denied a move away from London, Arnautovic scored his first league goals in 16 games against the Saints – netting a brace – to put a plucky Southampton side to the sword. West Ham’s win means the Irons can finish in the top half of the table with a win against Watford – who they will leapfrog in doing so – at Vicarage Road on Sunday. It could be a spicy afternoon in Hertfordshire in five days’ time.
2. Trent Alexander-Arnold (RB) – Liverpool
A trip to St. James Park for Jurgen Klopp‘s men was always set to be a test in our One to Watch, but Liverpool almost came undone against one of the toughest and resilient sides around right now, as former boss Rafa Benitez almost dealt a terminal blow to the Merseysider’s lingering hopes of a first Premier League title.
Liverpool have predictably dominated the PFL Team of the Year that was announced last week, with both their full-backs named in the XI. Throughout the season, there has been a quiet battle being waged between Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson, and after the Scot notched a double of assists against Huddersfield last time out, it was the English full-back who reciprocated against the Magpies.
His contribution was nothing short of vital. Providing the cross from a corner for Virgil van Dijk‘s opener, Alexander-Arnold supplied a whipped first-time cross from Mohamed Salah to give Liverpool the advantage once again after Christian Atsu had levelled for the hosts. Whilst is was Xherdan Shaqiri who crossed for Divock Origi’s glanced winner late on, the Reds’ right-back reached a tally of 13 assists across the season this weekend. Though it could be all in relative vain, Alexander-Arnold is becoming one of the finest dead-ball – and open play – specialists around.
1. Vincent Kompany (CB) – Manchester City
Who else could it really be? After a angst-ridden evening in Manchester for the Citizens on Monday evening, it was Captain Marvel who settled matters with a effort few could have envisaged – as Kompany having edged forward from defence, bore down on goal and from a full 25-yards, struck home a goal which has in all likelihood deciphered the destination of this season’s Premier League crown.
The Belgian has in years past stepped up when his side have needed him and against a dangerous and well organised Brendan Rodgers’ Foxes outfit, Kompany struck to send the Etihad into another bout of sporting ecstasy in spectacular and driven style. The veteran centre-back famously scored a winner against city rivals Manchester United in 2012 – which led to Kun Aguero‘s remarkable final day scenes against QPR – but netting his first goal in over a year, the value of Kompany’s stunning strike is surely immeasurable.
With Pep Guardiola‘s men needing now to just beat Brighton at the AMEX on Sunday afternoon to guarantee becoming the first side in over a decade to retain the Premier League trophy, Kompany has again provided the much-needed ammunition to push City over the line once more.
Premier League Gameweek 38 sees Liverpool hosts Wolverhampton Wanderers at Anfield
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