Welcome to EPLIndex’s weekly article for players of the week. Each week we will be looking at every match in the Premier League and picking a Man of the Match from each of the games. You can use the quick links below to navigate through the matches of your choice. We’re going to start with Arsenal’s win over QPR.
Arsenal 1 QPR 0
This was a high tempo London derby as QPR came to Emirates looking for their first win of the season and there was no better opportunity for Arsenal to repent their loss at Carrow Road than a visit from the leagues bottom side.
There were a couple of contenders for the MOM award in this game, with Julio Cesar proving his class with a total of nine saves, and the central defensive partnership of Ryan Nelsen and Stephane M’Bia relentlessly shutting Arsenal out, until the latter’s moment of madness earnt him an early bath, and consequently, his side another loss.
It was the return of Jack Wilshere that had the home crowd buzzing, and his performance will have Gooners salivating at the prospect of his returning to the form that saw him outshine the pass-masters of the Nou Camp 18 months ago.
Wilshere was Arsenal’s most successful passer over his 67 minutes, achieving a pass completion rate of 94%, and an impressive 95% pass success in the final third of the pitch.
He also managed to force a good save from Julio Cesar, and bought a balance to the Arsenal midfield alongside Mikel Arteta, who has somewhat had his work cut out so far this season without the presence of a player of Wilshere’s ability.