team of the week

Big week for Manch­ester City and Arse­nal, whose play­ers Wal­cott and Oxlade-Cham­ber­lain ran riot against pre­vi­ous side Southamp­ton. Richard Jolly ex­plains his FA Cup top XI.

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Cen­tre-back Chris Smalling (Manch­ester United) Scored the vi­tal sec­ond goal against Wi­gan Ath­letic and helped United keep an­other clean sheet, too.

Right winger Theo Wal­cott (Arse­nal) Came back from in­jury and re­turned to his old club Southamp­ton in style with a hat-trick to take his tally to 99 Gun­ners goals.

Left winger Danny Welbeck (Arse­nal) Made the most of a be­lated first start of the sea­son with two su­perbly-taken goals to set Arse­nal on their way to a 5-0 win.

Goal­keeper Willy Ca­ballero (Manch­ester City) Made a vi­tal save to deny James Tomkins be­fore City scored any of their three goals at Sel­hurst Park. A de­cent come­back.

Cen­tre-back Wes Mor­gan (Le­ices­ter City) The cap­tain stopped Le­ices­ter’s sorry sea­son from get­ting worse with a late equaliser to pre­vent lo­cal ri­vals Derby from knock­ing them out.

Cen­tre mid­field Alex Oxlade-Cham­ber­lain (Arse­nal) An­other old Saint, he pro­duced some won­der­ful pass­ing to sug­gest his future should lie in the mid­dle of mid­field.

Striker Gabriel Je­sus (Manch­ester City) Did not get the goal he de­served, but a won­der­ful pass to Ra­heem Ster­ling en­abled City to get the opener in their win at Palace.

Right-back Pe­dro (Chelsea) Used out of po­si­tion as a wing-back against Brent­ford, the Spa­niard ad­justed well to score one goal, set up an­other and ex­cel in Chelsea’s 4-0 vic­tory.

Left-back Ben Gib­son (Mid­dles­brough) Boro were ex­pected to see off Ac­cring­ton Stan­ley. Gib­son helped in keep­ing a clean sheet and in their at­tack­ing ef­forts when he pushed for­ward.

Cen­tre mid­field Steven De­four (Burn­ley) Sea­soned club fans posit that his de­light­ful, de­lec­ta­ble chip against Bris­tol City was one of the best Burn­ley goals they had seen.

Striker Son He­ung-min (Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur) Started the Spurs fight­back against Wy­combe and com­pleted it with the 98thminute win­ner to spare Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino’s side em­bar­rass­ment.

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