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.
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.