Ali Al-Habsi (Wigan) – Wigan Athletic may have lost 3-0 at the Emirates but the score would have been into double figures had it not been for Al-Habsi. The Oman goalkeeper saved numerous attempts as Arsenal relentlessly attacked throughout the first half.
Martin Kelly (Liverpool) – The rookie defender have been a permanent fixture under new manager Kenny Dalglish and you can see why after this performance. Kelly was up against the tricky Matt Jarvis but managed to keep him quiet all afternoon as Liverpool kept their first clean sheet in 6 games.
Richard Dunne (Aston Villa) - The former Manchester City defender revelled against his ex-club on Saturday as his team climbed out of the relegation zone with a fantastic win. Dunne has struggled for form lately but made last ditch challenge after last ditch challenge to make sure Villa’s lead stayed intact.
Brede Hangeland (Fulham) – Facing Stoke is always a tough task for a defender but Hangeland dealt with the aerial threat of Kenwyne Jones with ease as Fulham made it 7 points out of 9. The Norwegian international was not fazed by the Potters’ direct tactics and was a colossus for Mark Hughes’ side.
Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa) – One of the great successes of Gerard Houllier’s youth movement, Clark has been as good at left back as he was in midfield earlier in the season. The Villa youngster had a tough task being up against Adam Johnson but limited the England international to long range efforts.
Aaron Lennon (Spurs) – It’s been an inconsistent season for the England winger but he hit top form against Newcastle as he scored a brilliant last minute equalizer. Lennon started on the right but soon found himself on the left where he enjoyed great success against the hapless Danny Simpson, cutting inside on numerous occasions and coming close to scoring more than once.
Raul Meireles (Liverpool) – The Portuguese midfielder had a tough start to his Liverpool career under Roy Hodgson and struggled in a right midfield role. But new boss Kenny Dalglish has put him back in the centre, giving Meireles the freedom to get forward and he didn’t disappoint. Meireles set up Fernando Torres for the opener before scoring a spectacular 25-yard volley in a classy display.
Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal) – The Arsenal skipper is so often involved in all that is good about his side and he dominated the midfield against a poor Wigan side. Fabregas was on top form as he set up numerous chances for his teammates and he could have had a goal himself if it wasn’t for some great saves by Al-Habsi. His assist for van Persie’s second goal was one of the best passes you’ll see this season.
Kieran Richardson (Sunderland) – It would have been no surprise if Sunderland slipped up against Blackpool after their talisman Darren Bent left for Villa. But Steve Bruce’s side showed that they are no a one-man team as Richardson scored twice in the first half as he revelled in a more attacking role.
Dimitar Berbatov (Man United) – The Bulgarian star hit his third hat trick of the season as Man United maintained their title charge with a 5-0 demolition of Birmingham. Berbatov has hit top goal scoring form this season as he revels in being the main man in Sir Alex Ferguson’s side. His three goal haul took his season’s tally to 18.
Robin van Persie (Arsenal) – Berbatov wasn’t the only striker to score a hat trick this weekend as van Persie continued his incredible recent form with three more goals. The Dutch forward slammed in two powerful left foot finishes before missing a penalty. But he wasn’t to be denied and 5 minutes from time he curled in a right footed effort to cap his first treble in the Premier League.