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Manchester City and Liverpool provide seven of the 11 players in our latest Team of the Week following big wins for both over the weekend.

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Check out TEAMtalk's Premier League Team of the Weekend and then let us know your top XI using the story comment facility at the bottom of the article.

TEAMtalk's Top Men (4-2-3-1): Marshall, Zabaleta, Jones, Turner, Flanagan; Henderson, Fernandinho; Sterling, Walcott, Nasri; Suarez.

David Marshall - Cardiff City

A number of goalkeepers put in impressive performances over the weekend but perhaps none of them made a save as impressive - or crucial - as Marshall's to deny Shane Long what appeared to be a certain equaliser for West Brom with the clock running down at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Pablo Zabaleta - Manchester City

Manchester City's attacking players stole most of the headlines following their 6-3 win over Arsenal but Zabaleta played a typically crucial role in the success, particularly offensively.

With Jack Wilshere playing on the left wing, defensively Zabeleta was rarely troubled, and it allowed him to get forward to great effect. He claimed his fifth assist of the season, meaning only Aaron Ramsey has set up more goals from open play in the Premier League this season.

Phil Jones - Manchester United

The majority of people believe Jones will eventually establish himself as a top-class centre-half for Manchester United, and he gave credence to that view with a fine defensive display in the 3-0 win at Aston Villa on Sunday.

It was the first clean sheet United had kept in the Premier League since November 10 and Jones was crucial to it, making numerous tackles and clearances out of his box at Villa Park.

Ben Turner - Cardiff City

Cardiff claimed a crucial 1-0 win over West Brom in south Wales on Saturday, a result that cost Steve Clarke a job, and Turner just beats his team-mate Steven Caulker to a place in our team courtesy of a hugely dominant display at the heart of the Bluebirds' defence.

Jon Flanagan - Liverpool

It clearly meant the world to Flanagan to score his first Liverpool goal in their drubbing of Tottenham, and there were plenty of other moments at the 20-year-old could feel proud about as Aaron Lennon was kept remarkably quiet at White Hart Lane.

Brendan Rodgers reserved special praise for Flanagan after the game - and rightly so.

Jordan Henderson - Liverpool

Henderson, like Flanagan, is a player that is quietly establishing himself as crucial to Liverpool's chances of success this season.

Generally he puts in the hard graft to allow Steven Gerrard to dictate games but, shorn of his midfield colleague on Sunday, Henderson took on responsibility himself, driving the Reds forward with a real powerhouse display.

A goal and an assist was the least he deserved for a truly exceptional display.

Fernandinho - Manchester City

Fernandinho scored his first and second goals for Manchester City against Arsenal, but he would have stood out regardless of those strikes having dominated the midfield area alongside Yaya Toure.

The visitors couldn't cope with the duo's power, and Fernandinho finished the game with three shots, four tackles, two interceptions and two successful dribbles to his name after a fantastic all-action display.

Raheem Sterling - Liverpool

Steven Gerrard suggested it might have been Sterling's best performance in a red shirt, and Kyle Naughton is unlikely to argue.

The Spurs left-back was given such a torrid time by the 19-year-old that he was withdrawn at half-time - unfortunately for Andre Villas-Boas, Sterling was just as effective in the second half, capping a fine display with Liverpool's fifth goal as the visitors ran riot.

Theo Walcott - Arsenal

He may have ended on the losing side but Walcott served Andros Townsend a reminder of the challenge he faces to secure a place in England's World Cup team with two goals and a fine all-round display in Arsenal's 6-3 defeat at Manchester City.

Walcott's second goal was a beauty and he may well have grabbed himself a hat-trick were it not for an incorrect offside call. The forward also went close with a free-kick and set up a great chance for Jack Wilshere in a hugely promising display.

Samir Nasri - Manchester City

Nasri may have claimed only one direct assist in City's statement win, but he set up an incredible seven chances for team-mates in total against his former club.

He looked like creating something every time he got the ball and invariably he did as Nacho Monreal struggled badly to cope with the Frenchman down City's right.

Luis Suarez - Liverpool

There is little more that can be said about Suarez that hasn't already been said this season.

He was sensational yet again at Tottenham, scoring two goals of the highest quality and setting up two more for Jordan Henderson and later Raheem Sterling.

On this form, it is questionable whether any defender in the world could cope with the Uruguayan.

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