Premier League Team of the Week: Pellegrini's men in good Kompany as City clinch title

City are champions and Vincent Kompany played a huge part
City are champions and Vincent Kompany played a huge part

It's time for the Betting.Betfair Editors' final Premier League Team of the Week, and with Man City putting in an assured display to win the title it's no surprise that a trio of their players make this week's star 11...

GK: Fabianski

RB: Zabaleta
CB: Kompany
CB: Distin
LB: Shaw

MF: McCarthy
MF: Ramsey
MF: Nasri
MF: Dyer

FW: Bony
FW: Gayle

Goalkeeper - Lukasz Fabianski (Arsenal)

It was a rare Premier League start for Arsenal's second choice keeper but Fabianski showed why the Gunners are well covered in that position (and who'd have thought we'd have been saying that a season or two ago) by putting in a solid performance at Carrow Road. If truth be told the Gunners cruised this game and the big Pole was called upon just a few times, but when he was, most notably to prevent Jamar Loza and Robert Snodgrass from scoring, he was well up to the task. Fabianski is determined to play first team football next season, and he insists he is good enough to be playing regularly for the Arsenal. It's hard to disagree given the evidence on Sunday afternoon.

Arsenal are 2.111/10 to record a Clean Sheet against Hull in Saturday's FA Cup Final.


Right Back - Pablo Zabaleta (Man City)

Pablo Zabaleta makes the role of a modern full back look easy. Athletic, able to support attacks at every opportunity, he also tackles well, tracks back and uses the ball sensibly. The Argentine's never-say-die attitude makes him a fan favourite at the Etihad also, and it was another heart on the sleeve-style performance from him on Sunday. Manager Manuel Pellegrini clearly feels like he can rely on his fellow South American too; Zabaleta played every minute of City's final four league games in which they won maximum points and eventually lifted the title.

There's an Argentinian flag at the Etihad with Zabaleta's face on it. Underneath are written the words 'Corazon de Leon'. 'Heart of a Lion'. It's hard to disagree.


Centre Back - Vincent Kompany (Man City)

It was never going to be a difficult day at the office for the man his teammates call 'Big Vinny', but Kompany's role on Sunday was as much pastoral as anything else. The club captain had to ensure that his side didn't lose their focus or get carried away on the way to lifting a second Premier League title, and as far as that was concerned it was job done. It would have been all the more sweet for the big Belgian who must have thought he'd cost his team the title with a high-profile mistake at Anfield, but in the end Man City were the best team in the division and deserving champions. The gesture of calling a few young players up on to the podium before he lifted the trophy was a lovely touch and endorses what a class act and leader Kompany is. £6m has long looked an absolute snip.


Centre Back - Sylvain Distin (Everton)

He may never lift a Premier League title, but Sylvain Distin remains a classy defender, with deceptive pace and fitness that belies his years. 33 appearances in the league this season at 36-years-old tells its own story, and he was as commanding as ever against a lively Hull forward line who are looking to earn starts in the FA Cup final next week. The great thing about Distin is that he never looks flustered and is a tremendously calming presence at the back for Everton. If Sunday was anything to go by, it's tough to see him retiring any time soon.

Everton are currently 3.814/5 to finish in next season's Top Four.


Left Back - Luke Shaw (Southampton)

Under the watchful eyes of England boss Roy Hodgson, Luke Shaw wasn't phased one bit and put in another excellent performance down the left flank for the Saints. Southampton dominated the first half and Shaw himself came close to opening the scoring but his 20th header went inches over the bar. The youngster was a contstant threat for the home side however and was at the centre of everything good Southampton did. And even when Manchester United found their form in the second half Shaw was equally as good defensively as he was going forward (that good, United reportedly stuck a £27m bid for him after the game). Shaw's season ended on a high note then - which was topped hours later when his place on the plane to Brazil was confirmed, as Ashley Cole announced he was not going.

Midfield - James McCarthy (Everton)

Not often lauded for his abilities and functional style, James McCarthy grabbed the headlines with his first goal for Everton at the weekend, finishing off a fine move. The man who screens at the base of the midfield in a way that is reminiscent of ex-Arsenal man Gilberto Silva is hardly ever featured in Sky Sports' coverage (this column remarked that McCarthy, one of Everton's players of the season, didn't have a single word uttered about him one Super Sunday) but you can bet your bottom dollar that he is respected and rated by his colleagues at Goodison Park. If Everton are going to kick on and achieve even more next season, McCarthy will be of paramount importance.


Midfield - Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal)

If the main narrative of this season has been Liverpool's emotional tilt at the big prize, then one of the more interesting sub-plots is surely Aaron Ramsey's injury. The Welshman is so effective for Arsenal that he seems to change the entire team's aesthetic when he plays, and had he have stayed fit the Gunners would surely have made more of an impression on the league. Against Norwich he was no different. The icing on the cake was his goal - a volley of staggering quality that put the onlooker in mind of Marco van Basten's legendary strike in the Euro '88 final for Netherlands. At his age, he's only going to improve, and it's easy to imagine the young midfielder being one of the standout players of next year's Premier League.

Arsenal are 1.4840/85 to win Saturday's FA Cup final in normal time againtt Hull.


Midfield - Samir Nasri (Man City)

While Yaya Toure had undoubtedly been City's best midfielder this season, and quite possibly the Premier League's best midfielder, you'll go a long way to finding a better attacking midfielder than Samir Nasri during these last few months. The Frenchman has been in super form for the champions and produced another man of the match performance against West Ham on Sunday afternoon in what could have been a very nervy encounter. But Nasri appeared to be the most composed player on the pitch, never wasting a pass, making key runs, and capping his fine display with the opening goal to calm the nerves at the Etihad Stadium - a low 20 yard finish that gave West Ham keeper Adrian no chance of saving.

Manchester City are the early 2.9215/8 favourites to win next season's Premier League; Chelsea are 3.65, Man Utd are 6.611/2, and Liverpool can be backed at 7.87/1.


Midfield - Nathan Dyer (Swansea)

If we're being honest it's been a disappointing season for Swansea, though they ended the campaign on a high thanks to a great win at Sunderland capped by excellent performances from Nathan Dyer and Wilfried Bony (see below). Dyer has speed to burn and the Black Cats - perhaps a bit heavy-legged after a celebration or two in midweek - simply couldn't cope with him. The 26-year-old burst into the box early in the game and clipped the ball over Vito Mannone to put the Swans in front, and from that moment on the former Southampton man was full of confidence, linking up well all afternoon with the likes of Bony and Marvin Emnes to give the Sunderland defence a few more headaches to cope with.


Forward - Wilfried Bony (Swansea)

If it was inevitable that Sunderland suffer some inertia after securing their Premier League status in such a dramatic fashion, then it was even more inevitable that Wilfried Bony would score against them. The 25-year-old Ivorian has been just about the only positive of the Swans' campaign this season, and 18 goals for the campaign represents a good return for a first year in the Premier League. Bony was his usual self against Sunderland - hassling and hustling, weighing in with a goal and putting one up for a teammate on his way to a man of the match performance. Garry Monk's first job as permanent manager must be to convince him to stay.


Forward - Dwight Gayle (Crystal Palace)

Dwight Gayle made last week's TotW thanks to a stunning off-the-bench display against Liverpool; his reward being a place in the starting XI against hapless Fulham. The Palace striker continued where he left off on Monday night with another brace against the Cottagers - his third and fourth goals in the space of seven days so there really is no other striker more deserving of a place in our Team of the Week. His first was an instictive reaction to turn home Joel Ward's drive, while his second was a brilliant free-kick that he curled past David Stockdale late in the game to restore the Eagles' lead.

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