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Premier League team of the week - 22-23 September 2012

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Opta have selected their elite Premier League XI based on performances in the weekend's top flight games.

MSN Sport columnist Matt Holland has his say on the players selected.

Read Matt Holland's weekly column on MSN Sport and follow him on Twitter @mattholland8

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United)Michael Williamson (Newcastle United)Opta: Only one player made more clearances than Williamson (15) this weekend as he helped Newcastle keep their first clean sheet of the season.Matt Holland: "Excellent defensively and a nuisance in the opposition box as well winning his team a penalty. A much needed shutout for the Magpies."topThis field has been disabled for Gallery V2team of the week, premier league team of the week, premier league, eply, opta, matt hollandMichael Williamson (Newcastle United)(©Martin Rickett-PA Archive)Michael Williamson (Newcastle United)(©Martin Rickett-PA Archive)Michael Williamson (Newcastle United)(©Martin Rickett-PA Archive)Michael Williamson (Newcastle United)(©Martin Rickett-PA Archive)Michael Williamson (Newcastle United)(©Martin Rickett-PA Archive)Michael Williamson (Newcastle United)(©Martin Rickett-PA Archive)Michael Williamson (Newcastle United)(©Martin Rickett-PA Archive)Michael Williamson (Newcastle United)(©Martin Rickett-PA Archive)Michael Williamson (Newcastle United)(©Martin Rickett-PA Archive)Michael Williamson (Newcastle United)(©Martin Rickett-PA Archive)Michael Williamson (Newcastle United)(©Martin Rickett-PA Archive)Michael Williamson (Newcastle United)(©Martin Rickett-PA Archive)Michael Williamson (Newcastle United)(©Martin Rickett-PA Archive)Michael Williamson (Newcastle United)(©Martin Rickett-PA Archive)Michael Williamson (Newcastle United)(©Martin Rickett-PA Archive)Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal)Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal)Opta: Scored Arsenal's equaliser and also made a weekend-high two last-man tackles for the Gunners.Matt Holland: "Arsenal's best defender last year has struggled to get in the team this term due to the Gunners' great form but with Vermaelan out he came in and gave a superb display capped off by the late equaliser."topThis field has been disabled for Gallery V2team of the week, premier league team of the week, premier league, eply, opta, matt hollandLaurent Koscielny (Arsenal)(©Martin Rickett-PA Wire)Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal)(©Martin Rickett-PA Wire)Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal)(©Martin Rickett-PA Wire)Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal)(©Martin Rickett-PA Wire)Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal)(©Martin Rickett-PA Wire)Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal)(©Martin Rickett-PA Wire)Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal)(©Martin Rickett-PA Wire)Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal)(©Martin Rickett-PA Wire)Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal)(©Martin Rickett-PA Wire)Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal)(©Martin Rickett-PA Wire)Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal)(©Martin Rickett-PA Wire)Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal)(©Martin Rickett-PA Wire)Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal)(©Martin Rickett-PA Wire)Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal)(©Martin Rickett-PA Wire)Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal)(©Martin Rickett-PA Wire)Leighton Baines (Everton)Leighton Baines (Everton)Opta: No player provided more successful crosses than Baines (four) this weekend and overall this season he has created more goal-scoring chances (24) than any other player in the league.Matt Holland: "Would no doubt have faced competition from Ashley Cole for a place in this team as he does at England level. 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He and his team-mates were unlucky to be on the losing side in an excellent team performance."topThis field has been disabled for Gallery V2team of the week, premier league team of the week, premier league, eply, opta, matt hollandSteven Gerrard (Liverpool)(©Peter Byrne-PA Wire)Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)(©Peter Byrne-PA Wire)Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)(©Peter Byrne-PA Wire)Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)(©Peter Byrne-PA Wire)Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)(©Peter Byrne-PA Wire)Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)(©Peter Byrne-PA Wire)Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)(©Peter Byrne-PA Wire)Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)(©Peter Byrne-PA Wire)Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)(©Peter Byrne-PA Wire)Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)(©Peter Byrne-PA Wire)Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)(©Peter Byrne-PA Wire)Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)(©Peter Byrne-PA Wire)Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)(©Peter Byrne-PA Wire)Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)(©Peter Byrne-PA Wire)Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)(©Peter Byrne-PA Wire)Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)Opta: The midfield maestro made more successful lay-offs (12) and had more touches in the opposition half (75) than any other player this weekend.Matt Holland: "Always involved in a busy performance. Facing the champions was the acid test for the Gunners and they passed it with flying colours - none more so than Cazorla who looks a bargain buy".topThis field has been disabled for Gallery V2team of the week, premier league team of the week, premier league, eply, opta, matt hollandSanti Cazorla (Arsenal)(©Adam Davy-EMPICS Sport)Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)(©Adam Davy-EMPICS Sport)Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)(©Adam Davy-EMPICS Sport)Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)(©Adam Davy-EMPICS Sport)Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)(©Adam Davy-EMPICS Sport)Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)(©Adam Davy-EMPICS Sport)Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)(©Adam Davy-EMPICS Sport)Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)(©Adam Davy-EMPICS Sport)Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)(©Adam Davy-EMPICS Sport)Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)(©Adam Davy-EMPICS Sport)Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)(©Adam Davy-EMPICS Sport)Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)(©Adam Davy-EMPICS Sport)Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)(©Adam Davy-EMPICS Sport)Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)(©Adam Davy-EMPICS Sport)Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)(©Adam Davy-EMPICS Sport)Adam Lallana (Southampton)Adam Lallana (Southampton)Opta: No other player created more goal-scoring chances from open play (five) than Lallana this weekend, one of which set up the Saints' equaliser for Rickie Lambert.Matt Holland: "Energetic and lively performance from Lallana. He was always looking to get involved and never gave the opposition a moment's peace."topThis field has been disabled for Gallery V2team of the week, premier league team of the week, premier league, eply, opta, matt hollandAdam Lallana (Southampton)(©Chris Ison-PA Wire)Adam Lallana (Southampton)(©Chris Ison-PA Wire)Adam Lallana (Southampton)(©Chris Ison-PA Wire)Adam Lallana (Southampton)(©Chris Ison-PA Wire)Adam Lallana (Southampton)(©Chris Ison-PA Wire)Adam Lallana (Southampton)(©Chris Ison-PA Wire)Adam Lallana (Southampton)(©Chris Ison-PA Wire)Adam Lallana (Southampton)(©Chris Ison-PA Wire)Adam Lallana (Southampton)(©Chris Ison-PA Wire)Adam Lallana (Southampton)(©Chris Ison-PA Wire)Adam Lallana (Southampton)(©Chris Ison-PA Wire)Adam Lallana (Southampton)(©Chris Ison-PA Wire)Adam Lallana (Southampton)(©Chris Ison-PA Wire)Adam Lallana (Southampton)(©Chris Ison-PA Wire)Adam Lallana (Southampton)(©Chris Ison-PA Wire)Victor Anichebe (Everton)Victor Anichebe (Everton)Opta: Anichebe's goal was his first goal after starting a Premier League game since March 2010 (he hadn't scored in any of his previous 16 Premier League starts). He managed more shots on target than any player this weekend (five).Matt Holland: "In the absence of Jelavic, Anichebe is staking a claim to keep a place in the starting XI. For the first time in his career he has scored in back-to-back Premier League games and is proving there is depth to the Everton squad."topThis field has been disabled for Gallery V2team of the week, premier league team of the week, premier league, eply, opta, matt hollandVictor Anichebe (Everton)(©Nick Potts-PA Wire)Victor Anichebe (Everton)(©Nick Potts-PA Wire)Victor Anichebe (Everton)(©Nick Potts-PA Wire)Victor Anichebe (Everton)(©Nick Potts-PA Wire)Victor Anichebe (Everton)(©Nick Potts-PA Wire)Victor Anichebe (Everton)(©Nick Potts-PA Wire)Victor Anichebe (Everton)(©Nick Potts-PA Wire)Victor Anichebe (Everton)(©Nick Potts-PA Wire)Victor Anichebe (Everton)(©Nick Potts-PA Wire)Victor Anichebe (Everton)(©Nick Potts-PA Wire)Victor Anichebe (Everton)(©Nick Potts-PA Wire)Victor Anichebe (Everton)(©Nick Potts-PA Wire)Victor Anichebe (Everton)(©Nick Potts-PA Wire)Victor Anichebe (Everton)(©Nick Potts-PA Wire)Victor Anichebe (Everton)(©Nick Potts-PA Wire)Rickie Lambert (Southampton)Rickie Lambert (Southampton)Opta: Lambert scored twice as new boys Southampton beat Villa 4-1. Last season he netted either a brace or hat-trick eight times in the Championship, more than any other player.Matt Holland: "Until Saturday the Saints had found life in the Premier League pretty tough but Lambert continues to do what he does best - score goals. A great outlet for the midfield as well as he holds the ball up so well."topThis field has been disabled for Gallery V2team of the week, premier league team of the week, premier league, eply, opta, matt hollandRickie Lambert (Southampton)(©Andrew Matthews-PA Wire)Rickie Lambert (Southampton)(©Andrew Matthews-PA Wire)Rickie Lambert (Southampton)(©Andrew Matthews-PA Wire)Rickie Lambert (Southampton)(©Andrew Matthews-PA Wire)Rickie Lambert (Southampton)(©Andrew Matthews-PA Wire)Rickie Lambert (Southampton)(©Andrew Matthews-PA Wire)Rickie Lambert (Southampton)(©Andrew Matthews-PA Wire)Rickie Lambert (Southampton)(©Andrew Matthews-PA Wire)Rickie Lambert (Southampton)(©Andrew Matthews-PA Wire)Rickie Lambert (Southampton)(©Andrew Matthews-PA Wire)Rickie Lambert (Southampton)(©Andrew Matthews-PA Wire)Rickie Lambert (Southampton)(©Andrew Matthews-PA Wire)Rickie Lambert (Southampton)(©Andrew Matthews-PA Wire)Rickie Lambert (Southampton)(©Andrew Matthews-PA Wire)Rickie Lambert (Southampton)(©Andrew Matthews-PA Wire)