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Premier League Team of the Week: Return of Chamakh

After the latest round of Premier League action, we bring you our pick of the best players on display in the English top flight.

And to give you a flavour of how their performances were viewed across the land, we have also included tweets from players, journalists and random punters.

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GK: Tim Howard, for Everton against Arsenal (7/10)

A string of imposing blocks and saves laid the groundwork for Everton to take an impressive point away from the Emirates in a 1-1 draw.

Key moment (50'): Ozil picks out Wilshere at the back post who knocks it back inside towards Cazorla. The diminutive midfielder's header is well saved by Howard.

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CB: Fabricio Coloccini, for Newcastle United against Manchester United (8/10)

Coloccini led with authority and defended stoutly in a Magpies performance which was a triumph of the team above all else as they secured a 1-0 win at Old Trafford.

Key moment (87'): Januzaj puts the ball into the box but Coloccini heads clear for the visitors.

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CB: Laurent Koscielny, for Arsenal against Everton (8/10)

Managed the threat of Romelu Lukaku with real maturity and it is no fluke that the Belgian’s main sights of goal were from distance.

Key moment (31'): Lukaku chucks in a couple of stepovers before cutting onto his right foot and unleashing a shot. Koscielny doesn't dive in until the last second and manages to block.

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CB: Sebastien Bassong, for Norwich against West Brom (7/10)

A host of important clearances saw Bassong come through as the Canaries’ star defender in a much-needed clean sheet on the road just days after being mauled by Luis Suarez.

Key moment (39'): Low cross by Jones, another clearance by Bassong. Do the other Norwich defenders have to do anything?

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RM: Glen Johnson, for Liverpool against West Ham (8/10)

Against his frail old club, Johnson had a whale of a time tormenting the Hammers defence on the overlap whilst carrying out his defensive duties well. His cross for Suarez's goal was just sublime.

Key moment (81'): GOAL! Liverpool 3-1 West Ham! Suarez, of course. Coutinho spreads the ball wide with a neat dink to Johnson and the right-back’s cross is sublime, soaring to the back post to find Suarez who heads home.

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CM: Glenn Whelan, for Stoke City against Chelsea (7/10)

Put in a real shift in midfield before being warmly applauded off by the home fans. His work in the first-half prevented Chelsea grabbing a second goal which would have killed the match as a contest.

Key moment (17'): Adam gets into a tussle with two blue shirts inside the area and is flung to the deck. The ball is cleared, the crowd scream 'SHOOT' at Glenn Whelan and he lashes his shot straight at Adam's bottom. Great scenes.

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CM: Yohan Cabaye, for Newcastle United against Manchester United (8/10)

Another stellar midfield showing capped by the winning goal at Old Trafford. Cabaye showed his dirty side with an early booking but was otherwise near flawless.

Key moment (61'): GOAL! Man Utd 0-1 Newcastle! Oh dearie me, just when they looked to be dominating… It’s Cabaye who slots home with the help of a deflection. Sissoko beat Evra to the ball on the right before squaring for his team-mate.

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AMC: Philippe Coutinho, for Liverpool against West Ham (8/10)

The gifted Brazilian spread the ball as he wished and constantly looked for chances to open up the visiting defence. A constant menace.

Key moment (62'): CHANCE FOR LIVERPOOL! A lovely move from Liverpool as they play the ball around superbly. Coutinho, who is pulling all the strings, plays in Henderson and he goes short to Sterling who slips as he shoots and scoops the ball over the bar.

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LM: Andre Schuerrle, for Chelsea v Stoke City (7/10)

Though the Blues lost to Stoke, the German’s brace will serve as strong incentive for Jose Mourinho to stick with Schuerrle over his countless attacking midfield options.

Key moment (9'): GOAL! Stoke 0-1 Chelsea. Schuerrle picks the ball up inside the Stoke half, attacks the home defence before shifting it onto his left foot and firing into the bottom corner. Exactly what the Blues needed.

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ST: Marouane Chamakh, Crystal Palace against Cardiff City (9/10)

Chamakh looks a player reborn. Not only did he score a fine, vital, second goal for his side, but his hold-up play was a class above anything else on the pitch.

Key moment (58'): GOAL! What a great finish! Bannan's ball from the left was headed away by the diving Turner, but the Moroccan controlled the ball and hit a lovely shot with the outside of his right foot from 15 yards, giving Marshall no chance. 2-0, and entirely deserved.

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ST: Dimitar Berbatov, for Fulham against Aston Villa (8/10)

His wonderful pass released Alexander Kacaniklic for the penalty which the Bulgarian then converted with his trademark swagger as Fulham won 2-0.

Key moment (30'): GOAL! Fulham 2-0 Aston Villa. Berbatov rolls it into the bottom right; Guzan goes the wrong way. Calm as you like.