EPL Team of the Weekend: Aguero, Chelsea new boy Higuain lead the way

Sergio Aguero's hat-trick puts him in our Opta-powered Premier League Team of the Weekend, which also includes Chelsea's Gonzalo Higuain.

Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick in Manchester City's win over Arsenal.   -  Getty Images

Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick for Manchester City as it moved to within two points of Premier League leader Liverpool with a 3-1 win over Arsenal.

A day earlier, on Saturday, Gonzalo Higuain opened his Chelsea account in style as the Blues thrashed Huddersfield Town 5-0.

And the Argentine duo form a potent strike partnership in our Opta-guided Team of the Weekend, with Manchester United, Tottenham, Wolves and Crystal Palace also represented.

GOALKEEPER: DAVID DE GEA (MANCHESTER UNITED)

Marcus Rashford's early goal proved enough for Manchester United at Leicester City on Sunday, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side got back on track after the draw with Burnley in midweek.

De Gea was crucial, making six saves in preserving United's lead and clean sheet at the King Power Stadium, including an instinctive stop from a close-range Jamie Vardy effort.

RIGHT-BACK: KIERAN TRIPPIER (TOTTENHAM)

Kieran Trippier missed a penalty as Tottenham crashed out of the FA Cup last week, but went some way to making amends with a fine display against Newcastle United at Wembley in Saturday's early kick-off.

Only Christian Eriksen, with six, created more than the four goal-scoring chances that Trippier set up.

CENTRE-BACK: DAVID LUIZ (CHELSEA)

Chelsea's defence, in all truth, was hardly tested by Huddersfield on Saturday, as Maurizio Sarri's side bounced back from its heavy defeat at Bournemouth in style.

That allowed David Luiz to act as a deep-lying playmaker of sorts, completing 93 per cent of his passes, while also making four tackles and two clearances.

CENTRE-BACK: MAMADOU SAKHO (CRYSTAL PALACE)

Crystal Palace ended a three-match winless run in the Premier League by overcoming lowly Fulham 2-0 on Saturday, and Mamadou Sakho was a dominant figure at the back.

Going up against the in-form Fulham forward Aleksandar Mitrovic, Sakho made eight clearances, more than any other Palace player.

LEFT-BACK: JOE BENNETT (CARDIFF CITY)

On an emotional day for Cardiff City, Joe Bennett – who lost his father last week – was hugely impressive in defence.

Bennett made six clearances and four interceptions in the 2-0 win over Bournemouth, as Cardiff paid tribute to Emiliano Sala in appropriate fashion, itself to within two points of safety in the process.

CENTRE-MIDFIELD: N'GOLO KANTE (CHELSEA)

N'Golo Kante hasn't always found life easy in a more advanced role in Chelsea's system under Maurizio Sarri, but the World Cup-winning midfielder provided two assists in the 5-0 win over Huddersfield.

Both of those came for Gonzalo Higuain, with the first a deft throughball that proved the Frenchman's passing ability.

CENTRE-MIDFIELD: LEANDER DENDONCKER (WOLVES)

Leander Dendoncker found life difficult at the start of the season, having failed to establish himself as a first-team regular at Wolves following his move from Anderlecht.

However, the midfielder has found his feet in recent weeks, and was superb against Everton in a 3-1 win, making five tackles in total – more than any other player on the pitch – as well as hammering home Wolves' third goal midway through the second half.

CENTRE-MIDFIELD: JEFFREY SCHLUPP (CRYSTAL PALACE)

The second Crystal Palace player in this side is Jeffrey Schlupp, who had four shots in total against Fulham on Saturday.

No Crystal Palace player had more efforts, while two of the winger's attempts were also on target, as he got himself on the scoresheet to secure the points late on.

FORWARD: NATHAN REDMOND (SOUTHAMPTON)

It is fair to say that Nathan Redmond is thriving under Ralph Hasenhuttl.

Since the Austrian took charge at St Mary's, Redmond has scored three goals and provided two assists.

As well as scoring Southampton's only goal against Burnley on Saturday, Redmond also created three goal-scoring chances for his team-mates.

FORWARD: GONZALO HIGUAIN (CHELSEA)

The final Chelsea player on this list, Gonzalo Higuain opened his account for the Blues with a double in the rout over Huddersfield Town.

Higuain, who is on loan from Juventus, scored with both of his shots on target against Huddersfield, and had six attempts on goal in total.

Has Chelsea finally found the answer to its striker problems?

FORWARD: SERGIO AGUERO (MANCHESTER CITY)

Sergio Aguero is on fire at the moment, and his hat-trick against Arsenal propelled Pep Guardiola's side to a vital 3-1 win, putting the pressure back on leader Liverpool.

City was excellent throughout, but it was Aguero who made sure of the win with typically clinical finishing, and being in the right place at the right time. 

His three goals came from a total of four shots, and he opened the scoring after just 46 seconds.

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