Hugo Lloris a stopper for Spurs; Santi Cazorla stars for Arsenal – EPL Team of the Week

English football columnist Richard Jolly names his Best XI in the Premier League for the December 27-28 weekend. Click the arrows above to scroll through the team.

Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris, Tottenham Hotspur: Frustrated Manchester United with a string of outstanding saves to earn Tottenham a draw at White Hart Lane.

Right-back: Mauricio Isla, Queens Park Rangers: The best player on the park in the stalemate against Crystal Palace, even if the Chilean’s efforts did not bring a breakthrough.

Centre-back: Wes Morgan, Leicester City: A bastion of defiance at the back as Leicester finally ended their long wait for a win against relegation rivals Hull City.

Centre-back: Ron Vlaar, Aston Villa: The captain ensured 10-man Villa were not defeated by Sunderland with another solid display.

Left-back: Erik Pieters, Stoke City: Helped set up Mame Biram Diouf’s goal and made it back-to-back wins and clean sheets for Stoke.

Right midfield: Ayoze Perez, Newcastle United: Ended Newcastle’s losing run with a clinically taken goal and an influential performance against Everton.

Centre midfield: Fernandinho, Manchester City: Scored a belated first goal of the season in some style and performed energetically in the 2-2 draw with Burnley.

Centre midfield: Francis Coquelin, Arsenal: Recalled from a loan spell at Charlton and surprisingly selected to start at West Ham, he was a defiant presence in the midfield.

Left midfield: Eden Hazard, Chelsea: Scored a delightful equaliser to maintain his recent fine form as Chelsea drew at Southampton.

Centre forward: Santi Cazorla, Arsenal: One of Arsenal’s recent stars, the spirited Spaniard helped them on their way to a vital victory at West Ham.

Centre forward: Ashley Barnes, Burnley: “Arguably one of best centre forward performances I’ve seen in a long, long time,” said his manager, Sean Dyche.

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Published: December 29, 2014 04:00 AM

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