Premier League ups and downs: Ben Arfa to Ledley King

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Hatem Ben Arfa, Newcastle

The forward's superb solo effort against Bolton yesterday is a goal-of-the-season contender. The Frenchman turned brilliantly inside his own half and ran 70 yards before coolly beating the goalkeeper Adam Bogdan.

Jonny Evans, Man United

The Northern Ireland international has arguably been United's best player over the past five games, proving a threat in the opposition penalty area and commanding in his own. His vital block denied QPR's Adel Taarabt what was a certain equaliser.

Damien Duff, Fulham

Clint Dempsey may have taken all the plaudits for the rare away win at Bolton, but the Republic of Ireland winger's darting runs and tantalising crosses constantly kept Fulham on the attack and Wanderers camped in their own half. 


Ledley King, Tottenham

The defender's pace and positional sense badly deserted him on several occasions against Norwich City yesterday. The club captain's presence in Harry Redknapp's back line no longer brings with it the reassurance it once did.

Wigan Athletic Football Club

Roberto Martinez was right to feel aggrieved at two poor decisions that may condemn his side to relegation. Branislav Ivanovic was among three Chelsea players in an offside position before opening the scoring and Juan Mata's winner was offside too.

Dirk Kuyt, Liverpool

The award for Miss of the Season goes to the Dutch forward for his unbelievable howler from two-yards out against Aston Villa. With the goal at his mercy, Kuyt inexplicably skied the ball over the crossbar from virtually under it.