LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 22: Mohamed Salah of Liverpool celebrates his teams second goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Liverpool at Emirates Stadium on December 22, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

This weekend of football had a number of enormous games in the context of the title race and they did not disappoint.

From Everton's draw at Old Trafford to the game of the season so far between the Reds and City, matchday seven had it all.

Team of the Week is a brand new series from Striker where the top performers from each matchday being included in a rolling '4-3-3' team of the week squad that will chop and change regularly.

Previous matchday: PL Rolling XI: Matchday 6

Let's see what effect this has on our rolling XI after another round of season 2021/22.


Tim Krul (Norwich City) - in for José Sá (Wolverhampton Wanderers)

Krul had a great game between the sticks for Daniel Farke's side as they fought out a stalemate against Burnley.

The Dutch shot-stopper made five saves at Turf Moor to earn a valuable point away from home.


RB: César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) - in for Joël Veltman (Brighton & Hove Albion)

The Spanish veteran had an industrious game on the right side for Thomas Tuchel's men as they ran out 3-1 winners at Stamford Bridge against the Saints.
Azpilicueta assisted Timo Werner's late goal, made two key passes and three successful dribbles as Chelsea went top of the table.

RCB: Trevoh Chalobah (Chelsea) - in for Yerry Mina (Everton)

The young centre-half is back again in the rolling XI, finding the net again in Chelsea's victory.

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Chalobah made ten tackles, won seven of his eight ground duels and made two successful dribbles in a man-of-the-match display in only his third Premier League start of the year.

LCB: Grant Hanley (Norwich City) - in for Ethan Pinnock (Brentford)

The Scottish defender was imperious at the back for Norwich as they stifled Burnley away at Turf Moor.

The 29-year-old made five intercepts, fifteen clearances and won all three of his ground duels to shut out Sean Dyche's side.

LB: Marc Cucurella (Brighton & Hove Albion) - in for Danny Rose (Watford) 

The Spanish left-sided youngster had a great game against Arsenal at the Amex, keeping a clean sheet as the Seagulls frustrated the Gunners.

Cucurella made four key passes, the same amount of tackles and won five of his six ground duels as he stifled the likes of Bukayo Saka and Takehiro Tomiyasu.



RM: Andros Townsend (Everton) - in for Youri Tielemans (Leicester City)

The Toffees had a superb outing against Manchester United and very well could have won it, with Andros Townsend's strike in the 65th minute enough for a draw.

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Townsend was outstanding with his goal and two key passes, constantly proving a menace for Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer's side.

CM: Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Tottenham) - in for Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)

Højbjerg was in fine form for Spurs against Villa as they ground out a 2-1 result at home in north London.

The Danish mid struck in the 27th minute and completed a staggering five successful dribbles from his position in the middle of the park.

LM: Abdoulaye Doucouré (Everton) - in for Emile Smith-Rowe (Arsenal)

The Frenchman continued his upwards trajectory this season with yet another commanding display from midfield.

Chalking up an assist for Everton's only goal, Doucouré was here there and everywhere for his side. Two key passes and three tackles rounded out a good day for the 28-year-old.



RW: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) - in for Raphinha (Leeds United)

It couldn't have been anyone else after 'The Egyptian King' once again showed why he is arguably the best player on the planet at this point in time.

After a wonderful counter-attacking assist for Sadio Mane, his following strike will live long in the memory and is a front-runner for this year's Puskas Award.

ST: Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton) - in for Michail Antonio (West Ham United) 

The Mexican striker is back in business for his side after his previous season was marred by a horrible head injury.

Jiménez assisted both of Wolves' goals as they ran out 2-1 winners over Newcastle at the Molineux to make it two on the bounce.

LW: Hee-Chan Hwang (Wolverhampton) - in for Bukayo Saka (Arsenal)

The finisher of Jiménez's assists was South Korean sensation Hwang Hee-Chan who has blown away Wolves fans since his arrival in the off-season.

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His two goals showed exactly what he was brought in to do - ruthlessly finish when the opportunity presents itself - and he is now set for a fruitful loan spell this season if he continues this form.