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Man’s Life Premier League 2022-23 Team Of The Week 1

Premier League Season 2022/23 - TOTW 1
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The Premier League is back. It was a dramatic first weekend of the 2022/23 EPL season as Manchester City, Arsenal, and Tottenham got off to winning starts, while Erik Ten Hag’s reign at Manchester United began with another dispiriting defeat.

There were plenty of iconic opening day performances from Erling Haaland and William Saliba.

Here is our Man’s Life Premier League Team of the Week.

PL TOTW Week 1

GK: Aaron Ramsdale (Arsenal)

Aaron Ramsdale made two spectacular saves on Friday night in the curtain raiser to keep a clean sheet at Crystal Palace. The Englishman firmly palmed away Odsonne Edouard’s Edouard in the first half before expertly denying Eberechi Eze to help the Gunners come away with a 2-0 victory.

RB: William Saliba (Arsenal)

After three years on loan, William Saliba made his long-awaited Arsenal debut against Crystal Palace, and the young Frenchman shone for the Gunners in their opening day victory. Saliba effortlessly dealt with the threat of the pacy Crystal Palace forwards and was a calming presence at the back for Mikel Arteta’s side, winning the man of the match award for his magnificent performance at Selhurst Park.

CB: Fabian Schar (Newcastle United)

Fabian Schar scored the goal of the weekend for Newcastle United in their 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest on opening day, with the Swiss centre-back unleashing a rocket from outside the area into the roof of the net.

CB: Joachim Andersen (Crystal Palace)

Joachin Andersen was the best player on the pitch in Crystal Palace’s 2-0 defeat to Arsenal on the opening day of the season at Selhurst Park. The Danish international was exceptional with the ball at his feet and was influential in keeping the Arsenal attack and Gabriel Jesus for most of the game. 

LB: Ryan Sessegnon (Tottenham)

Ryan Sessegnon starred as a wing-back in Tottenham’s 4-1 win over Southampton at home. The Englishman scored the opening goal with a darting header at the back post, and his performance may keep new signing Ivan Perisic on the bench for a little while longer to start the season.

LM: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)

Mohamed Salah kept up his tradition of scoring on the first day of the season as the Egyptian grabbed another goal away at Fulham. Although Salah didn’t have the best game by his standards, the winger still did enough to make our team of the week, playing an influential part in Liverpool’s second-half comeback in West London, helping them prize out a 2-2 draw.

CM: Joao Palhinha (Fulham)

The Portuguese league is quickly becoming one of the best places for Premier League clubs to shop, and Fulham got their recruitment spot on this summer with the signing of Joao Palhinha from Sporting Lisbon. The midfielder worked tirelessly in midfield against Liverpool, dominating the battle in the middle of the pitch in the first half against Henderson, Thiago, and Fabinho.

CM: Pascal Gross (Brighton)

Pascal Gross grabbed a first-half brace against Manchester United and displayed predatory movement in the box to help Brighton secure their first-ever win at Old Trafford in the Premier League. 

RM: Dejan Kulusevski (Tottenham)

Dejan Kulusevski outshone Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son to help Tottenham make a statement on opening day against Southampton. The Swedish winger continued his superb form from last season, grabbing a goal and assist in Spurs’ impressing 4-1 win over the Saints in North London.

ST: Erling Haaland (Manchester City)

Erling Haaland did what he always does on his Premier League debut for Manchester City, score goals. The 22-year-old phenom wasted little time in making his impact felt in England, grabbing a pair of goals against West Ham and giving the Premier League audience a small taste of his talent and ability in front of goal for the best team in the country.

ST: Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham)

Aleksandar Mitrovic dominated the best central defender in the world – Virgil van Dijk – on his return to the Premier League with Fulham. The Serbian striker scored a towering header over Alexander-Arnold at the back post before winning a penalty against Van Dijk in the box to help Fulham hold last season’s Champions League finalists to a 2-2 draw on opening day. 

Manager: Graham Potter (Brighton)

Graham Potter gave Erik Ten Hag a warm welcome to the Premier League at Old Trafford, with the Englishman outcoaching his Dutch compatriot and taking a deserved 2-1 win against Manchester United despite losing Yves Bissouma and Marc Cucurella over the summer.