Garth Crooks' latest team of the week

Premier League leaders Manchester City again left it late as they beat West Ham 2-1 to make it 13 straight league wins.

Elsewhere, Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea produced heroics as the second-placed team defeated Arsenal 3-1 and kept in touch with their city rivals.

Chelsea overwhelmed Newcastle 3-1 to stay third and Liverpool thrashed Brighton 5-1 to move into that fourth Champions League spot.

At the other end, Swansea sunk to the bottom of the table with a 2-1 loss to Stoke.

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Goalkeeper – David de Gea (Manchester United)

Manchester United keeper David de Gea

David de Gea made 14 saves at Arsenal – the joint-most in a Premier League game since 2003-04. Vito Mannone (for Sunderland v Chelsea in April 2014) and Tim Krul (for Newcastle v Tottenham in November 2013) also managed the feat

If Manchester United win the title, it will be down to the brilliance of David de Gea. His performance against Arsenal was utterly breathtaking.

The save after the ball inadvertently came off Romelu Lukaku’s leg and flew in the direction of his own net was unbelievable. However, it was the double save from Alexandre Lacazette and Alexis Sanchez that turned the game for me. Had Arsenal equalised at that point, the outcome of this titanic tussle might have been very different.

All credit to United. This is a player who was on the verge of signing for Real Madrid two years ago, and had it not been for a so-called ‘clerical’ error might have done. One manager later, and Champions League qualification, we have not heard a squeak from De Gea about wanting to return to Spain or Real Madrid for that matter. I wonder how much of that is down to the presence of a certain Jose Mourinho?

Defender – Antonio Valencia (Manchester United)

Antonio Valencia

Antonio Valencia has scored twice in the Premier League this season – he last scored more in a single campaign in this competition in 2011-12 (four)

Precisely why Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny felt the need to play the ball to his left to a marooned Sead Kolasinac, which led to United’s opener, I don’t know. What I can tell you is that it set the tone for an extraordinary game of football littered with the most bizarre moments.

From the moment Antonio Valencia cut out the ball, his sole intention was to make Arsenal, and in particular Koscielny, pay for his error. The fact midfielder Paul Pogba was involved in the move and rolled the most inviting ball for Valencia to control and smash through Petr Cech’s legs wasn’t wasted on me either. I refuse to allow the Frenchman’s dreadful fluorescent-styled Mohican haircut to influence my regard for his talents.

I have commended the performances of Valencia on a number of occasions already this season and continue to do so. The Manchester United captain continues to have an amazing influence on his team. This was one of the most professional performances I have seen from United away from home, and Valencia set the tone.

Defender – Andreas Christensen (Chelsea)

Andreas Christensen

Chelsea have only lost one of the eight Premier League games that Andreas Christensen has started (W6 D1) – with the only defeat coming against Manchester City in September

The post denied him his first goal for the club against Newcastle, but I don’t think this young star in the making will have to wait very long for it if he keeps playing like this. I was told to watch out for Andreas Christensen after his recent display against West Brom at The Hawthorns.

I must say that particular performance passed me by, but since David Luiz fell out of favour at Chelsea, the young Denmark international has been making a bit of a name for himself and looks a real prospect. The run from deep inside his own half against Newcastle, prior to feeding Victor Moses a glorious pass inside the path of Matt Ritchie (who had a torrid afternoon), was a real indication of his growth in confidence.

There is no doubt Christensen is not in Luiz’s class yet, but if the Dane continues to progress at this rate manager Antonio Conte might consider releasing the high-maintenance Luiz at the end of the season as he has the far-less-combustible Christensen.

Defender – Ashley Williams (Everton)

Ashley Williams

Ashley Williams has made more clearances (92) than any other Everton player in the Premier League this season

What a difference a manager can make. The arrival of Sam Allardyce at Goodison Park seems to have made all the difference.

Everton look unrecognisable from the side I saw get destroyed at Southampton. Against West Ham in midweek they looked lively, and during Saturday’s game against Huddersfield their back four looked as solid as I have seen them for some time.

At the heart of both performances was Ashley Williams. I have always liked Williams’ approach to the game, and I was interested to hear him say in his post-match interview that the dressing room is now a much happier place.