Premier League hotlist: Christian Eriksen, Christian Benteke, Alexis Sanchez star
Last Updated: 15/05/17 11:34am
Who were the best Premier League players from the weekend games? We take a look at the man-of-the-match performances in our hotlist.
Stoke 1-4 Arsenal - Alexis Sanchez
"Alexis is special, you know." Yes Arsene, the secret is out.
The Chilean was brilliant again as Arsenal kept their hopes of a top-four finish alive at Stoke, beating the Potters 4-1 at the bet365 Stadium.
His perfectly weighted through ball helped Mesut Ozil score Arsenal's second and he capped a stand-out performance with a goal too, his 50th in the Premier League.
Sanchez does it all for the Gunners in the final third and Saturday's display saw him become the first player to reach double figures for goals (21) and assists (10) this campaign.
His evening ended prematurely due to a thigh problem and his fitness could prove crucial in deciding Arsenal's top-four fate.
West Brom 0-1 Chelsea - Cesar Azpilicueta
Michy Batshuayi might have scored the title-winning goal, but Azpilicueta played a pivotal role with the cross into the middle for the striker.
The defender also contributed throughout for Chelsea, pushing up the pitch and having three shots on goal. Only Cesc Fabregas had more touches and played more passes than Azpilicueta (122-107 and 109-84 respectively).
"His movement into the midfield in the first half was really good," said Gary Neville on Sky Sports. "He has been fantastic all season and that cross was on a plate for Batshuayi."
Tottenham 2-1 Manchester United - Christian Eriksen
Eriksen put in another influential display as Tottenham beat Manchester United 2-1 to say farewell to White Hart Lane in style.
The Dane created five chances for Spurs, including the decisive cross for Harry Kane's winner - his 13th Premier League assist of the season.
West Ham 0-4 Liverpool - Philippe Coutinho
Daniel Sturridge may have stolen the headlines pre-match with his first Liverpool start since January, but it was a familiar face who took headlines after a fine 4-0 win at the London Stadium.
Philippe Coutinho started it all off with a fine through ball for Sturridge's opener, via the help of some lax West Ham defending, but his second goal was the Brazilian all over.
Taking the ball forward through a sea of claret and blue shirts, Coutinho found the bottom corner from 20 yards with a fine low effort, before adding a third moments later with another trademark run and finish.
Coutinho needed to add goals to his game from previous seasons, and he'll now end the campaign with the biggest haul of his career, currently on 13 goals in all competitions.
Everton 1-0 Watford - Enner Valencia
A flat first half from Everton was corrected at the break with the introduction of Valencia. Credit must go to Ronald Koeman for making the attacking change, but Valencia deserves the plaudits for a performance which brought much-needed energy to an Everton side who were struggling to break down Watford.
Valencia was a menace for 45 minutes and was a constant handful down the right for the hosts. It was a narrow victory in the end, and one that was only really made possible by the Ecuadorian breathing life into his team-mates.
Crystal Palace 4-0 Hull City - Christian Benteke
Benteke played an instrumental part in the Eagles' emphatic victory and provided a threat in attack from the off, getting into dangerous areas well to meet a number of crosses.
The Belgium international netted his side's second goal of the day with a brilliant header from close range on 34 minutes to make it six goals in nine games, taking his tally to 17 league goals this campaign.
Man City 2-1 Leicester - Yaya Toure
On his 34th birthday, Pep Guardiola promised a cake, but the Ivorian's got a man-of-the-match award to supplement that following Man City's narrow victory over Leicester.
Toure sat deeper than his usual self, making 10 more passes than any other player on the pitch at the Etihad, with a 91.3 per cent completion rate.
He also won possession a whopping 12 times, double that of any of his team-mates, and got involved in 15 duels, more than any player from either side.
After a tricky start to the season when Guardiola arrived, Toure is now a vital member of that City midfield.
Sunderland 0-2 Swansea - Gylfi Sigurdsson
It's almost too easy to hand the man-of-the-match award to Sigurdsson, but the Iceland international stood head and shoulders above the pack once more at the Stadium of Light.
After just nine minutes, his free-kick from deep did enough to entice Jordan Pickford to come and claim it, but there was Fernando Llorente for his 14th goal of the season, which in turn handed Sigurdsson his 13th assist of the campaign. A remarkable return, given that the playmaker has also scored nine league goals to boot.
Swansea certainly face an uphill struggle in trying to keep him at the club this summer.
Bournemouth 2-1 Burnley - Junior Stanislas
Josh King will take the plaudits after netting his 13th Premier League goal of 2017, but Bournemouth may need to keep close wraps on Stanislas this summer after another impressive display.
The former West Ham winger has now scored in consecutive Premier League games for the first time after opening the scoring against old club Burnley on Saturday, and the 27-year-old was at the centre of pretty much all of Bournemouth's attacks, consistently combining with King and looking to get beyond the striker at every opportunity.
Middlesbrough 1-2 Southampton - Jay Rodriguez
Having not scored since the end of December, the pressure must have been mounting on Rodriguez's shoulders as his wait for a goal went on, but at the Riverside on Saturday, he led the line with the air of a man who was very much at the top of his game.
His finish for Saints opener in the north east was as emphatic as it gets, rifling a half-volley into the corner. Not finished there, Rodriguez held the ball up superbly before playing in Nathan Redmond for Saints' second. No player had more attempts at goal than the former Burnley hitman.