Date: 16th January 2017 at 7:50pm
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Stoke City are represented in the latest Premier League team of the week that has been selected by BBC pundit Garth Crooks.

Actually Garth is now down as a ‘Football Analyst’ these days, a posh term for a pundit then!

The performance by Marko Arnautovic in the three one victory over Sunderland at the weekend at the Stadium of Light was enough to earn them a place in the side alongside the other, in the opinion of the former Spurs striker anyway, most impressive performers in the topflight over the latest weekend.

I think we’ll already know ourselves, and not just based on the latest performance, why Crooks, we’ll also not argue with it, selected Arnautovic as part of his team but explaining his choice he told the BBC.

‘I’ve seen Marko Arnautovic in this mood before and he can be devastating. In fact, Sunderland should have read the early warning signs. This was a 45-minute blitz by Stoke and Sunderland never recovered. It wasn’t only Arnautovic who impressed me against the Black Cats. Rejuvenated Stoke City striker Peter Crouch – who, by the way, has been playing brilliantly since his return to the Potters line-up – did too. It was the link up play between Arnautovic, Xherdan Shaqiri and Crouch that ultimately destroyed Sunderland. A note of caution for Sunderland boss David Moyes, however. I couldn’t help but notice an air of discouragement about Jermain Defoe’s performance against Stoke. The last thing the Black Cats need is a disillusioned Defoe. If they lose him they really are sunk.’

It’s always good to see the club represented in this way, and well played to Arnautovic for his recognition, but the most important thing about the weekend was of course the result.

Full Team:

Simon Mignolet (Liverpool), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur), Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur), Dejan Lovren (Liverpool), Marcos Alonso (Chelsea), Pedro (Chelsea), Tom Davies (Everton), Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur), Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Andy Carroll (West Ham).

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