Premier League team of the season so far dominated by Arsenal and Man City as Newcastle United and Tottenham stars feature
The final international break of the season is upon us as the race for the Premier League title and the Champions League places hots up.
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Arsenal extended their lead at the top of the Premier League to eight points with a 4-1 win over Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon.
It sent the Gunners into the international break on a high as they swiftly hit back after being knocked out of the Europa League by Sporting Lisbon on Thursday. It leaves the club with all eyes on the Premier League title, with 10 games remaining.
Rivals Man City have a game in hand but also have an FA Cup semi-final and a Champions League quarter-final to factor in.
Across North London, Tottenham Hotspur’s hopes of a top-four finish suffered a blow as they drew 3-3 with Southampton. Manager Antonio Conte went into an extraordinary rant after the game as he hit out at the club’s long period without a trophy with a veiled dig at Daniel Levy.
With the season over 75 per cent completed for most clubs, we have put together the best XI of the campaign so far using ratings from WhoScored. Only players with 20 or more games played have been included - agree with the picks?
Bernd Leno - 7
The Fulham goalkeeper has made an incredible 100 saves this season. The club are ninth in the table and chasing a possible European place after a stellar first season back in the top flight.
Kieran Trippier - 7.5
The Newcastle defender has enjoyed a fine campaign for the Magpies, who have their eyes on a top-four spot. He has five assists, along with one goal while averaging two tackles per game.
Fabian Schar - 7.1
With the best defence in the league, it is no surprise to see two Newcastle players in the backline. As well as scoring one goal this term, Schar averages 2.8 aerial duels won alongside 1.5 interceptions and 4.1 clearances.
Ben Mee - 7
The centre-back has proven an impressive signing for Brentford, who are also in the hunt for a European place. He has three goals and one assist from defence and has won 3.9 aerial duels and made 3.2 clearances per 90.
Rodri - 7.4
The Man City midfielder has two goals and five assists to his name in the league this season. He has also averaged more than two tackles per game and has a pass success rate of 93.4 per cent.
Kevin De Bruyne - 7.5
The Man City star has been a key cog in Pep Guardiola’s side for a number of seasons. This year is no different, with four goals and 12 assists for the current second-placed side. Produces 3.1 key passes per game on average.
Martin Odegaard - 7.4
The Arsenal man has enjoyed his best sustained form in North London as the Gunners seek to win their first title since 2004. He has 10 goals and six assists to his name. Has averaged 2.3 key passes per 90.
Bukayo Saka - 7.5
Another Arsenal player producing his best at the right time. He has an astonishing 12 goals and 10 assists and is the only player to reach double figures on both counts.
Gabriel Martinelli - 7.2
The Brazilian is enjoying his best scoring season since joining Arsenal. With 13 goals to his name, he has netted more times this term than the previous three campaigns combined. Has two assists for good measure.
Harry Kane - 7.5
The Spurs forward is enjoying a brilliant season in front of goal with 21 goals to his name. Given the scoring exploits of a certain Man City striker, the England international's impressive goal tally has gone under the radar somewhat. His goals make up 40 per cent of all league goals scored by Spurs this term.
Erling Haaland - 7.5
No team of the season can be complete without the Norwegian up front. The summer signing has broke record after record since joining Man City and already has 28 Premier League goals - just four behind the 38-game record of 32 held by Mohammed Salah. The record in a 42-game season is 34, don't bet against him beating that either.