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Premier League Team of the Weekend, Dec. 13-14

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says he was never worried his side would not claim a win over Crystal Palace, despite being held at the break.

After each round of Premier League fixtures, ESPN FC brings you its Team of the Weekend. Our panel of experts carefully select 11 star performers along with a manager.

Do you agree or disagree? You can have your say on those picked or overlooked in the comments section at the foot of the article or on Twitter using the hashtag #TOTW. Plus, tune in to Monday's "ESPN FC" (5:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2) for more reaction.

ESPN FC's Team of the Weekend

Goalkeeper: Here we go again. There are a hat trick of candidates to don the gloves...

 By David Usher

Player Ratings: Strong performers for resolute Liverpool vs. Arsenal

ESPN FC analyst Craig Burley breaks down all the drama at Anfield, which culminated with Martin Skrtel's stoppage-time equaliser that earned Liverpool a draw against Arsenal.

Liverpool showed great character to come from behind to earn a 2-2 draw against a very disappointing Arsenal side in an incident packed game at Anfield. The Reds dominated from start to finish and were good value for at least a point.

Not even substitute Fabio Borini's sending off could slow them down as they piled forward looking for an equaliser which eventually arrived when Martin Skrtel's towering header seven minutes into stoppage time found the bottom corner in front of a delighted Kop end.


 By Chris Wright

Cristiano Ronaldo's incredible statue of himself looks rather odd

With a Cristiano Ronaldo-themed museum already up and running in the town, the good people of Madeira have found one more way to pay homage to their most famous son, with a new statue of the Real Madrid superstar unveiled on the Portuguese island over the weekend.


- The Wall: Newspaper's De Gea tribute
- Cheeky t-shirt: Man Utd fans poke fun at Gerrard
- Mud, glorious mud: Club World Cup farce
- Foot flap: West Brom player's gruesome injury
- Wenger is Frozen: Funny Arsenal manager parody
- Pecs appeal: Crouch copies Ronaldo
- Him again: Crouch goes crowd surfing

- World Cup bonanza: Gotze's boot sells for millions

What's more, the man himself flew in to attend the grand unveiling ceremony in his hometown of Funchal, with the 10-foot bronze sculpture capturing Ronaldo in all his glory: splay-legged and ready to send a trademark long-range free-kick...

Promising start turns sour for West Brom at QPR

Charlie Austin stole the show with a hat-trick as QPR recovered from two goals down at home to West Brom to win 3-2.

Charlie Austin proved to be the difference as West Brom let a two-goal lead slip away at Loftus Road against QPR.

While QPR's leading scorer continued to impress, The Baggies' top marksman, Saido Berahino, was left on the bench until the 69th minute. West Brom manager Alan Irvine said after the game that Albion needed to be more clinical, and you can't help but think that the result may have been different had Berahino not started on the bench.

Record signing Brown Ideye continued as the lone...

Kevin Hughes Aston Villa  By Kevin Hughes

Villa gain confidence from draw with United

Ten-man Aston Villa managed to hold red-hot Manchester United to a 1-1 draw at Villa Park.

Saturday's 1-1 draw against Manchester United saw a first for Villa -- the only time this season that Christian Benteke, Ron Vlaar and Fabian Delph have started a match together.

Including Brad Guzan, that gave Villa a top-class presence throughout the spine of the side, from goalkeeper to centre forward. It's taken until the 17th game of the 2014-15 Premier League campaign to get the quartet together. With Jores Okore getting better with every game and Carlos Sanchez adapting steadily and beginning...

Player Ratings: Sanchez's off-day as Arsenal let lead slip at Liverpool

Liverpool's Martin Skrtel rose highest to head home in injury time as Brendan Rodgers' men drew with Arsenal.

Arsenal were lucky to leave Anfield with a 2-2 draw on Sunday. Their first-half performance was horrific, and the Gunners simply couldn't live with Liverpool's fluid passing game. When Philippe Coutinho gave Brendan Rodgers' side the lead on the stroke of half-time, it seemed there would be one winner.

However, goals on either side of the break from Mathieu Debuchy and Olivier Giroud put Arsenal in an unlikely leading position. When Liverpool went down to 10 men after the dismissal of Fabio Borini,...