Garth Crooks's team of the week: De Gea, Oscar, Cazorla, Falcao

Garth Crooks's Team of the Week

Chelsea were the weekend's big winners as they comfortably dispatched Swansea 5-0, then saw title rivals Manchester City slip to defeat against Arsenal.

Southampton continued their excellent run away from home as they beat Newcastle, while Manchester United kept up the pressure on Ronald Koeman's side with a win at QPR.

Meanwhile, Burnley let slip a two-goal lead for the second straight match as Alan Pardew's Crystal Palace came back to win 3-2, and there was little to cheer for the other sides at the bottom of the table as Leicester suffered a narrow defeat to Stoke and Hull were well beaten by West Ham.

Take a look at my team of the week and see if you agree with my choices.

GOALKEEPER - David De Gea (Manchester United)

David de Gea
David De Gea has not conceded more than one goal in any of his last 14 Premier League appearances, keeping five clean sheets in the process

He produced two magnificent saves from Charlie Austin. De Gea's performance against QPR not only added to Harry Redknapp's woes but also elicited rare public commendation from his manager Louis van Gaal. The keeper was outstanding, said the Dutchman, and has been for most of the season. High praise indeed from a man who normally doesn't lavish his players with compliments.

DEFENDER - Antonio Valencia (Manchester United)

Antonio Valencia
Antonio Valencia provided his first assist away from home in the league since December 2013

What a signing Antonio Valencia has proved to be for Manchester United. The club have a habit of finding extraordinary players who provide sterling service. He reminds me of players like Brian McClair and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who didn't seem to mind where they played as long they were on the pitch. Valencia was outstanding against QPR at full back and provided the killer pass for Marouane Fellaini to score and leave Rangers fighting for their Premier League survival.

DEFENDER - Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham)

Jan Vertonghen
Jan Vertonghen scored his first Premier League goal since March 2013 against Swansea City

Centre backs seldom score goals, but when they do they tend to cherish them. So imagine scoring a perfectly good goal only to see it ruled offside. Poor Jan Vertonghen must have been furious when he saw the replay of the incident that clearly showed him collecting the ball in his own half before rolling it into an empty net. The referee's assistant clearly became confused as he didn't see more than one man between the man and the goal. Well that should clear that up then.

DEFENDER - Per Mertesacker (Arsenal)

Per Mertesacker (right)
Per Mertesacker (right) kept his first clean sheet in a Premier League game against Man City this weekend. Arsenal had conceded at least once in each of his previous six games against the Citizens (13 goals)

It is no secret that I have an enormous regard for this player. He hasn't had the best season so far, but he was back to his composed best against Manchester City. It was always going to take a special defensive display by the Gunners to get a victory at the Etihad, but that's what Arsenal produced and their skipper was a rock.

DEFENDER - Filipe Luis (Chelsea)

Filipe Luis
Filipe Luis has helped Chelsea keep a clean sheet in three of his last Premier League appearances for the Blues

It was an emphatic display in every department from Chelsea. It's not been an easy transition for Filipe Luis since his arrival from Atletico Madrid but he is starting to look comfortable in the left-back spot. At one point in the second half he was in the box desperately trying to get amongst the goals, which is an indication of his growing confidence. He said in his post-match interview on Match of the Day that the best way to respect your opponent is to keep running and keep scoring goals. Well, they've definitely Garry Monk's respect after that display.

MIDFIELDER - Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace)

Jason Puncheon
Jason Puncheon has more assists this season (4 in 21 games) than in his previous four seasons combined (3 in 79 games)

When this lad is on top of his game Crystal Palace invariably score goals. Puncheon loves to get forward and get amongst the action if he can. It was his shot that produced the equaliser for the Eagles, and his superb pass for Dwight Gayle to get the winner. He did it for Tony Pulis and now he's doing it for Alan Pardew.

MIDFIELDER - Oscar (Chelsea)

Oscar
Oscar has scored three and assisted five in his last nine Premier League appearances

I picked this player in my Team of the Week last week and I said in my notes that he was playing some lovely football. Well I take that back and I now say he's playing the best football I've seen him play for Chelsea. He left no hiding place in the Liberty Stadium for the Swans, who had their wings well and truly clipped by some clinical finishing by the Brazilian international. I can't remember when I've seen him looking so impressive.

MIDFIELDER - Christian Eriksen (Tottenham)

Christian Eriksen
Christian Eriksen has won more points with his goals than any other Premier League player this season (13)

This player clearly has a lot of talent. With Gareth Bale and Luka Modric having left Spurs, the real flair in the club is left to the likes of Eriksen. Tottenham are used to having the occasional footballer who can produce a defence-splitting pass or create something out of nothing. Eriksen is in that class and I'd like to see more of it please.

MIDFIELDER - Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)

Santi Cazorla (left)
Santi Cazorla (left) has scored five goals in his last eight Premier League games, after failing to find the net in his preceding 27 appearances

What a performance by the Spaniard. You don't normally expect your best attacker to also be your best defender. His performance against Manchester City was immense and I never thought Cazorla was capable of a such display. He made timely interceptions, never gave the ball away and was the coolest man on the pitch when it mattered to put Arsenal 1-0 up with a penalty. If Arsenal can replicate this form away from home then they - not City - will be the new threat to Chelsea.

STRIKER - Radamel Falcao (Manchester United)

Radamel Falcao
Radamel Falcao managed a game-high three shots on target against QPR - the most he has had in a Premier League match so far

I don't know what Louis van Gaal said to Falcao last week, having left the Colombian out of the game against Southampton, but based on what I saw against QPR at Loftus Road Manchester United must keep this striker at the club. His work rate was phenomenal and it was only Robert Green who denied the player a hat-trick.

STRIKER - Diego Costa (Chelsea)

Diego Costa (left)
Diego Costa (left) has been directly involved in 19 Premier League goals this term; no player has been involved in more (17 goals and two assists)

This player looks like a gun for hire in a spaghetti western movie who has walked into town and taken precisely what he wanted. There was nothing fictional about the way Diego Costa hit Swansea with two deadly strikes that left the Swans dazed and bewildered. The Spaniard made the Swans pay for some woeful defensive errors.