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Europe player focus: 11 top picks from this gameweek (21-24 October)

We select the best and / or most influential players from across Europe's top six leagues for the just-concluded game-week

Clean sheets and goalless draws saw the fewest number of goals being scored over the weekend in the Premier League (19) and Eredivisie (18) as compared to the La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1, each of which saw around 30 or more across games.

A few classy goals, some stupendous defending and amazing goalkeeping ensured fans had a fulfilling football watch and kept them glued to their seats.

In this piece, we attempt to bring you a select list of 11 players whose performances directly influenced their team’s playing style / result over the weekend.


#1 Harry Arter, Bournemouth

Opponents: Tottenham Hotspur

Competition: Premier League, England

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 22: Harry Arter of AFC Bournemouth (L) and Mousa Dembele of Tottenham Hotspur (R) battle for possession during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Tottenham Hotspur at Vitality Stadium on October 22, 2016 in Bournemouth, England.  (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)
Harry Arter (L) was excellent against Spurs

Saturday’s early kick-off saw Bournemouth playing hosts to Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspurs.

Cherries midfielder Harry Arter is amongst our top performers for the weekend after a supreme defensive performance against the title-chasing Londoners.

Arter’s tackles – especially a timely one on Victor Wanyama and his interceptions and blocks were crucial in disrupting the Spurs’ attacking rhythm and thereby frustrating the likes of Son and Alli.

The midfielder played without his usual partner in the centre of the park and put in a commendable shift to neutralise the Spurs frontline. Eddie Howe’s side took a deserved point from the engaging encounter and they will have man-of-the-match Harry to thank for it..

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