Premier League Fans’ Top 5: Wing wizards Bolasie & Mahrez star

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Wing wizards Yannick Bolasie and Riyad Mahrez feature in this week's top five.

Each week, Sport360 will be bring you the best five players from the past week’s Premier League matches, as chosen by you the supporters through our ValoraFutbol fan ratings tool.

YOU have direct influence on who appears in each Top Five so be sure to rate each weekend.

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1) YANNICK BOLASIE (CRYSTAL PALACE) – 7.76

Wing wizard Yannick Bolasie laid on a perfect cross for team-mate Yohan Cabaye to score unmarked from six yards out as Crystal Palace beat Southampton to move up to sixth in the Premier League.

The 26-year-old tormented the South Coast side with pace, strength and trickery on either flank and outmuscled captain Jose Fonte to provide the assist for the only goal of the game.

Bolasie, who penned a new long-term deal at Selhurst Park in September, went on another mazy run in the second-half, skipping by several defenders – only for his final ball to let him down.

2) RIYAD MAHREZ (LEICESTER CITY) – 7.59

The Algerian star has arguably been the player of the season in the Premier League so far and showed once again against Chelsea why the football world is drooling over his talent.

Mahrez, 24, struck a wonderful second goal for the hosts in the 2-1 victory.

After controlling the ball with precision inside the penalty area, he twisted and turned Blues defender Cesar Azpilicueta inside out before curling a brilliant effort past Thibaut Courtois into the corner of the net.

The winger has scored 11 goals this season and created seven goals.

3) ODION IGHALO (WATFORD) – 7.42

Watford striker Odion Ighalo struck his 10th goal of the season and his 26th in the calendar year – more than any other player in each of the four top tiers in English football – to secure a 1-0 win over struggling Sunderland.

The Nigerian star showed his predatory instincts in front of goal after just four minutes, pouncing before Black Cats defender Sebastian Coates to turn in at the near post.

Ighalo had chances to double or even triple his tally in the second-half but he proved a constant menace against a woeful Sunderland back line.

4) JONAS OLSSON (WEST BROM) – 7.35

The Baggies central defender was quite frankly a human wall for the away side in their 2-2 draw against Liverpool.

The super Swede, who helped Tony Pulis’ side stretch their unbeaten run to four matches, even got on the scoresheet himself as he glanced a second-half header past Simon Mignolet. 

In recent weeks, West Brom have started to adopt to their manager’s solid defensive approach and 32-year-old Olsson has formed a solid partnership with Gareth McAuley.

5) WAYNE HENNESSEY (CRYSTAL PALACE) – 7.26

The Crystal Palace goalkeeper was in fine form for Alan Pardew’s side as he kept a clean sheet in the 1-0 win over Southampton.

The Wales shot-stopper has had to bide his time and wait for his chance to play for Palace due to the form of fans’ favourite Julian Speroni, but he has grabbed his opportunity this season and looks well set to retain his place in the south east London team.

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Exciting draws: Europa League.

Manchester United will play Danish side FC Midtjylland after dropping into the Europa League.

Louis van Gaal's men, eliminated from the Champions League last week, were handed the tie in the draw for the last 32 of the second-tier competition at UEFA headquarters in Nyon.

Premier League rivals Liverpool will face German outfit Augsburg while Tottenham were paired with Italians Fiorentina.

Gary Neville's Valencia were drawn against Rapid Vienna.

The first legs of the ties are set to be played on February 18 or 25 with the return matches on March 10 or 17.

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United have found themselves in the Europa League after finishing third behind Wolfsburg and PSV Eindhoven in their Champions League group. It is the second time in four years they have dropped into the competition.

Spurs avoided sides eliminated from the Champions League but will face a stern test against Fiorentina, who are flying high in second place in Serie A.

Liverpool's opponents Augsburg are not enjoying such a successful season, and are 13th in the Bundesliga, but manager Jurgen Klopp will undoubtedly relish facing opposition from his homeland.

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7 games: 4 wins for Barca, 2 draws, 1 win for Arsenal.

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The first match between the sides in Europe was a group stage encounter in September 1999, with current Barca boss Luis Enrique putting the Catalans ahead after 16 minutes. With just nine minutes remaining Arsenal's night got worse as Gilles Grimandi was dismissed for an elbow on Pep Guardiola but within a minute of the red card the Gunners were level.

Davor Suker, on as a substitute in place of Dennis Bergkamp, unleashed an effort that was saved by Ruud Hesp, and Nwankwo Kanu was first to the rebound, firing the equaliser into the bottom corner.

6) ARSENAL 2-1 BARCELONA – ROUND of 16 1st Leg (February 16, 2011)

Arsenal scored two stunning goals in the last 12 minutes to secure their first ever victory over Barcelona. David Villa gave the 2009 UEFA Champions League winners the initiative midway through the first half and though Lionel Messi contrived to miss a couple of gilt-edged opportunities, it seemed it would be enough. 

However, Robin van Persie put his side level with a shot that wrong-footed Victor Valdes before substitute Andrei Arshavin side-footed a dramatic winner.

5) BARCELONA 3-1 ARSENAL – ROUND of 16 2nd Leg (March 8, 2011)

Lionel Messi put the home side in front but Sergio Busquets' own goal swung the tie back into Arsenal's favour. However the 56th-minute departure of Robin van Persie to a red card restored Barcelona's confidence and goals from Xavi Hernndez and Messi – from the penalty spot – confirmed a 4-3 aggregate triumph. 

4) ARSENAL 1-2 BARCELONA – FINAL (May 17, 2006)

The UEFA Champions League final between Barcelona and Arsenal promised to be an entertaining epic, but instead Paris witnessed a masterclass of a different kind.

Ten-man Arsenal – Jens Lehmann was sent off early on – took a first-half lead against the odds and their defence protected it for almost 40 minutes, only for Barcelona to get their reward for a patient display as two goals in the last 15 minutes, from Samuel Eto'o and Juliano Belletti, handed the Spanish side the trophy for the second time.

3. BARCELONA 4-1 ARSENAL – QUARTER-FINAL 2ND LEG (April 6, 2010)

It required a performance of absolute brilliance and four wonderful goals from Lionel Messi but Barcelona underlined their status as reigning European champions by sweeping past Arsenal to advance to a semi-final against Inter Milan. 

Barca fell behind to Nicklas Bendtner's early goal on the counter-attack, but Messi contributed a sumptuous 22-minute hat-trick and added a fourth two minutes from time.

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Barcelona, ruthlessly exposing one of the Premier League's tightest defences back then, survived a stout Arsenal rally around half-time to beat Arsene Wenger's team.

Rivaldo and Luis Erique scored early in the first-half, before Dennis Bergkamp responded just two minutes before the half-time whistle.

Luis Figo popped up and scored in the 56th minute before Philip Cocu put the game virtually beyond Arsenal's reach in the 70th minute from Pep Guardiola's long through-pass although Marc Overmars did reduce the winning margin towards the end.

1. ARSENAL 2-2 BARCELONA – QUARTER-FINAL 1ST LEG (March 31, 2010)

Arsenal survived a Barcelona masterclass to stage a stirring recovery from two goals down and keep their Champions League hopes alive at the Emirates.

Manuel Almunia produced a string of stunning saves to keep the reigning European champions at bay as they passed the Gunners into submission in a magical first half-hour that had everything – except the goal Pep Guardiola's side deserved.

On the second-half Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a brace, before Theo Walcott and Cesc Fabregas rallied the London club to managed to secure a late comeback.

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