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Boxing Day team of the day: The Premier League's best XI from the festive fixtures


Hazard made it into the team of the day (Photo: Jordan Mansfield)


Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United all enjoyed wins - but which players made it in to our team of the day?

Arsenal and Manchester City both grabbed much-needed wins on Boxing Day as pace-setters Chelsea stormed to their 12th successive victory.
The Blues shrugged off the absence of Diego Costa and N'Golo Kante to dispatch Bournemouth 3-0, while a late winner from Olivier Giroud rescued three points for the Gunners against West Brom.
City are Chelsea's nearest challengers after a 3-0 win of their own in the late kick-off at Hull closed the gap at the top of the table to seven points.
But who caught the eye in those three matches and the other festive fixtures?
Here is the Mirror Football team of the day...

Ben Foster

Unlucky to be on the losing side, the Baggies keeper made a string of stunning saves before he was beaten by Olivier Giroud’s late Arsenal winner.
Arsenal's French striker Olivier Giroud (R) watches as West Bromwich Albion's English goalkeeper Ben Foster (L) cannot reach his header as Arsenal take the lead during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and West Bromwich Albion at the Emirates Stadium in London on December 26, 2016.
Foster is finally beaten by Giroud 

Hector Bellerin

His return is a huge boost for the Gunners in their title pursuit. The young Spanish full-back's pace caused West Brom a headache throughout.
West Bromwich Albion's English-born Scottish midfielder Matt Phillips (L) vies with Arsenal's Spanish defender Hector Bellerin during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and West Bromwich Albion at the Emirates Stadium in London on December 26, 2016.
Bellerin was impressive at the Emirates 

Ashley Williams

Another colossal performance at the heart of Everton’s defence during their win at Leicester. What a bargain buy the Welshman is proving to be.
Williams challenges Slimani 

Winston Reid

During the tough times, the New Zealander stood out as one of West Ham’s best performers. Now he is being rewarded with wins and his goal put the gloss on another assured display in defence.

West Ham United's Winston Reid scores their second goal
Reid nods the Hammers' second at Swansea 

Daley Blind

The Dutchman has been linked with an exit at Old Trafford. But not on this form - and he had a goal to celebrate too.
Daley Blind scores the opening goal
Blind scores the opener at Old Trafford 

Pedro

The former Barcelona was at the double against Bournemouth to extend leaders Chelsea’s winning run to 12 league games.
Chelsea's Pedro celebrates scoring their third goal
Pedro struck twice at the Bridge 

Yaya Toure

Frozen out earlier this season, the midfielder looks like he’s never been away as his 72nd minute penalty kickstarted City’s 3-0 win at Hull.
Yaya Toure opening the scoring from the penalty spot
Toure nets his 10th penalty out of 10 in the Premier League 

Paul Pogba

Arguably his best outing in a Manchester United shirt yet. The world’s most expensive player pulled the strings in the comfortable 3-1 win over Sunderland.
Paul Pogba of Manchester United has a shot on goal
Pogba turned in arguably his best United display 

Eden Hazard

On target again, the Belgian is back to his best under Antonio Conte. He was outstanding and unplayable against Bournemouth.
Hazard was imperious at the Bridge 

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

The evergreen Swede just keeps on getting better and better. He scored his 12th league goal of the season and added his first Premier League assist too.
Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates scoring their second goal
Zlatan netted his 12th of the season against Sunderland 

Andy Carroll

Despite his injury woes, he promised to be West Ham’s 15-goal striker - and he looks on course to do so (if he stays fit) with his unstoppable 90th minute volley against Swansea.
Andy Carroll of West Ham United celebrates scoring his team's fourth goal
Carroll was unstoppable at times against Swansea 

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