Why you need to fill your team with Arsenal players
Why you need to fill your team with Arsenal Players
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Arsenal head in to game week 13 in joint first position in the league (based on points) which is something that has caused many pundits in the game to sit up and take note of their serious tilt at the title. There is a case to be made as to why you want Arsenal players in your side and we think we can put a very good argument forward as to why this is the case and more importantly who you want in your Fantasy Premier League team.
Arsenal Defensive Options
Arsenal have managed to keep 6 clean sheets out of their opening 12 games – something which has been instrumental in them having such a good start to the season. What is more impressive about that statistic is the way The Gunners push their defenders forwards with Monreal and Bellerin almost playing like wingers at times.
Nacho Monreal and Hector Bellerin have both picked up 2 assists this season and both have had 6 clean sheets. Monreal has played every game of the season whilst Bellerin has missed a couple through injury but looks as though he may now be fit to face WBA this weekend. Laurent Koscielny is the other Arsenal defender to have impressed and has scored 2 goals in his last 3 games but may miss out GW13 due to personal reasons.
Nacho Monreal is rated just above Hector Bellerin in WhoScored.com’s official ratings and his pass percentage rate is 84.9% in comparison to Bellerin’s 83.3%. They play a similar amount of key passes each game between them but Monreal does win considerably more aerial duels with 2.5 per game compared to Bellerin’s 1 per game. Monreal is rated as Arsenal’s 5th best player and he would be our pick of the Arsenal backline for the trip to West Brom this Saturday.
Arsenal have a plethora of midfield options and it is perhaps just as well as their midfield injuries have piled up this season with no less than 6 players unavailable for selection. Mesut Ozil is Arsenal’s best rated player this season with a rating of 7.82 on WhoScored.com and has also clocked up a whopping 10 assists! Alexis Sanchez may have a much higher shots per game (4.4) compared to Ozil (1.4) but the German midfield maestro may be the answer for the coming weeks as Sanchez battles with fatigue and a calf injury. Ozil is almost £3m cheaper than Sanchez and is currently the Arsenal must have midfielder.
The Olivier Award for Strikers?
Olivier Giroud may get jeered by the fans for thinking he has movie star looks and whilst he probably won’t be getting any awards (acting or football related) any time soon he is a perfectly capable striker at the head of a very creative team.
In terms of contribution to team goals this season Giroud currently sits at around 27% (8th best in the league) and considering he has not started all of Arsenal’s games that is a big deal. Ighalo at Watford is the clear leader with 64% (scoring 7 of Watford’s 11 goals) with Jamie Vardy unsurprisingly in 2nd place with 12 goals out of 25 for Leciester (48%). Sanchez has scored the same amount of goals for Arsenal this season but has considerably more game time playing almost 300 minutes more than Giroud.
Arsenal are averaging 18.4 shots per game, a figure matched only by Man City. Giroud has averaged 3 shots per game which includes substitute appearances so we think he is almost a must have striker whilst Walcott is out and we don’t expect to see him until early December.
Arsenal typically start their seasons badly and then build up to a strong finish. If they can maintain this position to Christmas and continue in their current form then we could see a big title push this season. Get on those Arsenal players whilst you can.