Fresh from an FA cup triumph, Arsenal will be determined to break back into the top four this season. Judging by the standard of last year’s race for the Champion’s League spots, they’ll fancy their chances of mounting a decent challenge this time round.
We’ve warned against drafting Arsenal defenders in the past but Mikel Arteta has brought some steel back into the heart of the team, built around the ever dependable David Luiz and Shkodran Mustafi….
…yes, really! Goals have never been a problem and if transfer rumours are true the Gunners strike force should be among the deadliest in the country next season!
The likely permanent transfer of Dani Ceballos (who was excellent following the restart) will likely see an immediate change to the heart of the predicted midfield. Atletico’s Thomas Partey is also heavily linked with the Gunners, meaning the rejuvenated Granit Xhaka may even miss out.
As for the front three, the FA cup final was a timely reminder of how important Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is to the Gunners and they will be desperate for him to sign a contract extension ahead of the new campaign.
Meanwhile, it looks highly likely that Fantrax star Willian will be making the switch across London. If he comes in on the left, Aubameyang will most likely shift inside, meaning Alexandre Lacazette will miss out
Last season’s star players
- Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, 421 points, 11.69ppg
- Nicolas Pepe, 274 points, 8.84ppg
- Alexandre Lacazette, 256 points, 8.53ppg
- Bernd Leno, 222.5 points, 7.42ppg
- Dani Ceballos, 153.5 points, 6.4ppg
Set Piece Takers
Free kicks – Pepe, Ceballos, Xhaka, Luiz
Corners – Ceballos, Pepe
Penalties – Aubameyang
Ones to Watch
Providing he does swap blue for red, Willian is a player with FWD1 potential and, despite rotation risks, should be considered as a 3rd/4th round draft pick.
We saw glimpses of the considerable talents of Nicolas Pepe last season, most notably the Arjen Robben esque curling finishes into the top corner after cutting in from his left flank. If he can nail down that position this season he will could easily outscore Aubameyang in Fantrax scorng due to how many ghost points he can rack up.
Kieran Tierney began to nail down his starting position at the tail end of the season but as a left centre back a lot of the time. Many think that this is the season William Saliba makes his mark at the heart of the defence which should see Tierney pushed up to his favoured left wing back position, thus increasing his fantasy value considerably.