Fantasy Premier League: Get yourself a Gunner ahead of comfy run

Theo Walcott is in fine goalscoring form for Arsenal
Theo Walcott is in fine goalscoring form for Arsenal

Joe Dyer surveys the Fantasy Premier League scene ahead of Gameweek Seven in an attempt to pull out the best transfer options...

"At 13m he is nearly 2m more than the next most expensive player in Fantasy Premier League. He's worth the fee but you will have to move mountains to get him in. If that's not possible, you can always back him to score in real life at 13/10."

Settled Arsenal in for a serene ride


Arsenal finally got one over on Chelsea last weekend and now enter a relatively benign period of fixtures. They go to Burnley this weekend then welcome Swansea and Middlesbrough before a trip to Sunderland, all four teams are in the bottom half of the table. The peace is broken after those four fixtures by what may well be Arsenal's final trip to White Hart Lane.

Arsenal are a good team for your transfers as they can provide options in most positions with only the forwards not featuring regularly.

Petr Cech is a lock at keeper and Arsene Wenger seems to have settled on a back four of Laurent Koscielny, Shodran Mustafi, Hector Bellerin and Nacho Monreal. The clean sheet against Chelsea was the unit's second of the season but bodes well for future returns.

We identified Alex Iwobi as the value of the Arsenal midfield last week, but there is something for managers with all kinds of budget. Alexis Sanchez, 11.1m, is in fine form and 7.5m Theo Walcott firing, too. The England international got a brace against Basel last night, has scored in his last two Premier League games and three times in the top-flight this season.

The only position you can overlook is upfront where Olivier Giroud has been consigned to the bench thanks to injury and Wenger's preference for Sanchez as the furthest player on the pitch. New signing Lucas Perez has failed to break into the ranks.


Poch's rotation makes Tottenham a tough transfer proposition


Just a few miles away, the curse of rotation has hit Spurs with Mauricio Pochettino regularly mixing up his starting XI following the arrival of new signings, previously overlooked players finding form and injuries to some key men.

You used to know where you were with Spurs. Pochettino was clear on his preferred XI and his team selections were predictable as a result.

That is still true at the back where keeper and defence is a settled unit. Ben Davies is only getting game time at the moment due to Danny Rose's dodgy hamstring, but the England man will supplant the Wales international at leftback soon.

The midfield has seen major upheaval this season, however. Eric Dier, Mousa Dembele and Moussa Sissoko have all suffered injuries and plenty of players have got significant game time as a result. Others, Erik Lamela prominent among them, have suffered from rotation. The Argentine has started the last three games on the bench.

Heung Min Son has been the biggest beneficiary, the Korean has scored a pair of braces, and netted again in the Champions League on Tuesday. It remains to be seen if he will retain a starting place throughout the season but he might be worth a shot over the coming weeks at 7.5m.


Lively Lallana shows old Saints form


Looking at the Betfair markets for a steer suggest we should focus on the Liberty Stadium if you're after a goalscorer. The 1.618/13 on Over 2.5 Goals is the shortest of the 10 Premier League games this weekend.

It is not just Liverpool's goalscoring prowess that has caused this but also their quite appalling defence, too. Jurgen Klopp's side have scored a remarkable 16 goals, while conceding nine. Four Liverpool midfielders have scored three times this season - Philippe Coutinho, Adam Lallana, James Milner and Sadio Mane.

Milner is up there because he is Liverpool's nominated penalty taker, so he won't outscore his teammates. The rest are fine options, but might Lallana be the best long-term option? At 7.2m he is cheaper than most of the Reds' midfield, but looks to have made his mark on Klopp who has been giving the England man rave reviews. A big scoring season is in store.


Expensive he may be, but Aguero is THE MAN


Sergio Aguero returned to action last weekend after serving a suspension, and he was again on the scoresheet. At 13m he is nearly 2m more than the next most expensive player in Fantasy Premier League. He's worth the fee but you will have to move mountains to get him in. If that's not possible, you can always back him to score in real life at 13/10. An Opta stat shows how prolific Aguero is for City - he has scored 28 in his last 27 matches for City. And this game has a strong goals bias - there have been 22 in the last five fixtures at White Hart Lane between the two sides.


Finally - get your transfers done early this week!


The Friday night kick-off at Goodison Park means an early transfer deadline in GW7. You have until 19:00 on Friday to make, and most importantly, save your changes.

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