November
09

The Watchlist – Theo Walcott

Filed under: The Watchlist - Posted by: Paul

It hasn’t quite been the season Theo Walcott had anticipated. After a series of frustrating campaigns at the Emirates, the winger had finally flourished as a Fantasy force last term, with eight goals, 11 assists and 19 Fantasy Premier League (FPL) bonus points earning him an overall haul of 169 points. Walcott’s link-up play with Robin Van Persie was a crucial aspect of the Gunners’ forward forays in 2011/12, but the Dutchman decided to “listen to the little boy inside” in the summer and promptly upped and left for Old Trafford:

A resultant restructuring of Arsenal’s attacking options has seen both Gervinho and Aaron Ramsey selected ahead of Walcott on the right flank, with the former Southampton man afforded a single league start, all the way back in Gameweek 1. Brief cameos off the bench have hinted at his potential, though; finding the net against Norwich and West Ham, Walcott’s two strikes are the equal of Lukas Podolski, despite featuring in just 249 minutes to the German’s 723, while Arsene Wenger’s main frontman, Olivier Giroud, has notched once in 628 minutes.

Handed a rare starting berth in the midweek Champions League game at Schalke, Walcott opened the scoring in the 2-2 draw and opined post-match that he’s more than deserving of a regular role right now. Looking at the stats so far, it’s hard to argue – in all competitions for the Gunners this season, Walcott has produced eight goals and four assists over 13 appearances; bearing in mind Gervinho and Santi Cazorla, with three goals apiece, are Arsenal’s top league scorers after 10 matches, it’s difficult to understand just why Wenger has been reluctant to utilise Walcott more freely.

With Gervinho ruled out due to an ankle problem and Ramsey a likely deputy for the suspended Jack Wilshere at home to Fulham this weekend, the stage looks set for Walcott to make a statement of intent. Coming in at 8.7 in FPL and 7.5 in the Sky Sports game, he offers an intriguing alternative to Cazorla and Gervinho in the Gunners midfield, providing he can reclaim his regular role once again. The upcoming schedule affords Arsenal plenty optimism – four home games in the next six (FUL, TOT, SWA, WBA), in addition to a trip to Villa, gives Wenger’s side plenty opportunity to improve upon their current seventh position. If the Gunners boss finally relents and allows Walcott his preferred central role, the bandwagon could well be in overdrive.

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  1. Anyone know if there was ever an article on Gaston Ramirez?

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. WATCHLIST – GASTON RAMIREZ Oct 3rd

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
      1. Great, thanks

        • 2 years, 1 month ago
  2. For f**ks sake Lawro, please predict a premiership team to score more than 2 goals.

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. I'm stunned, that goes against his usual sunny and optimistic outlook!

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
  3. Afternoon FFS would like your opinion on what i should do with this defense (if anything) over the xmas period.

    Bego , Jussi

    Rafael , Ridge , Hange , Clyne , McCartney

    Mata , Michu , Cazorla , Pienaar , Maloney

    RVP , Ba , Jelavic

    £1.3M in the bank

    Im more than likely going to do Jelly to someone over the next week or two but long term i would like to switch my defense up but im just unsure on who to dump and who to get?

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. Hangeland to Sagna?

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
      1. or Zabaleta even, although city is rather unpredictable in who they play…

        • 2 years, 1 month ago
    2. I have more or less the same team. I'm going to drop Ridge for a 3.9 defender who i'll never play (Gorkss or someone like that). Then take out Maloney for a 4.3 mid who'll never play and upgrade Jelly to Suarez. So then my main team will be Jussy, Rafael, Ivanovic, McCartney, Haz, Mata, Fellaini, Michu, RVP, Ba, Suarez.

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
  4. Foster | (Federici)
    Baines | Cameron | Cuellar | (Demel, Hangeland )
    Hazard | Cazorla | Michu | Pienaar | (Kacaniklic)
    RVP | Ba | Lambert
    £1.2m in the bank, 1 FT.

    Decided I need work on defense. Thinking I'm going to get rid of Hangeland basing on Fulham's fixtures opposed to Cuellar.
    What do we think? Cheers :)
    a) Hangel --> Sagna
    b) Hangel --> Steven Taylor

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. sagna

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
      1. Cheers :)

        • 2 years, 1 month ago
        1. or Zabaleta even, although city is rather unpredictable in who they play...

          • 2 years, 1 month ago
          1. replay fail...

            • 2 years, 1 month ago
  5. Is it worth a 4 pt hit to get rid of flagged Simpson?

    Other defence:

    Baird, Boyce, Ivanovic, McCartney

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. no

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
  6. Pretty happy with my team now and have feeling that my season starts this week, two questions,

    1) is it worth risking a szczeny start and having jussi on bench in case mannone plays, or will i take the jussi save points and be happy?

    2) Is it just me who has a feeling michu might run riot against southampton this weekend and am i mad for considering him as captain over RVP??

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. 1) no risk... if he doesnt play jussi will autosub...

      2) probably not cracy... probably.

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
  7. Can someone look at my team and tell me who i should get for marc wilson. have 1.5 to spare and want more manu coverage but can't afford evra and i feel the rest are rotation prone.....

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. Bro get Rafael ! He is solid and floss down that wing with valencia

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
  8. Begovic -Ruddy

    Rafael gorkss hangaland - cuellar jenks

    Fellaini michu bale cazorla - sterling

    Rvp jelevic crouch

    Is this team ready to go !! Thanks

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. Thinking of changing jelly to Ba ???

      • 2 years, 1 month ago

Scout Picks

For Gameweek 17

  • Lloris
  • Zabaleta
  • Ivanovic
  • Cresswell
  • Sánchez
  • Eriksen
  • Y Touré
  • Downing
  • Bony
  • van Persie
  • Austin
  • Evans
  • Nasri
  • Carroll

Fixture Ticker

The Watchlist

Goalkeepers

Last updated: 19 Dec, 2014 1:25pm
Player Club Factors
Up Hart MCI A, Vs
Up McGregor HUL B, Vs
Up Guzan AVL B, Vs
Up Green QPR B, Vs
Down Pantilimon SUN A
Up De Gea MUN A
No Change Fabianski SWA B
Up Adrián WHM B

Defenders

Last updated: 19 Dec, 2014 12:51am
Player Club Factors
Up Zabaleta MCI B, Vs, Rest
Down Ivanovic CHE B
Down Baines EVE C
Up Yun QPR C, Vs, £
Up Davies TOT C, Vs, Rest, £
Up Janmaat NEW B, VsX, Inj
No Change Cresswell WHM B
Down Hutton AVL B, Vs, £, Sus
No Change Taylor SWA B
Up Chester HUL C, Vs, VsX
Up Evans MUN B, Vs

Midfielders

Last updated: 17 Dec, 2014 1:40pm
Player Club Factors
Up Hazard CHE A, VsX
Down Sánchez ARS A, VsX, OoP
Up Y Touré MCI B, Vs, Sus
Up Downing WHM A
Up Eriksen TOT A, Vs
Up Nasri MCI A, Vs, Inj
Down Sigurdsson SWA B, Vs
Up Sterling LIV C, Vs
No Change Bolasie CPL A, VsX
Down Oscar CHE B, VsX
Up Fer QPR B, Vs
Up Sissoko NEW B, Vs, VsX

Forwards

Last updated: 20 Dec, 2014 10:12am
Player Club Factors
No Change Diego Costa CHE B
No Change Bony SWA A, Vs
Up Austin QPR A, Vs
Up van Persie MUN A
Up Kane TOT B, Vs, Rest, £
No Change Sakho WHM B, Rest, £
Up Giroud ARS B, VsX
Up Benteke AVL B, Vs
Down Rooney MUN B, Inj, OoP
Up Carroll WHM B
Up Cissé NEW A, Vs
No Change Pellè SOT C

Selection Factors

A, B, C Current Form
Vs Favourable Fixtures
VsX Unfavourable Fixtures
Rest Rotation Risk
Inj Injured/Returning from Injury
OoP Out of Position
£ Potential Bargain
Sus Suspended/Near Suspension

The Suspension Tightrope

Player Team YC
Cazorla ARS 4
Oxlade-Chamberlain ARS 4
Agbonlahor AVL 4
Boyd BRN 4
Marney BRN 4
Chamakh CPL 4
Besic EVE 4
Naismith EVE 4
Chester HUL 4
Robertson HUL 4
Moore LEI 4
Vardy LEI 4
Balotelli LIV 4
Gerrard LIV 4
Skrtel LIV 4
Kompany MCI 4
Mangala MCI 4
Y Touré MCI 4
Fer QPR 4
Clyne SOT 4
Mane SOT 4
Mame Biram Diouf STO 4
Shawcross STO 4
Wilson STO 4
Gómez SUN 4
O'Shea SUN 4
Ki SWA 4
Williams SWA 4
Mason TOT 4
Dorrans WBA 4
Tomkins WHM 4

“Last year was quite open for me, I was in good positions, but I was quite lucky because I was getting free kicks and some penalties as well.”

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