Continuing our members articles which examine the numbers behind the previous four Gameweeks, we now switch our attention to the midfield area. With a packed festive programme providing hat-tricks for Santi Cazorla, Gareth Bale and Theo Walcott, it was a period which again saw the heavy-hitting midfielder come to the fore. Incredibly, however, that trio were surpassed by the performances of a player who has rolled back the years to recapture a level of returns and consistency that we perhaps thought were behind him.
For the Gibbs goal, who assisted at the weekend? Giroud or Arteta?Open Controls
Giroud. That's his second lovely chip over the defenders.Open Controls
Giroud with a lovely pass.Open Controls
That is all.Open Controls
Ba or Defoe ? That's the last decision I need to make on WC. I jumped on Ba straight away but it just seems mad selecting an obvious rotation risk. (Got Bale and Mata).Open Controls
I don't get why people think Giroud is poor.Open Controls
I don't. His link-up play is fantastic.
The white Drogba. You'll see. 😉Open Controls
He's only improving every time i see him. He is good with the ball at his feet too, has a good shot on him. And great link up play.Open Controls
It's hard to live up to the mighty Robin van Persie.Open Controls
- Blue Lion's Biatch
They love a bit of frenchie bashing!Open Controls
i find him the most useless striker in arsenal recent history
chamack is class act for him
Giroud is big doneky in my opinionOpen Controls
Haven't been watching the games have you now?Open Controls
i did seen some of arsenal games since i am very often in pub when games has been playingOpen Controls
My goodness. Chamakh and class act in the same sentence.Open Controls
i know , right 🙂
for exacly those words i rate giroud as really pathetic strikerOpen Controls
He really is not though.Open Controls
Too lightweight. There's about 7 or 8 fwds ahead of him at present.Open Controls
I am not saying he's the best. He's not poor imo.Open Controls
Looks decent to me. Rocket heading.Open Controls
i need some help to decide who to get for dgw
A) Ming ➡ Trunbull (my other gk is Bunn so this could be possible big risk)
-if i do this transfer i'll bench Silva and play both Caz and Walcott
B) Silva ➡ Hazard ( 1 week C punt )
-if i do this i'll bench Caz
it's really hard decission since i am scared to go in dgw without Chelsa defender and i in case that i get Trunbull over Mata i could play ,,safe'' and C Mata but i am so so temped to C hazard
B imo. Attacking Chelsea defender and Chelsea goalkeeper are two different stories.Open Controls
I think I'll be doing Silva –> Hazard(c) as well as Tremmel –> Tacobell so read into that what you will.Open Controls
hazard (c)? 😯Open Controls
😎 It's either him, Ba or Bale and he plays twice and loves a DGW 😉Open Controls
not getting mata?
up to you. true but he's only played in one dgw... just don't forget who i'm getting in for a hit 😉Open Controls
I'm thinking getting Hazard for free(maybe a hit for Tacobell) is better than doing -4(-8 if I get a Chelsea defender as well) for Mata.
Don't forget who I'm transferring in 😉Open Controls
hmmm i guess yer right. but a chelsea defender will have attacking potential
btw see my post belowOpen Controls
you got 2 FT's ?
i like those transfers but i dont have any inttention to take any pts hitOpen Controls
Nope, I'm feeling they're worth it for -4 this week.Open Controls
good luck but i wouldn't take -4pts to get gk in
if chelsa dosn't keep at least 1cs transfer wont worthOpen Controls
Yeah not set in stone yet, but it's tempting.Open Controls
can you ship bunn for turnbull?
what if you do both moves for a hit? of the two i prefer silva to hazard thoughOpen Controls
See above 😀Open Controls
i can't ship bunn ( 0.2M) short of it
seems like i'll stick with my orginal plan and go with Hazard C
he is boomb ready to explode and deliver some massive pts i hopeOpen Controls
Turnbull and Bunn is too much, both on borrowed time.
Walcott should be enough cover against City, can't see them grabbing too many.Open Controls
anyone know how much TM245 posts on here? I know i've seen him around but can't remember how oftenOpen Controls
Same as you. Recognise the name, but no idea how often he posts. Maybe do a search?Open Controls
yeah maybe. you know why i'm asking though right? (if not, check the spreadsheets)Open Controls
Yeah I saw. I thought the same thing when I saw it.Open Controls
It's TorresMagic right?Open Controls
:D. go on the chat thing on that spreadsheet?Open Controls
How do I do that?Open Controls
you can't : P. only for council members 😎 and perhaps contributorsOpen Controls
Now you need to tell us all...... 😉Open Controls
Not likely 😛Open Controls
What's the secret? We want points 😯Open Controls
See him around a fair bit......think he has a blueish grav.......do a search?Open Controls
thanks. yeah maybe i willOpen Controls
His grav is Jesus bowling from Big Lebowski......he's on this thread TW....Open Controls
not TorresMagic! i know who he is (chatting him right now). the guy i'm asking about is named TM245 on hereOpen Controls
my team for DGW
Luiz Shaw demel
Michu bale Mata puncheon
Rvp Ba Lambert
bench - Walcott Gibbs Davies ??Open Controls
gonna bench Walcott ahead of Michu because there playing man city
next game week I will do puncheon and Lambert for fellaini and Carlton Cole !!Open Controls
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Will be Obrien be back for DGW?Open Controls
- cylus11 ( Manager) - Russia…
Thinking of bringing in Podolski for DGW.
Seems to be a good optionOpen Controls
I prefer Giroud.Open Controls
😀 25%Open Controls
Him 75% for me.Open Controls
😯 After that spiel up there?Open Controls
probably. if not then giroudOpen Controls
- Blue Lion's Biatch
I'm going with PodOpen Controls
It's either Ba –> Pod or Hazard –> Caz next week.Open Controls
Uh-oh Berbilly is getting Hazard.Open Controls
Only if he falls. Sell him folks.Open Controls
Buy him folks! 😉Open Controls
Actually if he doesn't fall I just won't get Tacobell. 😉Open Controls
To add to Mata and Ba? Or do you not have Mata?Open Controls
Don't have Mata. Have Ba only atm.Open Controls
Go for it. Give him the armband as well.Open Controls
That's the plan. Would you take a hit for Tacobell?
I'm getting put off of it now...Open Controls
NO WAY JOSE
TACOBELL ES NO MUY IMPORTANTE Y MUCHOS TEMPORARIOSOpen Controls
A potential 12 point haul from a 4.3 GK...
But for a hit...I probably wouldn't. Who's your 2nd keeper anyway?Open Controls
Have Tremmel/Bego atm.Open Controls
Ah screw it. Do it, then switch to Fed down the line.Open Controls
I'll hold you personally responsible if this goes tits up... 😉Open Controls
people without azard will pay this gw 😉
get him in if you can and forget doubling up at che defenceOpen Controls
Thing is my midfield atm is undroppable. Walcott Mata Bale Michu
I am worried because you should check billy's last 5 transfers. GOLD.Open Controls
in that case i am glad that he doing same transfer as me and we will C same player 🙂
Bale undroppable? can't you get him back later on?Open Controls
Bale is in RVP category for me.
same here 🙂
but RVP and Bale valutes are 2 different stories
i consider bale as season keeper but i belive that i made right decission when i get walcott in for him ( will do Caz-Bale later on with my wc)Open Controls
Indeed. 😀Open Controls
Benteke or Berbatov? Both seem to flourish due to their partners (Weimann and Ruiz)Open Controls
Berbatov all day.Open Controls
+billions x millionsOpen Controls
Amazing question directed by a reporter to Benitez regarding Guardiola:
"Are you keeping the seat warm for him?"
Fair play to Rafa for staying cool.Open Controls
i'd reply "it's a hot seat already".Open Controls
He'll make sure that seat is really cool? 🙂Open Controls
finalising my final transfers and need your thoughts on this one:
a) is it worth bringing dzeko in or stick with berba?
b) go for a cheaper option upfront and upgrade wilson (until fit) to zabaleta or gibbs?Open Controls
b) go for gibbs if it's free.Open Controls
stick with berba this week, bring in gibbs for the DGWOpen Controls
Berba will destroy Wigan this GW, so no.
anyone benchung punch this week? there is no point haveing him if you dont play him on a dgw right?Open Controls
i am very temped to bench him instaed of Caz...Open Controls
yep ! Thais the only reason I have hI'm ! after double gameweeek he is getting transferred for fellaini - and so is Lambert to berba or ColeOpen Controls
A.Villa are horrendous. I am benching Theo.Open Controls
I'm benching him, don't care about the DGW.Open Controls
why is he on your team then?Open Controls
Because he's cheap and has decent potential if one of your other 7 attackers is injured/suspended.Open Controls
why not??can you see any better 4.5M bench folder?Open Controls
Because he's the best cheapo mid in the game; I've had him since he was 4.4.
His role is to enter my team during injurie and emergencies, that's it.Open Controls
snake juice is. not necessarily, if your other mids are mata, michu, walcott & bale, and you also have a deadly front 3.Open Controls
my mids are mata michu fellaini and bale, then up front RVP suarez and ba. so should i bench punch?Open Controls
definitely. i think fellaini & michu will both score.Open Controls
anyone captaining bale...?Open Controls
tempting but Ba's my man this weekOpen Controls
Risky though he might only play one gameOpen Controls
The 3 correct captains choices over the last weeks were; Bale, Walcott and RVP. I thought Bale and especially Walcott were gutsy choices (I made neither and am now well behind in my mini-league) So Ba it is!Open Controls
Guts! 🙂Open Controls
tossing up between him and berba this week...Open Controls
Ideas on this lot?
Jaaskelainen / Begovic
Shorey / Harte / Cuellar / Nelsen / Hughes
Walcott / Puncheon / Mata / Bale / Michu
Suarez / Van Persie / Berbatov
2 FT, £0.5m in the bank.
Best way to use 2 trades?
a) Sell a GK & Cuellar > Turnbull & Azpi
b) Sell Suarez + defender > Ba + 2.3 + sold def.
c) something else
Thanks in advance. 🙂Open Controls
If that was my team I would do AOpen Controls
Bale/Walcott - Haz as 1 week punt maybe?
and then get them back later
if not , A looks decentOpen Controls
Whick GK though? Could get a STK defender come WC.Open Controls
both gk have amazing valute
i am not sure it's right to get rif of bego but you plan to get wilson??just like me?Open Controls
Wilson would be in if Begovic sold. Jussi is useful next week. Maybe the game today will tell more.Open Controls
Probably a out of those.Open Controls
Bale or Fellaini worth a 4 point hit this week?Open Controls
probably not imoOpen Controls
nope-pts hit are not cool 🙂Open Controls
they are when you get in bale for his hattrick and walcott for his hattrick with them 😀Open Controls
probably, maybe notOpen Controls
Speaking of the devil 😈Open Controls
Ask TW 😉Open Controls
Ask Berbilly when the right time is. 🙂Open Controls
Well, I would get Bale this week... 🙂
Depends who you're selling though, Santi?Open Controls
Who are you getting rid of for either of them?Open Controls
It'd have to be PienaarOpen Controls
Bale Bale BaleOpen Controls
How much gametime do you think Torres will get this week?Open Controls
I wouldn't be buying him but as I have him I really have to keep him don't I?Open Controls
yeah, unless your replacing him with ba, would be crazy to ditch someone on a dgw.Open Controls
More importantly how much game time will ba getOpen Controls
Possibly the same question?Open Controls
- ManTree(v2!) or just JAY!
Please rate my WCT out of 10:
Luiz, Tomkins, Harte, Wilson, Demel
Mata, Michu, Bale, Walcott, Fellaini
RVP, Ba, Berbatov
Then for GW23 take -4 hit to do this:
Out: Berba & Luiz
In: Giroud/Podolski & Davies
How does all that sound?
Thank youOpen Controls
- Spectrum-FFS Doubles Champ
Current wc team is
Worth swapping Azpi for Luiz and Zab for Collins? Gives me an extra gameweek player for next weekOpen Controls
That looks very similar to my WC team although I've left Gibbs out and have Turnbull. Obviously; I like it!
Can't see the point in bringing in West Ham or Southampton defenders for the DGW, just can't see clean sheets for either team (West Ham .....mmmmmaybe)Open Controls
- Slippin' Jimmy
I have 11 of your players (12 if you do Az to Luiz), so I guess I like itOpen Controls
Where did you find this??!!! HahahahaOpen Controls
My friend post the link to his facebook. HahaOpen Controls
i think im finally done...any final thoughts/alterations...?
Rafael chillin' with the ubers. 😉Open Controls
Can anyone find any holes in my cunning plan?
Team for GW 22:
Transfer Ba out for Podolski
Subs: Bunn-Puncheon-Davies-R Martin
Then for GW 24 onwards get Bale in somehow (straight swap to Mata or take a 4 pt hit and sell Podolski and Walcott for Bale and Berbatov for instance).
Any obvious flaws in there?Open Controls
Looks like a good plann. I have a feeling Sagna might be dropped though.Open Controls
Thanks, that is a risk admittedly. Although I wouldn't say dropped but rather rotated for one of the double GW games.Open Controls
- Slippin' Jimmy
Looks good to me. seems you are very optimistic on NOR defence (Bunn over Bego and doubling up Ricky Martin)Open Controls
Yeah well, that is true but Bego against Chelsea doesn't appeal too much either. Nor does Davies @ Everton. Could perhaps go Demel @ Sunderland instead of Martin.Open Controls
'I am a Giroud fan, the only one in the world'Open Controls
Harsh. There may be 1 or 2 more than that 😉Open Controls
Arsene Wenger quote 😉Open Controls
Oli Oli Oli Gu-ru.
Creepy vid. 😉Open Controls
which 3 would you start and who would be the first sub from this lot? demel o'brien cueller nasty sagna
was thinking of maybe starting the first 3 this week with nasty first sub.Open Controls
Nasty has to start. Demel first sub.Open Controls
With Cuellar and O'Brien injured I doubt they'll play.
You'll be stuck with the other three.Open Controls
i know that but assuming they're all fit which 3 would you start?Open Controls
Nasty Sagna CuellarOpen Controls
I'm beginning to think the last 3. Check the last few scores in the ARS-MCI matches.Open Controls
Benteke, Berbatov or Lambert?Open Controls
Morning all. Although I'm not a regular poster in here these days I'd really appreciate some help with a 'who to bench' decision this weekend.
My W/C team currently looks like this which gives me 3 Chelsea/1 Saints for GW22 and 3 Aresenal/1 West ham for GW23:
Gibbs - Shaw - Briggs - O'Brien - Mariappa
Bale(v) - Mata - Michu - Walcott - Cazorla
RvP - Ba(c) - Berbatov
Defence picks itself this weekend but who to bench from the front 8?????Open Controls
One of Walcott/Cazorla for me.
Personally would bench Cazorla for this week.Open Controls
- Eunuch Jelly
I'd do Harte over mariappa.....Open Controls
I'm going to go Harte over Mariappa as he will rarely be in my team and he has assists and penalty potential.
But I can understand going for Mariappa ahead of him, there is doubt about Harte's spot with Shorey coming back. Mariappa's more nailed on.Open Controls
Exactly my thinking. He's only bench fodder really so it's the gametime I am looking at and Mariappa is more nailed on given Harte's rotation with Shorey (as you say).
I've currently put Cazorla on my bench for the weekend but if Michu plays 90 minutes against Chelsea tonight I could consider him (away to Everton this w/e)Open Controls
Yeah but Harte has the captains armband which means he's more nailed for a start. Hope that's right...Open Controls
Who will score the mat points the week?
C PunchOpen Controls
Bale (but who really knows)Open Controls
Berba or Defoe for this gw ONLY??? Please!Open Controls
play'em both surelyOpen Controls
On WC I had Defoe previously just tempted to swap as Berba could go big at Wigan and I have bale for spurs!Open Controls
FPL Open : 143 entered.
Elite 64 : 134 entered, 64 spots, 64th spot @ 10K.
After Xmas : 214 entered.
2nd WC : 106 entered.Open Controls
Elite 64 cut-off just keeps on dropping, i reckon you should close entry now 😀
Although that will taint the "elite" part of it 😉Open Controls
Keep getting green arrows, it's catching you.Open Controls
😀 I feel like Indiana Jones with the boulderOpen Controls
who's the best bet ! for 180 minutes
David luiz or azpliOpen Controls
Should be clearer after tonight's game.Open Controls
Kool cheersOpen Controls
Both should be good for 2 starts. Only worry would be Terry pushing Ivan out to RB, don't think it'll happen, but Luiz should be fairly safe with Mikel goneOpen Controls
think am. gonna go for luiz ba and Mata , puncheon Lambert and Shaw for the DGW
still have bale Michu Walcott Gibbs demel Rvp to back up rest of the teamOpen Controls