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Best Arsenal players to sign on FPL in 2018/19 – The Complete Members’ Analysis

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has a strong case for inclusion in Fantasy Premier League squads for 2018/19, while some of his Arsenal team-mates look set to show improvements too.

These are some of the findings of our first FPL members’ article of the summer, in which we analyse each team’s historical data to assess their prospects for the new season.

We have looked at the team’s attacking and defending statistics and delved even deeper with a specific look at both the goal-threat and creativity of individual players.

The potential impact of new signings and, in Arsenal’s case, a new manager has been factored into our research as well, to give us the most accurate picture for 2018/19.

The Gunners came sixth place in 2017/18, their worst-ever finish in Arsene Wenger’s time in north London, recording their highest ever goals conceded tally in the Premier League era too (51).

It seemed a fitting time for Wenger to step down after 22 years at the helm with Paris Saint Germain manager Unai Emery replacing him.

However, there were encouraging signs going forward, with the aforementioned Aubameyang the focal point of those improvements.

Fantasy Football Scout members can read on to see the full analysis…

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  1. anish10
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 8 months ago

    Brilliant just swapped ben mustapha for Patricio then realised hes out injured.

    1. Eden Wizard
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 8 months ago

      haha unlucky man, FWC is rubbish at displaying injuries.

    2. ZoumasBloomers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 8 months ago

      wait, is ben mustapha out ?

      1. Eden Wizard
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 8 months ago

        All week yep

    3. OldBenKenobi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 8 months ago

      Why would you make subs before any team new was announced today?

      1. anish10
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 8 months ago

        He plays at 7pm

      2. Pro Pundit PUMPKINHEAD - ye…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 year, 8 months ago

        People have to work . I learned hard way as I missed deadline due to work. I just make them in morning now and pray

  2. fenixri
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 8 months ago

    3. stick

  3. SOTHPAW
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 8 months ago

    Disaster of a 3rd round! Captain is on Kimmich, so I'm left with a captain choice of Inui against eliminated Poland or Quintero against Senegal who still have a good chance of going through.

    1. Eden Wizard
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 8 months ago

      Q for me man

      1. SOTHPAW
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 8 months ago

        Cheers

    2. Meinhoff
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 8 months ago

      Quintero el magico (C) for me too

      1. SOTHPAW
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 8 months ago

        Thanks

  4. Maximum captain revisited - when are you playing it?
    Eden Wizard
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 8 months ago

    Max Cap in the final - I know a lot are considering it but, it offers the guarantee of making up/fending off a lead - even if rivals somehow nail it.

    Opposite argument: Can see a lot of these R16 ties being open!
    When are you playing it?

    1. SW6
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 8 months ago

      Final. Like you say if you have a good GW then, there are no further GWs to bring you back down. Plus the benefits of fewer captaincy changes, low scoring final, high scoring play-off

    2. OldBenKenobi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 8 months ago

      Played it this round. Looks to have back fired unless there’s some sort of a master class from Inui

    3. JLAEST
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 8 months ago

      Leaving my reasoning for final, posted before on another thread:
      "You'd want to use Max Captain when you have the smallest chance to get a captain right. On both QFs, Semis and Final/3rd place you only have 2 go's at it, so they would be my prime candidates. Considering the 3, I think captain in final/3rd place is the way to go. Unpredictable matches, where both teams are strong and it is rare there is a clear favourite (vs. quarter finals where you still can have some matches where you find a clear favorite).

      Due to this, the best captain is usually very unpredictable, with it a lot of times being a defender (which we don't usually captain). Let's look at Euro/WC finals recently and find the best captain, considering you wouldn't captain a defender:
      WC 2010
      Final: Netherlands 0x1 Spain - Iniesta. Possible you'd captain him, but most people likely would go for an attacker (RVP, Villa)
      3rd place: Germany 3x2 Uruguay - Cavani, Forlan, Jansen, Khedira. You could have one of these as captain (mostly Cavani/Forlan).

      Euro 2012
      Final: Spain 4x0 - Silva, Alba, Torres, Mata. Torres and Silva okay choices for captain, but you'd be better with Alba, that almost everyone had at that point (he scored a lot of points in the tournament).

      WC 2014
      Final: Germany 1x0 Argentina - Gotze. Not only not the biggest assest in Germany, but everyone who had Messi would captain it.
      3rd place: Netherlands 3x0 Brazil - RVP or Wijnaldum with goals. Blind would be the best (clean sheet + goal) but you'd never captain him.

      Euro 2016
      Final: France 0x1 Portugal - Only goal by Éder. I'm Portuguese and no way in hell anyone would captain him.

      Overall, not only results are unpredictable, also goal scorers are unpredictable. Very rarely there are braces, so most times you're better served with a defender (which you wouldn't captain in the first place)."

      1. Biancazzurri
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 7 months ago

        but the final is rarely a goalfest. I think securing the right captain between Lukaku and Neymar would make more sense.

    4. french holiday
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 8 months ago

      semi final

    5. Skalla
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 8 months ago

      I played max captain this week as I went with Ronaldo/Costa/Salah playing on the same day so had limited cap options. So it would make sense for R16 too if you want to back Messi/Ronaldo/Suarez on the same day for instance.

  5. azz007
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 8 months ago

    any england team news.

    do i sub in Maguire, will he play? and put Couts > Kane (c)

    advise please?

  6. jia you jia you
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 8 months ago

    You'd captain Lingard?

    1. jia you jia you
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 8 months ago

      reply fail to Quinton F

      1. QuintonFortune25
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 8 months ago

        When I responded on last page I was under the impression that Lingard would start against a weakened Belgium. However now I'm unsure he does so id say stick

        1. jia you jia you
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 year, 8 months ago

          Yeah, cheers mate. Think I'll stick on Neymar and bring in the two Belgians as the most I can lose is 3 points if both don't get any minutes.

          1. QuintonFortune25
            • 3 Years
            1 year, 8 months ago

            Good luck

            1. jia you jia you
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 year, 8 months ago

              Cheers mate, you too!

  7. adam28193
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 8 months ago

    right lads, currently ranked 62! i have cout cap atm should i stick or twist on Rodriguez? also got menieur sitting on my bench with sakai, trippier and inui all starting and cueva 3 points my worst current scorer. Menieur won't play right?

    1. Eden Wizard
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 8 months ago

      Holy jesus 62! Honestly, gamble JRod, play to WIN!

      Trippier unlikely to play after the injury and rotation!

      1. adam28193
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 8 months ago

        still got WC and both chips left too

        1. Eden Wizard
          • 1 Year
          1 year, 8 months ago

          GAMBLE

    2. Eden Wizard
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 8 months ago

      The guy below says Meunier isn't starting FYI so, Anyone > Trippier > Meunier

    3. Meinhoff
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 8 months ago

      How many points are you on?
      I'd stick if I were you. You are probably 10-20 pts off the first place, still time to catch up. J.Rod points will help you even if you don't cap. And then make a run for it in the round of 16 with a BB.

      1. adam28193
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 8 months ago

        204 yeah will probably stick, i had pavard too so guessing I'll have to just take the 0 points on the chin!

        1. Eden Wizard
          • 1 Year
          1 year, 8 months ago

          Pavard on the pitch? Switch him out in case Meunier comes on for 1

      2. Eden Wizard
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 8 months ago

        "Remember that time I almost won a KIA and pussied out?" what a story that'll be 😆

        1. Meinhoff
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 year, 8 months ago

          Or "remember that time when I switched C to JRod 2 pts, and I could've won KIA if I wasn't stupid" 🙂

          1. Eden Wizard
            • 1 Year
            1 year, 8 months ago

            That's not a feasible scenario though: It's unknown how far behind you are at any given time - Impossible to say whether the lost 8 points would have won it.

  8. Fantasy Gold
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 8 months ago

    Sorry if it’s been asked already but any leaked lineups for England v Belgium?

    1. FFFrøg⭐️
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 8 months ago

      Not that I've seen - the British press are staying in the same hotel as the Belgian team so I imagine the Belgians are being extra careful and Southgate probably still hasn't decided. I have seen Dier is going to start though.

    2. ManLikeMeyler (Team Argenti…
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 8 months ago

      Belgium one has been leaked. Only Toby and Courtois keep their place, looked of januzaj and chadli start.

      England rumoured to be unchanged though not sure how reliable that is.

      1. Eden Wizard
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 8 months ago

        OH JESUS we're gonna win aren't we.....FFS.

        1. ManLikeMeyler (Team Argenti…
          • 1 Year
          1 year, 8 months ago

          Yep

      2. Prøfeßör …
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 8 months ago

        Henderson will be rested and the full-backs rotated. I think Rashford, Jones and Delph will start too. Otherwise, probably unchanged.

        1. Eden Wizard
          • 1 Year
          1 year, 8 months ago

          The word "unchanged" is pretty tenuous when you're saying 55% of the team will change.....

          1. Prøfeßör …
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 year, 8 months ago

            No, the word "unchanged" serves a purpose, here. It's easier and more efficient than naming the rest of the side.

            Get off your high horse, troll.

            1. Eden Wizard
              • 1 Year
              1 year, 8 months ago

              More defensive than West Brom there...

              1. Annie
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                1 year, 8 months ago

                I tend to agree following your sarcasm emote in a reply to me....

                1. Eden Wizard
                  • 1 Year
                  1 year, 8 months ago

                  Who are you agreeing with here?

      3. SW6
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 8 months ago

        I read Hazard might start. But apart from him they'll change every outfield player.
        I doubt Trippier, Young or Sterling will start, and Dier is rumoured to be in instead of Henderson.

      4. Miro
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 8 months ago

        Do you have the link to the lineup, please?

    3. QuintonFortune25
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 8 months ago

      No idea how they have arrived at this team, it's probably just a pure guess, but Daily Express reckon:

      Pickford
      Alexander-arnold Jones Stones Cahill Rose
      Loftus-cheek Dier Delph
      Kane Rashford

      Like I said probably not going to be exactly that but hopefully helps a bit.

      1. SW6
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 8 months ago

        Looks like a team that could lose. Nice.

  9. anish10
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 8 months ago

    RML16T

    Pickford | Muslera
    Carvajal | Lovren | Akanji | Maguire | Fagner
    Quintero | Lingard | Coutinho | Shaqiri | Inui
    Lukaku | Kane | Ronaldo

    1. Shaw Manc Redemption
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 8 months ago

      Pretty good. I personally think Stones has more goal threat than Maguire - but good team.

  10. ZoumasBloomers
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 8 months ago

    Do we think Fagner stays after two CS's?

    1. Eden Wizard
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 8 months ago

      He's nailed in my team now for 5.0, not expecting many CS from here anyway.

    2. Prøfeßör …
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 8 months ago

      Danilo returns if/ when fit. It's just a question of if/ when.

  11. ZoumasBloomers
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 8 months ago

    Currently on

    Courtois / Ben Musta
    Fagner / Carvajal / Granq / Varela / Vrsaljko
    Isco / James / Cout / Lingard / Inui
    Costa / Kane / Kaku

    1. QuintonFortune25
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 8 months ago

      Very nice, not fancy Meunier or just too expensive?

      1. ZoumasBloomers
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 8 months ago

        that's a good call actually, might switch him for Vrsaljko and then change my keeper round

  12. Karan14
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 8 months ago

    Is anyone planning to go without any Day 1 cap for R16?

    All the options are expensive and the fixtures are tough to call.

    1. QuintonFortune25
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 8 months ago

      Yeah, maybe I'll have a defender from either Uruguay or France but no stand out captain options

    2. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 8 months ago

      Have to have one on day 1.

    3. Azathoth
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 8 months ago

      Mu(c)lera

    4. barracuda
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 8 months ago

      Uruguay will concede at some point- surely. C Ronaldo.

  13. trinzoo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 8 months ago

    Who to swap for Mojica?

    A) 1-pointer
    B) Meunier

    1. Bellerinmondo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 8 months ago

      a

    2. IrishRed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 8 months ago

      Wait for lineup

      1. IrishRed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 8 months ago

        Damn just realised you can't, a

  14. jia you jia you
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 8 months ago

    Hoping the R16 fixtures pan out so that I've these captain twists:
    Cavani
    Isco
    Neymar
    Kane

  15. _sidney_will
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 8 months ago

    Great Artice, proud member this season, bring on FPL 18/19!

  16. Bellerinmondo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 8 months ago

    1 - swap Trippier for a 1-pointer ?
    2 - (c)outinho stick or (k)ane ?

    1. OldBenKenobi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 8 months ago

      Wait on team news first

  17. UNDERSCORE
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 8 months ago

    What is the latest on Meunier and Carrasco? They are on my bench - worth putting them on the field?

  18. Super Silva Haze
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 8 months ago

    4 points from Cr7
    4 points from Reus.

    Do I switch captain to Quintero and hope for the best?

    1. SW6
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 8 months ago

      Why wouldn't you?

      1. Super Silva Haze
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 8 months ago

        True man. I also have Hamez and Sassi to play but I am leaning towards Quintero.

    2. Jafalad
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 8 months ago

      Don't mention ze Var.

  19. ZoumasBloomers
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 8 months ago

    Captain Khazri or James?

    Had Costa, Messi, Kimmich fails so far

    1. OldBenKenobi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 8 months ago

      Surely James?

  20. TERIYAKI 69
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 8 months ago

    Any mojica cappers around or it's just me?

    1. JLAEST
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 8 months ago

      One here! Go Mojica!

  21. OldBenKenobi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 8 months ago

    If Ramsey can stay fit and is nailed on under the manager he will be an absolute steal!

    1. _sidney_will
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 8 months ago

      Apparently Emery wants to build the team around Aubameyang and Ramsey so your wish may well be forfilled

    2. 1justlookin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 8 months ago

      Injury prone and inconsistent tho.

      1. OldBenKenobi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 8 months ago

        Inconsistent due to injury and previous rotation. Whenever he plays he’s normally reliable

  22. Fantasy123
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 8 months ago

    Does anybody know of a FFS mini league for the McDonalds game? Would be nice to have somethig to compete for...

    1. Pap Le Cissier
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 8 months ago

      Bottom of the article

  23. barracuda
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 8 months ago

    Is Ben Mustapha injured?

  24. child of God
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 8 months ago

    Who starts in goal for Tunisia guys?

  25. ryacoo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 8 months ago

    Anyone started thinking about their RO16 team? Something like this perhaps?

    Alisson, Muslera
    Godin, Miranda, Carvajal, Meunier, Maguire
    Isco, Coutinho, Lingard, Carrasco, Inui
    Lukaku, Kane, Costa

    What do you think?

  26. trinzoo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 8 months ago

    Muslera / Ospina
    Carvajal / Lovren / RRodriguez / Granqvist / Fagner
    Isco / Modric / Quintero / Golovin / Cheryshev
    Neymar / Kane / Costa

    BB now, WC before QF

    Please rate!

    1. FPLGraham
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 8 months ago

      I'd avoid Neymar. Coutinho a better route into Brazil attack IMO. So you could maybe do Lukaku/Griezmann + Coutinho instead of Golovin + Neymar.

      Also Spain's defence has looked appalling. Could turn it round of course but I'd be tempted by Tripper over Carvajal.

  27. Pro Pundit PUMPKINHEAD - ye…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 8 months ago

    Funny old game

    All the English haters want England to win and most the English fans want them to lose. Never known anything like it 😆

    1. Mo Mané Mo Problems
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 8 months ago

      I think the perfect scenario is 3-3 with Sterling subbed on in the last minute only to get a red card for violent conduct immediately and be banned for the rest of the tournament.

      England 2nd on fair play. Sterling unpickable. Good game had by all.

  28. Santigold
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 8 months ago

    Why is Mkhitaryan not mentioned at all in the article?

  29. 3hoursleep
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 7 months ago

    Why no mention of Mkhitaryan? I reckon he could be as proficient as Ozil..?

  30. @FPL_Chess
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 7 months ago

    Mkhitarian not mentioned, and Oxlade-Chamberlain left the club last summer.