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FPL lessons learned from Chelsea’s Europa League thrashing of Arsenal

Even though the 2018/19 Fantasy Premier League campaign is long over, there were still pertinent talking points from Wednesday night’s Europa League final.

Firstly, it was confirmed by Chelsea’s 4-1 victory, that Arsenal would once again compete in the Europa League for 2019/20.

That means a continuation of their Thursday/Sunday schedule during the autumn and spring months, and likely further unpredictable line-ups from manager Unai Emery.

However, there were still plenty of lessons to be learned from the individual performances on show in Baku.

Chelsea 4-1 Arsenal

Goals: Olivier Giroud, Pedro, Eden Hazard x2

Assists: Emerson Palmieri, Hazard, Giroud x2

Two goals and an assist was the perfect send-off for Eden Hazard as he all but confirmed his Chelsea exit at full-time.

While the Belgian is yet to confirm where he will be playing football next season, it does look as if it will not be at Chelsea.

With most of the clubs tipped to sign him outside the Premier League, Real Madrid proving the front-runners, we may well have seen the last of Hazard as an FPL asset.

Considering he recorded his best ever score on the game in 2018/19, and secured three attacking returns in the Europa League, he will be sorely missed next year.

“I think it’s goodbye but you never know. My dream was to play in the Premier League. I did this for seven years in one of the biggest clubs in the world. Now maybe it’s time for a new challenge. I talked about my decision already. I said that two weeks ago. Now it depends on the club. I’m just waiting on both clubs. Like the fans I’m just waiting. You will know in a couple of days.” – Eden Hazard

It will be interesting to see who steps up to take penalties for Chelsea next season with Hazard on the way out.

Jorginho took one in Gameweek 1, but factoring in shoot-outs this season, David Luiz is the only option to have taken more than three spot-kicks and kept a 100% record.

Also potentially stepping up for the Blues in 2019/20 could be Olivier Giroud. His goal in the final ensured that he claimed the Europa League’s Golden Boot trophy, no player scoring as many as his 11 throughout the competition.

That serves to demonstrate what the former Arsenal man can offer next season, if indeed he decides to remain at Stamford Bridge.

That said, Gonzalo Higuaín, still only on loan from Juventus has been in poor form recently and was actually an unused substitute for arguably Chelsea’s biggest match of the season. So it is possible that competition for Giroud’s place could even abate over the summer months.

Also of note to Fantasy managers was further confirmation of Marcos Alonso‘s slip down the pecking order at Chelsea.

Like Higuaín, he was left on the bench for the final with Emerson Palmieri operating at left-back and impressing too – he got an assist for Giroud’s opener and caused plenty of problems for Arsenal on his flank.

As has often been the case away from the Emirates Stadium this season, it was Arsenal’s defence that largely cost them the Europa League title.

Right wing-back Ainsley Maitland-Niles continues to offer a decent threat going forward but was horrendously exposed both by Emerson and Hazard down the left.

He was also clumsy in his tackle on Giroud in the second half, giving away the penalty that put the game truly beyond Arsenal’s reach.

The youngster did not get too much support from his centre-backs either. On the right of the back-three, it was Sokratis Papastathopoulos‘ job to help Maitland-Niles out but he was decidedly poor.

Captain Laurent Koscielny was not his usual assured self in the air and was too easily beaten by Giroud for the opening goal.

Furthermore, Nacho Monreal lacked the pace to put the shackles on Pedro, who joined in the rout.

On the left flank of the 3-4-2-1, Sead Kolasinac was trusted with a start but could not offer any of his usual decent delivery.

A lack of creativity further up the field was a key reason why Arsenal were unable to ask Chelsea too many questions.

With the departure of Aaron Ramsey imminent, they will need to find another midfield creator.

Mesut Özil appears to be the only player in Arsenal’s squad with the ability to fashion opportunities for the front two but he offered very little on Wednesday night.

A creative midfielder will be sorely needed for Arsenal in the summer transfer window but not qualifying for the Champions League could restrict their options.

“Maybe (lack of Champions League football will affect Arsenal’s transfer strategy). But we are a big team. I think Arsenal is a big name in the football world, and a lot of players want to play here. We are in one process and we need, in this process, to be strong. “When we started this season, the idea was to get more competitive, like a team. To be closer to the other teams. And we did that. At the moment it’s not enough to reach our targets. But we’ll continue working in our minds. The transfers, I don’t know for next year. But the club is working to improve and to take all we need to go our way. Also, we have a lot of players with the possibility to improve. We are playing a lot of young players, experiencing a final for the first time. I am positive for our future, creating our way with young players and getting better in our way.” – Unai Emery

19-year-old Joe Willock came on and did a better job of getting service to the forwards but it was too little too late.

That meant that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette were left to feed on scraps, which does not offer much encouragement ahead of next season.

Furthermore, Aubameyang continued to show that spurning big chances is, unfortunately, still part of his game.

Chelsea XI (4-3-3): Kepa; Emerson, D Luiz, Christensen, Azpilicueta; Kovačić (Barkley 76′), Jorginho, Kanté; Hazard (Zappacosta 89′), Giroud, Pedro (Willian 71′).

Arsenal XI (3-4-1-2): Čech; Monreal (Guendouzi 66′), Koscielny, Sokratis; Kolašinac, Xhaka, Torreira (Iwobi 67′), Maitland-Niles; Özil (Willock 77′); Aubameyang, Lacazette.

100 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Amey
      27 days, 13 hours ago

      Lessons learned:

      We're going to miss Eden Hazard in fpl !!

      1. Diva
        • 4 Years
        27 days, 13 hours ago

        You don't speak for all of us. I'll be delighted when he's gone.

        1. Little Red Lacazette
          • 2 Years
          27 days, 12 hours ago

          Why so?

        2. Amey
            27 days, 12 hours ago

            Why ??

        3. Ask Yourself
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          27 days, 12 hours ago

          He was a hero for me this season shame the rest of my choices were terrible

          1. Amey
              27 days, 12 hours ago

              Yep
              I love him as a player too.
              Just too good sometimes

        4. diesel001
          • 2 Years
          27 days, 13 hours ago

          South Africa going to be like Brighton in the DGW?

          1. Nightcrawler
              27 days, 13 hours ago

              De kocks done reasonably well for me with that triple captain chip.

              Fancy the bowlers to get at least 6-7 wickets vs bang for the bowler chip so not too unhappy

              1. Nightcrawler
                  27 days, 13 hours ago

                  Plus 8 wickets vs eng more than good enough

                  1. Ask Yourself
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    27 days, 13 hours ago

                    How does the point scoring work in it can you care to explain or link the page?

                      1. Ask Yourself
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        27 days, 12 hours ago

                        Nice thank you

            • Ask Yourself
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              27 days, 13 hours ago

              Wish I played FWC now. Anyone get stokes in their teams lol?

            • JohnnyMagrinho
              • 2 Years
              27 days, 13 hours ago

              Lessons Learned:

              Hazard is leaving and everything else, well, it might change, it might not. You'd have to see what happens during pre-season to be entirely surely about that, and even then, well, teams are subject to change and nothing is actually set in stone. So yeah, basically, the lesson learned he is that Hazard is probably leaving.

              Cool.

              1. JohnnyMagrinho
                • 2 Years
                27 days, 13 hours ago

                SURE and HERE.

                We need an edit button for morons like me who apparently can't type properly.

                Or a grammar check would be good - would've caught both of those errors.

                1. Geoff
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                  • 6 Years
                  27 days, 13 hours ago

                  Grammar check is interesting and hasn't really been brought up.. spell check is useful but doesn't fix everything obviously. I'll see how easy that is to implement

                  1. Old Man
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    27 days, 7 mins ago

                    Don't start me on the
                    "could of"
                    "should of"
                    and "would of"
                    horror grammar on here. I genuinely believe that a large proportion of the younger generation actually believe that it's correct English. It's certainly not helped by hearing Shearer say "should of" every five minutes on the box/radio.

                    1. Geoff
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                      • 6 Years
                      26 days, 21 hours ago

                      Yeah, I so strongly feel the same. Although that's not one that gets to me as much as some others do

                2. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  27 days, 12 hours ago

                  An edit/delete button is one of the few things that I think the site really misses. Even if it is only available for the first minute or 2 after posting.

                  I remember a while back I accidentally posted a reply fail about something humorous to someone who had posted a very serious health related post. This was the days of the downvotes and the downvotes were through the roof (floor?) for that one.

                  1. Geoff
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                    • 6 Years
                    27 days, 12 hours ago

                    Yeah largely agree. I forget how much I've said publicly about site updates but I've got one for sorting comments and RMTs, helping comments be about articles, etc that I think will make a massive difference and after that we can look at other things.

                    Not that other things aren't being done now I guess.. some tweaks to the Twitter widget and the Fixture Ticker work is underway and all looking good

                    1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      27 days, 12 hours ago

                      What are your thoughts on the site having an inbox for users?

                      I can see why you wouldn't want it, but worth the ask.

                      1. Geoff
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                        • 6 Years
                        27 days, 12 hours ago

                        I want it.

                        I'm close to having a simple notifications bubble tested and hopefully live, probably used just when I need to speak with someone or for general site updates maybe. That's the first step towards on site notifications for replies (which I want very badly).

                        I see problems with an inbox but, for me, it works if users could use a follow function, and only communicate in an inbox with someone they follow and who follows them. I'd support it with that in place

                        1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 8 Years
                          27 days, 12 hours ago

                          All sounds good to me. I like the only being able to message someone who follows you, that will make sure it can't be used for spam or by bots then.

                          1. Geoff
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                            • 6 Years
                            27 days, 12 hours ago

                            Yeah and reduces any potential DM abuse

                        2. Deulofale
                          • 3 Years
                          27 days, 12 hours ago

                          Notification: Your friend DEULOFALE approves of your reply to a thread by JOHNNYMAGRINHO

                          1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 8 Years
                            27 days, 12 hours ago

                            Snitches aren't allowed to use this feature. 😉

                            1. Deulofale
                              • 3 Years
                              27 days, 12 hours ago

                              I can see that Epic Fail has replied but there's no content in the message. Glad to see the first-access special member features working well.

                              Emphasis on special member.

                        3. Connor Wickham
                          • 5 Years
                          27 days, 4 hours ago

                          How about a search function for comments? I think the ability to login and search "vardy" for all recent comments would streamline my processes and surely help reduce the amount of repeated posts.

                          1. TorresMagic™
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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                            • 10 Years
                            27 days, 4 hours ago

                            Control F does that per page.

                    2. Deulofale
                      • 3 Years
                      27 days, 12 hours ago

                      On-site notifications :):):):)

            • Ask Yourself
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              27 days, 12 hours ago

              Mod request is being able to see who has upvoted your posts so we can know who our friends are please x

              1. Geoff
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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                • 6 Years
                27 days, 12 hours ago

                Yeah, for now it's just admin (me) who can see that. Interesting one

                1. Ask Yourself
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  27 days, 12 hours ago

                  I know an I am jealous, Geoff

                  1. Geoff
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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                    • 6 Years
                    27 days, 12 hours ago

                    The one above is from me 😉

                    1. Deulofale
                      • 3 Years
                      27 days, 12 hours ago

                      No, it's from me. Ask Yourself, "is he lying?"!

                      1. Gnu
                        • 9 Years
                        27 days, 12 hours ago

                        Ehhh?
                        Actually it's from me.

                      2. Geoff
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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                        • 6 Years
                        27 days, 12 hours ago

                        Have yourself a -1 😀

                        1. Deulofale
                          • 3 Years
                          27 days, 12 hours ago

                          Street cred +1 😎

                          1. Mysterion
                            • 1 Year
                            27 days, 12 hours ago

                            Street cred revoked, snitch 😉

                            1. Deulofale
                              • 3 Years
                              27 days, 12 hours ago

                              Geoff, please arbitrarily ban this user ^

                        2. Amey
                            27 days, 12 hours ago

                            😀
                            First time I've seen a -1

                            1. Geoff
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                              • 6 Years
                              27 days, 12 hours ago

                              Didn't last long ⏳

                              1. Amey
                                  27 days, 12 hours ago

                                  Ha ha

                                  1. Fantasy Gold
                                    • 5 Years
                                    27 days, 12 hours ago

                                    Upvoted 😉

                                    Or did I?

                              2. Syd.
                                • 10 Years
                                27 days, 10 hours ago

                                Use to get plenty of them back in the good old days

                                1. MeatPieSausageRoll
                                    27 days, 9 hours ago

                                    I got 32 for one post once.

                                    1. Syd.
                                      • 10 Years
                                      27 days, 8 hours ago

                                      I can believe that 😉

                    2. Syd.
                      • 10 Years
                      27 days, 10 hours ago

                      You can rest assured that it isn't me 😉

                  2. umerlfc
                    • 3 Years
                    27 days, 11 hours ago

                    Crickey World Cup Fantasy Players:

                    We can use 3 chips in every round?

                    1. Fantasy Gold
                      • 5 Years
                      27 days, 11 hours ago

                      Yep

                    2. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
                      • 1 Year
                      27 days, 11 hours ago

                      Outrageous isn't it. Frustratingly you don't seem to be able to schedule them. You have to do it when it's the next match

                  3. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
                    • 1 Year
                    27 days, 11 hours ago

                    CWC fantasy roundup.

                    544.5 today. 8 to play plus c and vc. Batting and TC chips left.

                    How did everyone else do?

                    1. TorresMagic™
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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                      • 10 Years
                      27 days, 10 hours ago

                      What's your overall rank?

                      1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
                        • 1 Year
                        27 days, 9 hours ago

                        93.

                        1. TorresMagic™
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                          • 10 Years
                          27 days, 4 hours ago

                          Well done!

                          1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
                            • 1 Year
                            26 days, 16 hours ago

                            Thanks. Very fortunate with my bowling chip and stokes.

                    2. Vobinho In Wengerland
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      27 days, 9 hours ago

                      305.75 with 8 , c, vc and bowling & TC chips left

                      1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
                        • 1 Year
                        27 days, 9 hours ago

                        Bowling chip seems to be enormous, especially if you can get it to compound with your c and vc.

                        1. Vobinho In Wengerland
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          27 days, 9 hours ago

                          Both my captains are batsmen so probably wont get as much from it.

                          1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
                            • 1 Year
                            27 days, 9 hours ago

                            Not an unreasonable choice by any means. The game does seem to be set to reward batsmen more. Could well work out well.

                    3. Chucky
                      • 5 Years
                      27 days, 2 hours ago

                      Great start for you... SA players let me down... hopefully they do better vs bang.... Shadab 5fer and Babar 100 needed today 😀

                      1. Vobinho In Wengerland
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        26 days, 22 hours ago

                        I have Gayle and Russell today... hoping the Windies get another 400+!

                        1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
                          • 1 Year
                          26 days, 16 hours ago

                          Unlucky on pakistan opening the batting. That pair was solid though.

                      2. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
                        • 1 Year
                        26 days, 16 hours ago

                        Yeah, disaster captained amla so need him to go big against bangladesh. Good luck tomorrow.

                  4. Freshy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    27 days, 10 hours ago

                    Shouldn't we be hearing about Haz transfer fees fights between RM & CHE?
                    I would guess 150M

                    1. Syd.
                      • 10 Years
                      27 days, 10 hours ago

                      80m max.... Only 1 year left on his contract and he is no spring chicken.

                      1. WE ARE RANGERS
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        27 days, 9 hours ago

                        90 million plus a possible 25 million in add ons

                    2. MeatPieSausageRoll
                        27 days, 9 hours ago

                        Absolutely no way he goes for less than 110m

                        1. Syd.
                          • 10 Years
                          27 days, 8 hours ago

                          Do you think there is a chance you lot will sign him?

                          1. MeatPieSausageRoll
                              27 days, 8 hours ago

                              My understanding is that this was his ideal move but Chelsea are blocking it (didn’t want to sell to another PL club) so he’s settling for Madrid.

                        2. Ask Yourself
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          27 days, 9 hours ago

                          115m is the figure he’ll be earning 400k a week

                        3. noquarternt
                          • 3 Years
                          27 days, 5 hours ago

                          They'll settle around £100 mill I would've thought.

                      • Syd.
                        • 10 Years
                        27 days, 10 hours ago

                        Danny Murphy was on Talk Sport today

                        He claimed that if Liverpool, Man Utd or Celtic had got to the Europa League final in Baku that there would be 30,000 supporters there regardless if they didn't have a ticket.

                        1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
                          • 1 Year
                          27 days, 9 hours ago

                          United might have 30k fans in baku right now, I suppose. Other than that it’s good of Murphy to remove himself from the pool of strong pundits.

                        2. Marvinho
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 2 Years
                          27 days, 8 hours ago

                          To be fair, he's right.

                        3. MeatPieSausageRoll
                            27 days, 8 hours ago

                            Agree with him on Utd. We probably have 30,000+ fans that are residents of Baku. Same for Loserpool tbf

                        4. Leaf
                          • 9 Years
                          27 days, 7 hours ago

                          Do we have a problem

                          Smell like gateway spirit

                          1. Syd.
                            • 10 Years
                            27 days, 7 hours ago

                            The gate has been bolted and all is good

                        5. Leaf
                          • 9 Years
                          27 days, 7 hours ago

                          Is this the latest thread ???

                          1. Leaf
                            • 9 Years
                            27 days, 7 hours ago

                            The picture sickens me 🙁

                            1. G-Whizz
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                              • 1 Year
                              27 days, 38 mins ago

                              You should make like a tree and...

                              1. Deulofale
                                • 3 Years
                                26 days, 23 hours ago

                                Root!

                          2. cravencottage
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 8 Years
                            27 days, 7 hours ago

                            Really dead in here

                        6. SAY MY NAME
                          • 2 Years
                          27 days, 3 hours ago

                          strategy question:

                          in your wise opinions is it necessary to have big hitters (I guess primarily for captaincy options) - looking for different strategies this year to mix it up a bit and wondering if overall points return of having an overall 'good' team might get more than big hitters + some good + some fodder

                          eg fill the team with bilva/siggy/kdb type players and do without sterling/salah type players - would give such a better overall team, with no 'weak' spots, but lacking the big captaincy options

                          has anyone ever done a statistical analysis of this type of thing? thanks

                          ps - if not, i'll be going salah+sterling but with pukki and billy sharp up front lol

                          1. SAY MY NAME
                            • 2 Years
                            27 days, 3 hours ago

                            as it's complete deadzone i'll answer myself:

                            overall good team is fine but you really need at least one, preferably 2 big hitters for captaincy options, cut the cloth accordingly elsewhere

                          2. Saint Steve-O (@EliteFPL)
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 5 Years
                            27 days, 53 mins ago

                            The flaw in your point is that most big hitters deliver consistently and you'd have a captaincy headache unless you left on TAA lol (presuming you'd have heavy defense)

                        7. SAY MY NAME
                          • 2 Years
                          27 days, 3 hours ago

                          strategy question #2 🙂

                          stats wise it seems best option is something like a 5-3-2 formation as greatest value per million is in defence, followed by midfield , then strikers - in the past it paid to have big hitters up front but the value from kane/auba/kun is much less these days compared with premium players in other positions

                          I always play 3-5-2 but looking for new ways and tempted to go heavy in defence, eg taa/robbo/laporte/digne/azpi or other, cheap strikers, and whatever I can afford in the middle, usual suspects....

                          thoughts?

                          1. Men in green tights
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            27 days, 2 hours ago

                            will be playing 4 at the back this season made up with a combo of 4or 5 in mid

                            1. SAY MY NAME
                              • 2 Years
                              27 days, 2 hours ago

                              I think that's probably the sensible balance

                          2. Saint Steve-O (@EliteFPL)
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 5 Years
                            27 days, 51 mins ago

                            Well, again, your hedging your bets that your defense will get minimum of 3 CS, yes probability is high mind, so give it a go

                        8. SAY MY NAME
                          • 2 Years
                          27 days, 3 hours ago

                          when do we get our first price teaser early announcements? I guess beginning of July ish?

                          1. Men in green tights
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            27 days, 2 hours ago

                            end of june I guess

                        9. SAY MY NAME
                          • 2 Years
                          27 days, 3 hours ago

                          I'm expecting good things from Bilva next season - next season's must have, especially if Sane is sold/frozen out

                        10. SAY MY NAME
                          • 2 Years
                          27 days, 3 hours ago

                          if KDB comes in at 9.5 he could be a shoe-in too

                          1. Men in green tights
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            27 days, 2 hours ago

                            you must be bored speaking to yourself

                            1. SAY MY NAME
                              • 2 Years
                              27 days, 2 hours ago

                              nah, I'm used to it lol 🙂

                          2. Amey
                              27 days, 1 hour ago

                              10 more posts buddy !!
                              We'll get a new page 😉

                          3. pingissimus
                              26 days, 22 hours ago

                              What are the price projections for Kanté next season?

                              I never really considered him at all this season but watching him the other night I could see his attacking returns be pretty decent in his price range if Sarri stays.

                              I’d certainly look at him as a 5.0 in a 3-5-2.

                              1. pingissimus
                                  26 days, 22 hours ago

                                  I’m working on the basis here that the 4.5-5.0 mid is one slot where transfers rarely feel optimal. He’s at a top 6 club and is right up there for season value which in his price range is a decent parameter.

                                  He’d be my slightly more expensive Camarasa alternative from the season just gone.