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Who are the best Arsenal players to consider under Mikel Arteta?

Won one, drawn one, lost one: Mikel Arteta has had a so-so start to life as Arsenal manager by way of Premier League results.

Monday night’s victory over Leeds United in the FA Cup was also a Jekyll-and-Hyde display, with the Gunners very much second-best to their Championship opponents in the first half before drastically improving after the break.

While the scorelines haven’t always gone Arteta’s way, there have been visible signs of improvement under his stewardship.

Should Fantasy managers be renewing their interest in Arsenal assets, then?

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£10.8m) aside, we have largely dodged the Gunners this season: the Gabon international is the only one of Arteta’s squad who can boast a double-digit ownership in Fantasy Premier League at present.

FPL bosses may have been sufficiently scarred by Unai Emery’s team selections or the Londoners’ dismal away form in the preceding 18 months to be tentative about revisiting Aubameyang and co for now.

Still, the fixtures demand our interest.

Arsenal face only two of the current top seven between now and Gameweek 32 (the clash with Manchester City in Gameweek 28 may well be rearranged due to the Citizens’ likely involvement in the EFL Cup final) and sit fourth in our Season Ticker as a result.

With that in mind, we follow up our recent articles on Watford and Everton by looking more closely at the impact that Arteta has had on the Gunners.

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1,532 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Bobby Digital
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    Who watched the Leic Villa game? Maddison injury-scare?

    1. Syd.
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      He is fine just took a knock to the head

      1. Bobby Digital
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        Ok, cheers.

  2. Jinswick
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    Any ideas for this lot? Cheers.

    Ryan
    TAA, Soyuncu, Otamendi
    Salah, KDB, Martial, Moura
    Vardy, Ings, Maupay

    Button, Aurier, Kiko, Dendoncker
    Bank 0.0m, 2FT

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Downgrade Aurier

      1. Jinswick
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        4.9m selling price - not sure there is anyone better at that price

        1. Bobby Digital
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 22 days ago

          Holgate will shave 0.5m out of 4.9m.

          1. Jinswick
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            4 months, 22 days ago

            That’s true. Although he doesn’t offer much offensively.

            You think Otamendi starts at the weekend?

            1. Bobby Digital
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 22 days ago

              Sure... Aurier is a good pick if he keeps getting attacking returns. Had him for a while, but downgraded and moved money elsewhere.

  3. Syd.
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    Arteta reminds me of Action Man

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Lego-hair.

    2. Forever In Our Shadow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      And a cheesy grin.

  4. ryacoo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    Anyone still interested in Martial, despite United's poor result midweek?

    4 goals in last 6 GWs - can't help but feel like he might be a better Alli replacement than Richarlison

    1. Syd.
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Yeah I am. It’s do or die for Ole if United flop again he might not make it until next weekend

    2. El Fenomeno R9
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Yes,want to (C) him ahead of Salah but not sure.

    3. Forever In Our Shadow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Utd have been and will continue to be the biggest trap of this season. They look great, we get them in and the deliver tripe right afterwards. The mentality is just not right and they let themselves down at the points they should actually be shinning. Personally would touch them but if I had them and this is the worst thing and what the trap is, I would hold just in case they go rampant especially playing Norwich next.

  5. HonestBlatter
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    Pope dropping?

    1. HonestBlatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Maybe I replace him with McCarthy (other GK Henderson)

    2. jtreble
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Yup.

  6. Kszaq
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 22 days ago

    Off topic. I've just red in Polish press that Piatek from AC Milan said "yes" to Premier League movement - Aston Villa seems to be interested the most (30 mln euro). Can be interesting...

    1. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Do Villa really have another 30 mill to spend?

      Perhaps but that would take their annual spend to something well over 150 mill. That can’t make sense surely.

      1. Dthinger
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        they would if they sold grealish

      2. Kszaq
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 22 days ago

        I was surprised too... For that kinds of club is quite a lot, but it's so true that without good, reasonable striker they will lost this season for good.

  7. D.Glynn
    4 months, 22 days ago

    Anyone else worried about Soy clean sheets with Ndidi being out?

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Just bench him if you got him when he was so cheap

    2. D.Glynn
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Yeah thinking that as I have Ings, play Rico or Kelly?

    3. Netley Lucas
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      You should worry about Chilwell's 'defending' mate, that was the weakness in an otherwise solid performance, defensively.

    4. Forever In Our Shadow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      I have had him for since game week 8 and Benched him 8 times. For his price he is benchable and if I don’t think leicester will get a cleanie that is where he will go. I don’t think Ndidi missing will make any difference.

  8. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    2FT, 0.3ITB
    Ryan(Button)
    Soyuncu,Sidibe,Lundstram(Willems,Rico)
    Salah,Mane,KDB,Maddison(Grealish)
    Tammy,Vardy(Connolly)

    Maddison+Willems to Cantwell+TAA?

    (Cantwell will be bench player)

    1. AppleDunk
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Probably. Or hold off Willems to TAA till next GW.

      1. Major League Shocker
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 months, 22 days ago

        Get TAA now, don't wait!

  9. FPL Kakarot
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    Who is a better two week punt?

    A) Willian

    B) Traore

    1. Netley Lucas
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      C) Sarr

  10. tbhogal
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    Hi Guys, G2G here ? Bit worried about no utd coverage.

    Fabianski (Button)
    Lundstrom, TAA, Soyuncu (Rico, Tomori)
    Grealish, KDB, Mane, Salah (Cantwell)
    Vardy, Calvert-Lewin, Ings

    1. Major League Shocker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 22 days ago

      GTG. You have Mane + Salah -- way better than Utd coverage!

  11. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 22 days ago

    Jimenez (NEW, sou) or DCL (BHA, whu)?

    1. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Dcl

    2. ryacoo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Jimmy

    3. Would Ed Woodward
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Jimenez easily for me, he's a much better player and the Wolves fixtures also slightly better, the fixtures are those two are ugly though.

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 22 days ago

        Yeah thx, got Traore as well and combined with the tricky beyond next 2 fixtures making Jimmy less attractive. Compared the two and DCL stats match Jimmy well with Jimmy's sways to assisting whilst DCL scoring ... considering the price difference DCL looks to be the winner. Agree though Jimmy is a better player.

    4. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Thx buddies

  12. UpAndAway
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    If I bring in Ryan for Pope I'll have 3 from Brighton - not ideal. Also, own Dunk and Maupay.

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Foster?

      1. UpAndAway
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        I think Ryan is the keeper I want more. Maupay to DCL an option also, but that's a very sideways move considering both teams have decent fixtures.

        1. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 22 days ago

          I am doing Maupay > DCL or Jimenez

  13. Uncle John from Jamaica
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    Chaps,

    no cash in bank and love my side but keeper is a problem.

    Currently on Caz as thought Spurs might be a good bet but he is poor. Is a move to Nyland madness to gain an extra £02m.

    1. ryacoo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      McCarthy over Nyland maybe

    2. Major League Shocker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 22 days ago

      McCarthy is the same price as Nyland and should be much better.

      1. Uncle John from Jamaica
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        Thanks both had no idea.

  14. AppleDunk
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    Pope and Alli out for ?

    A) Ryan and Sarr/Traore
    B) McCarthy and Maddison

    1. ryacoo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      B

    2. Major League Shocker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 22 days ago

      B is the safe pick. A with Sarr might be more differential.

    3. AppleDunk
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Thanks guys. Need differential to climb.

  15. Fernando Torres
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    Was at Leicester and can confirm... Maddison is a season keeper.

    1. PlumaPiedra
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      I didn't keep him for the season.

  16. scottmac
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    Evening. Anyone else with Harry Kane looking fot a cheeky move to Aguero?Am thinking he will start against Villa at the very least and hopefully against Palace the week after, which are good fixtures.

    1. Dynamic Duos
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      "Evening"? Do you mean Ebening?

      1. scottmac
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        Sorry, have I missed something?

        1. Skid Vicious (wonkee)
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 22 days ago

          In hpnour of Unai Emery "GUDIBINI" Montage xD

          1. scottmac
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 22 days ago

            Oh I see now, just had to google it, very funny. And yes, just think Aguer has one big haul left in him this season

            1. Skid Vicious (wonkee)
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              4 months, 22 days ago

              I think he's still the best striker in the game.
              All Aguero needs is one big haul for most of us to rip up our teams to get him in

          1. Dynamic Duos
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 22 days ago

            Muahaha 🙂

            1. Skid Vicious (wonkee)
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              4 months, 22 days ago

              Lol poor fella

    2. Skid Vicious (wonkee)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Yes if Aguero starts he could be worth a whole load of points

  17. Hart-ake
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    For the next few weeks which one:

    a) Grealish
    b) Sara
    c) Trossard

    1. Hart-ake
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Sarr obviously!

    2. AppleDunk
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      In this order

    3. jonnybhoy
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      A for me

    4. Doolittle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Grealish

      1. Hart-ake
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        Cheers guys

  18. Mooster
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    What players would you get in for Aurier and Pope?

    1. Netley Lucas
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      If you can swing to Sidibe & McCarthy that would be sweet.

      1. Dynamic Duos
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        Fabs and Dunk

    2. GreennRed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Gomez and McCarthy.

  19. Muscout
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 months, 22 days ago

    Best West Ham assets for DGW24 and their likely minutes total?

    1. Dynamic Duos
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Fabs 180
      Ogbonna 180
      Anderson 160
      Haller 150

      1. Major League Shocker
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 months, 22 days ago

        Seriously Ogbonna? At least get an attacker, who can't lose points for conceding goals. An attacker could do quite well even if WHU lose both games and concede quite a few. Of course, Fab is a bit of a special case.

    2. Would Ed Woodward
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 22 days ago

      I really wouldn't want any, Fabs at a push.

  20. Salt'N'Pepe
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    Any worth a hit, used my 2 FT

    Alli + Kane -> Maddison + Vardy

    GW22 Team:

    Ryan
    Dunk TAA Lundstram
    Martial Maddison Traore KDB
    Rashford Vardy Jiminez

    Button Grealish Aurier Kelly

    Team is not looking good going forward 🙁

    1. Doolittle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Nothing worth a hit, team looks good for now, just need to plan for more Liverpool assets.

  21. Niho992
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 22 days ago

    Any injuries on game Lei-AVL ?

    1. jia you jia you
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Just Rodger's massive ego

      1. Niho992
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 22 days ago

        as usual

  22. jonnybhoy
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    Play one:

    A) Alli (Liv H)
    B) Mousset (WHU H)
    C) James (NOR H)

    Cheers guys

    1. jia you jia you
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      A) although I'm benching Alli to play Lundstram.

  23. jia you jia you
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    Hate using an FT to save 0.1 but here it is...Pope to Button...as exciting as it gets!

    1. Skid Vicious (wonkee)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Mehh I had to do similar Heaton to Ryan.
      Happy days

      1. jia you jia you
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        Thinking Henderson to Ryan could be a decent move going forward for my team too, GL!

        1. Macam Dave
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 22 days ago

          What's wrong with hendo I was debating bringing in this week!?

          1. jia you jia you
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 22 days ago

            poor fixtures, own Lundstram, so dont fancy the double up anymore

            1. Macam Dave
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 22 days ago

              Only city bad otherwise nice as don't think arsenal away is that tough

              1. jia you jia you
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 22 days ago

                actually you're right, after City they've a nicer run than I thought...may well hold so, cheers 🙂

  24. Bobby Digital
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    How you like this gem of a team?

    Schmeich
    VVD TAA Lunds Holgate
    Salah KDB Martial(c) Maddison
    Vardy(vc) Abraham

    McGov Ings Kelly Hayden

    0itb, 0FTs

  25. bennyp
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    GTG here?

    Henderson - (McCarthy)
    TAA - Soy - Sidibe - Lund - (Stephens)
    Mane - Sterling(c) - KDB - (Mooy - Cantwell)
    Vardy - DCL - Maupay

    1.7itb, on WC.

    Sterling -> Salah for the double.

    1. Moose™
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      No Ings

      1. bennyp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        Fancy DCL/Maupay over him tbh. But tough choice

  26. jia you jia you
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    It's such a pity that my players have such good fixtures as I really want to wildcard in Mane/Salah, Aguero, sort out my GK situation and triple up on Everton as a shot in the dark!

    1. Doolittle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Speaking as an Everton fan, a triple up would be madness. We are not a good side.

      1. GreennRed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        What's going on with Digne? Not delivering anticipated returns. Is Ancelloti in the market for a striker too?

        1. Doolittle
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 22 days ago

          We just look disjointed as a team. A couple of positive signs since Ancelotti came in, but we were absolutely dreadful in the FA Cup. Digne isn't looking the threat that he has done previously; that could change with the fixture swing, but I wouldn't be tempted by him at the moment.

          I doubt Ancelotti would be in the market for a striker. He seems to really rate DCL (despite reservations about Everton generally, I may bring him in this week) and we know he tried to sign Moise Kean for Napoli.

          There's just a toxic atmosphere at the club at the moment. There are a group of overpaid, dreadfully performing players like Sigurdsson, Schneiderlin, Delph and Walcott, there are clear attitude problems, and apparently some of them are already questioning Ancelotti's tactics.

          https://royalbluemersey.sbnation.com/2020/1/8/21056766/everton-players-mutiny-protest-duncan-ferguson-ancelotti-delph-sigurdsson-schneiderlin-supporters

          We're not in a good state.

          1. Would Ed Woodward
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 22 days ago

            Schneiderlin is absolutely shocking, I can't believe we almost got our money back on him.

      2. jia you jia you
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        fixtures, good manager, some nice looking punts in DCL and Sidibe/Digne to add to Richarlison...at the 1m mark so nothing to lose and need to try something different to give my squad a bit of a boost as its having a torrid time despite looking very good on paper at times!

        1. The Train Driver
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 22 days ago

          Will fail bigtime

          1. jia you jia you
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 22 days ago

            probably, will hold off for this GW at least

        2. Doolittle
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 22 days ago

          See above. I like DCL and may well get him myself, but as a team we're a mess.

  27. Athletic Nasherbo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    Jesus and Aguero to start together against Villa?

    Jesus preferred over Aguero after this week too?

    1. Niho992
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 22 days ago

      very hard to predict who will start that game...

      Dilva and KdB should be secure to start. Others ? I dont think so..

      1. Athletic Nasherbo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        Why is Dilva a definite?

        1. Niho992
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 22 days ago

          didnt play a single minute vs United and Gundogan did

    2. PlumaPiedra
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Who knows.

  28. dunas_dog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    Which player would you really want to own this week but don’t have and no easy way to get? Aguero here

    1. Niho992
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Sterling but not sure will he start...
      I can get Aguero too instead Kane, but not sure about him too

    2. GreennRed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Maybe Mane.

    3. jia you jia you
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Aguero, Sterling, Mane/Salah

    4. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Mane

    5. Would Ed Woodward
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Sterling.

    6. PlumaPiedra
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Aguero. I already have KDB and Sterling (C) though.

  29. AF90
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    Grealish, Sarr or Traore?

    1. The Train Driver
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      I have Graelish but would rather have Sarr

    2. GreennRed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Grealish.

    3. Niho992
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Grealish no brainer. Talisman of Villa. On pens. Best player. Play every game 90 minutes and he is far better player then these 2

      1. AF90
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        Convinced me, ta.

  30. Muscout
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 months, 22 days ago

    Heaton
    TAA, Lund, Dunk
    Salah, KDB, Alli, Martial
    Vardy, Rash, Ings

    Martin, Traore, Kelly, Rico

    This week - Heaton to Fab
    GW23 - Rash to Calvert Lewin / Maup (thinking the former?)
    GW24 - Alli and Martial to Mane and Felipe

    No hits, gives me 3 Lpool and 2 WH, how does that look?