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Has Arsenal’s defence improved enough for FPL investment?

Recent performances and a favourable schedule could put Arsenal’s defensive assets on the Fantasy Premier League radar.

While even considering these sorts of players might be considered high-treason by many, it is undeniable that the Gunners have made progress since Mikel Arteta took over last month.

With matches against Sheffield United, Burnley and Newcastle between now and Gameweek 26, there could be a window of opportunity for Fantasy managers looking for differential options.

In this article, we are going to provide an update on Arsenal’s defence to see if Gameweek 22 provided enough evidence of improvement ahead of those appealing fixtures.

As this uses data from the Fantasy Football Scout Members Area, only those who have signed up for the full 2019/20 season, a monthly pass or a discounted package can access it in full.

What progress did Arteta make in Gameweek 22?

It seems fair to say that Arsenal were a little unfortunate not to come out of their Gameweek 22 trip to Crystal Palace with a clean sheet and all three points.

For the first time in roughly a year, the Gunners came into the match with an unchanged starting XI, which appeared to help them established control over proceedings in the first half.

After dominating possession for large spells, the loss of Lucas Torreira (£4.7m) at interval saw them pegged back by a heavily deflected Jordan Ayew (£5.0m) shot and it’s worth remembering they had to play the final 24 minutes with only ten men.

Despite conceding, Arsenal are still showing improvement against the first 18 matches of the campaign, when Unai Emery and Freddie Ljungberg were at the helm.

During that period they conceded 1.5 goals per game but this has reduced to just 1.0 per game between Gameweeks 19 and 22 – Arteta’s first four matches.

However, the question on Fantasy managers’ lips is whether the Gunners are showing enough of an improvement to warrant investment.

In order to do that, we will have to dig deep than the goals conceded during Arteta’s brief time in charge and look instead at the underlying statistics.

What does the underlying data say?

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1,173 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Dannyb
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Tammy and Maddison to Mahrez and Ings? Tammy has awful fixtures now

    1. L S P
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      i wouldn't make those moves this week.

    2. Don Corleone the 1st
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Tammy to Ings - probably for free. Play Maddison one more week, it's Burnley after all.

  2. Don Corleone the 1st
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    What do you think will Martin play twice in GW24?

    I have him by accident...

    1. Andy Ftw
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Probably, but I think most other keepers must be a better shout anyway..

  3. Pep Pig
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Cracking article! Kola is definitely on the watchlist

  4. Park the bus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Best Fabianski replacement? Thinking Ryan ahead of Foster

    1. L S P
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      wise thinking methinks

    2. Stimps
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Mccarthy 4.3

      1. firstade
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        This

      2. Park the bus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        good call mate cheers

  5. Klip Klopp
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Can I get some advice on the next moves to make. I need to sort my defence out and get another Liverpool defender or mid.

    Ramsdale*
    Lundstrum, Rico, TAA
    Richarlson, Traore, Salah, KDB
    Vardy, Rashford*, Abraham

    Button, Kelly, Tomori, Dendoncker

    1FT and 1.5 itb

    A. Tomori —> Holgate/Sidibie/
    B. Ramsdale --> A KEEPER THAT ACTUALLY GETS CLEAN SHEETS
    C. Tomori + Abraham —> VVD + Ings
    D. Free up space to get Mane?

    1. Don Corleone the 1st
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Save, then next week B+C 🙂

      1. Klip Klopp
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Thanks. And swap Ramsdale for who?

    2. Karhumies
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Kelly, Tomori, Rico is the largest fire you have. Does Rico even get into starting XI anymore?

  6. Jonny HOW SON?
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Martial to Mane this or next gameweek?

    1. La Roja
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      This GW

  7. Dammed Utd
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Williams, Man U
    Stephens Southampton
    James Chelsea
    Holgate Everton

    Take your pick

    1. Zilla
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      W

    2. La Roja
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Stephens

    3. Slitherene
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Holgate

    4. The 12th Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Stephens

    5. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Holgate

    6. The Albatross
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      James

      1. Dynamic Duos
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        I'm a big fan of James, but those fixtures are rough

        1. The Albatross
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          He'll be on the bench for most of them probably

  8. RyanMK
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Thinking ahead for GW24. Pick one.

    A. Maddison + Abraham > Salah + Greenwood
    B. Maddison + Abraham + Soyuncu > Doucoure + Rashford + VVD and -4

    Current squad:
    Ryan
    TAA - Soyuncu - Lundstram
    KDB - Maddison - Richarlison - Manne
    Ings - Vardy - Abraham

    Button, Cantwell, Rico, Kelly

  9. Dynamic Duos
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Feeling a Son(c) this week

    1. The 12th Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Another red coming.

    2. Don Corleone the 1st
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Thought the same when they played Chelsea. I cried...

  10. Slitherene
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Rashford -> Ings & Rico -> Robertson
    For a hit!

    Yes or No?

    1. mcginnntonic
        2 months, 26 days ago

        no wait til next week

        1. Slitherene
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Hope Rico plays then?

          1. mcginnntonic
              2 months, 26 days ago

              yeh better 0 points than a -4, plus if anyone is gonna score v liv this weekend it will be rash lol

        2. Stimps
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          I wouldn't ditch Rashford

      • dunas_dog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        No cash in bank- Aguero brought in as 2 week punt ( worked well so far!) before getting Ings in week 24 to fund Richarlison to Mané

        Look good to go this week or start Cantwell over DCL?

        Ryan
        TAA Söyüncü Lundstram
        Salah KDB Richarlison Grealish
        Aguero (c) DCL Vardy

        Button Cantwell Rico Kelly

        1. The Albatross
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Throw a coin

          1. The Albatross
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            2nd thought, bench Grealish

      • popcoin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        How long will Doucoure continue playing no. 10? Will Hughes return to that position when fit, with Chalobah dropping to the bench?

        1. The Albatross
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          I can't see them changing a winning formula

        2. davies
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          I think Hughes replaces/rotates with Chalobah in the pivot

      • The Albatross
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        For week 24
        A) Van Dijk + Maddison
        Or
        B) Robertson + Grealish/Sarr/Doucoure (who?)
        Your thoughts appreciated

      • tibollom
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        martial to richarlison/mahrez and save other FT? or downgrade for robbo later on?

        hendo button
        taa rico dunk lunds cathcart
        mane kdb martial grealish cantwell
        rash vardy ings

      • joeyc_3
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Jiminez > Ings this week?
        Abraham > Firmino next week?

        1. The Albatross
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          I'm going for 2 defenders but Firmino could be a great call

          1. ZakyJ
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Are you? I have Gomez, TAA and Mane. You think stick with that?

            1. The Albatross
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Not too sure about Gomez. Matip back soon

              1. ZakyJ
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 26 days ago

                All the Liverpool cleansheats recently are with Gomez....

                1. The Albatross
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 26 days ago

                  Good point

      • davies
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Generally speaking, which option?

        A) Rashford McCarthy
        B) Henderson Martial + 0.8 + 4 points

        1. Pukki Party
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          B

      • sovietrockettes
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Looking at Alli>Doucoure, Rashford>Aguero(c) long and hard....

        1. Slitherene
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Don't get wet!

          1. sovietrockettes
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Aguero could easily bang in another hat trick, best captain option by a mile

            1. Stimps
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              He could also easily be benched knowing pep roulette

              1. sovietrockettes
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 26 days ago

                Benched at home after scoring a hat trick? Surely not this time 🙂

      • Syd.
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        No

        1. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Why not?

          1. Syd.
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Feel free to fill your boots if you disagree

        2. The Albatross
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Are you sure?

        3. Dynamic Duos
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Think he just answered the article guys

          1. Syd.
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            I think people would rather be planning on how to get another Liverpool defender in than wasting time / a transfer on a team where there is no value and whose defence is ravaged by injury.

        4. La Roja
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          rman

          1. Syd.
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            wisdom

            1. La Roja
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              You win

      • Pukki Party
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        What are the most likely gameweeks to be doubles? Liverpool playing Villa in 33 could it be a double for them?

      • ZakyJ
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Gazza, Button
        TAA, Lund, Rico, Gomez, Kelly
        Mane, Traore, KDB, Martial , Cantwell
        Abraham, Vardy, DCL

        5.1ITB 1FT
        What to do, have loads of funds?
        could arrange to get Salah but means dropping a Liverpool player (Gomez)

        1. Babelcopter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Traore -> Mahrez

        2. HamezMace
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Lloris back in training.
          Rico seemingly dropped.
          Kelly might also be out soon.
          So think about those three as a priority I’d say.

      • FOO FIGHTER
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Would it be crazy to shift KDB and get in Kun?

          1. La Roja
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Nothing is crazy on internet

          2. G Banger
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 26 days ago

            KDB most nailed, depends if you can deal with Kun occasional benching

          3. firstade
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Considering it. I Could do KDB & Rashford to Martial & Kun, but maybe that is too much

        • G Banger
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Looking to move in Stephens / Holgate... who first to go?

          a) Rico
          b) Kelly

          And who in

          1) Stephens
          2) Holgate (worried about CA comments about benching)

        • Dynamic Duos
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Hahahaha the last time Liverpool played Utd at home in the league it was 3-1, Lingard scored for Utd lmfao.

          1. Syd.
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            What a player

            Glad he has Mino Raiola as an agent to get him a well deserved new deal.

        • Fit_to_drop
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Bottomed.

            Current Squad:

            Guaita/Hendo
            Kelly, (Soy), Gomez, (Lund), Stephens
            Madds, Salah, Mane, KDB, (Cantwell)
            Vards, Rash, (Greenwood)

            Does this move add up?

            I have 2 FT's so was going to do 3:

            Salah+Soy+Greenwood

            for

            TAA+Doucure+Ings (leaves me with 2.2 ITB) or Williams+Doucure+Aguero and play 3-4-3 mainly

            Thoughts please?

          • Catastrophe
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            A) Ryan
            B) McCarthy

            First to 50

            1. HamezMace
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Same dilemma, leaning McCarthy

              1. Catastrophe
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 26 days ago

                I'm leaning towards Ryan!

                1. HamezMace
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 26 days ago

                  I’d say that whoever we choose, if keeping for a while, it probably won’t matter that much...but I thought that about Fabianski

                  1. Catastrophe
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 26 days ago

                    Theres 11 points between top keeper and 10th. So probably not worth too much procrastination!

                    1. HamezMace
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 26 days ago

                      Exactly this.
                      But even so, I’ll probably spend another few hours thinking about it

              2. Catastrophe
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 26 days ago

                Both decent fixtures over next 5

            2. La Roja
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Ryan

            3. MoManeTaa
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              50

            4. Syd.
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Ryan

              1. Berbinho's Forehead
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 26 days ago

                Probably best replacement for Fabianski. Annoying that he got injured again.

                1. Syd.
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 26 days ago

                  Tell me about especially when your other keeper is non playing

            5. firstade
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Mc

            6. Catastrophe
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Thanks all. Going for Ryan!

          • Atimis
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Your thoughts on Traore Tammy to Mahrez Ings?
            Or worth keeping Tammy?

            1. La Roja
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              I’d do it if it’s FT

          • 03farmboy
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Who to get rid of Chilwell or soyuncu?

              Who to replace with Gomez?

            • Netters2018
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 26 days ago

              What are peoples view on the liverpool dgw and use of tc?

              I know games are 6 days apart and the majority will be rested for the cup game in between. But should we be worried that the saints game is 48 hours later? I can see the potential for either mo or mane alternating between the west ham game and saints game?

              Should i tc salah or wait and hope leicester or city have something more appealing?

              1. Berbinho's Forehead
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 26 days ago

                I'm TCing. Best team in the league with 2 games? Sign me up.

                1. MoManeTaa
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 26 days ago

                  Salah or Mane ?

              2. MoManeTaa
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 26 days ago

                Full team will play considering both away and against tricky opponents

              3. HamezMace
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 26 days ago

                Think the front three and both full backs will start both games.
                I’ll be TC’ing one of the mids.

              4. Netters2018
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 26 days ago

                So we all think the league game against saints on saturday will be when the rotation occurs?

                I am 75% sure i will tc salah... only other one that appeals could be vardy if they reach final... norwich and villa is appealing buy the other issue os bench boost and free hit may be needed then...

                1. HMC
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 26 days ago

                  Saints game looks perfect for rotation but too far to look ahead
                  Fabinho matip etc likely back too

              5. nevins84
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 26 days ago

                This is perfect for TC imo, Peps rotation puts me off using it on a city player...

                Open goal

              6. bench boost for every gamew…
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 26 days ago

                it´s 72 hours so check timetable again-) wednesday 20.45 and saturday 16.00

            • MoManeTaa
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Which attacker wud u be scared of not having in your team for rest of the season?

              (Other than Mo Mane KDB Vardy, Ings and under 9.5)

              1. FortunesAlwaysHiding
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 26 days ago

                Possibly Son

                1. MoManeTaa
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 26 days ago

                  Under 9.5 🙂

                  1. FortunesAlwaysHiding
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 26 days ago

                    Hmm, nobody springs to mind. Not now that Abraham is off the boil.

            • fcsaltyballs
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Henderson
              TAA Soyuncu Lundstram Rico
              KDB Mane Salah Grealish
              Vardy Ings

              McGovern Greenwood Dendoncker Kelly

              1FT 2.1ITB

              Is this a good move for GW23:

              Kelly >> Dunk

              It then allows me to do either of the below for GW24:

              Greenwood >> DCL
              Dendoncker >> Doucoure
              Grealish >> Martial

              Thanks all

              1. bench boost for every gamew…
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 26 days ago

                Dunk is good. Hopefully he does not sign up for Chelsea, with their upcoming fixtures..

                1. fcsaltyballs
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 26 days ago

                  what are the chances of him moving there this window?