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Should we buy Arsenal players in FPL and who are the best picks?

A lot of people are going to be Wildcarding either this Gameweek or next and I thought it might be worthwhile to have a closer look at Arsenal and whether it is worth investing in their Fantasy Premier League (FPL) picks.

The Gunners have had a topsy-turvy season so far but have found some rhythm in the last three Gameweeks. But do you read too much from games against Norwich, Burnley and a Tottenham Hotspur team that are in a very bad moment? In this case, I decided to outsource opinion and asked three Arsenal fans I trust about their opinion on their players from a Fantasy perspective.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Adam (@ThreeFiveWho),  @OrpheusJones & Karan ( NighthawkFPL), who were kind enough to provide insight on their team.

The reason Arsenal have our attention is primarily because of their fixtures. They have some good-looking matches in the mid-term as well as the short-term.

The home games especially look really enticing and there are a few strong budget options that have cropped up for the Gunners. In my opinion, Arsenal showed some good form at the end of last season as well and the results against Manchester City and Chelsea are down to the fact that they are two of the best teams in the league – and it doesn’t help if you’re facing them with half your team injured or ill.

In the second half of last season, this was Arsenal’s rank in the league for the given metrics:

  • Goals: 6th         
  • Expected goals (xG): 7th
  • Goals Conceded: 6th      
  • Expected goals conceded (xGC): 5th

Those are strong rankings and I just wanted to make the point that we are not investing in them just on the positive upturn of results we have seen in the last three games.

Another big factor that I like about Mikel Arteta’s side is that they are playing once a week and have no European interruptions.

SHOULD WE BUY ARSENAL PLAYERS IN FPL?

I went ahead and asked the Arsenal fans if FPL managers should invest in their team right now. All of them were very optimistic and clear with their answers.

I think right up till Gameweek 13, we have four decent home fixtures in Palace, Aston Villa, Watford and Newcastle so I think going with one asset is preferable. – Karan

There will be few better opportunities all season to invest in Arsenal players, not just because the fixtures look more favourable, but also because the shifting dynamics of squad balance lends itself to some of the Gunners’ lower-priced options.- Adam

I do think it is worth investing in us because we are in a good moment but I wouldn’t go overboard. We still only scored one against Norwich and it took a free-kick to unlock Burnley. – Orpheus

GOALKEEPER

A lot of FPL managers want to invest in Aaron Ramsdale (£4.5m) and are wondering if he is nailed-on for their spot. In my opinion, Arteta has always spoken about ‘specialist’ players and I think that Ramsdale just suits their system more. He’s very good with the ball at his feet, which is something Arteta needs, and seeing the chemistry, the ‘shoulder thumping’ and the leadership he is already showing at the back, I think he’s firmly placed himself as Arsenal’s #1 right now. The Gunners fans I’ve spoken to agree.

Personally, I think he is. Over the last four games he has played, he has demonstrated that he’s comfortable with Arteta’s style of playing out from the back. His composure, confidence and communication has been a delight to watch. The fact that Arteta trusted him in the north London derby suggests he will continue playing. – Karan

Firstly, Ramsdale, yes he is worth getting, I am looking to make the switch from Robert Sanchez as soon as possible. Maybe even for a hit this week. Just look at the upcoming home fixtures: CRY, AVL, WAT, NEW, SOT, WHM, WOL, MCI, BUR, BRE. This is all the way until February. – Orpheus

I’d be very surprised if Ramsdale lost his spot. Arteta made a statement of intent spending so much on him in the summer. Ever since he got his opportunity in the side he has brought personality, and a penalty area dominance Bernd Leno lacks.– Adam

It’s also worth noting that Arsenal’s style of play should add to Ramsdale’s chances of getting bonus points, due to pass completion.

DEFENDERS

Moving on, who are the defenders worth targeting?

In the last three games, when all of Ben White (£4.4m), Gabriel Magalhaes (£5.0m), Aaron Ramsdale (£4.5m), Takehiro Tomiyasu (£4.5m) and Kieran Tierney (£4.9m) have started together, these are how the baseline bonus points (BBPS) look:

It appears as if Gabriel and Ramsdale look good for bonus points based on this small sample, while White edges out Tomiyasu who is available at the same price.

Arsenal do play a lopsided centre-half system where they tend to form a three at the back, meaning that Tierney joins on the left-hand side in attack while Tomiyasu tends to tuck in. My guess is that Tomiyasu will be more attacking in the kinder fixtures in the future but the difference in positioning between both wing-backs is here to see in this touch map below (Tomiyasu right, Tierney left).

If you do have the cash for Tierney, he is definitely the more attacking player but there is always the worry over injury at the back of your mind. It is worth noting that Tomiyasu has had two shots from inside the box so far but has created zero chances.

What do the Arsenal fans think?

An interesting idea given how cheap White is, together with them home fixtures is to get Ramsdale and White. You can bench White and get an Alonso/Cancelo knowing White is there on your bench with a likely return to come on if needed. – Orpheus

In defence, I’d have Ramsdale or Tomiyasu. Both are cheap and will possibly offer a bigger upside than White. – Karan

Aside from Tierney, who is the obvious pick, the budget defensive options of Ramsdale and White present a great route into a Gunners defence that, now up to full strength, looks to be creating some solidity. – Adam

All three of them are of the opinion that the addition of Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel and Ramsdale, in conjunction with the fact that Thomas Partey (£5.0m) is fit, makes their defence a good one to invest in.

MIDFIELDERS AND FORWARDS

Let’s get to the attack then: which are the Arsenal players worth considering?

That is it from me this week. I hope you enjoyed that write-up on Arsenal and diving in has definitely given me a lot more context from the Gunners.

I recommend you check out this week’s episode of The FPL Wire where we discuss Manchester City, Chelsea, Wildcard picks and a whole host of macro topics in details.

697 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Echoes
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Many asking if Tsimikas will play RB now that TAA is out got me thinking:
    there have been many right footed left backs. But how many left rooted right backs have played the game?

    1. Maeki2
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 4 days ago

      No

    2. SIUUUUU
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Dennis irwin.

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

    Comments and thoughts on possible transfers much appreciate. Have 2 FT
    Current team is

    Sanchez / (Steele)
    White / Ayling / TAA / Shaw / Amartey
    Salah / Jota / Raphina / Benrahma / Greenwood
    Ronaldo / Dennis / Antonio

    Looking to change Shaw, Amartey and Ronaldo, to Alonso, Thiago Silva, and Lukaku. Also means downgrading Raphina to a 5.8 (probably Leeds again). All in 8pt hit.

    In short is it worth it? and thanks for any comments.

    1. Maeki2
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Taa + amartey -> rudri/christiansen/cancelo

  3. FPL Brains
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Really good article.

    Backs up my the transfer I was edging towards with the polls I posted a few days ago.

    Now onto the captaincy conundrum.

    1. Kryptonite666
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Which is ?

      1. FPL Brains
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Aha.

        Ramsdale.

  4. Sterling Archer
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Think todays presser for leeds/Raphinha could be the deciding factor in lots of WC' s getting played!

    1. Weeb Kakashi
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Rafa should be fine I think.

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

      Check hot topics. Bamford has ruled himself out

  5. Strchld
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Have Jota, Torres, TAA, Shaw, Ayling, Greenwood and honestly I think any of them won't start, but would like to save WC during IB.

    Who has best change to start / play?

    Would you use 2 transfers (-4) or play WC and transfers all of them out?

    1. mojoindojo
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      I'd WC

  6. Finding Timo
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 4 days ago

    My thoughts on defenders
    Shaw - doesn’t sound too serious & hopefully back GW7
    TAA - out but should be back after IB
    Chelsea defenders - very risky with azpi most secure?
    Tierney - best non Chelsea defender for GW7 ?

    1. Maeki2
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 4 days ago

      100% guessin.

      1. Finding Timo
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Very true - I am torn what to do!!

  7. jb1985
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    I have Bamford and Jota that I am looking to move on but not sure who for;

    A) Jimenez & Saka +2M
    B) Vardy & ESR + 0M

    Sanchez,
    TAA*, Alonso, Rudiger,
    Sarr, Salah, Gray, Jota*
    Bamford*, Antonio, Ronaldo(C)

    Steele, White, Allan, Williams

  8. Weeb Kakashi
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Guaita
    Semedo Livra Williams
    Salah Jota Raphinha Sarr
    Ron(C) Antonio Jimenez

    Reece(!) TAA(!) Sissoko

    1 FT 0.7 ITB.

    Any Suggestions? Don't want to sell Reece and TAA if they are back for GW8

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

      Hold if you dont want to do reece to maybe Alonso or Rudiger

  9. SKENG
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Ok so my team is a mess as everyone else's I assume. Still have WC, 2 FTs, 1.4 ITB.

    Foster
    Shaw Duffy Ayling
    Salah Jota Greenwood Benrahma Sarr
    Ronaldo Antonio

    Bachmann TAA Amartey Obafemi

    For some reason I almost convinced myself that taking 1/2 hits this week and delaying WC for later in the season could be the play... so I'm thinking about doing

    Ronaldo, Shaw, Jota, Greenwood > Lukaku (c), Azpi, Son, Raphinha for -8. Does this sound crazy?

    1. Tcheco
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      You're in a very healthy position I would just use the 2 FT.

    2. FOO FIGHTER
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      I would upgrade Amartey and Obafemi and play the replacements.

      1. Finding Timo
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Amartey to either wolves or arsenal could be good

    3. Maeki2
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Shaw to rudi jota to raphinia is enough.
      Then evaluate if that ronaldo to lukaku move is worth next week

      1. Tcheco
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Nice moves

  10. Tcheco
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Which move would you make for GW8? The other one would happen for GW9.

    A. Shaw (lei LIV) to Cancelo (BUR bha)

    B. Vardy (MUN bre) to Lukaku (bre NOR)

    1. SKENG
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      B

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

        B

    2. Maeki2
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 4 days ago

      A easy.
      Actually rather have vardy that i know can score then lukaku which have been no show recently.

  11. ExpressoMySonny
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Any changes you would make from my wc team? Thinking maybe I could do Livra and Luiz to Brownhill and White

    Sa

    Cancelo, Alonso Rudiger

    Salah, Saka, Raph, Benny

    Antonio Lukaku Toney

    Bench: Foster, TAA, Luiz, Livra

  12. jim0wheel
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Worth a -8 to do:

    Bamford, Torres, Shaw, TAA

    to

    Lukaku, Saka/Raph, White, Azpi/Rudiger

    ?

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

      It’s not bad.

    2. panda07
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Not usually a fan of a -8 but this one could work out. You might need to look into how you will get TAA back soon though

  13. Do I Not Like Orange
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Is it daft to leave a couple of million ITB on WC? Don't really fancy carrying Trent while we don't know the severity of his injury, but equally there's nowhere else I want to spend the extra funds atm.

    Ramsdale Foster
    Alonso Rudi Cancelo Tierney Liv
    Salah Raph Sarr Saka Benrahma
    Antonio Lukaku Toney

    1. Kryptonite666
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Perfect for you to get him back if required. I'll keep the money ITB

    2. vova
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      We have very similar teams on a WC and I'm leaving extra money to get Trent back in too

    3. Kun Tozser
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Get Dias

    4. panda07
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Thinking of doing the same. Keeping £3.6m ITB and using it to do Rudiger/Alonso > TAA and Sarr > Grealish over the coming weeks. We have very similar teams (see below)

    5. antis0cial
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      I have same WC at present, just Dias over Tierney, 1.4itb - TAA would need to drop .1 to make it work in 1 transfer.

  14. Whits
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    On a wildcard

    A. Ronaldo
    B. Lukaku
    C. Both

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Kakakakakakaka

  15. Kun Tozser
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    So Bamford out.

    1. Bamford > Lukaku -4
    2. Play Gray
    3. Play Bertrand
    4. Play White

    1. Dynamic Duos
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      1 and (c)

      1. Kun Tozser
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Captain against Southampton?

        1. Dynamic Duos
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          100% he is the stand out for me this week

  16. Dynamic Duos
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Spot the differentials this week? pick 3

    Azpilicueta 4.1%
    Haverts 4.6%
    Kane 5.1%

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Azpi, do you remember me?

    2. Joey Tribbiani
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Tarkowski 1.3%
      McNeil 0.2%
      Wood 1.5%

    3. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Pope 2.9
      Chilly 3.6
      ESR 4.1

      1. Dynamic Duos
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Fancy a start for Chillwell then?

    4. Harry the Hack
      • 12 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Auba 2.1%
      King 0.9%
      christensen 3.4%

  17. NABIL - FPL otai
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Do you realize that Arsenal players (in recent years) only do well FPL-wise when they're not in your team?

    Think auba. Think pepe end of last season. I did get ESR 2-goals heroic last season but it was a DGW.

    Really hard to catch the Points we're supposed to get from them.

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Schroedinger's Arseanl - simultaneous scoring and not scoring points

      1. NABIL - FPL otai
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        I blame it on Arteta. Full of false hopes

    2. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Guy who won our mini league captained Pepe in the last week.

      1. Harry the Hack
        • 12 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Is he also a horse?

        1. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Certainly not.

      2. NABIL - FPL otai
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Gw38 is a lottery. Well done to him

  18. OneDennisBergkamp
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    would you lose Grealish to get Lukaku? its my only route...

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      I would

    2. Harry the Hack
      • 12 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      absolutely

    3. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Definitely

    4. NABIL - FPL otai
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Yes

    5. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Definitely, wouldn’t even have Grealish to begin with, never really gonna explode

      1. OneDennisBergkamp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        he seems imminent to haul

  19. panda07
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    I'm thinking of this WC team with £3.6m ITB to get TAA and Grealish in the coming weeks. Does it seem sensible?

    Ramsdale (Foster)
    Alonso Rudiger Cancelo (Dias Livramento)
    Salah Raphinha Sarr ESR (Brownhill)
    Lukaku Antonio Toney

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Picked that almost too well for me Panda

    2. MARVELLUS
      • 12 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      really good. i have similar but not saved money for grealish, used it to get raphinha/saka over sarr/esr, and a second 4.5m keeper in case ramsdale gets a random rest/drop.

    3. DannyDrinkVodka
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Jimenez over Toney and you’re good

  20. CR7 is Home
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Best def upto 4.5, other than Duffy and Livra?

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      White

    2. Joey Tribbiani
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Tomiyasu?

    3. Street Friend
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      White or Coady

    4. vova
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      White

    5. CR7 is Home
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Thnx guyz

  21. Hryszko
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Bamford > Toney for a -4? Would leave me with this team for this GW.. am I G2G?

    Sanchez
    Rudiger - Marcal - Williams
    Salah - Jota - Gray - ESR
    Antonio - Cr7 - Toney

    Steele - Livra - Sissoko - TAA

    1. vova
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      wouldn't do that for a hit, Toney has pretty tough fixtures coming up.

      1. Hryszko
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Anything worth a hit? Bamford > Jiminez instead?

  22. Street Friend
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Thoughts on the WC. Currently 1.3mil rank so need to make some moves. 0.3ITB

    Meslier Foster
    Alonso Rudiger Laporte Cancelo White
    Salah Raphina Grealish ESR Brownhill
    Ronaldo Antonio Wood.

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      I like the defensive idea. I’m thinking the same.

      1. Street Friend
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Meslier....thoughts? They've kept no clean sheets but the next 4 has 3 of the lowest scoring teams in the league

    2. Camzy
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Meslier is very low on my list of GKs. Might not even make top 10. I'd rather go Ramsdale, Sanchez, Sa, DDG, Guaita, Raya at the very least.

      I don't like Wood. Would rather go for Toney, Jimenez or ASM. Good fixture this week but it's not enough.

      The risk to take is the Grealish slot. Would look at Havertz or Foden as well.

      Also, I know Chelsea have not scored in their last two games but they were also against City and Juve. The fixtures are too good to ignore Lukaku. Buy him.

  23. jay01
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Are Ronaldos fixtures even that bad? Feel like he will keep scoring just so inevitable

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Yeah they’re pretty bad.

    2. Dynamic Duos
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      BAD

    3. Street Friend
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      My gut is Ronaldo for 1 or 2 more gamew. Then Lukaku essential. But getting Lukaku earlier not a bad idea

    4. Camzy
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      They are very bad. They really are.

  24. Mane Mane Mane
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 4 days ago

    What’s this draft like?

    Mendy Foster
    TAA, Liv, Alonso, Semedo, Tierney
    Salah, Benrahma, ESR, Raph, Doug Luiz
    Antonio, Lukaku, Wood/ASM

    1.7m in the bank to do Semedo to Cancelo next week.

  25. unitednations
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Best combo only for gw7

    A: Azpi + Rudi + Salah + Jimmy (-4)
    B: Azpi + Shaw/Veltman + Son + Kaku (-4)

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      A

    2. Street Friend
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Everyone will say A because you need to have Salah

    3. Harry the Hack
      • 12 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      B as you need Kaku captain

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

      It's only gw 7 when salah plays city hence leaving towards B

  26. CR7 is Home
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Is it good time to lose TAA? Wasn't he been poor last season after coming back from a similar 2-3 week injury?

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Overthinking

  27. Strchld
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    If Ayling is ruled out, I dont have any other choice than hit WC, right?

    Jota, Torres, TAA, Shaw, Ayling and Greenwood. Probably 6 players who won't start..

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Seems off that Ayling and his 2 points would be the straw to break the camel's back

    2. Camzy
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      If you have just 1 FT I'd hit the button.

      1. Strchld
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Yes just one..

  28. vova
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Would you play double City defence this week?

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      If I had it I probably would

  29. Ha.
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Wanted to wait, but think I’ll have to WC. Agree?

    Sanchez
    Digne, Duffy, Tsimikas
    Salah, Greenwood, Gray, Sarr, Gilmour
    Antonio(c), Ronaldo

    Steele Bamford*, TAA*, Shaw*

    Would look to something like this:

    Sanchez
    Rudiger, Azpi, Williams
    Salah, Sarr, Gray, Raphina (assuming fit)
    Lukaku, Antonio, Ronaldo

    Steele Livramento, Duffy, Gilmour

    1. Ha.
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Or ditch Ronaldo and bring in Vardy, upgrade Sarr to Grealish

  30. Hryszko
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    How do these moves look for the next couple of weeks?

    GW7 Bamford > Toney
    GW8 Cr7 > Lukaku
    GW9 Marcal > Dias