FPL team guides: Arsenal – Best players, predicted line-up + more

Gameweek 1 of Fantasy Premier League (FPL) is drawing ever nearer and we’re profiling all 20 Premier League teams before the season starts.

After weighing up what Aston Villa players had to offer, we continue our team-by-team guides with Arsenal.

You can check out our Nottingham Forest, Fulham and Bournemouth analysis in our Promoted series (articles that will be refreshed before the big kick-off).

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TotalRank v other Premier League clubs
Goals scored616th
Shots in the box3724th
Shots on target1944th
Big chances698th
Expected goals (xG)69.164th

Arsenal were Champions League material for much of 2021/22 when it came to goal threat but there is a sense that there is still more to come: they had the worst xG delta (-8.16) and second-worst goal conversion (10.4%) of any side who finished in the top half last season.

Perhaps the acquisition of Gabriel Jesus (£8.0m) can help remedy that wastefulness. He’s had a flying start to life at Arsenal in pre-season, although it should be noted that he too has a bit of a profligate track record.


TotalRank v other Premier League clubs
Goals conceded488th
Clean sheets135th
Shots conceded4254th
Shots in the box conceded2634th
Shots on target conceded1477th
Big chances conceded67=8th
Expected goals conceded (xGC)51.837th

Wobbly defensive periods bookended last season, with no clean sheets arriving in the opening three Gameweeks or from Gameweeks 31-38.

In between, Arsenal racked up an impressive 13 shut-outs in 25 matches.

Keeping together a settled back four was one contributing factor: Takehiro Tomiyasu (£4.5m), Ben White (£4.5m) and Gabriel Magalhaes (£5.0m) started every fixture together from Gameweeks 4-18, with eight clean sheets arriving in this period alone. It was no coincidence that Arsenal’s defensive numbers worsened when Tomiyasu’s fitness issues began earlier this year.

But Aaron Ramsdale‘s (£5.0m) displays were also worthy of note. Earning rave reviews after his initial debut, he had fallen out of form somewhat by the time we reached the end of 2021/22.

Expected goals prevented (xGP)Save percentage
Gameweek 4-24+5.2078.9%
Gameweek 25-38-4.8057.7%


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Arsenal are actually top of our Season Ticker for fixture difficulty in the first eight Gameweeks, meeting only one of last season’s top seven in that time – and even that is a Manchester United side who struggled for clean sheets in 2021/22. Even with the strides made in pre-season under Erik ten Hag, question marks remain about their defence.

Two newly-promoted outfits – Bournemouth and Fulham – come in Gameweek 3 and 4, while two of the leakier defences of last season, Leicester and Everton, visit the Emirates.

Arteta’s side will be in UEFA Europa League action this season, however, which means they will have to get used to a demanding Thursday-Sunday turnaround between matches. That competition starts after Gameweek 6.

The September international break may be a time to reassess investment in the Gunners, as all of last season’s top four have to be met in Gameweeks 9-15.




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2,486 Comments Post a Comment
  1. tigershark
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    21 days, 10 hours ago

    kane + diaz or
    son/kdb + martial

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 5 Years
      21 days, 9 hours ago

      Top one. Tony will let you down, it is his fate.

  2. Gandalf
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    21 days, 9 hours ago

    A. Gabriel
    B. Zinchenko

    1. King Kun Ta
      • 7 Years
      11 days, 15 hours ago

      Thinking Zincheno

  3. FPL E
      21 days, 8 hours ago

      Potential no salah draft, 5-3-2, really like getting the extra city player without losing 3 pool. thoughts…

      TAA Robbo James Perisic Cancelo
      KDB Diaz Bailey
      Jesus Kane

      1. popey
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        20 days, 19 hours ago

        given the long list of great 4.5 def options, Perisic to a playable 4.5 and upgrade one of the 4.5 mids on bench to a 5.5 should give an overall stronger squad to cope with rotation and Bailey minutes risk (i say this as a Villa fan watching his stop/start season last year!)

    • Albrightondknight
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      21 days, 6 hours ago

      You got to be sure on Perisic and Bailey as I assume the bench is not up to much.
      On the positive side Bailey in theory looks the only “weaker” player in the 11.
      For 3 perms and that defence it’s about as good as you can do, I still think there is too much potential in those 8.0 mid spots to ignore them. We have very different teams but both based on what we can do without Salah.

      1. Albrightondknight
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        21 days, 6 hours ago

        Reply fail to a thread that is no longer active. Wow 🙂

    • Jinswick
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      21 days, 4 hours ago

      A) Ramsdale & 4.5 WOL (Jonny?)
      B) Sa & 4.5 ARS (Tomi?)

    • FPL Mentor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      20 days, 19 hours ago

      How we looking with this draft?

      TAA James Cancelo Tomiyasu
      Salah Saka Sancho B.Silva Bruno G

      (Gazzaniga / Taylor / Greenwood / N.Williams)

      £0.0 in the bank

    • T2ony
      • 6 Years
      15 days, 18 hours ago

      Comments on my team guys:
      TAA Cancelo Perisic
      Bernardo Kulu L. Diaz Van De Beek
      Nunez Haaland Jesus
      Sanchez Grippier Neck Murphy

      1. T2ony
        • 6 Years
        15 days, 18 hours ago

        Trippier not Grippier.

    • MartiBelly
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      11 days, 9 hours ago

      Feedback welcome:

      TAA, Robertson, Cancelo, Perisic
      Saka, Martinelli, Rashford
      Jesus, Darwin, Haaland

      Ward, N. Williams, Andreas, Neto