Arsenal’s Giroud is all the rage for FPL managers in GW5

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Matthew Glazier of reports on over 120,000 managers buying Olivier Giroud for GW5 and highlights your other potential forward options.


Picking a Chelsea or Manchester City striker is something of a minefield this season considering each club has a quartet of forwards likely to operate in rotation, something that Edin Dzeko selectors have found to their cost!

Indeed, many managers took a punt on Romelu Lukaku for GW1 only to find the Belgian was surplus to requirements at the Bridge this season and we now wait to see if he will get ahead of Nikica Jelavic and Arouna Kone in the pecking order at Everton.

One forward likely to play nearly all of his team’s Premier League matches is Olivier Giroud and the Frenchman can count on high quality service now that Mesut Ozil has arrived to join Theo Walcott, Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey in attacking positions.

At the time of writing, 127,105 FPL managers have signed Giroud this week making him the most transferred in striker this week and those numbers are sure to swell ahead of the Gunners’ home match against Stoke City, with the player’s price having risen from 8.5 to 9.0 in a short space of time.

Giroud hasn’t put a foot wrong with tallies of 8,8,9 and 11 in the four Game Weeks to date, scoring a goal per game and there is every chance this will continue against the Potters.

RVP ignored in favour of Sturridge and Benteke

On the flip side, just 9,734 managers have recruited Robin van Persie this week ahead of the Manchester derby and the fact that Wayne Rooney is back in favour and firing in the goals makes the Dutchman even less attractive at £14million. RVP remains a class act and 45% of us have him in our teams, although attractive alternatives are fairly plentiful.

Daniel Sturridge is another goal-per-game merchant after scoring against Swansea and his value has slowly crept up despite failing to be 100% fit for Liverpool this term, with Southampton arriving at Anfield this weekend.

With Luis Suarez returning, it might be that Brendan Rodgers rests the England forward for a game or two, although the fact that the Reds aren’t in Europe means that the fixture schedule won’t be getting hectic at any time soon.

The same applies to Christian Benteke who has also risen in value and FPL managers with the Belgian in their team will feel content with their 28 points, even if the Villans have lost three of their last four matches.

Benteke is set to score the lion’s share of his team’s goals again this term and a front three including him, Giroud, Sturridge allows a fair amount of flexibility when it comes to spending money on quality defenders and midfielders in our quest for FPL glory.

Matthew Glazier is a self-confessed FPL addict and the Managing Director of, an award-winning sports, news and betting website.



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Posted on 18 Sep 2013, in Player Selection and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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