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Arsenal’s Three Best Fantasy Options
With the new season rapidly approaching thoughts are turning to fantasy football yet again and what players to choose for my team. As an Arsenal fan I want to get the full quota of three Arsenal players in my squad, but it’s not always easy to know which Arsenal players to choose. Last season’s scores are always a good indicator, but average points per game can be far more useful than overall points.
When it comes to points per game Aaron Ramsey was right up there last season with the very best of them and everything leads me to believe he will be again. If he can stay fit for the whole season he is a must have for fantasy managers in my opinion and there won’t be many midfielders who score more points than him this coming season.
His price might have increased a fair deal from last season, but he’s still a good buy at £9 million and I wouldn’t be surprised to see his price rise rapidly once the season starts.
Along with Ramsey new boy Alexis Sanchez is another Arsenal player fantasy managers have to seriously consider picking. He costs a little more than Ramsey at £10.5 million, but he’s more than likely going to play a very attacking role in the team and he’s listed in Fantasy Premier League as a midfielder.
It’s players who get listed out of position who can make a real difference for fantasy managers and it always has been since day one. When I played the original game in the early 90s I won my league in 5 out of 6 seasons, but Dwight Yorke stopped me from making it a clean sweep when he was a striker listed as a midfielder for Villa. Sanchez scored 28 goals for Barcelona last season and there’s no reason to believe he won’t get his fair share of goals and assists this season.
The final choice isn’t quite so easy with a few candidates to choose from including Mesut Ozil, Olivier Giroud, Wojciech Szczesny, Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny, Mathieu Debuchy and maybe even Theo Walcott when he comes back from injury. It’s not easy to know which of those players is the best choice, but once he’s back it would probably be Walcott for me. He’s available for £9 million at the moment which is not a bad price, but he will take a little while to settle back into the side when he returns.