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Gameweek 2

 

DEFENCE: Eric Dier, Tottenham – £5.1m (Home v QPR)

If you picked Tottenham’s Eric Dier and Hull defender James Chester as the two players who’d top score in Gameweek 1 then you really should be doing this job instead of us, and although it might look a little like we’re jumping on the bandwagon we’re backing Dier to impress again in Spurs’ first home game of the season.

The young defender will be guaranteed a start as QPR come calling to White Hart Lane, and whilst he’s already shown his prowess in front of goal, it’s his clean sheet potential which should excite here.

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MIDFIELD: Cesc Fabregas, Chelsea – £9.1m (Home v Leicester)

Ah, that pass. That pass. That pass. That pass.

It was almost as if Cesc Fabregas carved his assist for Andre Schurrle at Burnley on Monday night out of stone, meticulously constructing it to look so slick and polished as it pretty much invited the German to put his side 2-1 up at Turf Moor.

He should have chances to do the same at home to Leicester.

 

FORWARD: Wilfried Bony, Swansea – £8.5m (Home v Burnley)

After playing a supporting role in last weekend’s victory over a miserable Manchester United, Wilfried Bony should be back to his goal-getting best when Swansea host Burnley at the Liberty Stadium.

On his day the Ivorian forward can be one of the best forwards in the Premier League, and against a defence which might not have recovered from coming up against Chelsea he should have some chances.

 

THE OUTSIDER (a player with less than 5% ownership): Dusan Tadic, Southampton – £7.5m (Home v West Brom)

Serbian midfielder Dusan Tadic showed enough impressive touches on his Southampton debut against Liverpool at Anfield to suggest that he’s going to be a player to look out for this season.

At £7.5m he might be a touch on the expensive side, but after topping the assists chart in the Dutch Eredivisie as well as coming fourth in the top goalscorers list (16 assists, 14 goals), and setting up Nathaniel Clyne’s goal at the Kop end, he could stand out at home to West Brom.

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THE CAPTAIN: Diego Costa, Chelsea – £10.5m (Home v Leicester)

After bounding into English football with his goal at Burnley, Chelsea’s Diego Costa will now have another promoted team in his sights at Stamford Bridge.

Leicester conceded twice to Everton and everything is pointing towards another set of Blues managing even more than that on Saturday afternoon, and if they do that they you can imagine that Costa will be at the forefront of the action.

 

@Mark_Jones86

 

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Arsenal: Keep calm and carry on

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The final 17 minutes of Arsenal’s outclassing of Southampton on Saturday said an awful lot about both clubs at the beginning of this Premier League season.

For the Saints, a team battered and bruised by the late, almost heroic defeats to both Manchester clubs and given a stark warning of the quality throughout the division when Wigan won convincingly at St Mary’s, it was all about just getting to full-time without experiencing any more damage on what had already been a harrowing afternoon.

In the event, they ended up conceding a sixth goal to their former favourite Theo Walcott two minutes from time, but the lack of celebrations from the winger after biting the hand that used to feed him were repeated all around the Emirates Stadium. The locals were desperate for Olivier Giroud to score.

That desire and anxiousness wasn’t a slight on the abilities of a forward who scored 21 goals in helping Montpellier to win the French title last season, but more a reflection of Gunners fans in recent times.

The £12million Giroud hadn’t scored in his first three appearances for the club, he didn’t find the net in his 17 minutes on the pitch against Southampton and followed that up with a goalless 76 minutes back at his former club in the Champions League on Tuesday night. Cue red and white panic.

If an Arsenal fan hasn’t got something to worry about, then he or she must be doing something wrong.

It isn’t their fault, it has been ingrained in supporters ever since summer-long transfer sagas surrounding the likes of Patrick Vieira, Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri and now Robin van Persie, all of which were destined to end with the player escaping the club in the same manner that Usain Bolt accelerates away from his rivals.

After the inevitable parting of the ways became official whoever was left, particularly those who were viewed as replacements, simply had to hit the ground running. Supporters already felt let down by former heroes, and so they didn’t want to see mediocre performers enter in their place.

The longing for Giroud to be a success will go on, but fans should be mindful not to freak out too much as they hope for every touch from the new man to end in the back of the net. They should simply take stock, take a deep breath and take a look at the talents elsewhere.

The other two new additions illustrate this perfectly, and as long as Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla keep on impressing to the levels that they have been so far then maybe even the Arsenal fans who are thinning on top wouldn’t mind losing the hairs they’ll tear out of their head whilst worrying about Giroud. And they will still worry.

Podolski, Cazorla, a seemingly reborn Gervinho, Mikel Arteta, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Tomas Rosicky, Abou Diaby Aaron Ramsey, Walcott for now, and potentially even Jack Wilshere one day, maybe. All of whom add up to a potent attacking force before you even consider a French international forward who could very easily turn out to be a roaring success. Throw them in alongside a now much tighter defence and suddenly Gunners fans have every reason to be rather content with life right now, if they allow themselves to be.

The Giroud side issue will be solved soon enough – the forward is too good a player for it not to be – and when it is then Arsenal fans might be best advised to avoid finding something else to worry about, to just to play it cool, to keep calm and carry on.

They have the good fortune to follow a very good team which will only improve the more that its shiny new components are allowed to click together.

It’s getting there, so just try to sit tight and let it happen.

@Mark_Jones86

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