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Fantasy Football: Detailed Analysis: Arsenal: ESP's Top 3

It’s time to start considering who you are going to pick for yet another Official Premier League Fantasy Football Season. As you’re only allowed three players from each team, we at ESPSoccer, will be giving you our favourite three players from each team. Obviously, we need to take price, last season’s stats and our predictions for this season into account. Bear in mind also, that it’s worth steering clear of clubs that face a tough fixture list, when you’re making your final selection, which in case you don’t know includes 15 players in total (including 2 goalkeepers). I’d recommend playing three at the back and then selecting your most in-form midfielders and attackers in your first eleven. That’s my advice, for what it’s worth!
Now let’s move on to the club listed first alphabetically on the Premier League’s official Fantasy Football website: Arsenal's Fantasy Football squad.
1.       Last season’s top player at Arsenal was head and shoulders above the rest and that was Ozil. He racked up 200 points and only cost £9.5m. However, this year he will probably be more expensive and may be tired from his exertions at Euro 2016, so I’d look for other options.
2.       Bellerin represented excellent value-for-money last season, costing only £6.5m yet delivering those managers brave enough to select him (that included me!) a whopping 172 points. Can he go from strength to strength? I’d say it’s often two steps forwards, one step backwards with youngsters, so I’m looking for alternative defenders.
3.       Sanchez, like Ozil, may start the season jaded, thanks to the imposition of this summer’s international football. Last season, he was Arsenal’s third best player in fantasy-football terms with 167 points, but he’s expensive and unlikely to get off to a flier.
4.       Cech is Mr Reliable and what’s more he was cheap at only £5.5m. If the price remains the same, he’s well worth a punt. 1st choice.
5.       Giroud is not everyone’s cup of tea, but you could do worse than spend £9m on him, given his return last season of 156 points. 2nd choice.
6.       Much was expected of Koscielny last season (which is why I picked him from the start) and 153 points for a £6m outlay is not a bad return. The problem is can he improve on that? I’m not sure he can.
7.       The £6m-rated Monreal did extremely well last season, only finishing a point behind Koscielny. He’s a steady player, so I think I’ll consider going for him from the start this season. 3rd choice.
8.       Ramsey – too injury prone and too expensive.
9.       Walcott – lost his England place and his confidence almost simultaneously.
10.   Gabriel – not a guaranteed regular starter, although may start the season. Risk-takers may be interested in capturing him for £5m.
11.   Mertesacker – injured.
12.   Campbell – ended the season well. Could be worth a punt at £6m.
13.   Welbeck – injured.
14.   Coquelin – never go for defensive midfielders, as they offer a poor return.
15.   Cazorla – the £7.5m fee may put many off the industrious midfielder.
16.   Chamberlain – too injury-prone.
17.   Iwobi – unlikely to be able to recapture last season’s form.
18.   Jenkinson – is considered unlikely to be playing in Arsenal’s first match of the season.
19.   Gibbs – too injury-prone and behind Monreal in the pecking order.
20.   Elneny - might be worth taking a risk on, if his price remains at £5m.
21.   Chambers – cheap, but not so cheerful when playing for the first-team.
22.   Ospina – not cheap enough for a second-choice keeper.
23.   Wilshere – missed most of last season, and who’s to say he won’t get crocked again?
24.   Debuchy – unlikely to be at Arsenal much longer.
25.   Gnabry – has talent, but could be sold or sidelined.
26.   Holding – likely to be loaned out.
27.   Xhaka – if he’s only going to cost £5.5m, he might be worth a punt. However, I’d avoid new signings, especially if they have too many defensive duties.
28.   Sanogo – probably won’t figure in Arsenal’s first-team plans.
29.   Asano – likely to be loaned out.
So to summarise, I’d recommend you sign Cech, Giroud and Monreal if you insist on buying Arsenal players. Do look closely at the fixture list before you make that decision.

Good luck this season and look out for the next detailed analysis of a club’s squad. Next up is Bournemouth.

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