Arsenal Fantasy Wonders:
The fantasy football scene is in full swing at present, and with more and more people taking on the fantasy sports betting scene the competition is strong and you must be looking to fill your Arsenal quota by now. The most obvious inclusion from last year would have had the majority of picks including Mesut Ozil and Petr Cech, but we have seen a new system put into place this term, bringing the best out of others also.
Alexis Sanchez has been moved to centre-forward this term, and the move has brought the best out of Theo Walcott, as well as himself, while opening up space for Mesut Ozil to get into goalscoring opportunities more often also.
The English winger is most definitely in his richest form of his Gunners career, and has already matched his goalscoring tally in the league of the last three years. Walcott has also notched up two assists, adding his five league goals to have played his part in seven in his nine outings this term.
Alexis should also be very high on the shortlist to be included in your fantasy team, as he is relishing his new role in the side, but there is the possibility that Olivier Giroud could well be selected to play up front now he has returned to fitness, and the Chilean could suffer if he is benched or put back in his previous role.
Laurent Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi have hit the ground running since being paired at centre-back this term, and the former has shown great leadership since returning late from his Euro 2016 antics, and would be my preferred pick of the two, with his headed goals being a huge plus. These two make life much easier for Petr Cech, who is the most consistent goalkeeper the Premier League has ever seen, and he has already added four clean sheets to his ever-growing list of shut-outs.
Hector Bellerin is also well worth looking at for a role in your side, with his consistent defensive displays, as well as his forward runs giving him a big chance of adding to his one assist of the term.
Alex Iwobi has been great since making his breakthrough earlier in 2016, but I fear that with the wealth of options that Arsene Wenger will be eager not to over-use the young star.
Olivier Giroud, Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey, Nacho Monreal and Granit Xhaka are certain to play a big role in our title push, but they’re not guaranteed first-team football consistently for the rest of the season, and I’d opt to leave them out.
Mesut Ozil was our main man last year, setting up goal-scoring opportunities for fun, and will no doubt continue to be central to Wenger’s plans, and will continue to remain consistent in helping us with his goals and assists, but his price could be offputting, which is why I have left him out of my first picks.
Who are your picks for the fantasy side? Was I wrong to overlook anyone?