Two seasons, two trophy winning signings, two FA Cups, one community shield and a few million Arsenal fans wanting MORE for the next season. In the last two seasons Arsenal have made what I call “trophy winning signings” with them recruiting Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, it is no surprise that since then Arsenal have brought silverware back to the Emirates in consecutive seasons. With the 2015/16 season coming up, Arsenal fans are wanting more, they don’t just want FA Cups, they want the Premier League and the signing of Petr Cech is another “trophy winning signing” and has brought them a step closer. This is why I feel Arsenal is a great team to choose your players from for the upcoming fantasy football season and a great team to score you some points.
With the new season coming very fast, it is time for us to start planning our fantasy football teams. Arsenal have a bagful of players to choose from that will be scoring points week in and week out, but who is the star man? Who is the hidden gem in that team? Here I will be giving my verdict on who I believe is the star man and hidden gem for Arsenal and be telling you why you should bring them into your teams for the upcoming season!
STAR MAN – Alexis Sanchez (11.0m)
You guessed it, Alexis Sanchez. The Chilean has tons of momentum coming into the new season with him recently scoring the winning penalty in the Copa America final against Argentina. Not only does he have tons of momentum but he has tons of ability as well which is why it’s no surprise he is Arsenal’s most expensive player costing you 11.0m. Although the price is high and Sanchez will take a chunk out of your budget, it is most definitely worth it as we all saw last season when he proved himself to be a Premier League star scoring a huge 16 goals and assisting 8 for his teammates. If you want guaranteed; goals, assists and bonus points then Alexis Sanchez is your man and Arsenal’s star man for the 2015/16 season.
HIDDEN GEM – Santi Cazorla (8.5m)
The hidden gem is a tough one to choose for Arsenal because the majority of their players are regular international players and very well known. But the hidden gem to me is a player that scores bags of points but doesn’t get as chosen as much compared to other players and that is the reason why I have chose Santi Cazorla for the hidden gem.
Santi Cazorla was the penalty taker for Arsenal last season and is always available take the occasional free-kick or corner. Cazorla has shown the world that he is a consistent performer in the Premier League. We have had the joy of having him in England for three seasons now and he has averaged 7.6 goals a season and 10 assists a season across that period of time. Last season the Spaniard scored 7 goals and assisted 11 times with him only costing 8.4m which is cheap for that points return. This season he will cost you 8.5m and you can expect the same return or more! Cazorla is the hidden gem for Arsenal as while everyone is picking Ozil, Sanchez and Ramsey, you can go for Cazorla and gain points over those managers.
By Tom Mellor.