Fantasy EPL: Arsenal Team Preview
Our Arsenal Team Preview article takes an in-depth look at their prospects ahead of the new Fantasy EPL season. These hints and tips will provide essential information to enable you to get ahead of your Draft League competition during the pre-season!
We outline the prospects of each team for the upcoming season, highlight all major signings, give a predicted starting eleven for each team, and also a projection of the top scoring players for each team for the new season. Check back for regular updates to these Team Preview articles!
First up in our Premier League Team Preview’s is Unai Emery’s Arsenal side. The Gunners will be looking to bounce back after a somewhat disappointing season in 18/19!
🔫 Arsenal Team Preview 🔫
It was a decent first season in charge for Emery, but he’ll be disappointed with how it panned out. A Europa League Final win over Chelsea and Champions League qualification would have signaled a successful season for Arsenal, but it wasn’t to be. The Gunners were left with a 5th place finish in the Premier League, no silverware, and no Champions League football once again.
Arsenal were very poor at the back last season, which is something Emery will be very disappointed by; he’s usually a very stable and pragmatic manager. Too many individual mistakes cost Arsenal over the course of the season, resulting in many silly goals being conceded. The future of Aaron Ramsay, as well as the ongoing speculation surrounding Mesut Ozil, did not help with matters on the field. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette were the two shining lights for Emery’s side. Central midfielders Lucas Torreira and Matteo Gudendouzi also did well in their debut Premier League season.
Top Scoring 18/19 Players
Just the one signing so far, with Brazilian youngster Gabriel Martinelli joining for a small fee from Ituano. Arsenal are generally lacking money due to the lack of Champions League football once again. William Saliba looks set to join from St Etienne, but the young centre back is due to be loaned back immediately. However, club captain Laurent Koscielny has refused to go on Arsenal’s pre-season tour to America. The veteran wants to return to France, with Bordeaux the possible destination. Perhaps Saliba will join up with his new team mates this summer, if Koscielny does force through a move.
Elsewhere, the Gunners are being heavily linked with Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha, but it doesn’t look like they will be able to afford the Ivory Coast international. This one looks set to run all the way through to Transfer Deadline Day! The Gunners have had a £15 million bid for Kieran Tierney rejected by Celtic, but they are likely to go back with an improved offer. Mesut Ozil looks set to stay at the club, as his massive contract will put off most clubs.
Premier League Prospects
Arsenal will be in for a season much like the one just gone if they are unable to bring in any defensive recruits. The Gunners have plenty of attacking flair already, but the likes of Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan have been disappointing in recent seasons. Emery just needs to accept that this is the best he has in an attacking sense, and concentrate on sorting out the defence! Laurent Koscielny, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, and Shkodran Mustafi are not up to the task, and players need to be brought in to bolster the clean sheet potential. Bernd Leno played well during his debut season, but he needs more assured players in front of him.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette will score goals no matter what; they are the key men to target from Arsenal. We expect Arsenal to miss out on Champions League qualification once again. A 5th place finish in the Premier League looks likely once again.
Predicted League Position: 5th
Predicted Arsenal Starting Eleven
- Bellerin will come in at right back once he’s fully fit
- Koscielny now looks set to leave the club
- Guendouzi could oust Xhaka from the side after a good first season with Arsenal
- The attacking midfield slots are fairly up in the air at this stage…
Projected Top Scoring Players
Aubameyang is the obvious projected top scorer, after he outshone all of his team mates last season en route to the 13th highest overall score with 445 points. Aubameyang is a certain Top 6/7 pick in draft leagues this summer, and we expect more of the same. The Gabon international striker is a proven Premier League goalscorer, and will score goals for The Gunners no matter how badly they play! If you draft Aubameyang this summer, you won’t be disappointed. Aubameyang is the obvious marque attraction of our Arsenal Team Preview.
⚽️ Alexandre Lacazette ⚽️
The Frenchman played very well during his second season with Arsenal, and kept Aubameyang on the bench at times. Emery needs to work out how to best fit both of his strikers into the side, but no doubt Lacazette will score goals next season, and provide Fantrax managers with a great second or third round draft pick. He gained 13 goals and 8 assists last season, and we would expect a similar ratio this season; perhaps more if Emery manages to fit his best two players into the same team for the upcoming Premier League season.
Just 25 Premier League appearances, 6 goals, and 4 assists last season, but the Armenian international did score an average of just over 9 points per game. If Mkhitaryan can nail down a regular starting berth, can be a great asset to draft managers this season. There is a big IF in that sentence though, as the midfielder has struggled to find regular football since his arrival in the Premier League. Mkhitaryan is a talented footballer, but he’s very inconsistent. If he can maintain some form this season, he’ll be a worth while draft pick!
🎲 Honourable Mention: Alex Iwobi 🎲
Iwobi could potentially be in for a good season, if he can establish himself in the Arsenal starting eleven. The Nigerian international is now 23 years old, and gained a good amount of playing time last season. Iwobi started 22 games, and came on as a substitute 13 times. The winger scored 3 goals and gained 6 assists during these appearances. Iwobi did only gain an average of 7 points per game last season in the Premier League. If he is able to take advantage of inconsistent displays from his teammates, he could be in for a good season. Add the Nigerian to your watch list. If he’s still available towards the end of the draft, he could be worth a pick up.
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