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Thomas Vermaelen claims not to be worried yet but despite being captain he has hardly been playing at all this season.

With Belgium looking incredibly strong heading into the World Cup and Vermaelen not seeing much playing time a January move - either permanently or on loan - may be in the cards. It is hard to argue with the results Arsenal have been producing with Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny as the starting duo in central defense. With Vermaelen not even getting minutes in the Premier League as a substitute but still critical to the club having depth it will be interesting to see how Arsenal approach any request that the player might make. Lacking any other starting quality center backs, Arsenal would have to buy one or two as replacements should Vermaelen leave in January.
Mon, Oct 21, 2013 11:02:00 AM

Aston Villa's Charles N'Zogbia was fairly average in his first match of the season but his fantasy upside remains high.

The Villa midfielder has missed a long time due to injury and this was his first competitive match in over a year. WIth that in mind, he was still able to put a shot on target, win two fouls, and complete a cross for a total of six fantasy points. That was with him only playing 70 minutes. This sort of production should be expected from N'Zogbia and a goal or an assist would have made this a great fantasy day. If he continues to play and take free kicks, N'Zogbia can provide a good fantasy floor with a huge upside.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 19 - 11:16 PM

Andre Schurrle started and played spectacularly in Chelsea's win over Burnley yesterday.

Schurrle had an amazing World Cup, winning the trophy with Germany, and has taken his form to the Premier League. Chelsea played really well with Cesc Fabregas organizing the attack from the middle and that allowed Eden Hazard and Andre Schurrle to make great runs down the flanks. One of those runs resulted in a brilliant goal for Schurrle. The German winger can score and create chances for his teammates and seems like the number one choice at right-wing this year. Willian will certainly get playing time but we'd feel safe about using Schurrle in fantasy.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 19 - 10:28 PM

Thibaut Courtois has won the goalkeeper battle at Chelsea and he played well in the Blues' first match of the season.

Courtois is a fantastic young goalkeeper who just beat Petr Cech to the starting job. The young Belgian keeper has called upon Cech to stay at Chelsea. Petr Cech is still of fantastic quality but it's unknown if he'll remain at the club as a backup, especially considering the fact that top European clubs will be after his services. Regardless of Cech's choice, Courtois seems to be booked on as the number one goalkeeper at Chelsea and should be great fantasy value playing behind the Premier League's best defense.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 19 - 10:39 PM

Calum Chambers has played in two official matches plus the Community Shield and has looked very much the part of a strong buy.

Still a few months short of his 20th birthday, Calum Chambers has looked every bit the rising star that Arsenal paid Southampton for. Per Mertesacker's extended summer break has given the versatile Chambers a chance to start earlier than expected in his Arsenal career. So far the evidence is strong that this is a good buy even if he gets fewer minutes as the season goes on.
Aug 19 - 9:05 PM

After a month on the side-lines Michael Carrick is closing in on a return following ankle surgery back in July.

The Manchester United midfielder suffered an injury during training just as Louis van Gaal took charge and only days before the clubs pre-season tour of America. The Dutchman is said to be a big admirer of the exiled Geordie prompting sections of the media to speculate that the 33 year-old would be the next United captain although a place in the starting eleven is by no means guaranteed following the summer arrival of Ander Herrera. Carrick is due to have his protective cast removed within the next two weeks and will target Everton who visit Old Trafford on October 5th for a return to action.
Source: ESPN
Aug 19 - 4:27 PM

Aaron Ramsey will miss the second leg of Arsenal's UCL group stage qualifying tie with Besiktas in North London after being shown two yellow cards in Istanbul.

Arsenal will have to hope they have Mesut Ozil back and better form from Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla who were both off the mark. They will definitely be missing Aaron Ramsey who will be suspended for the match at the Emirates. Arsenal return home needing a win in the return fixture after the first leg ended nil-nil despite multiple good chances for both sides.
Aug 19 - 4:39 PM

Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Julio Cesar has flown to Portugal for talks with Benfica.

34-year-old Cesar was Brazil's number one at the World Cup, but he's being kept out of the QPR side by Rob Green, having not played a game for Rangers since April 2013. Reports suggest the keeper's wages are astronomically high and the hierarchy are keen to off-load him as quickly as possible to free up some salary funds for new acquisitions.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 19 - 10:58 AM

Bookmakers have suspended betting on Malky Mackay becoming the next Crystal Palace manager.

The majority of the UK sports media are reporting this as pretty much done, with Palace chairman Steve Parish set to appoint ex-Cardiff manager Malky Mackay to replace Tony Pulis. If confirmed, Mackay would join up with Cardiff's former head of recruitment Iain Moody at Selhurst Park, with the task of keeping the Eagles in the Premier League.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 19 - 11:09 AM

Defenders Matija Nastasic and Micah Richards, midfielder Scott Sinclair and striker John Guidetti look to be heading out of Manchester City.

While the departures of Richards, Sinclair and Guidetti are to be expected given their injuries / lack of impact over the past two seasons, the decision to allow Nastasic to leave is slightly surprising. The Serbian defender was first choice partner to Vincent Kompany for much of last season before injury let in Martin Demichelis and with Joleon Lescott leaving he could still have the chance to play an important squad role, despite Eliaquim Mangala's arrival. However, Manuel Pellegrini has stated he needs to trim his squad and wants to give Nastasic the chance to play football. "He is an important player, but he has offers and I think the best thing for him is to play. We will see what happens, but we have until the end of August to see what kind of offers we get."
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 19 - 4:41 AM

Emanuele Giaccherini will return to first team duties after the international break as Sunderland take no risks in his recovery from a muscular injury.

Sunderland coach Gus Poyet confirmed the Italian international will be back to face Tottenham Hotspur on September 13th as the winger continues his recovery from a groin problem. Giaccherini sustained the injury during the clubs final pre-season match against Udinese and Poyet is being particularly cautious about rushing the player back. Typically a grade one tear can side-line a player for between 2/3 weeks but the Blacks Cats manager is not prepared to risk a potential return prior to ensure Giaccherini has fully recovered. Billy Jones is back in full training after missing Saturdays draw at The Hawthorns.
Aug 19 - 7:45 AM

Yaya Sanogo will miss Arsenals’ trip to Turkey after the Arsenal striker suffered a hamstring injury during the last gasp win over Crystal Palace.

Arsene Wenger confirmed during today’s pre-match press conference that Yaya Sanogo and Kieran Gibbs will remain at clubs training facility after the duo suffered hamstring injuries on Saturday . The full extent of the problem is not yet known although Gibbs could for out for between 2/3 weeks, however Laurent Koscielny is likely to recover from an Achilles injury while Mathieu Flamini with also re-join the squad. Arsenal travel to Turkey to take on Besiktas in a UEFA Champions League play-off game.
Source: Express
Aug 18 - 4:45 PM




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