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Arsenal's defensive injury woes were alleviated by the availability of Bacary Sagna and Keiran Gibbs who were uncertain coming out of the weekend.

With the seemingly serious injury to Laurent Koscielny, the health of Sagna, Gibbs, and Monreal (who returned as a late-match substitute after missing out over the weekend) is critical to Arsenal. PhysioRoom.com are reporting that Vermaelen will be out until mid-to-late September which means Arsenal will likely move Sagna in to partner Mertesacker with Monreal/Gibbs on the left and Jenkinson on the right. Tell us again why Arsenal hasn't purchased someone like Etienne Capoue who can play both as a holding midfielder (last weekend's emergency need) and center back (the current disaster).
Thu, Aug 22, 2013 09:14:00 AM

Italian giants AC Milan are reportedly interested in Chelsea striker Fernando Torres.

Torres is surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge at the moment with Diego Costa and Didier Drogba in front of him and Chelsea may want to get back some of the money they paid for him. The Spanish striker hasn't been the same since coming to Chelsea but still has a few years left of football for him and has the potential to be a goal scorer once again. Milan are also interested in Marco van Ginkel, although Chelsea are unlikely to sell him.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 27 - 11:25 PM

Southampton are reportedly after Belgium international Toby Alderweireld.

Alderweireld is a good defender who would be a likely starter at Southampton. He can play both center-back and right-back, so it's not certain where exactly he'll line up, but he will immediately improve the Saints already solid defense. The Saints are also in pursuit of Tottenham's Andros Townsend, who would add an exciting option to their attack.
Source: DailyEcho
Aug 27 - 11:56 PM

Aston Villa forward Gabby Agbonlahor has been terrible for fantasy managers in the first two weeks of the season.

Agbonlahor had negative four points in week two after finishing with just one point in the first match. The forward has struggled to rack up any kind of fantasy stats and committed four fouls in week two to make matters worse. Gabby has never been a premium option, and with no good strikers at Villa to get at the end of his chances, his fantasy potential remains fairly low. When Christian Benteke returns, Agbonlahor's value will rise, but he will only be an option in the deepest of leagues.
Aug 28 - 12:04 AM

Tottenham have signed defender Federico Fazio from Sevilla on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

Fazio was highly rated in La Liga, has won two caps for Argentina and won the Europa League with Sevilla last season. The central-defender has been brought in to replace Michael Dawson and will compete with Younes Kaboul and Vlad Chiriches for the right to partner first choice Jan Vertonghen in the heart of the Tottenham back-line.
Source: BBC Sport
Aug 27 - 3:23 PM

Alexis Sanchez repaid the majority of his transfer fee when he scored the lone goal of the home and away Champions League qualifying fixture against Besiktas on Wednesday.

It was a nervy time as, for the second time in the two match fixture, Arsenal went down to 10 men as Mathieu Debuchy was sent off for seeing two yellow cards. Before the French international was sent off his fellow new arrival Sanchez scored in first half stoppage time. Sanchez and Debuchy both had chances in the second half to double the lead but neither could convert. After that it was edge-of-seats time as Arsenal defended desperately and eventually saw out a 1-0 win. The theme of the season so far has been "ugly but effective" for Arsenal and that continued today.
Source: espnfc.com
Aug 27 - 4:54 PM

The scoreline was misleading as Sunderland struggled for much of the day but scored three late goals to make it look like an easy 3-0 over Birmingham City in the Capital One Cup.

Connor Wickham and Adam Johnson and the entire Sunderland side looked disjointed for much of the Capital One Cup match-up against Birmingham City but Jordi Gomez's goal in the 77th minute sparked them. Johnson (87th) and Wickham (88th) scored rapid fire goals late on to seal the tie for the Black Cats. It won't be one that they can take much from but in a week when Manchester United, Aston Villa, and QPR all went down to lower league opposition they can at least take solace in the fact that they are moving on and in a month no one will remember how they got to the final scoreline.
Source: espnfc.com
Aug 27 - 5:10 PM

It wasn't as impressive as Week 1 but Aaron Ramsey continues to churn out the fantasy points even as Arsenal struggle with their attacking form.

With 13 points in the Yahoo format and 9 in the PL.com format, Aaron Ramsey has overcome Arsenal's mediocre attacking start to the season to be a fantasy star. The Welsh midfielder's fast start to the season is far less of a surprise after he took a massive leap forward last season, the only thing he had left to prove was that his performance wasn't a one-year wonder. After two matches, the only question remaining is whether he can stay healthy enough to put together an entire season of excellence.
Source: Yahoo.com
Aug 27 - 9:26 AM

Nacho Monreal deputized for Kieran Gibbs against Everton in Week 2 and provided one of the few exceptional fantasy performances for the Gunners with 10 points in the Yahoo game and 6 in PL.com.

With relatively few Arsenal players cracking double digits in the Yahoo game, Giroud and Ramsey being the other two, Monreal's performance is worth noting. It is always worth evaluating Arsenal's reserve left back because Kieran Gibbs is injured so frequently. Monreal's performance was strong mostly due to his assist on Olivier Giroud's goal so unless you think Monreal is going to become an assist machine, this probably isn't a performance likely to be replicated.
Source: Yahoo.com
Aug 27 - 9:31 AM

Nikica Jelavic's Week 2 performance wasn't great but it was the best Hull City could muster in their 1-1 draw with Stoke City.

Breaking double digits in the Yahoo format is a solid barometer that you've had a good fantasy week. Nikica Jelavic can be satisfied that he hit that mark on the strength of his opportunistic opener against the Potters. Where fantasy managers will worry is that he didn't do much else of note during the match. Goals are hard to predict and it's even harder to pick a forward who gets few points other than the goals.
Source: Yahoo.com
Aug 27 - 9:34 AM

Antonio Valencia showed that he is up to the task of being a right wing back with a strong all-around performance in Week 2 for Manchester United.

One of only two United players in double digits in fantasy in Week 2, Mata was the other, Antonio Valencia had a strong match when it came to the "phantom points" that the Yahoo format gives out. Named a Joel Ward All-Star by the Rotoworld.com Monday Morning Manager for Week 2 for his combination of blocked shots (1), tackles won (6) and passes intercepted (3) this is the sort of performance that can be repeated because it wasn't driven by goals, assists or clean sheets which are harder to predict.
Source: Yahoo.com
Aug 27 - 9:42 AM

Not ordinarily a fantasy stand-out, Youssouf Mulumbu put up 18 points in the Yahoo format despite only 3 in the PL.com game as West Brom got a clean sheet.

It's hard to say how many clean sheets the Baggies will get this year but if Joel Ward All-Star Youssouf Mulumbu continues to put up great phantom point numbers like he did in Week 2, they'll definitely have more than expected. With eight tackles won, six passes intercepted and a blocked shot he got to 18 fantasy points in the Yahoo format despite not getting credit for the clean sheet as a midfielder and not scoring any attacking-related points. Strong effort from the holding midfielder.
Source: Yahoo.com
Aug 27 - 9:46 AM






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