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Mesut Ozil continued his re-awakening with a solid attacking performance for Arsenal in Week 6 against Spurs.

The German play-maker had been slumping until his breakout effort against Aston Villa in Week 5. While he didn't reach those heights in Week 6 neither was he the peripheral figure that we saw in Weeks 1-4 either. The World Cup winner managed a shot on target, a corner won, and three successful crosses while being fouled three times as well. He looked even better once he moved infield and Alexis Sanchez came on.
Sep 30 - 4:22 PM

Kieran Gibbs continued his effective play when healthy with a strong contribution for Arsenal against Spurs in Week 6.

The Arsenal left back has quietly been very good at the little things when he has started this season. He showed off his versatility this past weekend with six intercepted passes and a tackle won to go along with two successful crosses and four corners won. Those are good totals for fantasy purposes in their own right but it also speaks to a potential break out match coming as some of that attacking product turns into assists or even the odd goal.
Sep 30 - 4:18 PM

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain finally broke out with a significant fantasy performance on the strength of scoring Arsenal's only goal against Spurs in Week 6.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has seen increased playing time thus far in this campaign due to injuries to Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud and others. Thus far, his contributions for both real and fantasy purposes have been modest as he has looked to find an end product at the end of his runs at defenders. His emphatic goal to draw Arsenal even ended that modest run but it may come too late as Theo Walcott is likely to reclaim his starting spot in the not-too-distant future. Bet on only one more start for The Ox against Chelsea to allow Walcott the international break and a slightly less high profile fixture before he returns. On the bright side, he did contribute additional attacking stats (2 SOTs, 3 SCs, 2 CWs) but had his fantasy total limited by picking up a yellow card.
Sep 30 - 4:14 PM

Ander Herrera's return to the Manchester United starting line-up was a brief one with the midfielder playing three matches before breaking a rib against West Ham.

The season-opening review of Ander Herrera was that he looked "light-weight" but that was directed more at his performance than his ability to stay healthy in the Premier League. After missing three weeks with an injury sustained in the opener, Herrera scored two goals in three matches before fracturing a rib against West Ham in Week 6 action. He will miss the Week 7 match against Everton for sure and may well continue to miss time after the international break as well.
Source: foo
Sep 30 - 12:12 PM

Olivier Giroud may not be fit to play but apparently his writing hand is in working order as he penned a new deal that will keep him at the club through 2018.

The Frenchman broke his tibia in Arsenal's furious comeback against Everton earlier in the season and won't be back until early 2015 but his new contract, believed to be for £80,000-a-week, will see him stay at the Emirates into his early 30s. With Danny Welbeck now on board to give him competition it will be fascinating to see how Arsene Wenger doles out the playing time between the two forwards in the event they're ever healthy at the same time.
Source: The Mirror
Sep 30 - 9:50 AM

Diego Costa has been cleared to start in Chelsea's Champions League match against Sporting Lisbon this week.

Jose Mourinho said over the weekend that Costa does almost no training or physical activity between matches and spends the majority of his time recovering. The Chelsea striker has been cleared to play against Sporting and will start, but Mourinho also hopes the goal scoring machine can recover in time to face Arsenal over the weekend. If Chelsea build a lead against Sporting, don't be surprised to see Loic Remy come in off the bench as soon as possible.
Source: Sky Sports
Sep 30 - 12:02 AM

Didier Drogba has been ruled out of Chelsea's match against Sporting Lisbon with an ankle injury.

Drogba is out for a few weeks as he has aggravated an ankle injury in training. He is also ruled out for Sunday's match against Arsenal, which is a big blow for Chelsea fans who remember Drogba's scoring record against the Gunners. Diego Costa has been cleared to play against Sporting tomorrow and will start, while Loic Remy will be his backup. With Drogba out, Chelsea's decision to purchase Remy looks better and better every day.
Source: Sky Sports
Sep 29 - 11:44 PM

Chelsea midfielder Willian was the star of the weekend's 3-0 win over Aston Villa.

Willian put in a lot of work in this match, running around endlessly to close down the opposition in their half and to find space behind the defense. He ended up with a goal and an assist and was involved in the other Chelsea goal. The Blues have a bit of a jam at attacking midfielder, but whenever Willian starts, he is a solid option for fantasy managers. Expect him to play more as we get into the busy part of the season with Capital One Cup and Champions League competitions also on the horizon.
Source: Sky Sports
Sep 29 - 11:38 PM

Leicester City defender Liam Moore believes the club need to learn how to win ugly.

That's a fairly accurate lesson Moore has learned from the weekend. Leicester conceded two ugly goals from Crystal Palace, both results of set-pieces, that led to their 2-0 loss. It was an overall scrappy game from start to finish, and it's those close one that usually determine whether a team achieves their goal. Leicester's goal is to stay in the Premier League, and they'll need to win a few close ones along the way to ensure they reach that goal.
Source: Sky Sports
Sep 29 - 11:34 PM

James Tomkins was fined for assaulting a police officer and being drunk and disorderly in public.

Tomkins was fined £3,500 but has escaped without further punishment. He is also expected to be punished by West Ham and that penalty will also likely be financial. We don't expect to see Tomkins miss time due to the incident and he should be able to continue featuring in West Ham's starting XI.
Source: West Ham
Sep 29 - 11:30 PM

Peter Crouch scored for the second straight week with a header in the 15th minute, and Stoke City held on to take the points in the 1-0 final over Newcastle.

Also like last week, Victor Moses was the architect for most of the evening and is shaping up to have a fine season with the Potters after being an afterthought at Anfield last year. Moses sent in the cross that Crouch would beat Fabricio Coloccini to in order to score. Mame Diouf had to exit the game early due to injury and there should be details on that soon, but Stephen Ireland made a return from his own injury to play the final half hour.

Christian BENteke took a big step towards a return to first team action after the striker played for over an hour on Monday for the Aston Villa development side marking his first appearance since March with a goal from the penalty spot.

Benteke stepped up his rehabilitation after almost six months out with a solid performance for the Under-21 side against Bolton Wanderers this afternoon providing Paul Lambert with a tricky decision ahead of the weekend’s visit of Manchester City. The striker joined the first-team squad in training over two weeks ago and has performed well suffering no adverse reaction to his recent injury with the Villa coach hinting at a potential return. The Claret and Blues have started well and currently sit sixth following a tricky set of opening fixtures but their position relies heavily on a tight defence having only scored four times this campaign [drawing blanks in four of their seven games] and the temptation to include his top scorer from the last two seasons must be growing as each game week ticks by.
Source: ESPN
Sep 29 - 5:19 PM

Striker Stevan Jovetic is back in contention for Manchester City after recovering from the thigh injury which he picked up during training while on international duty with Montenegro at the beginning of September.

The return of Jovetic provides a welcome boost for Pellegrini as City approach a busy footballing period [after the international break] both domestically and across Europe which will see them play 7 games within 21 days easing pressure on his attacking teammates. Having suffered from a number of muscular issues throughout 2014 Sergio Aguero needs to be managed carefully leaving Edin Dzeko as the only other recognised striker within the first team squad; although youngster Jose Angel Pozo did impress during the Capital One Cup recently and won’t be far from a league debut if he continues in the same rich vein of form.
Source: BT Sport
Sep 29 - 4:20 PM

Mixed injury news for Arsenal ahead of their UEFA Champions League home tie against Galatasaray on Wednesday as Jack Wilshere could be available but Aaron Ramsey and Mikel Arteta are ruled out.

With a history of ankle problems the sight of Jack Wilshere limping to the sidelines is a cause for big concern but Arsene Wenger gave a positive update from the Emirates today confirming the England midfielder suffered no significant damage and could play midweek – although Chelsea on Sunday maybe more realistic. However the news regarding teammates Arteta [calf] and Ramsey [hamstring] is not so good with the pair ruled out for three weeks and a month respectively. Laurent Koscielny will also face a late fitness test as he continues to manage an ongoing Achilles problem.
Source: ESPN
Sep 29 - 3:47 PM

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey will reportedly miss between a month and six weeks after sustaining a hamstring injury against Spurs on Saturday.

Arsenal's midfield injury crisis appears to be coming a little early this season with Arteta (for the second time), Wilshere, and Ramsey all limping off in the North London Derby. Wilshere may yet be fit for Arsenal's big upcoming matches (Galatasaray on Wednesday and Chelsea on Sunday) but Ramsey and Arteta are both certain to miss out. At least the international break is coming at the right time for the Gunners who may also get Theo Walcott back soon.
Sep 29 - 1:06 PM

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