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Alexis Sanchez scored two in the first half as Arsenal beat Hull City comfortably to draw even with Manchester City in second place with a match in hand.

Sanchez's first goal had a touch of luck to it as his free kick deflected off of Michael Dawson's head to wrong-foot Steve Harper. Sanchez watched as Santi Cazorla provided Arsenal's second goal as he fed Aaron Ramsey with a ball from deep that allowed the Welshman to turn neatly and loop a slightly deflected ball over the again-helpless Steve Harper. Sanchez capped off the first half with a smoothly taken goal from an Aaron Ramsey pass. Ramsey put the Chilean in and he rounded Harper to slot it into the open net. Arsenal gave up a Stephen Quinn headed goal in the 56th minute but closed it out for the 3-1 win.
May 4 - 4:51 PM

Arsene Wenger made it 4-games unchanged as Arsenal travelled to the KC Stadium on Monday knowing that a comprehensive victory would steal second place back from rivals Manchester City. However the Gunners’ did recall Tomas Rosicky to the bench as injury ruled Danny Welbeck out.

The England international was not available for selection because of knee inflammation although Wenger confirmed the "problem did not look serious." It is envisaged Welbeck will be available for the visit of Swansea next weekend [if not] then certainly for the Manchester United game 6-days later. The Arsenal physio room is looking unusually sparse these days with only Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain [groin] and Mathieu Debuchy [hamstring] receiving treatment which has coincided with a major upturn in league form.
May 4 - 4:37 PM

Francis Coquelin continues to rack up interceptions and tackles but his fantasy value is held back by fouls committed and yellow cards, especially in big matches.

Francis Coquelin has been a revelation since he ascended to the starting line-up in mid-season. Coquelin is among the league leaders in tackles and interceptions on a per/match basis. His fantasy value would be higher, however, if he can start to take some of the fouls and cards out of his game. Against Chelsea he intercepted five passes, won two tackles and blocked a shot while participating in a clean sheet. Unfortunately for those who invested he gave much of that productivity back by committing three fouls and being cautioned. There is still room to grow given his relative inexperience in the top flight but it may well be that Arsenal need him to be combative in a way that is good for the team but not as good for fantasy productivity.
Source: Yahoo.com
Apr 29 - 11:17 PM

Hector Bellerin started one of Arsenal's biggest matches of the season with Mathieu Debuchy healthy and available.

It appears that the starting right back position has transitioned from Mathieu Debuchy to Hector Bellerin without a great deal of fanfare. Even with Debuchy out for two extended spells this season, few would have predicted Bellerin's rise early in the season. With Debuchy out and Callum Chambers unable to stake a claim to the role, Bellerin was given a run of matches out of desperation and far surpassed expectations. Now that Debuchy is back he may find himself a reserve for the rest of the season and heading into next season as well.
Source: Yahoo.com
Apr 29 - 11:11 PM

Arsenal's attack wasn't up to the challenge of breaking down Chelsea's defense but the Gunners' defense held firm for a clean sheet draw.

Laurent Koscielny led the way for an Arsenal defense that all scored well in the nil-nil draw at the Emirates on Sunday. In addition to the clean sheet, the France international produced three passes intercepted, a blocked shot, and a tackle while being fouled twice. It wasn't an exceptional outing but it was about as much as you could expect with Chelsea conceding possession for the second consecutive week.
Source: Yahoo.com
Apr 29 - 11:07 PM

It was a story of non-penalties as David Ospina, Santi Cazorla and Gary Cahill all avoided having penalties called against them as Arsenal and Chelsea drew nil-nil at the Emirates.

Of the three penalty decisions perhaps the most controversial was David Ospina taking out Oscar at the top of the box. Hector Bellerin cleared Oscar's shot off the line. The Chelsea number ten had to be removed at halftime with concussion fears. The match ended nil-nil with very few chances from open play.
Source: espnfc.com
Apr 26 - 1:22 PM

With Per Mertesacker doubtful through an ankle injury, Gabriel is highly likely to start Arsenal's Week 34 match-up with Chelsea at the Emirates.

With Gabriel highly likely to start, the question is what his value might be to fantasy managers. The immediate reaction is that there is significant downside risk as Arsenal's record against Chelsea when Mourinho has been the manager has been dismal. There is also the evidence presented last weekend where even in a possession-heavy match, Manchester United's defenders didn't score well in most fantasy formats. If you need a starter in unique ownership formats and Gabriel is available then he might be worth a risk but in salary cap formats the downside seems much more significant than the upside.
Source: espnfc.com
Apr 24 - 10:58 AM

Per Mertesacker is doubtful for Arsenal's Week 34 showdown with Chelsea at the Emirates after picking up an ankle injury against Reading in the FA Cup Semi-final.

Would Mertesacker missing the Chelsea match be good news or bad news for Arsenal? At his best, Mertesacker provides a steady aerial presence at both ends of the pitch for Arsenal while committing few mistakes. At his worst, as he was in the loss to Monaco at the Emirates, Mertesacker's gangly frame and sometimes awkward gate allow smaller, faster, more agile players to give him fits. With Chelsea's attack featuring a number of diminutive attackers - Hazard, Oscar, Willian, etc - it may be a good thing that Arsenal are likely to start Koscielny and Gabriel at center back rather than Mertesacker.
Source: espnfc.com
Apr 24 - 10:54 AM

An injury picked up by Per Mertesacker during the FA Cup win over Reading could hand Gabriel Paulista an extended run in the first team.

The full extent of the problem is not yet known but Wenger did confirm post-match "Mertesacker limps badly so it doesn't look too good," while the player said he "hobbled off after twisting his ankle." The semi-final side featured the returning Mathieu Debuchy – out since January – as Hector Bellerin was rested due to an ankle complaint while Jack Wilshere also made the bench. With Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain [groin] the only other player currently injured the Arsenal treatment room is beginning to clear at exactly the right time. Mikel Arteta and Abou Diaby will also be considered for a return to first team action very soon having stepped up their fitness by featuring for the under-21s in recent weeks.
Apr 21 - 10:30 AM

Speaking ahead of Arsenal's FA Cup semi-final against Reading, Arsene Wenger indicated that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is "...at least two weeks away."

The England midfielder has had a strong season when he has been available but he has continued to fight minor injuries throughout the season. The injuries have prevented Oxlade-Chamberlain from challenging Danny Welbeck for the attacking spot to the right of Olivier Giroud or from gaining more experience as a deeper-lying central midfielder (where Arsene Wenger has occasionally suggested the Ox might end up eventually). The performances have been better than last season but it still has to be considered something of a lost season for the promising 21-year-old.
Source: Arsenal.com
Apr 16 - 11:27 AM

Jack Wilshere wasn't deemed ready for even the bench against Burnley but he played 88 healthy minutes for Arsenal's U21 side against Reading on Monday.

Wilshere's fate for the balance of the season still isn't clear. With Arsenal having won eight matches on the trot, Arsene Wenger doesn't have a great deal of motivation to switch things up. With Ramsey, Ozil, and Cazorla are the three players who Wilshere could conceivably replace and Ozil and Cazorla are both playing very well while Ramsey needs minutes as much as Wilshere does after his own injury issues. The FA Cup semi-final against Reading represents an opportunity to play Wilshere with relatively low risk but that doesn't do much for fantasy Premier League managers. Wilshere's next significant opportunity may have to wait until Arsenal have comfortably secured a top three spot and been eliminated from the title race officially.
Source: Arsenal.com
Apr 14 - 5:03 PM

Alexis Sanchez didn't contribute a goal or an assist but he scored big on phantom points to make it two big weekends in a row.

Last weekend it was a goal and an assist against Liverpool driving Alexis' fantasy points total. Against Burnley, the final product wasn't there but there was plenty just beneath the surface to make fantasy managers happy. The Chilean contributed three shots on target, suffered four fouls, intercepted three passes, won two tackles, and won a corner. A solid day's work if you're not going to score.
Source: Yahoo.com
Apr 14 - 4:55 PM

Aaron Ramsey got a match-winning goal for Arsenal against Burnley win Week 32 but his overall game still isn't back to it's best.

Fantasy managers who picked Ramsey won't argue with the results but it smacked of good fortune rather than a wise choice. Ramsey's only shot on target came from a scramble in front of the net. He scored it and it turned out to be the match-winner so his fantasy numbers looked good. What he didn't do was contribute much else (one blocked shot, one corner won, one pass intercepted). When he was at his best last season he was contributing all over the park and the goals just put him over the top. Right now he seems to be dependent on goals and assists to make him a valuable fantasy commodity. That's not unusual for a midfielder but his price in most formats is probably too high to justify that situation.
Source: Yahoo.com
Apr 14 - 4:53 PM

Hector Bellerin kept his place in the Arsenal line-up in Week 32 despite the presence of a healthy Mathieu Debuchy.

Hector Bellerin has been a conundrum for fantasy managers over the past two weeks since Mathieu Debuchy has resumed full training. Most managers missed out on Bellerin's goal against Liverpool because they were worried he might revert to the bench with the presumed starter Debuchy healthy again. The same worry applied in Week 32 where a lower profile opponent gave Arsene Wenger the option to start Debuchy again. Wenger stuck with Bellerin and the "will he or won't he" debate seems likely to continue for the balance of the season. Start either player at your own risk unless/until Wenger makes his plans clear.
Source: Yahoo.com
Apr 14 - 4:48 PM

David Ospina led an Arsenal defense that put up strong defensive fantasy numbers across the board.

There wasn't a ton of attacking value to be found for Arsenal at Turf Moor in Week 32 but there were defending points aplenty. David Ospina collected a win, clean sheet and four saves to lead the way. Ospina hasn't been as prolific as you might expect given Arsenal's win streak because they haven't been keeping a ton of clean sheets but with Saturday's clean sheet came a points outburst regardless of the format you play.
Source: Yahoo.com
Apr 14 - 4:44 PM



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