After Arsenal’s first finish outside the top-4 in 21 years, the Gunners enter a season with a decent amount of uncertainty. Alexis Sánchez and Mesut Özil, the top two scorers for Arsenal in the FPL last year, are nearing the ends of their contracts with no sign of extensions, and there’s still time this transfer session for one or either of them to move. As usual they have a bevy of talented but oft injured midfielders and solid defenders, but the real treat this year is the expensive new striker Alexandre Lacazette, who comes over from Lyon after scoring 28 goals last year.
With that said, what this forebodes from a fantasy perspective is uncertain as well. However, this is obviously a high-obtain offense with a lot of talented players who cannot be ignored. The trick with this team is steering clear of the higher risk players (Hi Theo Walcott!) and obviously, reading the future about Alexis’s standing within the organization.
Love: Alexis Sánchez. Rumors or not, this is Alexis’s team full-stop until he isn’t on the team anymore and you don’t move away from the top scorer in the league that easily. If anything, the addition of Lacazette will add to the opportunities the team will get overall.
Hate: Sead Kolasinac. The new transfer in looks to get a good amount of run, and can definitely feed into attacking down the wings to involve himself in the offense. This rating is justified solely to the price compared to numerous other defenders, even on his own team. Without the track record to support it, there’s enough other options that the risk just isn’t worth it.
Surprise: Alex Iwobi. This is obviously a reach given the glut at midfield, but if Iwobi can get consistent run based on some last minute transfer shuffling or injuries, the payoff could be huge.