Every day for the next 20 days, Seags will be bringing us his projections for each teams starting XI’s. They are subject to change with transfers/injuries, so we’ll update them prior to deadline. You will be able to go back and see each projection in the tab on the menus. Enjoy!
With a few handy inclusions into the Arsenal XI, Gooners all around the world will be expecting another bit of silverware in 2014.
Unfortunately for us FPL addicts, there looks like there will be a fair bit of rotation through Arsenal’s midfield early on, so their defence and forward line is where I’d look to snag a consistent starter.
Sczcesny will be given first crack at it again this year, after surprising many of his knockers last year with a pretty handy year with the gloves. Ospina is a nice pickup, and will probably be a cup keeper.
The main bloke you’d be wanting to select down here is Mathieu Debuchy. The 28 year old Frenchman from Newcastle enters this Arsenal side at a tasty £5.5, with no Bacary Sagna to contend with. Right back is all his!
The central pairing of Mertesacker/Koscielny will be solid FPL wise, if unspectacular. Gibbs is likely to fall over and injure himself if a teammate sneezed in his general vicinity, so steer clear.
OOP Alert! Yep, Sanchez has fallen into the Walcott mould of being named as a midfielder but in essence being a forward. He’ll start up top with Giroud, but at £10.5 you’re going to have to pay a pretty penny for his services. There’s no doubting this dudes talent, but with his heavy involvement in the World Cup I’m slightly wary of a slow start to the year.
Ramsey will kick off where his injury left him last year, and should be a jet. I still can’t believe I’m typing that myself, but his improvement certainly warrants it. Walcott will miss the start of the year with injury, leaving Cazorla and Chamberlain to fight it out for the right flank starting berth. I wouldn’t touch either.
Down the left, Ozil is likely to play the David Silva ‘floating’ role, and drift inside to feed the two forwards. At £9.0 he represents value given what he produced at the start of last year.
Well, there’s only one worth considering, and I’m barely worrying about him. Giroud is £8.5, which on face value seems cheap given he played over 3000 minutes last year. While he’s not the worst selection, I have doubts over how he combines with Alexis. It could be brilliant, or it could be dire. We’ll have to wait and find out.
Stars: Ozil, Ramsey, Sanchez
Pass: Cazorla, Walcott