Arsenal play twice in Double Gameweek 36. So let’s assess their best FPL options ahead of matches against Leeds and Tottenham.
When previewing Arsenal’s Double Gameweek 33, they were on a two-match losing streak that soon became three. Momentum was being lost in the race for fourth place and FPL managers reacted accordingly when making transfers. Out went Alexandre Lacazette, Aaron Ramsdale and the injured Kieran Tierney – even star man Bukayo Saka was being sold!
However, consecutive wins over Chelsea, Man United and West Ham have steadied the ship.
Not only do the Gunners play twice in the next round of fixtures, their final pair of outings have points potential at both ends.
It was a moderately quiet start to the season for Saka but he has exploded since Gameweek 16. In the meantime, nine goals and five assists have come from 19 appearances.
Only Mohamed Salah has taken more penalty area touches in this time, with Saka also third for goal attempts. Yet he has been one of the most-sold players in both Gameweek 34 and 35. Surely a fully-fit, in-form Saka gets in every possible team when priced at just £6.8m.
Ownership for Double Gameweek
In the Double Gameweek 33 article, only two teams had a higher combined top 10k ownership, according to LiveFPL. There are now three – Liverpool, Spurs and Chelsea.
Coverage of Arsenal’s defence has dwindled over recent weeks, as they used to be essential. Just 2 clean sheets have been kept since Gameweek 24 and only one arrived from the early-season meetings with these final four opponents.
An interesting transfer trend of recent weeks has been the purchases of forward Eddie Nketiah. Priced at just £5.5m, the youngster has started Arsenal’s last four matches ahead of Lacazette – a man with just four league goals whose contract is about to expire.
Nketiah is much more likely to extend his stay at the Gunners and has looked bright during this run in the team. Whilst FPL managers have generally given up on forwards and instead pumped money into premium defenders and midfielders, Nketiah is a fine asset to enable this. Add in the double of Gameweek 36, he will be targeted by Bench Boost users.
A useful thread from FPL Tommy Gun on whether Nketiah is likely to remain Arsenal’s starting striker.