For Arsenal, it has been a season of disappointments after they struggled to impress in the league and were knocked early out of the FA Cup as well. They were able to go all the way to the final of the Carabao Cup but the manner of the limp defeat to all-conquering Manchester City must have left a sour taste in every fan’s mouth.
There has been a lot of chopping and changing with Sanchez and Giroud, two of their most regular goalscorers of previous seasons departing and the ex-Dortmund duo of Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan arriving in their place. After losing 3 matches in a row in the league, they were able to return to winning ways in Gameweek 30 with a victory over Watford.
Their top 4 hopes are all but gone and Wenger might go all out for the Europa league in a manner similar to Mourinho and United last season, hoping to secure Champions League football for next season. Let’s discuss the Londoners’ FPL potential and what they can potentially bring on to the table as they begin the final stretch of the season.
Arsenal have 8 fixtures remaining, out of which 5 have an FDR of 2 and only one has an FDR of above 3. Only one of these clubs is above them in the table and they should be looking to beat most of the teams that they play in coming weeks. They will want to establish a decent points gap between themselves and Burnley in 7th place.
Date Fixture FDR
01 Apr 13:30 32 Stoke (H) 2
08 Apr 14:15 33 Southampton (H) 2
15 Apr 13:30 34 Newcastle (A) 2
22 Apr 13:30 35 West Ham (H) 2
29 Apr 16:30 36 Man Utd (A) 4
05 May 15:00 Burnley (H) 3
13 May 15:00 Huddersfield (A) 2
TBA Leicester (A) 3
WHAT TO EXPECT
Arsenal have been relying more on their midfield to score the goals recently with Lacazette suffering from poor form and injuries and Aubameyang not fully settled into the team. He has scored 9 goals this season with Ramsey at 6 the next highest. Monreal and Ozil have contributed 4 goals each.
Mkhitaryan and Ozil may be rested in favour of the Europa league but Aubmeyang is not available to play in Europe, so he will mostly play 90 minutes in every league fixture. With Arsenal’s passing game and Wenger’s reputation, they will look to score a decent amount of goals before the season is out.
PLAYERS TO LOOK OUT FOR
Shkodran Mustafi (£5.4)
He has been very erratic this term but Koscielny’s lack of fitness and the fact that Rob Holding has not kicked off from his impressive first season means that he will have to play a lot of games and he has the ability to get goals, especially from set pieces.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan (£7.7)
The Armenian playmaker will also feature in most games, especially as he will be the main creative spark in the team when Ozil is rested. He seems to have a good understanding with Aubameyang and is decently priced for a creative midfielder at a top 6 club. Mkhitaryan is a decent bargain and can deliver now that he is free of the restraint that he had to play with under Mourinho.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£10.6)
Has mostly impressed when he has started and has 3 goals and an assist in 5 matches since his January transfer. Will be looking to prove his fitness and sharpness after doubts about him losing his pace and an inconsistent and undisciplined start of the season at Dortmund.
PLAYERS TO AVOID
Aaron Ramsey (£6.9)
Even though he has been one of Arsenal’s best players this season, he still remains injury prone and will mostly be protected for the Europa league. He did not feature in the Watford game even though he featured against Milan and expect Wenger to keep his star midfielder wrapped in cotton wool.
Alex Iwobi (£5.1)
The Nigerian has not had a goal or assist in his last 4 games and his confidence has been found lacking this term. His impressive desire and running has been undermined by poor decision making in the final third and this has affected his contributions. This also makes him one of the prime candidates to be subbed off, as he has been in almost every league match.