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Fantasy football tips: What transfers do you need to make after the weekend?

After a fairly bleak couple of weeks of international football, it sure felt good to have the Premier League and fantasy football back in our lives this weekend.

The North London derby was standout fixture of Gameweek 12, with Arsenal surprising us all with a comprehensive win over Spurs.

It was a good weekend for Arsenal fans

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It was a good weekend for Arsenal fans

Meanwhile, Manchester City consolidated their eight-point lead at the top of the table with a win over Leicester, while West Brom and West Ham continue to dance like a kite in a storm.

But what else should you consider after the weekend’s action?

Fantasy football tips:

1 Mesut Ozil has silenced his critics (for the time being)

Ozil was back to his best at the weekend

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Ozil was back to his best at the weekend

Arsenal reasserted their claim as top dog in North London after a dominant win against Spurs, thanks to goals from Shkodran Mustafi and Alexis Sanchez.


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But it was Mesut Ozil who really shone, claiming the man of the match gong for his inspirational work in midfield.

Often criticised for his inconsistent performances for the Gunners, Ozil showed drive and determination against the club’s bitter foes.

It’s now time for him to start performing like that on a regular basis – and getting back among the best midfielders on Dream Team.

2 Mohamed Salah is a ‘man’ at Liverpool 

Signing of the season? You betcha

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Signing of the season? You betcha

After hitting (another) two goals at the weekend, Mo Salah is now top of the Premier League goalscoring chart with nine – ahead of the likes of Sergio Aguero and Harry Kane.

Not bad for a Chelsea reject, eh?

Speaking about his star man after the game, Jurgen Klopp said: “He’s a man now, he was a kid at Chelsea, now he’s a man. That’s good.”

It sure is, especially for the Dream Team managers who have him in their side!

3 Who needs Tom Heaton and Michael Keane?

The new and improved Michael Keane

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The new and improved Michael Keane

There’s plenty of heroes in Burnley’s line-up at the moment, including weekend goalscorers Ashley Barnes and (fresh from winning his first England cap) Jack Cork.

But it’s Nick Pope (52 points) and James Tarkowski (65 points) who we continue to gush over here at Dream Team.

Pope has been a more-than adequate replacement for injured ‘keeper Tom Heaton over the last month or so, while Tarkowski has fit in effortlessly at the back following the sale of Michael Keane over the summer.

The pair picked up eight points each on Dream Team against Swansea at the weekend, and will continue to be among the best bargain buys you can find on the game this season.

4 Fabian Delph is the best left-back in the league, pass it on…

Just another day in the life of Fabian Delph

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Just another day in the life of Fabian Delph

We can’t quite believe this, but Fabian Delph is slowly shaping up to be the best left-back in the Premier League on current form.

The once fairly bog-standard midfielder has become a regular member in City’s starting XI this season – playing as a sort-of all-action left wing-back.

It’s a funny ol’ game, isn’t it?

After his performance against Leicester at the weekend, Kevin De Bruyne heaped praise on Delph for stifling the Foxes attacking threat from Riyad Mahrez.

He said: “To play against Mahrez – who was one of the best wingers in the league for years now – he did a very good job. Mahrez didn’t create much against him.”

The stats don’t like either; Delph – still priced at just £2.4m on Dream Team – notched a 8.16 WhoScored rating and picked up the all-important Star Man points bonus.

5 Callum Wilson for England?

Back among the goals

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Back among the goals

It sure was great to see Callum Wilson scoring goals again.

The luckless Bournemouth striker hit his first Premier League goals in almost a year against Huddersfield, and his second top-flight treble since August 2015 – following back-to-back cruciate ligament injuries in both knees.

Still priced at just £2.9m on Dream Team, the striker notched an impressive 28 points in Gameweek 12.

And if his form continues (and he remains injury-free), we fully expect his bargain price to quickly rise.

But the question is, could a fully-fit Wilson seriously bag himself a spot in the England squad for the upcoming World Cup?

Admit it, you’re thinking about it.