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

Welcome back to the the fantasy football big league, Arsenal Football Club.

It’s been a pretty torrid season for the Gunners so far with a number of their biggest names struggling to make an impression.


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Crime fighting duo

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Crime fighting duo

But they’ve got a couple of new boys who already look like Dream Team favourites judging by their 5-1 demolition of Everton on Saturday evening.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan were both brilliant on their full debuts, putting the Toffees to the sword at the Emirates.

Mohamed Salah and Harry Kane’s battle for top scorer goes on after a dramatic finale at Anfield whilst Alexis Sanchez is back amongst the points.

So what changes do you need to make after a bumper weekend of action?

1 Hey Mkhi, you’re so fine

Assist king Mkhitaryan

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Assist king Mkhitaryan

It’s amazing what Henrikh Mkhitaryan can do when he’s actually allowed out of his cage.

The Armenian fell out of favour under Jose Mourinho at Manchester United but his move to Arsenal already looks like it’s given him a new lease of life.

Mkhitaryan’s relationship with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at Borussia Dortmund was almost telepathic and they picked right up where they left off.

His assist for the Gabon forward was one of THREE in the 5-1 win over Everton, taking his tally to eight for the season.

At just £2.3m he’s an absolute steal and there’s no surprise to see he was the third most popular player before the start of Game Week 23.

2 Yo Pierre, welcome to the party

Not a bad way to mark your Arsenal debut

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Not a bad way to mark your Arsenal debut

Thank f*** that bug wasn’t serious, eh?

Aubameyang’s debut was cast in doubt due to a nasty bout of flu – but that didn’t stop Dream Team managers transferring him in in their thousands.

And he rewarded their faith, marking his bow with a clinical first goal in English football and a solid eight points to start his fantasy football journey.

Aubameyang should score goals for fun in England, as he did in Germany, and it looks like he already has the edge of Alexandre Lacazette.

Our only reservation is he is cup tied for the Europa League which means he might not feature as much as hoped.

3 Sanchez’s mixed bag

Off the mark for United

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Off the mark for United

Alexis Sanchez was Arsenal’s highest points scorer before his move to United but compared to last season his total was fairly average.

He looks like he’s got the hunger back already though, turning in a Star Man performance against Huddersfield at the weekend capped with his first goal.

It was a bittersweet display though for Dream Team managers, with his missed penalty hindering his overall points total.

United have a tricky run of fixtures approaching with Sevilla, Chelsea and Liverpool on the horizon but Sanchez has proved before he’s a big game player.

4 Bargain bin midfielders

Gross has been the pick of the bunch at Brighton

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Gross has been the pick of the bunch at Brighton

It’s not all about the household names on Dream Team.

An eye for a bargain is crucial to help free up the funds for the expensive big boys and this week two players showcased their value.

Pascal Gross (£2.6m) – Brighton’s highest points scorer by some distance – was back at it, scoring his first points in seven appearances with a goal and an assist in the 3-1 win over West Ham.

And Southampton might be surprise relegation contenders but James Ward-Prowse’s (£2.2m) form has been sensational of late.

Ward-Prowse has been brilliant recently

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Ward-Prowse has been brilliant recently

The midfielder has scored 48 points in his last five appearances, including another 10 in the victory over West Brom on Saturday.

5 European football back on the menu

Pogba has to be a popular pick this month

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Pogba has to be a popular pick this month

The Champions League and Europa League return to our lives next week.

That should be on your conscience this week when making your transfers ahead of this weekend’s games.

The top six clubs are all playing at least two more games than the rest of the field this week, so packing your team with those players makes more sense.


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