Much to the relief of fantasy football managers, Arsenal are beginning to find their feet in the Premier League this season.
Pivotal to the gradual success of Unai Emery’s side this season has been a plethora of players players popping up with goals.
The scoring load has been distributed fairly by the Gunners squad, even stretching as far as their defenders. Nacho Monreal in particular is up to his old tricks.
Monreal missed the start of the season due to injury, however he is now back fighting-fit and beginning to replicate the form that saw him become a fantasy football favourite last season.
The Spaniard racked up a hefty 140 points in Dream Team last season, and is well on his well to accumulating an equally impressive tally this season.
In the six games that the 32-year-old has played so far, he has amounted a respectable 13 points.
Yes, it might not seem like much right now, we realise that. Hear us out.
Monreal’s point-haul is nowhere near the level of his countryman and Chelsea wing-back Marcos Alonso, but there is a long, hard season ahead.
The Spaniard has a habit of popping up with important goals and assists for the Gunners, becoming a reliable source of match-winning moments in the past few seasons.
The Arsenal stalwart captained the side in their first Europa League game of the season, as well as the Carabao Cup clash with Brentford. He’s an important part of Emery’s plans.
The Spaniard is set to feature regularly in both the league and cup competitions. The more games played usually means more points earned.
In Emery’s system, the full-backs are given license to roam forward, with both Monreal and his countryman Hector Bellerin benefiting from this.
We have no doubt that the veteran left-back will emerge as one of Arsenal’s most important players again this season.
Monreal has one goal and one 7+rating to his name already this campaign, with only the Gunners’ inability to keep clean-sheets crippling his point-tally.
If Emery can address the collective defensive issues that have plagued the Gunners for much of the season, Monreal could once again be one of Dream Team’s highest point-scoring defenders.
There were encouraging signs in Game Week 6, with Arsenal keeping their first clean-sheet of the season in the 2-0 victory over Everton.
Monreal has a pricetag of £3.8m in this year’s game. He is by all accounts a sizeable investment, but his cost is an accurate reflection of what he brought to Dream Team last season.
Injuries to both Sead Kolasinac and Ainsley-Maitland Niles mean that the Spaniard is Emery’s only viable option at left-back for the time being.
The Gunners man is affectionately referred to as ‘La Cabra’ by his team-mates, translating to ‘the goat.’
Are you really going to ignore the chance to get an actual GOAT in your Dream Team?
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