It’s early days yet in regards to Dream Team 2021/22 but already the stats centre has revealed some interesting trends.
For example, those who have already signed-up and picked a first draft of their XI have generally shied away from Arsenal players.
Bukayo Saka (£3.5m) is the seventh-most popular midfielder with a current ownership of 13.3% but every one of his team-mates feature in less than 6.5% of total teams.
In fact, Alexandre Lacazette (£5.0m) has an ownership of just 1.3% at the time of writing.
The Frenchman came under fire for his performances in the first half of the season and memories of his wasteful form during those months may be overriding what came after.
Because actually, the 30-year-old mustered 17 goals in all competitions when all was said and done last season – a tally that made him the Gunners’ top scorer for 2020/21.
Sadio Mane (£5.5m), Marcus Rashford (£5.0m) and Gareth Bale all bagged fewer league goals than Lacazette last term as the ex-Lyon striker ended the campaign with 151 Dream Team points.
Perhaps Dream Team gaffers are uncertain whether Arsenal’s No9 will be a regular starter once the new season commences.
With the likes of Saka, Nicolas Pepe (£4.0m), Willian (£2.5m), Gabriel Martinelli (£2.0m) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£5.0m) also competing for places in the forward line, Lacazette’s place in Mikel Arteta’s first-choice XI is far from assured.
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However, he is the most recognised central striker of the group – with Aubameyang often playing from the left – and so he may get the nod for the opening weeks of the new campaign.
Arsenal feature in the Premier League curtain-raiser against new boys Brentford before facing a challenging fixtures against Chelsea and Man City.
The Gunners may have finished 8th last season but only Pep Guardiola’s champions boasted better form from Christmas so it’s likely Dream Team bosses are underestimating Arteta’s troops.