Double Gameweek 33 – Arsenal Analysis

Double Gameweek 33 – Arsenal Analysis


Arsenal have by far the most appealing double with two home games against Norwich and Everton. Wenger will be looking for 6 points from these matches as Arsenal look to secure Champions League football for next season. Unfortunately, the Arsenal backline is a rotational nightmare with Wenger choosing to mix things up in recent weeks.

Fabianski has recently ousted Szczesny in goal, Sagna is set to be back in the next fortnight and Gibbs has returned from injury to provide competition for Monreal. At the moment, the most secure option looks to be Mertesacker (5.3m) who has started the last 9 games for Arsenal.

Luckily, the Arsenal midfield is a little easier to predict. The main player to have continues to be Walcott (9.0m), who despite picking up a groin injury on England duty, is expected to be back for Gameweek 33. Returning a goal or an assist in 10 of his last 13 games, many will be captaining him in the hope of a big double gameweek score.

His main competition is Santi Cazorla (9.3m), who has recently leapfrogged Walcott to be the highest points scoring Arsenal player thanks to his 11 goals and 8 assists this season. Cazorla’s form isn’t as strong as Walcott’s but as we’ve seen in previous gameweeks, he has the potential to return big scores with the Spaniard having a keen eye for goal. He recently stated how he’d like to score more before the end of the season and provides an interesting differential option with an ownership of 15%, although this will rise as we lead up to Gameweek 33.

Wilshere (6.2m) is currently injured but if he makes his return within the next fortnight, he could be an interesting budget differential with an ownership of just 1.4%. His returns are less prolific but he has notched 3 assists in his last 6 matches and is clearly a very talented individual. As for the rest of Arsenal’s midfield, there aren’t really any other options worthy of consideration due to poor attacking returns or uncertainty of gametime.

Up front, there is only one Arsenal option with Podolski only managing a total of 52 minutes in the last 5 gameweeks. He seems to have fallen out of favour, with Cazorla preferred on the left, which has left Giroud as the striker leading the line. The Frenchman has had a decent season so far but looking at his form, Giroud remains a bit of a gamble, albeit a relatively cheap one at 7.5m. With only one assist in his last 5 gameweeks, his price has plummeted from the heights of 8.1m. However, Giroud remains the figurehead for an impressive Arsenal attacking lineup and he will surely have chances to improve on the 9 goals and 3 assists he has accrued for the season in the upcoming double gameweek.

Tomorrow, we’re taking a look at Everton’s assets in the lead up to Gameweek 33 and their double against QPR and Arsenal. To avoid missing out, make sure you return or alternatively, you can keep in touch via the RSS Feed or the social media channels stated below.


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Author Credit: Richard Lam
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