Arsenal have completed the signing of Barcelona’s Chilean attacker Alexis Sánchez. So lets look at what this means for Arsenal in this years Fantasy Premier League.
Alexis Sánchez brings some much needed quality in front of goal to Arsenal’s compliment of speedy attacking midfielders such as Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lukas Podolski and last years marque signing Mesut Özil. But Sánchez is a class above, and will walk into the Arsenal first team. (although it took 3 season to get the best out of him at Barcelona)
Arriving from a club like Barcelona who play a fluid passing game much in a similar manner to Arsenal, should make this a smoother transition for Sánchez. Last season Sánchez was the 4th highest scorer in La Liga, banging in 19 goals from 34 appearances (27 Starts 7 Subs). He also bagged 10 assists, the 8th most in the league. Sánchez is a proven performer at the highest level, so expect plenty of points from him (and a hefty price tag in the Fantasy League).
So what does this mean for other Arsenal players in the Fantasy Premier League? Sánchez’s eye for goal may get the best out of Mesut Özil who, after a great start to the season (10 assists), faded away in the later stages. Another to benefit will be Aaron Ramsey – who impressed during an injury plagued season with 10 goals & 9 assists – and . If Arsenals midfield can stay injury free, they have the depth push the leaders all the way this season.
Sánchez’s arrival at Arsenal does mean that other players will have less game time, depending upon where Wenger deploys him. As an advanced winger, players like Theo Walcott, Lukas Podolski, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mesut Özil, Santi Cazorla and Tomáš Rosický will see their match time decrease. Wenger may also opt to deploy Sánchez in a more advanced central position – in which case Olivier Giroud’s place could come under threat.
One thing is for sure, Alexis Sanchez means more goals (& more assists) for Arsenal in Season 2014/15.