FPL Double Gameweek 23: Arsenal options ranked
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We arrive at Gameweek 23 with a Double Gameweek for Arsenal and significantly there’s another one that has just been announced in Gameweek 25.
With five fixtures in the next three gameweeks, plus a game in the blank Gameweek 28, our Arsenal players look to be excellent long term holds.
This means it’s now vitally important to be on the optimal triple up of their players. Here’s the latest rankings!
Gabriel Martinelli drops down the pecking order after early substitutions in two consecutive games, with the result still hanging in the balance. With the arrival of Leandro Trossard for cover, this will be a running theme in the coming weeks and we may even see Martinelli benched at some point for Trossard if he finds some form.
Martinelli has now blanked in four consecutive games, and with minutes becoming a concern, he’s the most unattractive of Arsenal’s regular front four, despite promising underlying numbers. It’s recommended that FPL managers use their free transfer this week to swap him to one of Martin Odegaard or Bukayo Saka.
Investing in the Arsenal defence is slightly less appealing than an attacking triple up based on current form, but if it requires using less FPL transfers it remains a solid strategy for the upcoming doubles.
Gabriel is the best defender to select from their back-line, given his obvious goal threat from set pieces. He’s scored two goals already this season from 18 shots. Avoid the full-backs Ben White and Oleksandr Zinchenko who are prone to early substitutions and not always the right side of the 60 minute mark.
Eddie Nketiah looks to be the most prolific goalscorer in this Arsenal front four. He’s ranking third among all players for big chances since the restart with seven, scoring four goals in this time.
The only concern is that Gabriel Jesus is back out on the grass and could steal his spot at some point. That moment looks to be over a month away though, which covers the doubles in Gameweek 23 and 25, but perhaps not the blank Gameweek 28.
Even with the advantage of penalties, Saka can only make second place in these rankings, as he is providing less fantasy points than Odegaard but at a more expensive price.
That being said, he does offer security of minutes and is a great long term hold for his owners, with the double up on these midfielders the optimal way to go right now. He’s actually beating Odegaard for creativity since the restart, with 18 chances created.
Martin Odegaard should be priority number one if you don’t have three Arsenal players in your FPL squad for this week as things stand. He’s scored the most FPL points of their players since the restart.
He offers stability of points as well as explosivity: he has six double digit hauls in FPL this season and only fellow Norwegian Erling Haaland can better that record. He will be a popular captain pick in each of the upcoming doubles.
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Tottenham director Fabio Paratici banned from football worldwide by FIFA
Tottenham managing director of football Fabio Paratici has been banned from football worldwide after FIFA extended the punishment imposed in Italy following his involvement in Juventus’ penalised accounting practices.
In January, the Italian giants suffered a shock 15-point deduction after the club was deemed to have inflated player transfer values in swap deals among other financial offences.
Paratici joined the Juventus hierarchy in 2010 and was the club’s sporting director between November 2018 and the summer of 2021, before he took up a similar role at Tottenham. The investigation into Juve’s accounts scrutinised transactions between 2019 and 2021 – when Paratici was at the heart of the club’s dealings.
At the start of the year, Paratici was one of several former Juventus board members that were banned from football following the conclusion of the investigation by the Italian Football Federation. Initially, Paratici was handed a 30-month ban from just Italian football, although the threat of extending the scope of that punishment internationally always loomed.
On Wednesday, FIFA released a statement confirming that they had indeed taken up that option, extending the ban handed out to Paratici and the other Juventus board members – including former owner Andrea Agnelli – worldwide.
The statement read: “FIFA can confirm that following a request by the Italian FA (FIGC), the chairperson of FIFA disciplinary committee has decided to extend the sanctions imposed by FIGC on several football officials to have worldwide effect.”
Paratici was due to be in court this week for a a preliminary committal hearing regarding a portion of the charges levelled at Juve, but the date for those proceedings have been shunted back to 10 May. Juve appealed their 15-point penalty – which the prosecution only recommended as a nine-point punishment – and will hear the ruling of which on 19 April.
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Sir Alex Ferguson & Arsene Wenger inducted into Premier League Hall of Fame
Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger have become the first managers to be inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame.
The duo won 16 Premier League titles between them across respective long-term spells with Manchester United and Arsenal.
With 13 of those championships, Ferguson is the most decorated manager in the history of the competition. He is the only coach to have won the Premier League three times in a row, doing so on two different occasions.
Ferguson said: “I’m truly delighted to be inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame. It’s an honour when you receive recognition like this. However, it’s not just about me as a person. It’s about the job at Manchester United and the bond we had over many years, so I’m also proud for the club, the staff and my players.
“My job was to send the fans home happy. United’s history and my own expectations were the things that drove me, and I then had to try and develop all my players with the same expectations and make sure we could go out and achieve them.
“I feel Arsene is a very worthy inductee as he transformed Arsenal Football Club fantastically. They became a tough team to compete with and we both wanted to win, which motivated us further. Through the years since retirement, we’d go for dinner together in a little restaurant he knows well in Switzerland. He is a really interesting man and I enjoy his company, but it is still my job to pick the wine!”
Wenger arrived in England in 1996 as one of the Premier League’s first foreign coaches, and quickly proved sceptics wrong, transforming Arsenal into title winners and changing English football’s culture with his scouting and dietary expertise.
The Frenchman won three Premier League titles with Arsenal, including an unbeaten ‘Invincibles’ season in 2003/04.
Wenger said: “I am very grateful to have been selected for the Premier League Hall of Fame. We always wanted to give something special to the fans and when you have players capable of remarkable things, the most important thing for me is the obligation of perfection.
“I’d like to be known as someone who loved Arsenal, who respected the values of the club and left it in a position where it can grow and become even bigger.
“To share this with Sir Alex is a great honour for me. It’s like two boxers, you fight like mad and go the distance together. At the end of the day, you have respect and it will be a great opportunity to meet with him, share a good bottle of wine and memories of our old battles.”
In addition to Ferguson and Wenger, there are 16 other inductees in the Premier League Hall of Fame.
Alan Shearer and Thierry Henry were the first two people inducted when the Hall of Fame was created in 2021. They were followed later that year by Eric Cantona, Roy Keane, Frank Lampard, Dennis Bergkamp, Steven Gerrard and David Beckham.
In 2022, Wayne Rooney, Patrick Vieira, Sergio Aguero, Didier Drogba, Vincent Kompany, Peter Schmeichel, Paul Scholes and Ian Wright were inducted.
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