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On-song Xhaka and Perez make FPL case

The Scout 21 Sep 2016
Granit Xhaka and Lucas Perez, Arsenal

Arsenal new boys score in EFL Cup win, while Coutinho and Fabregas also impress

Lucas Perez (£8.3m) and Granit Xhaka (£5.3m) may have worked their way into the minds of Fantasy Premier League managers after scoring for Arsenal in their 4-0 EFL Cup win at Nottingham Forest.

Arsene Wenger made 11 changes at the City Ground, with Perez scoring twice, once from the spot, for his first goals for Arsenal.

Xhaka opened the scoring, finding the net from long range for the second successive appearance, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (£6.0m) completed a comfortable evening for the Gunners.

With Olivier Giroud yet to start up front for Arsenal this season, Perez's brace made a case for his second start of the campaign, against Chelsea on Saturday evening.

Chelsea v Liverpool
Philippe Coutinho has caught the eye in his last two outings for Liverpool

Philippe Coutinho (£8.1m) played a part in all Liverpool's goals in a 3-0 EFL Cup win over Derby County that can only have made the Reds more tempting for FPL managers ahead of their Gameweek 6 match with Hull City

Owned by 28% of FPL managers, Coutinho's assist in Liverpool's 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge in Gameweek 5 provided his first attacking points since the opening weekend.

But the Brazilian supplied the corner at Derby from which Ragnar Klavan (£4.9m) got the opener before scoring the second, thanks to an assist from the fit-again Roberto Firmino (£8.4m).

Coutinho teed up Divock Origi (£6.7m) for the third as Liverpool look to be building momentum for a kind run of upcoming fixtures, starting with Hull at Anfield.

Shinji Okazaki (£5.8m) and Cesc Fabregas (£7.1m) both staked a claim for first-team starts ahead of Gameweek 6 by each scoring twice in a six-goal thriller at the King Power Stadium.

Claudio Ranieri, the Leicester City manager, made seven changes, with Jamie Vardy (£9.9m), Riyad Mahrez (£9.3m) and Islam Slimani (£8.5m) all rested for Saturday’s trip to Manchester United.

Antonio Conte saw his Chelsea side, including David Luiz (£6.0m) and Marcos Alonso (£5.9m) in defence, concede twice to Okazaki early on before recovering.

Defenders Gary Cahill (£6.0m) and Cesar Azpilicueta (£6.0m) were both on the scoresheet, before Eden Hazard (£10.0m) came off the bench to assist Fabregas's first in a 4-2 win.

Fabregas, who has played only 35 minutes in the Premier League this term, also assisted Cahill’s goal. 

Cesc Fabregas, Chelsea
Cesc Fabregas scored twice and assisted another as Chelsea knocked out Leicester City

Ronald Koeman made six changes from the Everton side who beat Middlesbrough last weekend, with Romelu Lukaku (£9.3m) given the night off as he recovers from a minor toe problem, but saw Norwich City end his unbeaten start at Goodison Park.

Lewis Grabban (£4.5m), who has yet to start in the league this season, was on the scoresheet for the first time as a much-changed AFC Bournemouth exited the competition, losing 3-2 at home to Preston North End after extra-time.

The forward slotted home a spot-kick and teed up Dan Gosling (£4.8m) for the Cherries' second as Eddie Howe prepares for Saturday afternoon’s home match with Everton.

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