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FPL set-pieces: Penalties lift Aubameyang potential

The Scout 1 Jun 2019
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Arsenal

The Scout on how Gunners striker's spot-kick duties help make him a top Fantasy prospect

When building a Fantasy Premier League squad, knowing the set-piece takers for each club can give managers the edge over mini-league rivals.

Ahead of 2019/20, The Scout analyses which players to target.


Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s (£11.0m) prolific first full season for Arsenal was boosted by his penalty duties.

He was the top-scoring forward in FPL with 205 points, thanks to 22 goals and seven assists.

Aubameyang took all five of the penalties Arsenal were awarded in 2018/19, scoring four times.

Indeed, only three players converted more spot-kicks.

Arsenal's set-piece takers
Choice Penalty Corner Free-kick
First  Aubameyang Xhaka Xhaka
Second Lacazette Ozil Ozil
Third  - Mkhitaryan -
Xhaka hit and miss 

Granit Xhaka (£5.5m) also has dead-ball duties to thank for his improved goal output in 2018/19.

The midfielder scored two direct free-kicks, second only to the three of James Maddison (£7.0m) in FPL.

That helped Xhaka to four goals in 2018/19, more than his combined haul of three over the previous two seasons.

However, the Swiss’s delivery from dead-ball situations was less productive.

In addition to his free-kick duties, Xhaka took 95 corners, more than any team-mate. Yet no side created fewer chances from set-pieces than Arsenal’s 36.

Defensive targets

Laurent Koscielny (£5.0m) was their most productive player from set-piece situations, scoring three times.

But the defender can be considered somewhat fortunate, having returned those three goals from just five attempts.

Shkodran Mustafi (£5.5m) was Arsenal’s main threat at free-kicks and corners.

The centre-back recorded 18 such efforts and both his 2018/19 goals came from these situations.

See: FPL set-pieces: Players to target from each club

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