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FPL watchlist: Saka a leading light for Arsenal

The Scout 11 Jul 2021

The Scout says England star can be the Gunners' top-scoring player in 2021/22 Fantasy

As Fantasy Premier League managers can now select their 15-man squads, The Scout analyses standout budget and premium players in each position.

Bukayo Saka (ARS) £6.5m

The winger's displays for England at UEFA EURO 2020 have made an impact on many opening Fantasy squads.

Saka is the ninth most-selected midfielder, owned by 15.2 per cent of managers.

Create your 2021/22 FPL squad

Arsenal's early schedule boosts Saka's chances of making a strong start to 2021/22.

According to the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR), three of their first five matches score only two.

That includes meetings with promoted teams Brentford and Norwich City.

Arsenal’s first five Gameweeks 
GW Opponent FDR
1 BRE (A) 2
2 CHE (H) 4
3 MCI (A) 5
4 NOR (H) 2
5 BUR (A) 2

Saka emerged as a key figure in Mikel Arteta's first full season in charge.

The 19-year-old played 2,554 minutes, more than any other outfield player for Arsenal.

He finished as their joint highest-scoring midfielder in FPL, matching Nicolas Pepe's (£7.5m) 114 points thanks to five goals and five assists.

Saka's 2020/21 goals and assists

The underlying numbers highlight Saka's growing influence on Arsenal's attack.

His 61 shots and 38 chances created last season were both team-leading totals.

Furthermore, his 46 shots in the box ranked second, only two behind the 48 of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£10.0m).

Those numbers also fare well when assessed against similarly-priced midfielders in Fantasy.

Indeed, among midfielders priced at £8.0m and under, only West Ham United's Tomas Soucek (£6.0m) and Manchester United's Mason Greenwood (£7.5m) had more shots in the box, with 52 and 47 respectively.

Saka's potential for goals and assists can secure his place as the go-to Arsenal player in 2021/22, offering managers a big source of value in midfield.

See: The Scout's FPL watchlist for 2021/22

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