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How to navigate Arsenal and Man City's Blank

The Scout 17 Oct 2022
Kevin De Bruyne, Man City

Six of eight most-owned players in Fantasy are without a fixture in Blank Gameweek 12

The upcoming Blank Gameweek 12 for Arsenal and Manchester City has major implications for Fantasy Premier League managers.

Both clubs have enjoyed outstanding starts to the 2022/23 season, with Man City supplying four of the six top-scoring players in Fantasy.

Arsenal pair Gabriel Martinelli (£6.7m) and Bukayo Saka (£7.9m), meanwhile, rank among the five top-scoring midfielders, while William Saliba (£5.1m) places third in defence.

As a result, the key performers from those sides have been hugely popular picks in the opening 11 Gameweeks of 2022/23.

Indeed, six of the eight most-owned players in Fantasy come from Arsenal or Man City.

Most-owned players in Fantasy
Player  Club Ownership
Haaland MCI 83.8%
Jesus ARS 67.9%
Trippier NEW 55.7%
Cancelo MCI 54.9%
Martinelli ARS 48.0%
De Bruyne MCI 34.8%
James CHE 31.0%
Saliba ARS 29.7%

Retaining three Arsenal and Man City players and simply benching them for Gameweek 12 can prove a profitable move as they both have very kind schedules from Gameweeks 13-16.

According to the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR), three of their next four matches before the season stops for the FIFA World Cup each score only two.

Certainly, managers who owned Erling Haaland (£12.2m) when he cost £11.5m at the start of the season will be happy to hold on to him.

They would get £11.8m if they sold the Norwegian now but would need to pay an extra £0.4m to buy him back.

When to play your Wildcard 

Those with Wildcards still remaining should look to play the chip in Gameweek 13 to take advantage of those favourable runs of opponents.

They can "dead end" their squad in Gameweek 12 by selling some of their Arsenal and Man City stars before immediately bringing them back in on the Wildcard.

Tripling up on Man City trio Haaland, Phil Foden (£8.2m) and Joao Cancelo (£7.3m) looks a very strong tactic at that point, while Martinelli, Saliba and Gabriel Jesus (£8.0m) all have the potential to thrive for Arsenal.

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