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GW23 Ones to watch: Gabriel

7 Feb 2023
Gabriel, Arsenal

The Scout reckons Brazilian can emerge as go-to Arsenal defender in coming period

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The Scout is tipping five players to produce big points in Gameweek 23 of 2022/23 Fantasy Premier League.

Gabriel (ARS) £5.2m

A favourable long-term schedule lifts the appeal of Arsenal’s key players at both ends of the pitch.

According to the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR), seven of their next nine matches score only two.

The Gunners are one of only two sides to have a Double Gameweek 23, entertaining both Brentford and Manchester City.

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Crucially, they also have a Double Gameweek 25, travelling to Leicester City before hosting Everton, while in the same Gameweek, highly-owned stars from Manchester United and Newcastle United will be without a fixture.

Investment in the Arsenal defence looks a wise tactic over the coming period.

The Gunners have kept nine clean sheets in 2022/23, second only to the 12 of Newcastle.

That resilience has helped three Arsenal players rank among the eight top-scoring defenders this season.

William Saliba (£5.3m) is their top performer at the back on 93 points, while Gabriel and Ben White (£4.7m) have 88 and 86 respectively.

Impressive goal threat

Although the trio have very similar outputs, the underlying statistics show Gabriel has boasted a far superior goal threat to his fellow defenders. 

Indeed, his total of 13 shots in the box is more than the combined 11 by the rest of their first-choice back four; Saliba, White and Oleksandr Zinchenko (£5.1m).

That further highlights the attacking potential that helped the Brazilian score five goals in the previous campaign, joint-top among defenders with Reece James (£5.7m).

Added to Arsenal’s prospects of more clean sheets, Gabriel can establish himself as their go-to defender over the coming period.

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