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Is it time to sell Arsenal stars in FPL?

By The Scout 28 Mar 2023
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The Scout on why managers are reducing their number of Gunners players for the run-in

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Sales of Arsenal players continue to escalate ahead of Double Gameweek 29 in Fantasy Premier League.

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Despite having a very favourable home meeting with Leeds United next, the Gunners play just once in Double Gameweek 29 when 12 other sides have two matches scheduled.

As a result, Martin Odegaard (£6.9m), Bukayo Saka (£8.6m) and Gabriel Martinelli (£6.6m) are all among the six most-sold midfielders ahead of the 11:00 BST deadline on Saturday 1 April.

Most-sold midfielders
Player Transferred out by
Almiron 507,650
Odegaard 131,067
Rashford 59,633
Son 57,918
Saka 56,620
Martinelli 54,035

*data correct as of 09:00 BST 29 Mar

The Gunners have provided key assets at both ends of the pitch in 2022/23 Fantasy.

They boast three of the four top-scoring defenders, Gabriel (£5.2m), Ben White (£4.7m) and William Saliba (£5.2m).

Meanwhile, in midfield, Saka and Martinelli sit first and second respectively, while Odegaard and Leandro Trossard (£6.7m) also populate the top eight. 

Odegaard's home struggles

Odegaard’s recent form highlights why he is suffering the most sales of the midfield trio.

The Norwegian has managed a mere 12 points across his last three home outings.

By contrast, Saka and Martinelli have 32 and 25 points respectively in those contests, underlining the danger of removing either player for the Leeds match.

Nonetheless, managers who have an Arsenal triple-up should be considering replacements for the run-in.

Teams' fixtures played
Matches played Club
28 ARS, CRY, EVE, SOU, TOT, WOL
27 AVL, BOU, BRE, CHE, FUL, LEE, LEI, MCI, NFO
26 LIV, MUN, NEW, WHU
25 BHA

The Gunners are among the six sides who have already played 28 matches and have no Double Gameweeks scheduled across the rest of the season. 

By contrast, Brighton & Hove Albion have played only 25 matches and could have four Double Gameweeks over the remainder of 2022/23 Fantasy.

Moving out one or two Arsenal players in order to invest in teams with extra fixtures could prove a winning tactic over the run-in.

See: FPL experts: What to do with Arsenal players

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