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FPL experts: Who are the best Arsenal picks?

7 Aug 2023

Some of the world's top Fantasy managers are tripling up on the Gunners

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The Scout's panel of Fantasy Premier League experts reveal who they will be picking from Arsenal for the start of the 2023/24 season.

Lee Bonfield (@FPLFamily)

Neither Gabriel (£5.0m) nor Bukayo Saka (£8.5m) have left my draft for some time now, so they feel pretty locked in. Arsenal's fixtures are good enough to triple up on them. Martin Odegaard (£8.5m) only had one touch in the box against Manchester City in the Community Shield and looked to be playing a little deeper. I think that tactic was opposition-specific though, so it's not putting me off selecting the Norwegian.

Pranil Sheth (@lateriser12)

The Arsenal team looked incredibly solid to me against Man City. I'm eyeing up Gabriel and Saka who look like incredibly good picks as things stand. If I get a third Arsenal player, it will be one of Gabriel Martinelli (£8.0m) or Kai Havertz (£7.5m).

Utkarsh Dalmia (@ZopharFPL)

Arsenal looked sharp and I was already set on including Gabriel and Saka in my squad, the question was the third pick. Just looking at the amount of time that's going to be added on this season, Odegaard might be the way to go, with Eddie Nketiah (£5.5m), Leandro Trossard (£7.0m) and Martinelli all likely to see early substitutions.

Ben Crabtree (@FC_CrabDogg)

Three Arsenal players is the way to go. The attacking options have a lot of potential and don't eat up too much budget so Saka and Havertz are the best options. Gabriel or Jurrien Timber (£5.0m) look good if you want a defender.

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Holly Shand (@HollyShand)

I'm really unsure of the role of Arsenal attackers now Gabriel Jesus (£8.0m) is injured. Saka looks to be the safest route into their attack but I don't think I'll double up in attack. Clean sheets should come more frequently with the arrival of Declan Rice (£5.5m) and Timber, so I'll be backing Gabriel in my Gameweek 1 squad too.

Nick Harris (@WGTA_Nick)

I'm confident in my Arsenal choices and this is mainly based on last season's performances. Martinelli, Saka and Gabriel will all be in my first XI ahead of Arsenal's good run of fixtures. 

Arsenal's first five matches
GW Opponent FDR
1 NFO (H) 2
2 CRY (A)  2
3 FUL (H) 2
4 MUN (H) 3
5 EVE (A) 2
Gianni Buttice (@GianniButtice)

I'll be going for two Arsenal attackers, knowing they offer so much, as we saw last season. The big question for me is do you also add an Arsenal defender or are there other better £5.0m options? That's still a decision I am trying to make. 

Sam Bonfield (@FPLFamily)

I have owned William Saliba (£5.0m) since creating my first draft for the FPL Pod and he will be going nowhere. Alongside him I have Saka. The fixtures suggest that a triple-up on Arsenal could be wise, however with so many options I am planning to wait a couple of Gameweeks and then invest in a third Arsenal asset once we have more data.

Andy Park (@FPLSonaldo)

Picking three Arsenal assets is non-negotiable with their fixtures and quality in mind. Saka and Gabriel are almost locked in my team. The third I am leaning towards Odegaard, who is safest for minutes and the main creator for the team. But of course the more explosive pick is either Martinelli or Havertz, who seemed to play OK as the false nine against Man City on Sunday.

Pras (@Pras_FPL)

I'm still very keen on an Arsenal triple-up. Like many, I am set on Saka and Gabriel, but am still looking for the third pick, which has been thrown wide open due to the Jesus injury. Very likely it will be Odegaard, for safety of minutes, or Martinelli, for explosiveness even in reduced minutes, as he typically gets subbed off at 60-70 minutes.

Harry Daniels (@FPL_Harry)

The Community Shield reinforced both Gabriel and Saka in my draft. They looked good enough defensively against the best team in the league and Saka was heavily involved off the right. I do think I will own a third asset for Gameweek 1, its just if I decide to go with Martinelli for his explosivity or Odegaard for expected minutes.

Ali Jahangirov (@FPLGunz)

After a strong defensive performance against Man City I believe covering Arsenal's defence is crucial. Gabriel is by far the most attractive option. The attacking double-up for me will be Saka and Trossard.

Mark McGettigan (@FPLGeneral

The Community Shield hasn't altered my thinking on the Arsenal assets too much. I'm still keen to triple up on them. Gabriel and Saka are definitely in for Gameweek 1. With Jesus injured, Martinelli is also in my current draft.

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Part 3: The Scout’s FPL Gameweek 1 Ones to watch
Part 4: The Scout's FPL Gameweek 1 Differentials
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