Fantasy Premier League

Sanchez struggles promote Walcott option

By The Scout 6 Apr 2017
Theo Walcott, Arsenal

With Chilean's FPL output on the decline from out wide The Scout sees his team-mate as a potential replacement

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The Bonus Points

Arsenal's 3-0 win over West Ham United at Emirates Stadium ensured the Gunners dominated the Fantasy Premier League bonus points, with Mesut Ozil (£9.4m) the star man.

The playmaker scored 50 in the Bonus Points System (BPS) - the highest tally of any player in Gameweek 31 - courtesy of his goal and assist return.

Ozil also completed 86% of 93 attempted passes, creating five chances. 

Elsewhere, Gabriel (£4.8m) excelled in the absence of the injured Laurent Koscielny (£6.2m). He produced 10 clearances, blocks and interceptions (CBI) and 15 recoveries to score 34 in the BPS and claim two bonus points - his first of the season.

Winger Theo Walcott (£7.3m) found the net in successive Gameweeks and picked up the remaining bonus point.

He scored 30 in the BPS, having also completed four dribbles. Walcott was, however, tackled on three occasions.

Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal
Backed by 9.9% with the captaincy Alexis Sanchez had one shot from inside the box

The Scout Notes

A convincing victory for Arsenal failed to produce returns for Alexis Sanchez (£11.7m), who was backed by 77,000+ new owners for Gameweek 31.

More than 441,000 (9.9%) had trusted the Chilean with the captaincy, including 42 of the top-100 ranked FPL managers in the world.

A role on the left wing appears to have muted Sanchez's output of late. He has produced a single goal and assist with Danny Welbeck (£7.3m) in the striker's role.

In their last three Gameweek starts together, Sanchez has mustered six shots on goal, with only two of those arriving from inside the penalty area. 

Andy Carroll, West Ham
Andy Carroll's ineffective 63 minutes will be of concern to his FPL owners

That decline requires monitoring and may force FPL managers to reconsider Ozil and Walcott as options ahead of Arsenal's run of nine fixtures over the remaining seven Gameweeks.

Over the last three outings, Walcott has fired back-to-back goals and has bettered Sanchez for touches in the opposition's box (15 to 13) and shots in the box (six to two).

As for West Ham, they have now lost five successive matches, with confidence in their FPL assets suffering.

Michail Antonio's (£6.8m) early withdrawal through illness and Andy Carroll's (£6.3m) ineffective 63 minutes will concern their owners ahead of the Gameweek 32 home encounter with Swansea City

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