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GW25 Ones to watch: Nacho Monreal

The Scout 29 Jan 2018
Nacho Monreal - Arsenal vs Crystal Palace

Arsenal defender can pair clean sheets with attacking points over a favourable run-in, reckons The Scout

The Scout is selecting five players to target ahead of Gameweek 25 in Fantasy Premier League.

Nacho Monreal (ARS) £5.6m

The Arsenal defender has been something of a surprise package this season.

He has been directly involved in five goals, scoring three and assisting two, more than in any of his past five campaigns.

The statistics show how Monreal has offered more in attacking areas.

He has had a shot every 130.7 minutes and created a chance every 154.4 minutes this season.

In 2016/17, he was recording both every 262.8 minutes.

Best at bonus

Monreal is also established as a star performer in the Bonus Points System (BPS).

He tops the Arsenal ranks on 502 BPS and sits fifth for FPL defenders overall.

That has translated to 13 bonus points, again placing him fifth.

His points-per-million value of 18.0 is only bettered among defenders by the Chelsea pair of Marcos Alonso (£7.3m), with 18.8, and Cesar Azpilicueta (£7.0m), with 18.1. 

Favourable fixtures

The schedule also hands Arsenal and Monreal a favourable end to their campaign.

Of their remaining 14 opponents, nine score just two in the Fixture Difficulty Rankings (FDR).

With centre-backs Laurent Koscielny (£6.0m) and Shkodran Mustafi (£5.5m) returning to fitness, Arsenal look capable of adding to their nine clean sheets this season.

Monreal has played in each of those nine shutouts and looks the key option for FPL managers.

Given the freedom to attack from left-back, Monreal produced a stunning 16-point return in a 33-minute appearance against Crystal Palace in Gameweek 24.

Further double-figure scores beckon over a kind run-in, starting with Tuesday’s Gameweek 25 trip to Swansea City

Also in this series 

Part 1: GW25 Ones to watch: Jack Butland
Part 2: GW25 Ones to watch: Virgil van Dijk
Part 3: GW25 Ones to watch: Johann Berg Gudmundsson 
Part 4: GW25 Ones to watch: Theo Walcott

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