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GW3 Ones to watch: Henrikh Mkhitaryan

By The Scout 21 Aug 2018
Henrikh Mkhitaryan

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The Scout is tipping five players to produce big points in Gameweek 3 of Fantasy Premier League.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan (£7.0m)

Interest in the Arsenal playmaker is on the rise.

Mkhitaryan was heavily involved in the Gunners' fightback against Chelsea in Gameweek 2, even if Unai Emery's side ultimately lost 3-2.

The 29-year-old scored and provided an assist, which has prompted more than 175,000 FPL managers to transfer him in for the weekend visit of West Ham United.

That begins an attractive run for Arsenal. Five of their next six matches score only two in the Fixture Difficulty Ranking (FDR).

Arsenal's next six fixtures
3 WHU (H) 2
4 CAR (A) 2
5 NEW (A) 3
6 EVE (H) 2
7 WAT (H) 2
8 FUL (A) 2
Attacking threat

The statistics also highlight the value of investing in the Armenia international.

Mkhitaryan's total of seven chances created over the first two Gameweeks is joint-top with Jonjo Shelvey (£5.5m) .

He has also had five shots, level with team-mate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.0m).

With strikers such as Harry Kane (£12.5m) and Sergio Aguero (£11.1m) now finding form, places up front are at a premium.

That suggests Mkhitaryan could be the go-to Arsenal midfielder for such a strong upcoming run.

Vulnerable visitors

Gameweek 3's visitors to Emirates Stadium offer the prospect of immediate returns.

West Ham have lost both their matches under new manager Manuel Pellegrini.

The six goals they have conceded make their defence the second-worst in the Premier League.

Away from home last season, their totals of 335 shots faced and 42 goals conceded were more than any other side.

That combination of form and fixtures makes Mkhitaryan a strong pick both for the short and medium term.

Also in this series

Part 2: GW3 Ones to watch: Ryan Fraser
Part 3: GW3 Ones to watch: Alexander-Arnold
Part 4:
GW3 Ones to watch: David Silva
Part 5: GW3 Ones to watch: Danny Ings

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