Fantasy Premier League: Week 25 Recap / Week 26 Player Picks

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What an absolutely dismal performance from the Gunners over the weekend.

Those of us who thought we had seen the worst of Arsenal‘s (@Arsenal) season when we were lucky enough to escape St. Mary’s with a 2-2 draw could not have been prepared for this.

20 minutes into the match and the score was already 4-0 in favour of Liverpool (@LFC).

Basically, we saw the exact opposite of the Reds who were stymied upon their last visit to the Emirates.

The annoying part is that in one match, all of the Gooners are in complete disarray.

Never mind the fact that we just had a 10-game unbeaten run snapped or that we only sit one point out of first (thanks to Man City [@MCFC] and their scoreless draw against Norwich City [@NorwichCityFC].. huh???)

Nope, once again, we are hearing the incessant calls of #WengerOut!

Unfortunately, this clown seems typical of most Arsenal fans

Unfortunately, this clown seems typical of most Arsenal fans

I have even been hearing digs taken at the “suddenly shaky” central defensive pairing of Per Mertesacker (@mertesacker) and Laurent Koscielny – the duo that hadn’t lost in two years when they completed 90 minutes together. Think about that!

Granted, they were utterly dismantled in this match but I think one bad display out of 32 in total isn’t cause for immediate concern.

Don’t get me wrong, there are things that have frustrated me about the club that were typified on Saturday – why does Arsène Wenger seemingly refuse to use his substitutes prior to the 60th minute? Why can’t the team convert from the corners? Why has he taken to starting Nacho Monreal ahead of Kieran Gibbs (@KieranGibbs) at left back? Why did he, once again, allow his personal distaste for the winter window prevent him from properly reinforcing his squad?

All legitimate questions but none that come close to justifying talks of a sacking.

Fickle, fickle, AFC fans.

I do believe the absence of Aaron Ramsey (@aaronramsey) is beginning to take its toll on the rest of the team and had Mathieu Flamini been available, I think it would have painted quite a different picture in midfield.

People (including Wenger himself) like to reference the fact that Flamini played during the 6-3 loss to Manchester City (@MCFC) but I like to think that he was still recovering mentally from the SLEEVEGATE row.

Although he has accepted his role with grace, Mikel Arteta (@m8arteta) continues to show that he is not truly built for a holding midfield role.

And Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) continues to play like a spoiled brat, flopping and throwing tantrums like a petulant child.

Having said that, he was the only one on Saturday to display any sort of emotion that would indicate an acknowledgement of the performance being unacceptable on the whole.

After such a humbling and humiliating defeat, I would hope we will see a vastly re-charged and re-focused Arsenal side showing up against United (@ManUtd) tomorrow.

But before we get there, can anyone let me know if they are able to find Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) anywhere?

Would love to see him again soon!

COYG!

My week 25 fantasy results are just after the jump.

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Overall Points: 1419

Global: 328,822 (Last week: 249,055)
Fans of Arsenal: 15,850 (Last week: 12,434)
Canada: 3,061 (Last week: 2,302)

Private League I: 5 / 17 (172 points out of 1st)
Private League II: 1 / 11 (89 points clear)
Private League III: 2 / 7 (2 points out of 1st)
Private League IV: 2 / 5 (14 points out of 1st)

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Total Points: 2912

Global: 2,040 (Last week: 1,250)
Fans of Arsenal: 463 (Last week: 298)

Private League I: 1 / 8 (188 points clear)
Private League II: 1 / 6 (47 points clear)
Private League III: 38 / 100 (234 points out of 1st)

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That makes two below average weeks back-to-back and it is pretty disheartening.

Just as I felt I was beginning to make up some ground at a crucial point in the season, my picks work out all wrong.

Hoping to scrape back up the standings with these midweek fixtures but can’t say I’m ultra confident this time around, at least not particularly in the FPL picks (handcuffed myself with my wildcard a couple weeks ago).

How did you make out in Gameweek 25???

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You be the judge of my player picks for week 26:

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A little nervous.

I was on pace to have my best fantasy season yet, in either format, and while its looking like I might still maintain the pace in Yahoo!, the official format continues to present the biggest challenge.

How are you doing so far in fantasy this year?

What do your XIs look like for Gameweek 26???

4 thoughts on “Fantasy Premier League: Week 25 Recap / Week 26 Player Picks

  1. Liverpool was so promising last week. It was a very great and talked about game last week, well up until now. On the other hand, I hope Chelsea was able to make two more goals on their last match with West Brom.

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