14/15 Fantasy Premier League: Week 2 Recap

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F*ck.

It certainly does not bode well for the year ahead when your only natural centre-forward gets injured in the second match of the season.

While Giroud (@_OlivierGiroud_) was in obvious pain after blocking a Sylvain Distin (@sylvaind15tin) clearance, I don’t think anyone was fearing the worst.

And yet, the latest reports are saying Giroud will not play again in 2014 after suffering a fracture to his ankle.

After all the talk of Shad Forsythe arguably being our signing of the summer, he is certain to be a busy man with the likes of Mikel Arteta (@m8arteta), Laurent Koscielny, Kieran Gibbs (@KieranGibbs), Theo Walcott (@theowalcott), Serge Gnabry (@SergeGnabry), Abou Diaby (@AbouVDIABY), David Ospina (@D_Ospina1), and now Giroud all requiring a substantial amount of time on the treatment table.

After the most positive start to a transfer window in quite some time for Arsenal (@Arsenal), we are back to asking ourselves those all-too-familiar questions about the quality of our reinforcements and the overall depth of our squad.

It wasn’t supposed to be like this!

News pertaining to the severity of Giroud‘s injury won’t come until after today’s Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) fixture versus Besiktas (@Besiktas).

Speaking of Besiktas, who do we play up top today?

The most natural choice would seem to be new marquee signing, Alexis Sánchez (@Alexis_Sanchez), although if his start leading the line against Everton (@Everton) over the weekend told us anything, it’s that the £35m man still needs time to acclimate himself within a Premier League (@premierleague) side, as well as a role differing from his natural “out-wide” position.

Speaking of acclimation, the same can be said for the newly recalled Joel Campbell (@joel_campbell12). Despite a terrific World Cup performance, no one expected the 22-year old to walk into the squad as a number one attacking option.

Podolski (@Podolski10) – who only a few days ago looked all but certain to be leaving the Emirates – will not be going anywhere now, though he is another example of a player who has looked clumsy when forced into a target man role.

Once again, Gooners are left looking towards Mr. Arsène Wenger to see if he has any tricks left up his sleeve.

It’s no surprise to see many outlets reporting that Arsenal are unlikely to sign a new striker – that seems to be par for the course in North London.

For whatever reason, the striker position hasn’t appeared to be a priority area in the mind of the manager for several years now.

Of course, that hasn’t prevented the press linking us with everyone from Edinson Cavani and Radamel Falcao (@FALCAO) to Loïc Rémy and Danny Welbeck.

In all honesty, they each appear to be unlikely targets for various reasons, although Twitter was ablaze last night with a rumour that PSG (@PSG_inside) had accepted an Arsenal bid for Cavani

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To make matters worse, we will be without Aaron Ramsey (@aaronramsey) today after receiving two very harsh / ridiculous yellow cards during the first leg in Turkey.

I can’t predict what the XI will look like but I imagine that Sanchez will feature up top once again.

Wenger seems to have faith that this will work in the short and long term so all we can do is put faith in the manager and his continued insistence upon Playing the Right Way ™.

Onto the fantasy!

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OFFICIAL

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Overall Points: 109

Global: 404,543 (Last week: 834,302)
Fans of Arsenal: 25,442 (Last week: 47,847)
Canada: 3,984 (Last week: 7,542)

Private League I: 3/9 (10 points out of 1st)
Private League II: 3/13 (9 points out of 1st)
Private League III: 1/3 (28 points clear)

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YAHOO!

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Total Points: 197

Global: ???
Fans of Arsenal: ???

Private League I: 2 / 6 (21 pts out of 1st)

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I would have had a much better week if I hadn’t entirely neglected a few key Manchester City (@MCFC) players.

In the Yahoo! format, I benched 21 points between Jack Rodwell (@JackRodwell) and Aaron Cresswell (@Aaron_Cresswell).

That’s the second week in a row that Rodwell put up points while sitting on the bench. I’m going to have to seriously consider getting him into the side now that he is likely to earn a ton of playing time under Gus Poyet.

In the official game, I jumped more than 400k places. Have to thank my back line for keeping me in it!

Good signs to be taken but still plenty of work to be done!

See you next week!

And #COYG!!

How did you make out in Gameweek 2???

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