14/15 Fantasy Premier League: Week 3 Recap

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DAT GUY!

Another summer transfer window comes and goes and Arsenal (@Arsenal) begins another campaign with several question marks surrounding their squad depth.

On the positive side, we acquired some desperately needed cover up top for the injured Olivier Giroud (@_OlivierGiroud_) by signing Danny Welbeck at the 11th hour.

Similar to how Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) was made available subsequent to the Real Madrid (@realmadrid) signing of Gareth Bale (@GarethBale11), Welbeck was snatched up upon being deemed surplus to requirements at United (@ManUtd) as they verged on finalizing their (outrageous) deal with Radamel Falcao (@FALCAO).

Although Welbz isn’t quite on par with some of the marquee players we were being linked with, he did provide Gooners with some positive reinforcement by bagging a brace for England this past Monday in a Euro 2016 (@UEFAEURO) qualifier versus Switzerland.

In any case, it was nice to see Arsène Wenger actually move for a natural centre-forward rather than attempting to convert another out-wide player. The striker position has been a contentious one at the Emirates since the departure of Robin van Persie (@Persie_Official).

And while Welbeck‘s £16M move is Arsenal‘s third most expensive transfer in the history of the club, at 23 years old and on a five-year deal, it looks like a comparative steal – especially when you consider that United themselves saw no issue in buying a fat unproven teenage defender for £30M!

LOL.

Of course, Louis van Gaal couldn’t resist sending off his former player with an underhanded dig.

I can’t understand the logic in degrading someone like that on their way out.

Especially when supporters were already upset to see one of their favourites heading to a direct rival.

And especially when said player has given his life to the club since the age of eight! Eight years old, ferchrissakes!! In comparison to the few months tenure of LVG..

Speaking of van Gaal, obviously he has the superior pedigree (given that he has actually won things) but when compared to his predecessor, David Moyes, I think the next biggest thing separating the two is the former’s extreme sense of arrogance.

And then there is the spending.

LVG has spent an absolute fortune and while a lot of that money has yet to show up on the pitch, it’s fun bringing up that by this time last year, Moyes had double the points of the current United side and his opening fixtures were much tougher.

It is “sink or swim” time at Old Trafford.

Wage bills are skyrocketing and the strategy of the club seems to be growing more in line with the sugar daddy philosophies of Chelsea (@chelseafc) and Manchester City (@MCFC).

Even their massive upcoming 10-year / £750M kit deal with adidas (@adidas) will not provide a big enough safety net, for if they fail to qualify for the Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) for a second consecutive year, the deal is to be automatically slashed by at least 30%.

Tread carefully, United.

Although it would be a bit satisfying to see, it would also be somewhat disheartening to witness an institution like Man U going the way of Liverpool (@LFC) of the 1990s.

Nevertheless, back to Arsenal.

Per Mertesacker (@mertesacker) and Laurent Koscielny remain the only senior centre-backs in the squad.

Not good.

Does the boss really have that much faith in Calum Chambers (@CalumChambers95) already?

We also failed to add any steel through the middle of the pitch by acquiring a true DM.

Wenger seems content to keep the diminutive and perpetually-falling Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) there while waiting for the glue to dry on Abou Diaby‘s (@AbouVDIABY) papier-mâché body.

Aaron Ramsey (@aaronramsey) picked up a knock playing for Wales and is questionable for this weekend.

But good news comes in knowing that Mikel Arteta (@m8arteta), Kieran Gibbs (@KieranGibbs), Theo Walcott (@theowalcott), and David Ospina (@D_Ospina1) all sound close to returning.

Should be a tough match facing Man City tomorrow for the early match.

Hopefully we can replicate our dominating performance at the recent Community Shield!

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FOREVER

Now, let’s have a peek at last week’s fantasy.

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OFFICIAL

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Overall Points: 160

Global: 315,954 (Last week: 404,543)
Fans of Arsenal: 17,765 (Last week: 25,442)
Canada: 3,984 (Last week: 2,920)

Private League I: 2/9 (10 points out of 1st)
Private League II: 4/13 (15 points out of 1st)
Private League III: 1/3 (32 points clear)

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YAHOO!

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Total Points: 302

Global: ???
Fans of Arsenal: ???

Private League I: 2 / 6 (3 pts out of 1st)

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Steadily improving.

In the official game, I had a bit of luck on my side, as Chambers was awarded a clean sheet despite coming on for Koscielny and Yaya Sanogo (@Yayasanogoal22), who picked up an assist, was auto-subbed in for me due to Coutinho (@Phil_Coutinho) not playing.

I transferred out Sturridge (@D_Sturridge) before the gameweek had concluded in order to bring in August’s Player of the Month, Diego Costa. I had debated swapping out Rooney (@WayneRooney) instead but it worked out in the end as Sturridge has now been ruled out a minimum of three weeks.

The Yahoo! game was hit and miss. The strikers actually put some work in for me this time although bringing in Stevan Jovetic proved fruitless.

What really bothers me is that Yahoo! continues to slack – still no global rank, still unable to see friends teams.. you know, I still haven’t even received my trophies from last year’s fantasy Premier League (@premierleague) season!

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Can you believe that!?

Yahoo! is run by shit-birds.

How did you make out in Gameweek 3???

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