Arsenal vs Chelsea - Players to Watch from today's Community Shield fixture
Posted by FFPundits
9:11pm Aug 6 2017
As Arsenal beat Chelsea on penalties to win the Community Shield, what can fantasy football bosses take from the game?
On Sunday the 6th of August, 2017, Arsenal beat Chelsea on penalties (4-1) after a 1-1 draw between the London rivals. A pedro red card reduced Chelsea to 10 men and Kolasinac’s header equalised from the resulting free kick after Moses’ opening goal in the first half.
The game was an excellent opportunity to get a first glimpse at the squads and new signings of both teams, but did the game offer Fantasy Premier League managers any useful information ahead of Gameweek 1?
Arsenal started with Lacazette up front and later introduced Kolasinac after 32 minutes following Per Mertesacker’s collision with Gary Cahill.
Kolasinac scored the equalising goal from a header, whilst Lacazette hit the post early on.
Lacazette had a lively game, showing good movement and link up play with Welbeck.
He was replaced by Giroud after 66 minutes after a satisfactory performance.
Kolasinac looked excellent when he was introduced, marauding down the left flank and causing considerable problems for the Chelsea defence.
Chelsea fielded a first 11 with no new signings and stuck to their winning line-up from last year.
Morata was bought into the game after 74 minutes to replace Batshuayi and didn’t really impress on his competitive debut.
He wasted his only chance by shooting over the bar and missed an important penalty in the shootout after a fairly quiet display from the £60m man.
Rüdiger came on after 79 minutes for Marcos Alonso and was largely a spectator during the game.
Fans didn’t get to see much of the £35 million rated German and will be disappointed to not see much of the ex-Roma defender.
Who to watch?
Sead Kolasinac – Arsenal [£6.0m]
The Bosnian left back definitely impressed when introduced after Mertesacker’s injury and showed early signs of becoming a fan favourite amongst the Arsenal faithful.
Signing on a free transfer from Schalke, the powerfully built Bosnian caused major issues for Chelsea’s defence and scored a well-taken header to equalise for Arsenal.
A £6.0m price tag looks like good value for the new signing and should secure a first team place after his excellent display. Assists and goals will come naturally in a creative Arsenal team and he could be a player to consider as a luxury defensive option.
Only 7.4% (and rising) of players have selected him so far but I see his ownership numbers rising considerably following his pre-season performances and an early flourish in Arsenal’s first team.
Gary Cahill – Chelsea [£6.5m]
Chelsea’s new captain (leader and legend) had an impressive game against Arsenal and showed his credentials following John Terry’s departure.
He performed well in an accomplished display, winning most of his aerial duels and defended well on the ground against the pacey duo of Welbeck and Lacazette.
In the middle of a back 3, he leads the line excellently and brings experience and maturity to a young Chelsea back-line.
The top scoring FPL defender last year with 178 points, he popped up with 6 important goals and kept 17 clean sheets in a fruitful season for the blues.
With ownership figures of 14.1%, he is a popular choice among FPL players and rightly so, with a £6.5m price tag strongly justified by performances last season and being a stalwart leader in a strong Chelsea defence.
Michy Batshuayi – Chelsea [£8.5m]
The 23-year-old Belgian striker featured in a strong starting XI for Chelsea and lead the line for 74 minutes before being replaced by Morata.
He played well and caused issues for the Arsenal back-line with his movement and prowess in and around the area.
His three starts for Chelsea have led to 5 goals and 1 assist for Chelsea last season, including the title clinching goal at West Brom, he has shown signs of his talent in front of goal.
Batshuayi will be hoping to continue his fine form from the end of last season after scoring 4 goals in 3 games.
A prolific striker in Ligue 1 for Marseille, the £33.2 million will be fighting for a starting spot in Conte’s first XI and will be eager to show his skill in front of goal.
Only 2.0% of players have Batshuayi in their squad, with a £8.5m price tag possibly causing managers to balk at the price tag.
Other strikers such as Firmino and Giroud are available at the same price, both scoring more points than him last season (180 and 116 respectively) and may feature more regularly than Batshuayi throughout the season.
Morata didn’t impress in the Community Shield, leading many to believe that Conte will put his faith into the young Belgian as his main man in attack.
With the return of Hazard incoming, the two countrymen could strike up a formidable partnership if Batshuayi keeps his coveted no.9 position in a strong Chelsea squad.
Others to watch
Pedro – Chelsea [£8.0m, 2.4% ownership]
Although receiving a red card for a rash challenge on Elneny, Pedro picked up where he left last season and impressed today.
His energy and directness into the Arsenal area caused disarray at times, with defenders struggling to cope with his pace.
For those Fantasy Premier League bosses asking us on Twitter – No, Pedro will not face a one match ban and miss Chelsea’s Premier League Gameweek 1 fixture vs Burnley at Stamford Bridge.
Granit Xhaka – [£5.5m, 2.2% ownership]
The silky Swiss midfielder looked good value for money today after a composed, dictating performance in the Arsenal midfield.
Alongside a quiet Elneny, he controlled the midfield for Arsenal and showed excellent passing tackling in the game.
A good run in the first XI could see him reap the benefits, with pacey runners latching onto the end of his pinpoint passes and assisting his strikers with accurate through balls.
What effect will this game have on our teams?
Although a glorified friendly, the result will do Arsenal wonders for their confidence ahead of their opening game against Leicester on Friday 11th August.
A strong display without Ozil, Sanchez, Ramsey and Koscielny will give them definite belief in their capabilities to challenge for the title.
Chelsea looked lacklustre today and didn’t look like the juggernaut team that won the league last season.
Matched evenly by a weakened Arsenal squad, Conte will have to work his magic again and find the right formula for his team.
However, as reigning champions and with new star signings, Chelsea’s confidence will still be sky-high, but they miss Eden Hazard too much?
Thank you for reading ‘Fantasy Premier League Tips: Arsenal vs Chelsea – Players to Watch from today’s Community Shield fixture’ which was written and produced by @SeanTDickens
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