Punt of the Week - Gameweek 7

8:23am Sep 29 2016

Looking for a transfer to replace the injured Kevin de Bruyne? This weeks Punt Mesut Ozil could be the perfect candidate to fill that gap and continue to earn you valuable FPL points.

Man City’s Kevin de Bruyne will be sorely missed by those FPL managers who had him in their team for Gameweek 7, having scored the most FPL points so far this season with 49 points and was proving to be an invaluable FPL asset.

Mesut Ozil on the other hand hasn’t hit these heights just yet, but, is beginning to find his form as Arsenal ramp up the pace scoring 7 goals in their last 2 Premier League games. Ozil put in a sublime display last weekend in Arsenal’s 3-0 drubbing of Chelsea in Gameweek 6 and so far, over 25,000 FPL bosses have since transferred him in to their teams.

Although The Clarets put in a good performance on Monday Night having beaten Watford 2-0 at Turf Moor, Arsenal will be a difficult team to face this weekend and probably have too much fire-power and defensive resilience to cause an upset to Wenger’s decent run of form.

Arsenal had a slow start to the season; it took them 3 gameweeks to earn their first win of the season but since getting their first 3 valuable points on the board, they have looked pretty impressive since. The Gunners have won their last 4 Premier League games and have scored 12 goals in the process, leaving Arsenal 3rd in the Premier League table.

It’s no coincidence that their form has improved since Mesut Ozil was reintroduced to the starting X1. The German has started all 4 of these matches after been given an extended summer break following EURO 2016, missing the first 2 Premier League matches as a result (although he did make a brief substitute appearance in week 2 vs Leicester).

Ozil was particularly impressive last weekend versus Chelsea and his goal was perhaps a little fortunate but, nonetheless, was pretty good to watch. Bagging 1 goal, 1 clean sheet and 2 bonus points, Ozil scored an impressive 10 FPL points in Gameweek 6 and this could be the start of a purple patch of FPL form.

Since beating Liverpool in Gameweek 2, Burnley have struggled against the bigger teams, conceding 3 goals against Chelsea and Leicester with no reply. It wouldn’t surprise me to see a similar score-line this weekend against Arsenal, especially given the absence of the suspended Andre Gray.

Arsenal’s attacking players are all in form at the moment, with Walcott (£7.6m), Iwobi (£5.8), Sanchez (£11.1)and of course Ozil (£9.5m) looking impressive of late and therefore, they could put a few past Burnley this weekend, giving Ozil an increased chance of scoring or assisting a goal from his number 10 role.

Ozil provided a staggering 19 assists last season, which fell just shy of the Premier League record. However, he is yet to get off the mark this season but I would be very surprised if he didn’t chip in with 1 or 2 this weekend.

If you’re looking to replace Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne then Mesut Ozil, who’s priced at £9.5m – which is £1.3m cheaper than the Belgian, then the money you save could be better spent on strengthening other areas of your team this week.

Ozil has scored 23 FPL points to date and is now managed by just 7.2% of FPL managers. This tally will definitely rise in the coming weeks given Arsenal’s upcoming fixtures. To call Ozil a punt seems strange to all of us her at Fantasy Football Pundits, but, he is a solid FPL player and is bound to score you points consistently.

Looking ahead at Arsenal’s next few fixtures, they look relatively kind on paper, with games against Swansea and Middlesbrough at the Emirates after the international break before making the trip north to face Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

With this in mind, Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil will be going in my team and I expect him to earn me some FPL points in these fixtures.

Article written by @holtdaniel123 – be sure to give him a follow on Twitter.

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