Gameweek 36 results and April Manager of the Month

1  same The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
104 2345
2  same But Da Pitch Ain’t 1
Trev Reams
105 2304
3  same Perfidious Albion
Andrew Swift
95 2285
4  same Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
79 2247
5  same Bielsa Ringing
Alan Hardy
85 2223
6  same FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
121 2196
7  same INIT FC
Mustafa khan
98 2158
8  same Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
83 2137
9  same Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
88 2126
10  up Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
125 2125
11  same Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
86 2099
12  down FTM
Stu Smith
82 2096
13  same Aribo Haribo
Paul Hawkins
86 2084
14  up Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
110 2061
15  up Frostee Rucker
Paul Bentz
115 2048
16  down Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
82 2043
17  up Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
117 2026
18  down King raggg
Steven Darling
74 2026
19  down Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
72 2022
20  down Deeney in a Bottle
Stephanie Cripps
62 2022
21  same Salah Buffoon!!!
Jitesh Lakhani
90 2017
22  same Mour Salt and Pep
Noel Driver
76 2002
23  down Dinamo Spinks
David Spinks
52 1997
24  down Cookie fc
Peter Cook
53 1970
25  same RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
62 1958
26  up Musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
97 1956
27  down Crazy Leg XI
David Caldicott
74 1954
28  same Fake Madrid
Andrew Wade
87 1952
29  up PenshawPerformers
david bruce
85 1946
30  up Need son luck
Matt Jarvis
91 1946
31  down SLABHEAD FC
Adam Burnett
78 1938
32  down Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
66 1934
33  down Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
59 1923
34  up Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
94 1896
35  up The Big Lewandowski
Paul Callaghan
96 1896
36  down Hemel Hotspurs
Paul Jarvis
69 1883
37  same Dropit like its Hart
Jason Earwicker
81 1879
38  same Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
72 1866
39  same El Loco No Joko
Paul Murray
80 1865
40  up Puddle Splash Van
Ian Williams
86 1845
41  same Greeeenteeam
adam greenwood
58 1833
42  up Hoose Reus
James Whitfield
85 1833
43  down Pique Blinders
Colin Goulding
59 1832
44  up It’s coming home
scott mcgow
95 1828
45  down QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
57 1827
46  down Morningblues
Jeff Morning
51 1815
47  same romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
73 1798
48  same ClipityKlopptotitle
tanya thursby
46 1736
49  same The Mindless Morons
John Seacroft
57 1672
50  same Ross’s champions
darren frankland
71 1607

 

Top of the league – The Craggy Islanders – Adrian Roche – 2345 points

Da Pitch aren’t giving up on that title yet. They’re making every effort to close that gap. Scoring 105 points should help, unless the team you’re chasing racks up 104. The big scores were plentiful this week – seven in triple figures – only one less than last week. Albion aren’t out of contention either, posting 95 points. Our leaders however, crucially, still have their triple captain.

April manager of the month – Kebab Eaters United – Paul Howard – 351 points

April has probably produced a Buckets record for the highest monthly score for a four week game month. It took Kebab Eaters 351 points to win it – which included two 100+ scores. We’re looking at an average score of close to 90 points a week. Mentions too for the Islanders, Caligula and Da Pitch who weren’t far behind, also averaging an 80+ weekly total.

1  up Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
117 351
2  same The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
104 344
3  up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
121 330
4  up But Da Pitch Ain’t 1
Trev Reams
105 330

Manager of the week – Rip Roaring Reds – Sean Whyton – 125 points

For the second successive week we have a highest weekly score of 125 points. It was the triple captain chip that garnered the triple figure totals this week. And it was the triple captaining of one player in particular, Mo Salah, that reaped the greatest reward. The Islanders held the highest weekly score prize for one week only – they only scored four goals to the Reds’ seven. Most of us realised that all out Liverpool was the way to go with them coming up against the whippiest of whipping boys, Huddersfield. I suspect the Islanders are saving their triple captain for the last gameweek – a tactic which I think they’ve employed before – but had they gone with it they’d have accumulated the highest weekly score, won the manager of the week, the manager of the month AND probably sewn up the Buckets title.

Player of the week – Mohamed Salah – Liverpool – 19 points

It’s Salah’s second player of the week award. What a week to land the triple captain chip. He was always going to be the one and this Huddersfield fixture was always likely to be the game. There have been frustrating moments throughout the fantasy season for Salah owners, but he’s still leading scorer, and now by a fair distance. It appears that by not reaching the heights of last season he’s unworthy of a player of the year nomination or a place in the team of the year. Nonsense.

Bargain of the week – Cyrus Christie – Fulham – 11 points

Three consecutive clean sheets for Fulham. How did that happen? There’s no point in discussing this any further. Only ghost ships own Fulham defenders.

Twat of the week – Ainsley Maitland-Niles – Arsenal – -2 points

Doesn’t anybody want Champions League football next season? Maitland-Niles did Arsenal’s Europa League cause more good with dopey 30 minute red. He was on the Rip Roaring Reds’ bench. A smart place to put him.

Goal of the week – Ryan Babel. No vid.

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Gameweek 35 results

1  same The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
125 2245
2  same But Da Pitch Ain’t 1
Trev Reams
84 2203
3  same Perfidious Albion
Andrew Swift
90 2194
4  same Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
113 2176
5  same Bielsa Ringing
Alan Hardy
124 2138
6  up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
106 2079
7  same INIT FC
Mustafa khan
73 2064
8  down Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
65 2058
9  up Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
94 2038
10  up FTM
Stu Smith
80 2014
11  up Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
119 2013
12  down Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
62 2004
13  down Aribo Haribo
Paul Hawkins
82 1998
14  up Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
102 1961
15  down Deeney in a Bottle
Stephanie Cripps
64 1960
16  down King raggg
Steven Darling
65 1952
17  same Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
72 1951
18  same Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
88 1950
19  up Dinamo Spinks
David Spinks
95 1945
20  down Frostee Rucker
Paul Bentz
54 1933
21  up Salah Buffoon!!!
Jitesh Lakhani
94 1931
22  up Mour Salt and Pep
Noel Driver
92 1926
23  down Cookie fc
Peter Cook
62 1917
24  up Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
100 1913
25  down RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
81 1912
26  up Crazy Leg XI
David Caldicott
98 1880
27  down Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
63 1868
28  up Fake Madrid
Andrew Wade
80 1865
29  up Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
92 1864
30  down SLABHEAD FC
Adam Burnett
69 1864
31  down PenshawPerformers
david bruce
76 1861
32  down Musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
70 1859
33  same Need son luck
Matt Jarvis
80 1855
34  up Hemel Hotspurs
Paul Jarvis
76 1814
35  up Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
71 1802
36  same The Big Lewandowski
Paul Callaghan
63 1800
37  down Dropit like its Hart
Jason Earwicker
56 1798
38  up Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
121 1798
39  down El Loco No Joko
Paul Murray
58 1785
40  up Pique Blinders
Colin Goulding
79 1777
41  same Greeeenteeam
adam greenwood
60 1775
42  down QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
48 1770
43  down Morningblues
Jeff Morning
45 1764
44  same Puddle Splash Van
Ian Williams
72 1759
45  same Hoose Reus
James Whitfield
75 1752
46  up It’s coming home
scott mcgow
83 1733
47  down romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
60 1725
48  same ClipityKlopptotitle
tanya thursby
49 1690
49  same The Mindless Morons
John Seacroft
71 1615
50  same Ross’s champions
darren frankland
65 1540

 

Manager of the week – The Craggy Islanders – Adrian Roche – 125 points

We may have our champions. An expertly played double gameweek has (probably) pinched the highest gameweek score and has created a gap at the top of the table with three gameweeks left to play. The Islanders scored one of only eight triple figure scores in the week in which they were more likely to happen. The bench boost was the chip of choice for the Islanders and they managed to pick two of the three players that amassed 17 points – Gerard Deulefeu and Jonny Castro Otto. Add to that a 16 point captain contribution from Raheem Sterling, a double clean sheet 15 pointer from Aymeric Laporte and a much welcomed improvement in Brighton’s form offering 12 points from Mat Ryan. The Islanders are left with their triple captain, as are their closest challengers, Da Pitch. Albion and Madrid are chipless and will more than likely battle it out for third and fourth.

Player of the week – Ayoze Perez – Newcastle United – 17 points

It’s not uncommon for a single gameweeker to triumph in a double gameweek – it happened last week of course. Thanks Brighton. It was maybe less likely to happen this week given the larger pool of double gameweek players to pick from and the teams that were playing – six of the top half. I mentioned a few weeks ago as Ayoze Perez posted a 16 point gameweek that at the same time last season he came into incredible goal scoring form to save Newcastle from a relegation scrap. And that the same thing could happen last season. It is.

Bargain of the week – Jonny Castro Otto – Wolverhampton Wanderers – 17 points

Manchester City were the only team to keep two clean sheets of the double gameweekers. Wolves kept one against Brighton and were unlucky not to add a second against Arsenal. Despite conceding one against the Gunners two of their three goals had wing back involvement. Matt Doherty scored his fourth league goal of the season, assisted by his mate on the opposite flank, Jonny, who added a second assist to help him to his second double figure total of the season.

Twat of the week – Nacho Monreal – Arsenal – 0 points

It was difficult to pick a twat this week. Monreal scored zero and was the costliest of those players so he takes the honour. Both Arsenal and Manchester United shipped six and did their Europa League hopes the world of good.

Goal of the week – Lucas Digne.

Gameweek 29 results

1  up The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
49 1797
2  down But Da Pitch Ain’t 1
Trev Reams
45 1795
3  same Perfidious Albion
Andrew Swift
44 1782
4  same Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
58 1753
5  same Bielsa Ringing
Alan Hardy
44 1725
6  up Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
52 1687
7  same FTM
Stu Smith
40 1681
8  down INIT FC
Mustafa khan
32 1679
9  up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
63 1659
10  down Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
42 1642
11  up Frostee Rucker
Paul Bentz
52 1640
12  up Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
51 1630
13  same Deeney in a Bottle
Stephanie Cripps
34 1622
14  down King raggg
Steven Darling
35 1621
15  up Aribo Haribo
Paul Hawkins
57 1609
16  up Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
61 1602
17  up Fake Madrid
Andrew Wade
42 1593
18  down Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
31 1591
19  same RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
36 1585
20  down SLABHEAD FC
Adam Burnett
29 1582
21  up Dinamo Spinks
David Spinks
43 1566
22  same Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
40 1564
23  up Cookie fc
Peter Cook
50 1560
24  down Mour Salt and Pep
Noel Driver
22 1560
25  up Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
57 1553
26  down Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
48 1551
27  same Musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
45 1534
28  same Salah Buffoon!!!
Jitesh Lakhani
57 1532
29  up Crazy Leg XI
David Caldicott
61 1521
30  up PenshawPerformers
david bruce
51 1519
31  same Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
45 1511
32  down Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
35 1505
33  up Need son luck
Matt Jarvis
47 1503
34  down The Big Lewandowski
Paul Callaghan
30 1499
35  down Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
27 1497
36  down Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
31 1493
37  up El Loco No Joko
Paul Murray
39 1493
38  down QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
32 1488
39  up Pique Blinders
Colin Goulding
59 1482
40  down Morningblues
Jeff Morning
32 1477
41  same romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
48 1477
42  down Hemel Hotspurs
Paul Jarvis
30 1470
43  up Dropit like its Hart
Jason Earwicker
70 1464
44  up Greeeenteeam
adam greenwood
60 1457
45  down Hoose Reus
James Whitfield
47 1452
46  down ClipityKlopptotitle
tanya thursby
27 1446
47  same It’s coming home
scott mcgow
22 1405
48  same Puddle Splash Van
Ian Williams
51 1378
49  same The Mindless Morons
John Seacroft
43 1338
50  same Ross’s champions
darren frankland
53 1294

Buckets Cup semi finals

The 2019 Buckets Cup final will be contested by The Craggy Islanders and Neil Madrid. Both are previous league winners and losing cup finalists, so whoever wins will become just the third team to have won both a Buckets Cup and a Buckets League title. We could even see another double with the Islanders taking their place at the top of the league this week and Neil Madrid closing the gap in fourth place.

Manager of the week – Drop It Like It’s Hart – Jason Earwicker – 70 points

Another relatively low scoring week on the whole. Two missed penalties by PEA and Paul Pogba may have affected some final totals. Bad if you had both. Double bad if you stuck the armband on one of them. Pogba particularly was a popular choice for captain. I don’t think any of us were unlucky enough to chance the triple captain. Drop It’s 70 points contained a 25 point West Ham contribution. Is that part of a strategy working towards the blank in which the Hammers are one of the ten teams with a game?

Player of the week – Declan Rice West Ham United – 15 points

There aren’t many players who have ended the gameweek as the highest scorer on two occasions. Who’d have thought a West Ham defender would achieve that feat, particularly given their shoddy clean sheet record. Rice’s goal, clean sheet and top bonus against Newcastle matches his performance against Arsenal back in GW22. It’s worth noting in the six intervening games he’s only picked up an additional 10 points.

Bargain of the week – Andreas Periera – Manchester United – 12 points

The second best goal in a game full of cracking goals and an assist to one of Romelu Lukaku’s double and, given the lengthy Old Trafford injury list, we have a £4.5 million Manchester United player in with a shout of nailing down a place for the forthcoming double gameweeks.

Twat of the week – Lucas Torriera – Arsenal – -2 points

Not many North London derbies go by without a red card. This time Arsenal’s tenacious Uruguayan midfielder got the early bath – if you can call the 95th minute early. I’m sure most managers will be cursing those penalty misses more.

Goal of the week – Yann Valery

Gameweek 20 results and December manager of the month

1  up Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
72 1235
2  same But Da Pitch Ain’t 1
Trev Reams
55 1233
3  down Perfidious Albion
Andrew Swift
43 1228
4  down The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
55 1226
5  same Thelma and Luiz
Trevor Gordon
59 1190
6  same Bielsa Ringing
Alan Hardy
46 1173
7  up SLABHEAD FC
Adam Burnett
74 1169
8  down Frostee Rucker
Paul Bentz
39 1164
9  up Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
50 1164
10  down Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
45 1163
11  down FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
44 1163
12  down FTM
Stu Smith
56 1157
13  down King raggg
Steven Darling
41 1137
14  same Deeney in a Bottle
Stephanie Cripps
43 1134
15  same INIT FC
Mustafa khan
61 1133
16  same Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
55 1124
17  same Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
50 1107
18  same Cookie fc
Peter Cook
44 1100
19  up Aribo Haribo
Paul Hawkins
54 1092
20  up Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
81 1090
21  up Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
74 1086
22  down Mour Salt and Pep
Noel Driver
36 1082
23  up PenshawPerformers
david bruce
74 1081
24  down RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
46 1080
25  down Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
54 1079
26  down Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
50 1071
27  down Fake Madrid
Andrew Wade
55 1070
28  up Dinamo Spinks
David Spinks
53 1063
29  up Morningblues
Jeff Morning
54 1056
30  down Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
38 1055
31  up Need son luck
Matt Jarvis
50 1049
32  down Musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
34 1047
33  down Dropit like its Hart
Jason Earwicker
28 1043
34  same Crazy Leg XI
David Caldicott
40 1039
35  down romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
31 1037
36  same Salah Buffoon!!!
Jitesh Lakhani
43 1030
37  same El Loco No Joko
Paul Murray
45 1022
38  up QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
58 1019
39  down Hemel Hotspurs
Paul Jarvis
43 1013
40  up The Big Lewandowski
Paul Callaghan
46 1002
40  same Hoose Reus
James Whitfield
35 1002
42  up Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
55 1001
43  down ClipityKlopptotitle
tanya thursby
32 996
44  up Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
71 996
45  up It’s coming home
scott mcgow
64 976
46  down Pique Blinders
Colin Goulding
38 966
47  same Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
50 947
48  same Greeeenteeam
adam greenwood
51 946
49  same Puddle Splash Van
Ian Williams
42 931
50  same The Mindless Morons
John Seacroft
38 914
51  same Ross’s champions
darren frankland
58 858

 

Manager of the week AND December manager of the month – Rip Roaring Reds – Sean Whyton – 375 points

Last update I posted a league table of the runners and riders for the December manager of the month prize. It was the top 12 from Frostee Rucker who were out in the lead on 335 points down to Fake Madrid on 300 points. The Reds weren’t in that twelve. They were probably about 15th or 16th. They’re in at number one in the week that matters. With a bullet. Taking the manager of the week accolade to seal the monthly prize makes it even more impressive. And it’s boosted them 10 places in the overall rankings from 30th to 20th. It’s rare to jump that many places at this point in the season. You need a very, very good week to achieve that. Ousting one misfiring City asset in Leroy Sane and replacing him with Paul Pogba and then captaining him was the catalyst. A brave move that paid off handsomely.

Player of the week – Paul Pogba – Manchester United – 18 points

City players out. United players in. Not least the one player in red whose caused the most controversy, been the biggest talking point, been the most divisive, been the most disappointing. Not any more. Under Solksjaer, Pogba has hit three double figure scores in succession. That’s Salah-esque. For 5 million less. Can you afford to be without him? And his mates. It reminds me of Leicester’s championship winning season when everyone could afford to have Vardy and Mahrez because they were so damn cheap. You can have a triple pick of Pogba, Lingard, Martial and Rashford for the same price as Sterling and Aguero.

Bargain of the week – Neil Etheridge – Cardiff City – 15 points

Joining Callum Wilson as the only player to gain two weekly high scores, Neil Etheridge has risen to the second highest scoring keeper, keeping five clean sheets, saving three penalties, including one in this game, and making a shitload of saves – more than any other stopper. He’s way ahead of any other keeper in his price bracket, but still, more of us feel safer with the greasy gloves of Joe Hart and Lukasz Fabianski.

Twat of the week – Shkodran Mustafi – Arsenal – -1 points

What happened to the North London derby Arsenal? Only PEA seems capable of keeping up his pace of scoring. I’m not sure there’s ever been a more untrusted Arsenal defensive collective in fantasy league history. There is no Arsenal player on the first page of defenders.

Goal of the week – Victor Camarasa. 

 

Gameweek 17 results

1  same Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
67 1087
2  up Perfidious Albion
Andrew Swift
68 1063
3  same The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
54 1049
3  down But Da Pitch Ain’t 1
Trev Reams
47 1049
5  same Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
66 1013
6  up Thelma and Luiz
Trevor Gordon
63 1006
7  down Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
53 999
8  up Frostee Rucker
Paul Bentz
71 994
9  down FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
54 993
10  down Bielsa Ringing
Alan Hardy
47 980
11  down Deeney in a Bottle
Stephanie Cripps
48 974
12  up King raggg
Steven Darling
55 969
13  down Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
39 964
14  same SLABHEAD FC
Adam Burnett
60 964
15  up FTM
Stu Smith
60 960
16  down Cookie fc
Peter Cook
46 949
17  same Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
56 944
18  up INIT FC
Mustafa khan
58 936
19  down RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
44 919
20  same Musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
44 916
21  up Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
56 913
22  same Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
44 906
23  down Need son luck
Matt Jarvis
37 904
24  up Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
54 900
25  same Mour Salt and Pep
Noel Driver
45 899
26  up Dropit like its Hart
Jason Earwicker
61 891
27  down Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
34 889
28  down Aribo Haribo
Paul Hawkins
42 887
29  up Salah Buffoon!!!
Jitesh Lakhani
74 881
30  up Dinamo Spinks
David Spinks
48 878
31  down Morningblues
Jeff Morning
46 873
32  up Crazy Leg XI
David Caldicott
59 872
33  down The Big Lewandowski
Paul Callaghan
43 871
34  down QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
48 868
35  down Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
46 868
36  down PenshawPerformers
david bruce
47 864
37  up romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
58 864
38  up Fake Madrid
Andrew Wade
70 862
39  down Hoose Reus
James Whitfield
41 860
40  up ClipityKlopptotitle
tanya thursby
64 852
41  up El Loco No Joko
Paul Murray
52 837
42  down Pique Blinders
Colin Goulding
44 831
43  same Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
42 830
44  down Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
33 824
45  same Hemel Hotspurs
Paul Jarvis
54 822
46  same Greeeenteeam
adam greenwood
63 807
47  up Puddle Splash Van
Ian Williams
52 793
48  down It’s coming home
scott mcgow
48 788
49  same The Mindless Morons
John Seacroft
51 758
50  same Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
36 733
51  same Ross’s champions
darren frankland
35 712

 

Manager of the week – Salah Buffoon!!! – Jitesh Lakhani – 74 points

A second manager of the week award for Salah Buffoon!!! Their last, in GW8, helped them jump into the top 40 and came largely as a result of sticking the armband on Eden Hazard and reaping the rewards of a double figure haul. Ditto this week. Hazard’s first 10+ total in nine weeks has helped the Buffoons rise into the top 30. Hazard scored a goal and a noteworthy fifth assist in four games to help Chelsea to victory over Brighton. Chelsea’s good festive fixture run might enable Hazard to produce more of the same – although it does appear that he’s ended the week with a yellow flag next to his name.

Player of the week – Henrikh Mkhitaryan – Arsenal – 14 points

Bargain of the week – Danny Ings – Southampton – 13 points

Southampton’s impressive win over Arsenal provides both the player awards this week. Does this prove it’s better to pump more money into your midfield than it does into your attack? Danny Ings’ brace and top bonus comes in at 11 points to Mkhitaryan’s 12 (2 goals plus 2 bonus points), and so he somewhat unluckily, given the match result, has to settle for the bargain award.

The Arsenal side that looked so impressive in the North London derby haven’t fulfilled that fantasy point-scoring promise, particularly Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who many managers instantly transferred in as a result of his performance against Spurs. Mkhitaryan gave way at half time in that game and has only played 45 minutes in each of the games since, so it would have been hard to predict his involvement here, never mind the likelihood of him netting twice.

Attention may switch to Danny Ings again as it did in the early weeks of the season. The Southampton striker needs to stay fit having just come back from a six week lay off. He and Salomon Rondon appear to be the only viable sub £6 million striking options on the table at the moment.

Twat of the week – Laurent Koscielny – Arsenal – 0 points

And to complete the set. It’s not the return to first team action that Koscielny would have wanted, but worth noting that he lasted the full 90 minutes and starts at a reasonably priced £5.4million. You’d expect him to be a regular, maybe once the busy festive schedule is out the way, so definitely worth keeping an eye on. Arsenal need to improve defensively and maybe Koscielny will help them do that.

Goal of the week – Gerard Deulofeu. A game full of good goals…

…and no vid to prove it.