Manager of the week – Pure Buffoonery! – Jitesh Lakhani – 116 points
The gameweek which should probably have yielded the highest weekly score – didn’t. We did get a handful of managers passing the century barrier and all can consider themselves in with a good chance of picking up the last manager of the month award. Best team this week were Pure Buffoonery! who equaled It’sOnlyAGameFarke!’s 116 point total, but scored more goals – five to three. Both of these teams were bench boosted, and both had our player of the week. Although neither captained him. Had they, or any of the others with Pierre Emerick Aubameyang in their teams done so, they’d be looking at our highest weekly score and May Manager of the month prize. They’d be out of sight with a triple captain punt. We almost entirely went with either Harry Kane or a Manchester City player. And that’s why we were all just bubbling under the 100 point mark rather than cruising past it.
And so we enter our final gameweek. Any of the top four could probably finish top. Any of the top six could probably finish top four. This unfortunately rules out Hornets who were top for so long. For a debut season in the game as a whole, not just in our league, it’s a fantastic effort. Only Chelsea and Liverpool have something to play for in the last gameweek. Southampton could still theoretically go down if they suffer a pasting at the hands of Manchester City, which in October I wouldn’t have ruled out. But even this season’s champions look like they’ve had enough for now and are winding down ahead of the World Cup. I’d expect as many full strength teams as possible, teams going bananas, lots of goalfests, and as a result maybe a few twists and turns as our Buckets season comes to a close.
Player of the week – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – 23 points
Arsenal’s form has been so up and down with still no away win since the new year that their players were virtually ignored for this gameweek. And maybe rightly so given the 3-1 defeat to Leicester. Yet, maybe we should have all taken into consideration the last home game of the Wenger reign. A 5-0 thumping of Burnley produced four double figure scorers. Aubameyang finished the week – scoring their single reply against Leicester as well – with his 9th goal in thirteen games. One to watch from the off next season.
Bargain of the week – Adrian – 19 points
The big scores came from some unexpected places this week. Adrian kept two clean sheets, made a hatful of saves and picked up four bonus marks to finish as the second highest scorer. Of the bottom half teams playing twice managers tended to favour Swansea assets over the likes of Brighton, Huddersfield and West Ham. Wrong choice. Swansea are down. The Hammers, Terriers and the Seagulls are safe.
Twat of the week – James Tarkowski – -1 points
Burnley have done all that was expected of them and more this season by qualifying for Europe, so maybe their foot was off the gas a little. That combined with the last Wenger home game factor and an Arsenal win was kind of inevitable. Burnley will be disappointed to have conceded five, as will those stuck with Burnely defenders following their previous double gameweek appearance and no chips left to get rid of them.
Goal of the week – Mark Noble.