Fantasy Football Focus 2014/15: Arsenal

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With the new season looming it's time to assess your fantasy football options. Today's focus will be on Arsenal.

The Gunners finished 4th in the Premier League last season but lifted the FA Cup and were atop the league table for longer than any other side in what was a highly successful campaign.

Arsenal will look to build on their displays from last season this time out and will only be stronger after the arrival of Alexis Sanchez has given the side further optimism, but where should you be looking at the squad from a fantasy football perspective?

Budget options

DEF - Nacho Monreal - The Spanish left-back is being linked with a move back to Spain but if he remains an Arsenal player, he could be worth a punt as Kieran Gibbs is susceptible to an injury. The 28-year-old made 23 appearances last season and is one of The Gunners cheapest options in defence. 

MID - Mathieu Flamini - The Frenchman returned to Arsenal on a free transfer last summer but played a vital role in the centre of midfield and his tenacity made Wenger's side a tougher unit. Flamini will not contribute much going forward, though he managed two goals last season. He gives you a cheap way into the Arsenal side and will likely see plenty of action again, after he made 27 appearances last term.

Worth a gamble

MID - Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - The 20-year-old comes in the mid-price bracket and will hope to continue to improve in an Arsenal shirt as he has done over the past three seasons. Wenger has hinted that he may use Chamberlain in a deep-lying playmaker role as Steven Gerrard operates in so successfully for Liverpool. This would see the young Englishman see plenty more action as there are so many attacking options in the Arsenal midfield now. If he can nail down a regular starting berth, Chamberlain could be a valuable option.

MID - Mesut Ozil - It may seem strange to have the German playmaker in this section, but his price tag makes him a gamble. Ozil will be an expensive option and was criticised during Germany's World Cup winning campaign this summer for looking lethargic on the pitch. He has had a season to adapt to life in the Premier League and could be a fantasy football dream in terms of creativity with so much attacking talent around him now. However, with Arsenal's German trio of Ozil, Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski set to miss the first game, it would be best to hold out before putting the playmaker in your side.

FOR - Olivier Giroud - The big French striker is a cheaper option than many other Arsenal attackers but could be the man to spearhead the attack. There are better striker options around the league in terms of ability, but few will get the quality of service that Giroud will have around him next season. He scored 16 times with eight assists last time out and could build on those impressive numbers this campaign.

Must-haves

DEF - Mathieu Debuchy - The new signing is set to play regularly at right-back for Arsenal following the departure of Bacary Sagna and Debuchy is a cheaper option than Per Mertesacker or Laurent Koscielny. The Frenchman will offer an attacking outlet down the right and will also benefit from clean-sheets in what is sure to be a valuable acquisition for plenty of fantasy managers.

MID - Aaron Ramsey - The rise of Ramsey was staggering last season and who knows how good his season could have been had he not missed four months through injury. The Welsh midfielder was exceptional and came back at the end of the season in the same form, scoring three goals and two assists in the last five games of the season - including the FA Cup final. Ramsey is set to star in the midfield once again despite the competition for places and if he can remain fit for the season, he will surely improve on last year's incredible returns.

MID/FOR - Alexis Sanchez - The marquee signing has been labelled as a midfielder with the Premier League's official fantasy game and this only adds to his value. The Chilean winger will add pace and flair into the side and is sure to be a regular in the starting lineup. Sanchez got 19 goals and 10 assists for Barcelona last season in his most successful campaign, and he could be played as the main striker in place of Giroud as well as on either wing. Sanchez will be one of the first name's in many manager's teams but his price will mean he will have to produce on a weekly basis.

Which Arsenal player's will be in your fantasy team?

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