Match week three was one that all Arsenal fans had circled on their calendar. The match at Anfield was going to be the season’s first test for Emery’s revamped Arsenal side. For all of the pomp and circumstance leading up to the match, the Gunners’ performance went over as well as a fart in church, losing 3-1 to the league-leading Reds while being run off the pitch by Mohamed Salah.
The spirit of Shkodran Mustafi possessed David Luiz, who made two notable errors that led directly to both goals for Salah. The two-goal performance by the Liverpool attacker made him the Premiere League Fantasy top point earner for the week.
Unfortunately, third time was not the charm as no Arsenal players found a spot on the Team of the Week after representation in the first two weeks. Lucas Torreira was Arsenal’s top point earner after scoring the Gunners’ only goal, but could not produce a productive enough performance to crack the TOW.
The top 10 in the Short Fuse Fantasy league saw many familiar names, as PukkiMane jumped from third to first, while Show Me The Mane, who sat atop last week’s standings, dropped to 6th, but just barely.
Team Question Mark held on to their second place spot, while the top 10 welcomed new names in MyWinners, Irish Aris, and Maggi Noodles.
Arsenal head into the weekend with yet another top 6 matchup on deck as the Gunners host Tottenham Hotspur in the season’s first North London Derby. Last season’s match at the Emirates was one of the best performances by the Gunners all season as Arsenal summarily thrashed the Spurs to the tune of 4-2 despite losing an early lead. Aubameyang doubled up that night, and a repeat performance would make many fantasy players (see: me) very happy.
Despite a favorable match-up, Spurs were left reeling after two shocking home losses to both Newcastle and VAR on Sunday. While it would be easy to say that they were caught looking ahead to the NLD, the uncharacteristic loss at home leaves the Spurs asking more questions than they bargained for heading into a huge matchup. The loss puts the Spurs in 7th with 4 points through the first three matches.
So how did your teams do? Any surprise picks or prognostications? Leave em in the comments, and happy selecting!