No doubt most of talk from this week, will be Arsenals stunning 6-1 demolition of Everton at Goodison Park.
Cesc Fabregas proved to be player of the week, with a tally of 2 goals and 2 assists. The young captain could prove to be a player all managers ‘must have’, if he continues showing this sort of form.
Another player that stood out was their new signing Thomas Vermaelen, who capped his league debut, with a goal. He looked calm and collected at the back and could prove to be a good value buy.
With Arsenal not playing in game week 2, because of their midweek Champions league qualifier against Celtic, it may be worthwhile waiting for the next game week to pick up any Arsenal players.
Their next 3 games see them play Portsmouth, Manchester City and Manchester United which is not the easiest of games, and could be an early indication of their prospective title challenge.
Manchester United’s 1-0 win against Birmingham, was not the most convincing of starts to the season for the reigning champions. Wayne Rooneys goal proved to be enough, as they squandered a plethora of chances, with Darren Fletcher guilty for the worst miss of the game.
Also Sir Alex Ferguson has somewhat of an injury crisis on his hands in his defense right now. Rio Ferdinand will undergo a scan today to assess the extent of a thigh injury that may rule him out of England’s World Cup qualifying match against Croatia next month.
With Gary Neville, Nemanja Vidic and Rafael Da Silva already injured and Jonny Evans limping off with a slight groin problem in the closing stages of yesterday’s match, Ferguson is concerned that United’s resources are being stretched and that a new signing may be necessary.
He has identified Ryan Shawcross, the Stoke City defender, as a possible solution.
Shawcross, 21, began his career with United, graduating from the club’s youth academy, before leaving Old Trafford for Stoke in an initial ?1 million deal in January 2008.
Stoke would be reluctant to sell Shawcross, whose value to them has increased with the number of goals he has scored from set-pieces, but United insisted on a buy-back clause in the deal that took him to the Britannia Stadium. He would be a cheap buy in the Fantasy League, and having already scored in game week 1 could be an ideal budget defender for your team.
Birmingham also looked well organized and could well have stole some points had Christian Benitez’s shot not been brilliantly saved by Ben Foster. With Portsmouth, Stoke and Spurs the next 3 teams to face Birmingham, a Birmingham defender could be a good value buy now. Also Benitez looked a quality player, and will no doubt trouble a lot of defenses this season. He could well pick up a descent amount of points as a budget striker on your fantasy team.
Liverpool had the worst start of the ‘top four’, when they lost to Spurs at White Hart Lane. The loss of Xabi Alonso has certainly weakened the team as they failed to pick up any points. Spurs spurned a lot of chances in front of goal, especially Robbie Keane, and where in control of the game for the majority of the ninety minutes.
Luca Modric could prove to be a good signing as he was very much the ‘creator’ player for Spurs, and earned an assist for Sebastien Bassong headed set play goal. Bassong also looked a quality player and could be an ideal low price defender with Hull, West Ham and Birmingham the next for Spurs over the next couple of weeks.