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Heaton heroics see Empire strike back

Gameweek 16 saw Arsene Wenger emphatically answer his critics at the weekend as Arsenal thumped in-form Newcastle 4-1. “Le Professeur” had been jeered while rather modestly catching a train home after the Gunners’ 3-2 loss at Stoke the previous week.

Two managers not renowned for modesty, Jose Mourinho and Louis van Gaal, were cheered as Chelsea bounced back from defeat doon the Toon by beating Hull 2-0 and United kept on “resurging” with a 3-0 victory over arch-rivals Liverpool.

It is not known if Rethiya Khan is modest, has any critics, or has ever been shouted at while boarding public transport. What is certain, however, is that his Angkor Empire side have the bragging rights after taking the gameweek honours.

Rethiya had the week’s Dream Team star man, Burnley’s Tom Heaton, between the sticks for 15 points. The 28-year-old English stopper saved a penalty on his way to a clean sheet as the Clarets beat stuttering Southampton 1-0 to claw their way out of the drop zone.

Hot on Heaton’s heels were notable Dream Teamers Eden Hazard of Chelsea and Juan Mata of Manchester United, both with 14 points.

Rethiya’s bold choice of a bottom-three guardian – although Heaton has amassed 66 points so far this season – with Hazard as captain for 28 points and Mata helped win him the $20 Cellcard phone card, with which he can tell everyone of his tactical genius. If he so chooses.

Somebody else with something to shout about is Voeun Sokden, who won $10 phone credit in the Facebook competition as he correctly guessed that United’s Wayne Rooney would score first, on 12 minutes, in their game against Liverpool at Old Trafford.

Gameweek 17 throws up the standout clash of Liverpool v Arsenal on Sunday. Can Brendan Rodgers turn around the fortunes of his beleaguered team? Will Wenger be taking a taxi back to London? Who will be the Dream Team star man?

And who will be this round’s Special One with a $20 Cellcard voucher? Only Gameweek 17 will tell.

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