Finally Arsene Wenger can turn that frown upside down. Their awesome display against London rivals Chelsea at the weekend ensured a welcome boost up the Premier League table.
Any PPP/CTN Fantasy League manager trying to emulate the enigmatic Frenchman during gameweek 10 would have done extremely well to copy his choice of caption, with Robin van Persie leading the Dream team with a blinding 19 points. The Dutch forward’s hat-trick not only rocketed him to the top of the scoring charts in the Premier League but also sees him head the fantasy points tallies with a current total of 73.
Another frontman who is fast becoming a fantasy league favourite is Newcastle’s Demba Ba. The Sengalese striker grabbed his second treble of the campaign to earn another 17 points.
Tottenham’s Welsh wizard Gareth Bale was back to his ballistic best with a brace for 14 points after a relatively low key start to the season. Aston Villa midfielder Stiliyan Petrov was also a lucrative pick with his goal and assist accumulating 13 points.
I didn’t have to go far to find our winner this week, in fact I just had to swivel my chair as Cambodia’s leading football reporter Ung Chamroeun secured top honours with his team Roubroum United.
Chamroeun’s love for the Gunners paid off this time, with captain fantastic Van Persie contributing nearly half of his 87 points.
With fellow hat-trick hero Ba on the team list and a midfield pairing of Swansea’s Scott Sinclair and Liverpool’s Charlie Adam adding 8 points each, the remainder of the Roubroum squad scores were more or less academic.
Due to competition rules, Chamroeun’s status as a Post employee means he is ineligible to collect the internet dongle or US$20 phone voucher and T-shirt from sponsors Cellcard. Thus the prizes pass down to the next best total, which was 85 points by Hong Khorng’s Fullda FC.
OK, so Hong Khorng won with a different team last week but, although frowned upon, this is permitted by our rules. Interestingly, Fullda FC featured Van Persie but not as captain, with a strong ensemble cast making up the points.
Gameweek 11 fits snuggly into the two-day weekend, with a transfer deadline of 6:30pm on Saturday. No standout fixtures, but the big guns will look to blast away their opponents so there should be no shortage of fireworks.