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Fantasy Premier League GW21 reaction: Haaland a hero but trouble for Toney
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Mitchell Fretton
Erling Haaland scored his fourth Premier League hat-trick against Wolves
Erling Haaland scored his fourth Premier League hat-trick against Wolves

Arsenal put in a magnificent performance in their win over Manchester United on Sunday despite Manchester City putting the pressure on earlier in the day.

The gap between the Premier League title rivals stands at five points but the Gunners have a game in hand on City with the pair still to meet twice.

Elsewhere, West Ham recorded a huge win over Everton and Aston Villa piled more misery on Southampton at St Mary's.

Gameweek 21 has fantasy players who selected Erling Haaland celebrating — but those who picked Ivan Toney will be regretting their choices.

Before Fulham take on Tottenham tonight, we take a look at the weekend's best and worst fantasy performers.

Gameweek 21 top performers

Erling Haaland (Manchester City)

Haaland struck his fourth Premier League hat-trick of the season against Wolves.

City ran out 3-0 winners and the Norwegian striker features as the top scorer in fantasy football with a 17-point haul.

Pep Guardiola's men face a tasty FA Cup tie against Arsenal next before their 22-year-old marksman can continue his march to the Golden Boot with a trip to Tottenham on February 5.

David Raya (Brentford)

David Raya was on fine form for Brentford at Leeds
David Raya was on fine form for Brentford at Leeds

There is a vast selection of goalkeepers to choose from in the Premier League but few have performed better than Brentford's David Raya this season.

His tally of 10 points against Leeds ranks him joint-top for keepers this week, with Emiliano Martinez and Vicente Guaita keeping pace with the Spanish shot-stopper.

Next up for the Bees is a match against bottom-placed Southampton — with Raya set to keep another clean sheet following the 0-0 draw at Elland Road.

Bukayo Saka (Arsenal)

Bukayo Saka may only have grabbed one goal in the entertaining 3-2 victory over United on Sunday, but he was the star of the show yet again for the league leaders.

His nine-point accumulation moves his season total to 109, ranking him in the top 10 for the entire season.

A trip to crisis club Everton beckons for Mikel Arteta's side in GW22, where the North Londoners will be confident of picking up another three points.

Gameweek 21 worst performers

Ivan Toney (Brentford)

Ivan Toney could not find the net at Elland Road
Ivan Toney could not find the net at Elland Road

Only Harry Kane and Haaland have scored more goals than Toney in the Premier League this season, but the Brentford striker could not add to his tally of 13 at Leeds.

Scoring one point for just the fourth time in 2022-23, the Bees talisman's 29.8% ownership will be regretting their decision to stick with the centre forward this week.

With Southampton next up, Toney will be desperate to recapture his goalscoring form sooner rather than later.

Gabriel Martinelli (Arsenal)

Although Arsenal recorded a significant win, Gabriel Martinelli was not at his best at the Emirates and was eventually substituted for new signing Leandro Trossard.

A two-point return will be disheartening for many fantasy players, with just under 45% of users selecting the Brazilian trickster.

Despite his less-than-inspiring performance, Martinelli is still likely to start against Everton and Arsenal's form suggests it would be wise to stick with the winger.

Robert Sanchez (Brighton)

Robert Sanchez conceded two goals at Leicester
Robert Sanchez conceded two goals at Leicester

It is rare for Brighton to drop points under Roberto De Zerbi but the Seagulls were held in a 2-2 draw at Leicester.

Goalkeeper Robert Sanchez picked up just a single point for the seventh time this season — a not-so-pleasing sight for 11.6% of fantasy players.

The Spaniard will have a chance to redeem himself when Brighton face struggling Bournemouth on February 4.


Premier LeagueManchester CityBrentfordArsenalBrighton & Hove AlbionErling Braut HaalandBukayo SakaMartinelli
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