Arsenal's dominant win over West Ham showcased their prowess in set-pieces, with Gabriel and William Saliba leading the charge. Both defenders are now among the top five assets in their position, making them must-have picks for Dream Team managers.
Arsenal's set-piece supremacy
Arsenal's 6-0 victory over West Ham highlighted their strength in set-pieces. William Saliba started the scoring with a header from a corner, followed by Gabriel's goal from a wide free-kick. In just 12 minutes, Arsenal scored three set-piece goals, leaving the Hammers comprehensively outmatched.
Arsenal's defensive transformation
Under Mikel Arteta, Arsenal have transformed from a team known for nimble, technical football to one with a solid defensive backbone. They have conceded the fewest goals in the Premier League and their impressive expected goals against numbers indicate their effectiveness in restricting opponents. With their strength in set-pieces added to the mix, the Gunners are now a force to be reckoned with.
Gabriel and Saliba shine
Gabriel and Saliba's performances against West Ham have catapulted them to the top of Dream Team's defenders. Gabriel scored 15 points while Saliba pocketed 14, making them the best-performing defenders of Gameweek 23. Both players are now among the top five defenders in terms of total season points, showcasing their consistent contributions.
Next fixtures and potential returns
Arsenal's upcoming fixtures present an opportunity for Dream Team managers to capitalize on Gabriel and Saliba's form. The Gunners face Burnley, who have struggled since their promotion, followed by a Champions League clash against Porto. With Arsenal's defensive record and the potential for clean sheets, managers can expect massive returns from these defenders. Additionally, Arsenal is one of three teams with two fixtures in Gameweek 24, making their top performers popular picks.
Dream Team's top defenders 2023/24
- Kieran Trippier – 191 pts
- Trent Alexander-Arnold – 179 pts
- Pedro Porro – 158 pts
- Gabriel – 150 pts
- William Saliba – 144 pts
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I ensure the proper fit for my football boots?
For a proper fit, your football boots should be snug, but not too tight. This will allow for movement, without allowing the foot to slide inside the boot. If you want to prevent squeezing your toes in the boot while running or when kicking, leave about a half-thumb’s distance between the toes. Selecting a boot design that is suitable for your narrow or wider feet will also be important. It’s important to try on the boots with your football socks on and fully lacing them up.
What factors should I take into consideration when selecting a ball?
Consider the material and construction when choosing a ball. Size 5 is the standard for players aged 12 and above, including adults. For younger players, smaller sizes are recommended. Material should match the surface of the pitch – leather on natural grass, and synthetics for rougher surfaces. In addition, the thermal-bonded ball offers better waterproofing as well as shape retention than stitched footballs. Durability and flight stability should also be considered.
What are some of the essential items needed to play football?
Football requires a number of basic pieces of equipment, including a shirt or top, shorts, socks, shinguards and cleats. Goalkeepers usually require additional equipment such as specialized glove and sometimes padded clothes to protect them when diving and jumping. To maintain safety and to comply with rules, it’s important that players wear the right clothing.
Is there a specific regulation regarding the equipment that is used during competitive football games?
To ensure the safety of players and integrity of games, many competitive football matches have specific equipment rules. The rules of the game specify standard equipment, such as jerseys and shorts with sleeves. They also stipulate socks that cover shinguards, and footwear. It is against the law to wear or use equipment that poses a risk to a player’s safety or an opponent’s. To avoid penalties and disqualification, it’s important that players adhere to these rules, which vary depending on the league or age group.
How do you choose the right football boot for your playing surface?
Choosing the right football boot depends on the surface that you’ll play on. It is recommended to use metal studs for natural grass pitches. They provide traction as well as stability. Boots with a flat sole or boots with many small rubber studs are ideal for artificial turf. They offer better grip, and can reduce injury risk. Indoor courts (IN), which are a type of court, require non-marking soles. This is to prevent surface damage and ensure proper movement.
- Over 90% of professional football players wear boots with synthetic uppers for better performance and durability.
- Studies show that the proper use of shin guards can reduce the risk of injuries in football players by up to 70%.
- Research has indicated that around 60% of football-related ankle injuries could be mitigated with the correct choice of footwear.
- Compression garments are used by about 50% of professional football players during training sessions for muscle support and injury prevention.
- Approximately 40% of amateur football players wear boots that are not properly fitted, increasing the risk of foot injuries.
How To Determine the Right Size and Fit for Your Football Cleats
For maximum performance and comfort, it is vital to get football cleats which fit properly. If you are wearing the correct size cleat, there should be about a finger’s width between your longest toes and the cleat. The cleats must fit snugly at the midfoot. There should be little or no movement of the heel. The upper part should feel snug, but flexible enough to allow for natural foot movement. To get the best fit, always try on your cleats while wearing the socks you plan to wear for matches.
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