After the tumultuous run of form Arsenal have had recently, you would have been forgiven for thinking that Milan away would have been yet another rainy day for the Gunners. However, Arsenal managed an impressive 2-0 win away from home against a Milan side that have been in excellent form under new coach Rino Gattuso. The Europa League is very much Arsene Wenger’s last roll of the dice and it seems that Arsenal will be putting everything into this competition in the hope that they can sneak into that coveted Champions League spot!
It was a positive day all round for the Gunners as Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Shkodran Mustafi (£1.28) grabbed two crucial away goals to give Arsenal a firm lead in the tie. Mustafi, in particular, was subject to some decent gains as his price tag increased by a cool 11.78%. Mustafi has been facing some pretty bad flack following a string of poor performances, so his performance yesterday will have helped immensely. Mesut Ozil cropped up with a couple of assists, but despite some decent performances all round for Arsenal, none of their players were able to grab the Match Day Dividends.
Atlético’s young defender José Gimenez (£1.25) won the Top Defender Dividends following his performance during the Spanish clubs 3-0 win against Lokomotiv Moscow. The Uruguayan is rated as one of the world’s best defensive prospects and considering Atlético are already ranked as one of the best defensive teams in the world, he’s certainly at the right place to develop his trade.
Leipzig depended on young striker Timo Werner (£3.42) to help them scrape out a 2-1 win against Zenit Werner won the striker dividend on the day with a relatively low score of 135 points. Nonetheless, Werner remains massive prospect on the Index, especially when you take into account just how valuable he will be for Germany come the World Cup. Werner is one of the bookie’s favourites for top scorer in Russia this summer and for good reason! Germany will likely make it to the latter stages and with Werner leading the line, he will surely be amongst the goals.
The surprise package last night was Salzburg who beat Dortmund away from home 2-1. Their Norwegian midfielder Valon Berisha grabbed a brace and in doing so he also helped himself to a brace of Match Day dividend wins. Now some of you may not know too much about Valon Berisha, however having signed him on Football Manager a couple of seasons ago, I consider myself a bit of an expert. He did pretty well on that Footy Manager League (I signed him for Leipzig in case you were wondering!) and it’s great to see he’s now making waves on the Index as well!
Having been capped with Norway, Berisha has since made the decision to instead opt for the Kosovo national team, following the nation’s formation of an international side. Berisha also has a brother (Veton) who plies his trade in Austria with Salzburg’s league rival Rapid Wein. With his performance last night, the Norwegian saw an increase in value by over 30%. That’s some pretty nice gains for any traders who managed to get in early. Berisha will surely be using the Europa League as a chance to put himself in the shop window and last night he certainly did his chances of a bigger European move no harm!