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Arguably the match of the season came at Carrow Road, with one of the goals of the season at Selhurst Park, as Gameweek 23 of ESPN FC Premier Fantasy was once again long on thrills and short on clean sheets.

Here's how January's league action went out with a bang.

WEEKLY WONDERS

Roberto Firmino (£6.7m) was the star of Liverpool's 5-4 thriller at Norwich, hitting two goals and an assist for 18 points. With four goals in his last three league matches, the Brazilian is a bargain at that price, not least because he's ranked as a midfielder but playing as a "false nine." The only downside is Liverpool's continued inconsistency.

Leicester's Danny Drinkwater (£5.8m) recorded his first goal and assist of the season -- as well as a fourth clean sheet in five matches -- for 13 points.

Three other midfielders bagged 12 points from a goal and an assist, including Wes Hoolahan (£5.7m) and James Milner (£6.2m) from that match at Carrow Road. Dele Alli (£5.9m) was the third man, and his wonder strike away to Crystal Palace was one of seven shots he recorded, four of which were on target -- both gameweek-leading figures.

Roberto Firmino fires home his first goal against Norwich.

Defenders Craig Cathcart (£5.3m) and Patrick Van Aanholt (£5.8m) managed 11 points each. The latter, who was one of our picks for the gameweek, has now scored in his fourth consecutive match and is Sunderland's second-highest scorer this season.

Sergio Aguero (£9.5m) hit another two goals for 11 points. The Argentine matched Dele Alli for shots (seven), and the six he attempted inside the box was the most of any player this week. Aguero now has 25 points in two matches and his average of 6.1 points per gameweek is second only to Romelu Lukaku (£9.3m).

In the same match, Enner Valencia (£6.1m) also bagged a brace. He's now scored four and provided an assist in his last four matches and looks like a good bet for more as the Hammers have a very kind set of fixtures to come.

TEAMSHEET TALK

Ben Foster (£5.6m) finally returned from a 10-month injury layoff and he did so in style, helping West Brom to only their second clean sheet since October. His recall will have a major impact on the 13.3 percent of managers who have Boaz Myhill (£5.0m), currently the fourth most popular keeper in the game, in their squads.

The nine-goal tear-up involving Norwich and Liverpool was notable for many things, not least the goal-scoring debut of Steven Naismith (£5.5m) for the Canaries. The Scot looks like being a good bargain option up front as he's likely to get major pitch time.

The woes of Eden Hazard (£8.2m) continue. The reigning Player of the Year remained on the bench for the trip to Arsenal, and has seen just 29 minutes of action in five league fixtures this year, as Cesc Fabregas (£7.5m) was preferred in a more advanced role. The Belgian is now owned by just 1.1 percent of managers -- how the mighty has fallen.

Angel Rangel (£5.0m) was recalled for Swansea's vital win at Everton as new manager Francesco Guidolin used three-centre halves to nullify the Toffees' attack. The Swans rode their luck along the way -- the 13 shots they allowed in their area was a gameweek high -- but they hung on to make it back-to-back wins for the first time this season, with midfielder Andre Ayew (£7.2m) again used as a lone striker.

THE NUMBERS GAME

Earlier this month, we described Mesut Ozil's £10m Segment 2 price tag as "a lot of money for a man who will struggle to maintain such a stellar performance level."

And so it has proved.

The Arsenal midfielder, who is currently valued at £9.8m, has seen his form dip considerably over the past four gameweeks, although a foot injury meant he only featured in three matches.

The German's stats over that period are way down on his averages for the season. Chances created has dropped from 4.1 per match to 2.7, as has minutes per chance created (21.6 vs. 34.8).

Mesut Ozil has collected 16 assists in 18 matches this season for Arsenal.
Mesut Ozil's stats have dropped off in 2016.

Total passes and touches have also slumped, while Ozil has not had a single shot on target in 2016 and his minutes per attempt average has crashed from 72.3 to 139.

With an ownership stat of 33.1 percent, he's the fifth most popular ESPN FC Premier Fantasy midfielder, but there's a player very close to home who might have a serious impact on that figure.

A 34-minute cameo against Chelsea marked the return of Alexis Sanchez (£9.4m) from an injury that has kept him out since the end of November.

Arsene Wenger is likely to give the Chilean another limited run-out in the FA Cup against Burnley this weekend and if he makes it through that unscathed, Sanchez looks nailed-on to start GW24's match against Southampton.

Currently owned by just four percent of managers, Sanchez's return could be a timely one for Arsenal -- and ESPN FC Premier Fantasy teams as well.

By The Scout from Fantasy Football Scout -- the tips, news and views site for Premier League Fantasy Football managers. @FFScout on Twitter.

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