"Robin van Persie is a special player... He's blessed at the moment and let's touch wood with his injuries. He's shown what a great player he is when he can be consistently playing".
(Arsene Wenger, Oct 2011, BBC).
My recommended player for gamweek 9 is Robin Van Persie. Arsenal as a team may not have had a good start to the season, but this hasn't been the case for their Dutch striker. His consistency is not a short-term phenomenon. According to the BBC website Van Persie has been so important that he has been "involved in 29 Premier League goals (23 goals, six assists) for Arsenal since 16 October of last year, equal most in the league by Manchester United's Wayne Rooney". This statistic alone speaks volumes. Moreover, he has no major rivals for his place in the team, thus ensuring regular first team football. Fabregas and Nasri's departure has allowed Van Persie to have more responsibility and creative freedom in attack. His Beckhamesque free kick v Sunderland in Arsenal's last match shows his set-piece ability. 27 GW points from his last three games and 5 goals from 8 league matches means that he can't be ignored. He is currently valued at an expensive (but worth it) 12.0. Buy him before his value smashes the 12.5 mark.
PS - Make sure you also make him your captain for GW9!