Eager Kilbane Still Living in Fantasyland as Arsenal Dream Team Comes to Play

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Byline: Colin Young

KEVIN KIlBANE has a dilemma as Huddersfield face Arsenal at the Emirates. Does he leave Sami Nasri in his Daily Mail Fantasy Football league team? And does he keep him as his captain? Kilbane's Killa Class team is fourth in my Fatboy league, 69 points behind our leader Richard 'Fletch' Fletcher and 75 ahead of my team in 10th, whom he is determined to beat. He also has a team (with no Arsenal players) in the Premier league's official Fantasy Football game, in a league which includes his Ireland teammates Paul McShane, Shane long and Kevin Doyle. For the record, McShane is winning, Kilbane second and Doyle a distant bottom.

'It's pretty addictive,' he admitted. 'The email comes through on the Iphone and I can't resist clicking on the link and having a look at the team and league table.

'It's the first time I've played it and I've quickly learned that if you go through spells where you don't make changes, you start to lose points.' So what about Nasri? 'It's a tough one,' he said. 'But I'm not telling you!' Kilbane is the first to admit his fantasy tinkering is as close as he was expecting to get to the Barclays Premier league players when he started the season with newly relegated Hull City, and certainly when he joined Huddersfield on loan a month ago.

'It'll be brilliant to be back at the Emirates,' the 33-year-old former Everton and Sunderland winger said. 'I watched leeds give them a right good game in the last round and this will be a great experience for some of our young players who have a real chance of playing at a higher level.' Signed by Lee Clark to add some much-needed experience to his League One promotion chasers, Kilbane, capped 108 times by Ireland and on a run of 63 consecutive competitive matches, knows he has put his international career, and place in Giovanni Trapattoni's Euro 2012 squad, in jeopardy with the move. …