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Lacazette on the bench as Emery sticks with a three-man defence

Arsenal take on Tottenham Hotspur in a 14:05 GMT kick-off at the Emirates in what will be Unai Emery’s first taste of a north London derby.

The Gunners are unbeaten in the league since Gameweek 2, while Spurs are on a five-match winning run away from home in the top flight.

Alexandre Lacazette (£9.6m) – the most-sold FPL forward of this round of fixtures – has recovered from the groin injury that forced him to miss last Sunday’s win over Bournemouth but is only among the substitutes, with Emery naming the same team that defeated the Cherries on the south coast.

That means Arsenal will once again line up in a 3-4-2-1, with Hector Bellerin (£5.4m) and Sead Kolasinac (£4.9m) deployed as wing-backs, and Alex Iwobi (£5.5m) and Henrikh Mkhitaryan (£6.7m) supporting Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£10.9m) in attack.

Mesut Ozil (£8.2m) is not in the match-day squad, with Arsenal reporting that the German midfielder is suffering with a back spasm.

Mauricio Pochettino has made only one change from the side that defeated Chelsea in Gameweek 13, with Juan Foyth (£5.0m) replacing Jan Vertonghen (£5.9m) in defence.

That means starts for Dele Alli (£8.9m), Son Heung-min (£8.3m) and Christian Eriksen (£9.2m), as well as Harry Kane (£12.3m) in attack.

Kieran Trippier (£6.1m), as expected, is missing through injury.

Despite their unbeaten run, Arsenal haven’t kept a clean sheet since the 2-0 win over Watford in Gameweek 7.

Goals haven’t been a problem for the Gunners, though: Emery’s troops have scored at least two goals in ten of their 13 league fixtures this season.

This is Spurs’ ninth away league fixture of the season and most of Kane’s attacking returns (five goals, two assists) have come on the road.

Arsenal XI: Leno, Sokratis, Holding, Mustafi; Bellerin, Xhaka, Torreira, Kolasinac; Iwobi, Mkhitaryan; Aubameyang.

Spurs XI: Lloris; Aurier, Foyth, Vertonghen, Davies; Dier, Sissoko; Eriksen, Dele, Son; Kane.

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1,579 Comments Post a Comment
  1. ABHISHEK - THE CURIOUS ONE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    11 months, 25 days ago

    This Arsenal side looking like a underdog for winning PL against Man City.

    1. MTPockets
      • 10 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      ok

    2. Demigod Mendy
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      Drop the pipe

    3. wulfranian
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      I think he will get a rest.But he could score with a cameo.

    4. LǝgleSs e|even
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      Not even under Peps armpit ..

    5. El Lobito 10
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      Loooool

    6. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      LOL. When they start winning games away from home I will start to consider them. Until then they are still doing what they did under Wenger - great at home, but not away from home. Arsenal beat Spurs last season at the Emirates too.

    7. CaTriEm
      • 6 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      We'll get nowhere near City and Liverpool. Plenty of reasons to be optimistic of a return to the top 4 though, long way to go yet.

    8. Slouch87 Scott Talent
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      Can I have some of what you've been smoking please ?

  2. The Head-Ake
    • 2 Years
    11 months, 25 days ago

    Might Sterling get benched next GW? Is it unwise to get him in?

    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      I can do Haz > Sterling but might just leave it midweek and get him on WC

      1. TaiwanHC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        11 months, 25 days ago

        This is my exact thinking. Don’t like the price rise though.

    2. french holiday
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 25 days ago

      Even if benched he will be a great long term investment

  3. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 25 days ago

    Kun >> Kane? Then WC for the Arsenal front two?

    Patricio
    Alonso • Robertson • AWB • TAA
    Salah • Hazard • Kenedy • Richalison
    Aguero • Arnautovic
    (Hamer / Bennett / Cairney / Ings*)

    1. Pieterke30
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      Sounds good

  4. liverpool01
    • 1 Year
    11 months, 25 days ago

    Aguero>Aubamayang
    Gudmundsson>Felipe Anderson
    Martial>Son

    -4

    Worth it?

    Will change Martial to son after the Arsenal game

    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      Son impressed today?

      1. liverpool01
        • 1 Year
        11 months, 25 days ago

        Son played well had quite a few chances ,assist for a penalty

    2. balint84
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      save martial. why would you sell him?

      1. liverpool01
        • 1 Year
        11 months, 25 days ago

        Man Utd are terrible

  5. Egbunike
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 25 days ago

    Template now?

    Fabs

    Robbo - Alonso - Doherty - AWB

    Sterling - Sane/Dilva

    Auba - Kane - Arnie

    1. Tempestic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 25 days ago

      Only 10 players?

      1. Egbunike
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        11 months, 25 days ago

        The 11th is probably Fabregas

  6. Numb
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 25 days ago

    As if we're going to get anything more than a vague mumble from Pep about Aguero's availability

    1. ABHISHEK - THE CURIOUS ONE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      Aguero is 100% gone from almost 90% of top10k.

      1. Numb
        • 4 Years
        11 months, 25 days ago

        Of course

      2. Numb
        • 4 Years
        11 months, 25 days ago

        Most have them have switched to Sterling and / or Sane

    2. Numb
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      In response to people saying “if Kun is fit” etc

    3. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      Jesus early subbing and his comments on Aguero yesterday was enough for me.

      1. Jafooli
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        11 months, 25 days ago

        What was his comments about Kun?

    4. MTPockets
      • 10 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      Then he's not known to be fit

  7. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 25 days ago

    This is what football is all about!

    A lesser team getting one over on their closest rivals.

    1. Fred54
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      Keep fishing mate.

    2. jtreble
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      Arsenal look much the better team. It’s not even close.

    3. Sterling Malory
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      But they're losing

  8. balint84
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 25 days ago

    next week captain?

    A) Kane
    B) Salah
    C) David Silva

    1. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      A

    2. Maddamotha
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      A

  9. french holiday
    • 1 Year
    11 months, 25 days ago

    Come on Everton!!
    Do what Arsenal did

  10. Nomar
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    11 months, 25 days ago

    One of Haz or Salah needs to go for Sterling.

    Think it has to be Haz really.

    1. ZICO SENNA
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      Salah

  11. seewhyaxe
    • 2 Years
    11 months, 25 days ago

    Ozil who?

  12. KGFC
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 25 days ago

    I know Kane has poor today but would you get him in for the midweek clash with Soton? I have funds to get him in for Vardy or Arna...

    1. Bat Man
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      Auba instead? He may ourscore Kane in next two games

      1. KGFC
        • 3 Years
        11 months, 25 days ago

        This performance from Auba has me completely torn between him and Kane... biggest worry is that Kane doesn't look like he's upto full fitness...

    2. Weasel Boy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      Think I'm going Kane this week
      Auba next week

      1. french holiday
        • 1 Year
        11 months, 25 days ago

        Will u captain kane?

        1. KGFC
          • 3 Years
          11 months, 25 days ago

          If I end up getting Kane, I'll def captain him

    3. french holiday
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 25 days ago

      Who has a worse defence Soton or United...both equally poor

  13. El Lobito 10
    • 2 Years
    11 months, 25 days ago

    To put things into perspective, Spurs have played three full strength teams in a week against top teams. Arsenal played a second string versus one of those European sides you've never heard of. Spurs simply tired. Legs went. Their top players remain as excellent choices but there is bound to be rotation now, making it more complicated.

    1. Pierce34
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      Or, judging by past seasons, there will be little rotation and they'll continue to look disappointing.

  14. LǝgleSs e|even
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 25 days ago

    Proudest moment for Gunners since Wengers departure announcement , eh Blud?

    1. Nabs Kebabs
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      100% fam

    2. Fred54
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      What about when Gunnersauros received an MBE?

    3. seewhyaxe
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      Yes fam you understand?

    4. The One True Marvin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      Little bit harsh. Wenger could be their best ever manager.

  15. Smurf
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    11 months, 25 days ago

    Sokratis faster than Kane. Oh dear.

    1. Nabs Kebabs
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      Sokratis is deceptively quick.

  16. Gudjohnsen
    • 2 Years
    11 months, 25 days ago

    A. Lacazette
    B. Kane
    C. Aubameyang

    1. Weasel Boy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      Last week B
      This week C

      1. Weasel Boy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        11 months, 25 days ago

        Next week who knows

        1. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          11 months, 25 days ago

          Very, very good point
          Comments here are more reactive than predictive

          A Hazard brace against Wolves with Mane and Salah running through Burnley and Kane blanking to Southampton, then the advice you'll get here for GW16 will be very different. Again. Same if Sterling is rested and Kane scores an away brace

          I've decided to trust my instincts, and let them fail me if they must. The info I seek here is more about injuries and the eye test reports. Since I don't have access to watch matches, I watch the FFS comments as commentary instead. Quite useful. But if you believe you're smart enough to make good choices, please don't be too easily swayed by what the rest of the FFS community seems to agree upon. Even highly ranked managers have been dropping, including myself, tbh

          Make the game simpler for yourself. If a move looks good, go with it. If you make a mistake, learn from it

          1. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            11 months, 25 days ago

            *Sterling is rested and KUN scores an away brace, I meant

            1. french holiday
              • 1 Year
              11 months, 25 days ago

              Kun wont play...Pep wont risk him

    2. Unliklinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      I wanted Kane and Auba, but Auba is the priority for me. I just dropped Haz and Jimenez to bring in Auba and Eriksen.

  17. french holiday
    • 1 Year
    11 months, 25 days ago

    Kane cant even outrun old Sokratis

  18. Bat Man
    • 2 Years
    11 months, 25 days ago

    Template burst open. Fun really begins now

  19. TAT
    • 1 Year
    11 months, 25 days ago

    Kane loses a sprint against Sokratis.

  20. Essem
    • 2 Years
    11 months, 25 days ago

    Sokratis outpacing Kane lmao

  21. Inazuma X1
    • 2 Years
    11 months, 25 days ago

    I had plans to ditch Auba after this GW.. rip

    1. Konig Luther
      • 6 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      that would be stupid considering his next games

  22. Forza Papac
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 25 days ago

    Kane outpaced by Sokratis 😆

  23. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
    • 5 Years
    11 months, 25 days ago

    Mane captains, unite!!!

  24. Styles_X
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 25 days ago

    now the question is
    a. Auba
    b. Laca
    can afford both and wont have to take a hit. For kane i will have to take a hit.

    1. Tempestic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 25 days ago

      A

  25. Nabs Kebabs
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    11 months, 25 days ago

    Sokratis isn't as slow as people assume

    1. Lemongrab
      • 10 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      Yeah he's surprisingly rapid

  26. The Big Fella
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 25 days ago

    Fab / Hamer
    Alonso, Robertson, Laporte, WB, Bennett,
    Sterling, Mane, Fanderson, Richarlison, Stephens (lol)
    Auba, Arnie, Wilson
    0.4m ITB

    Thoughts on this?

  27. Lemongrab
    • 10 Years
    11 months, 25 days ago

    Seriously reconsidering bringing Kane in now, pen aside he's been anonymous

    1. Smurf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      Even as an owner I have to agree. He's done nothing.

    2. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      Won't play Arsenal every week.

    3. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 25 days ago

      Same here, still not firing as a team.

  28. Dee Lixon
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 25 days ago

    Tempted to put Ramsey in on my WC. Guess it´s because the contract situation he started so few games?

    1. Nabs Kebabs
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      That would be extremely stupid. And yes that is the case.

  29. Rocky.007
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    11 months, 25 days ago

    Son or Sane?

    1. ZICO SENNA
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      Sane

  30. Danstoke82
    • 5 Years
    11 months, 25 days ago

    Was all set to do Kun > Kane but Aubameyang has got me thinking.

    Kun >
    A) Kane
    B) Aubameyang

    Which one?