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Lacazette benched as Kolasnic misses out on Saints trip with injury

There was instant disappointment for owners of two Arsenal assets as team news for Sunday’s Gameweek 17 matches came out.

Alexandre Lacazette (£9.6m) is on the bench once again, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.5m) preferred as the lone striker for the Gunners.

Meanwhile, Sead Kolasinac (£5.1m) misses out on Arsenal’s trip to Southampton after picking up a thigh injury in training on Saturday.

He is replaced at left-back by the returning Nacho Monreal (£5.4m), making his first start since Gameweek 8. With Rob Holding (£4.4m) injured and Shkodran Mustafi (£5.4m) and Sokratis Papastathopoulous (£5.1m) suspended, Laurent Koscielny (£5.4m) and Stephan Lichtsteiner (£4.5m) line-up at centre-back.

Aaron Ramsey (£7.3m) and Mesut Özil (£8.1m) are named on the bench.

There is a third Premier League start for young Southampton defender Jan Valery (£4.0m) while Danny Ings (£5.4m) recovers from his recent hamstring injury to feature for the first time since Gameweek 12.

At Brighton, there is another game at false-nine for Eden Hazard (£10.9m) who leads the Chelsea line, flanked by Pedro (£6.3m) and Willian (£7.3m).

Alvaro Morata (£8.5m) was not considered fit enough for the bench, where Olivier Giroud (£7.7m) has been named.

Meanwhile, Mateo Kovacic (£5.8m) comes through his injury doubt to start the match in central midfield.

Glenn Murray (£6.6m) leads the Brighton line with Pascal Groß (£6.7m) operating as the number 10.

Brighton XI: Ryan; Bernardo, Dunk, Balogun, Montoya; March, Stephens, Pröpper, Knockaert; Groß; Murray.

Chelsea XI: Kepa; Alonso, Rudiger, Luiz, Azpilicueta; Kovacic, Jorginho, Kante; Pedro, Hazard, Willian.

Southampton XI: McCarthy; Targett, Yoshida, Bednarek, Vestergaard, Valery; Redmond, Romeu, Hojbjerg, Armstrong; Ings.

Arsenal XI: Leno; Monreal, Koscielny, Lichtsteiner, Bellerín; Xhaka, Guendouzi, Torreira; Mkhitaryan, Iwobi; Aubameyang.

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2,219 Comments Post a Comment
  1. JustPark
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 2 days ago

    How does a player get injured in warm up exactly?

    1. Slouch87
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 2 days ago

      Easy to do. Muscle strain etc.

    2. brianutd-why always we? 20
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 2 days ago

      Bottles it IMO

    3. SPorting
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 2 days ago

      Doesn’t warm up properly

      1. JustPark
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 2 days ago

        Showing off those quadriceps?

        1. SPorting
          • 7 Years
          7 months, 2 days ago

          The ladies love them

  2. Demel
    • 7 Years
    7 months, 2 days ago

    This week I will be mostly working out who to replace Bellerin with.

    1. Kevin de Blanke
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 2 days ago

      interesting

    2. Spoox777
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 2 days ago

      Same here.

  3. fedolefan
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 2 days ago

    Come on useless United. Let's burst that Liverpool bubble.

  4. tisza
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 2 days ago

    Ha. Smalling hangs on long enough to sign new contract then down he goes 🙂

  5. EgyptianKing
      7 months, 2 days ago

      I mates.

      Would you do any of these two, for free?
      - Patricio out // Fabianski in
      - Jimenez out // Rondon or Ings in

      Cheers

      1. Devo-McDuff
          7 months, 1 day ago

          Would do Fab and Ings in, but only do Ings if you need the money elsewhere.

      2. Midlands Saint73
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 2 days ago

        Hoping for 1-1 with Clyne and Darmian scoring unassisted.

      3. Liegitty
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 2 days ago

        Would love a 1-0 united win here

        1. SPorting
          • 7 Years
          7 months, 2 days ago

          Are they called Liverpool United?

      4. Whazza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        7 months, 2 days ago

        Laca surely done enough to start vs Burnley?

        1. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
          • 1 Year
          7 months, 2 days ago

          emery is the new pep except city are way better than them,

      5. FC Barkerlona
        • 8 Years
        7 months, 2 days ago

        TAA & Kolasinac > Tripps & Digne for -4?

      6. FC Barkerlona
        • 8 Years
        7 months, 2 days ago

        Could also do Kolasinac & Alli > Digne & Hazard for -4?

      7. Jimmy Boy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 2 days ago

        Which transfer looks best/most important?
        A) Kolasinac > Robertson
        B) Eriksen > Hazard
        C) Sterling > Hazard

        Lloris
        Doherty - Laporte - Kolasinac* - Kiko
        Sterling - Eriksen - Anderson
        Kane - Aubameyang - Jimenez

        1. Jimmy Boy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          7 months, 2 days ago

          Wrong post fail