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Arnautovic and Nasri start for West Ham as Arsenal deploy two strikers

Unai Emery has started with both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.4m) and Alexandre Lacazette (£9.4m) as Arsenal face West Ham at the London Stadium today.

They will go up against former Gunner Samir Nasri (£5.5m), whose first Premier League start has pushed Robert Snodgrass (£5.4m) to the West Ham bench.

Meanwhile, Marko Arnautovic (£6.9m) has come through his most recent injury doubt to lead the line for the Hammers.

Mesut Özil (£8.0m) is absent from the matchday squad entirely, reportedlty a tactical decision, while Lucas Torreira (£5.0m) is benched for Matteo Guendouzi (£4.4m) to start in central midfield.

Alex Iwobi (£5.4m) has been handed the right attacking midfield berth, in front of Ainsley Maitland-Niles (£4.4m) who occupies the right wing-back position today.

Issa Diop (£4.3m) and Angelo Ogbonna (£4.2m) pair up at centre-back with Fabian Balbuena (£4.3m) ruled out.

West Ham XI: Fabianski; Cresswell, Diop, Ogbonna, Zabaleta; Rice, Noble, Nasri; Anderson, Arnautovic, Antonio.

Arsenal XI: Leno; Koscielny, Sokratis, Mustafi; Maitland-Niles, Guendouzi, Xhaka, Kolasinac; Iwobi, Aubameyang; Lacazette.

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1,543 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Rash
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 6 days ago

    I bet a lot of people sold Fabianski this week.. considered it myself. Very happy with 9 points

    1. Lionel Ronaldo
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Fab is a set-and-forget option. If you think otherwise, you are an hypocrite.

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 6 days ago

        Blimey.

      2. Rash
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 6 days ago

        He is a 4.5 rotation keeper.. in my case anyway

        1. fedolefan
          • 5 Years
          8 months, 6 days ago

          You didn't rotate him in a prime rotation fixture then?

      3. AndyCook
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 6 days ago

        How are you a hypocrite? That doesn’t make any sense

    2. _sidney_will
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Feel like everytime I don't expect a CS I get one! And vice versa

    3. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      never ever considered that knowing how equally crap all the 4.5 keepers are

    4. gryffsonofarthur
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Yeah was thinking Fab to Gueta

      1. Marvin.com
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 6 days ago

        I did this to fund Martial to Sane.

      2. Just Kreuzing
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 6 days ago

        That’s what I did

    5. FPL Pillars
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      I am happy with 9 points. Set and forget baby.

    6. Just Kreuzing
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 6 days ago

  2. gryffsonofarthur
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 6 days ago

    A) Trippier, Pereyra, Aubameyang

    OR

    B) Bednarek, Salah, Jiminez

  3. Bubz
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 6 days ago

    Declan Rice's reaction is lovely to see

    1. Fred54
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Yeah he seems aromatic.

      1. Giggs Boson.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 6 days ago

        Yeah, bet he smells nice.

    2. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 6 days ago

      He didn’t do the Soccer AM dance though ?

    3. clodhopper
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Swollen with pride

  4. Red Star Toro
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 6 days ago

    Chances of Fabs keeping his 2 bonus points?

    1. Lionel Ronaldo
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Quite strong.

    2. Bubz
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      High I would imagine

    3. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Very high.

      1. clodhopper
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 6 days ago

        99.9 percent

  5. TONY123
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 6 days ago

    Auba + Martial + Alonso > Rashford + Salah + TAA (-4) is a no brainer right?

    1. Lionel Ronaldo
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      You might ask after this GW's games and get different responses. Also, nice pic.

  6. Jimi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    8 months, 6 days ago

    Great CS from Fab!!!!
    Good start to gw

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      o/

  7. Unai Emery
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 6 days ago

    I started Kola and Anderson and benched Fabianski. 🙁

    1. Mysterion
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Why didn't you start Ramsey and Torreira though, and where tf is Ozil

  8. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 6 days ago

    salah owners but non-cappers what are u hoping?

    1. Fred54
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      For him to score well, but not as high as there captain.

      1. Fred54
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 6 days ago

        *their.

    2. Bubz
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      He has well over 100% EO so they should want him to do nothing

    3. CALLOFDUTY 1 (2003)
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      For 13mill - points I’d imagine....

      1. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 6 days ago

        yeah thats the thing .So annoying knowing his EO of 128 % in top 10k

    4. toystory2wasok
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      that he gets lots of points, but less than my captain

    5. Business Cat
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      1 goal will do nicely...need Hazard(c) to outscore him

      1. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 6 days ago

        yeah 7 or 8 points ideal then

    6. FPL Pillars
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      I imagine they’re hoping they can turn back time 🙂

      1. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 6 days ago

        hazzo capper mate

  9. gryffsonofarthur
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 6 days ago

    Trying to think what the Rice related pun would be in the newspapers.
    Any thoughts?

    1. Lionel Ronaldo
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Rice to see you.

    2. Amsterhammer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Iron Mike Rice-on

    3. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Riceing to the occasion

  10. dunas_dog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 6 days ago

    Decided to keep Auba and not get Salah. Where’s that sofa!! Looks like Auba and probably Anderson (played well but tough fixtures) to Salah and Rashford going to be tranfers before next week

    1. Out of Position
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Same here! Writing this from behind a sofa

  11. Do I Not Like Orange
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 6 days ago

    Felipe look worth keeping? Between him & Martial to go the journey for Salah.

    1. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      worth keeping atleast next week.Surely.Bournemouth are sh***

    2. Guilty Sigurðsson ♛
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      I'm selling him after his Bournemouth haul next week.

    3. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      YES.

  12. gooberman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 6 days ago

    Aubameyang captain fail. No Salah, no Kane, no City players, likely red arrow, gameweek over. Not even gonna bother following the rest of the matches. The one thing I needed to happen to have any chance of a reasonable week was a decent haul from Aubameyang which I didn't think was too much to ask, playing against a team that can't keep clean sheets.

    1. CALLOFDUTY 1 (2003)
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      What’s your team...? Don’t worry sir you will bounce back

    2. TONY123
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      I feel your pain - time to close FPL until next friday

    3. ZICO SENNA
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      I dunno how you can’t have any of those other players, only self to blame.

      1. gooberman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        8 months, 6 days ago

        Ok. I'll start with Kane. He's too expensive and doesn't deliver what you would want for somebody of that price. I've opted to have Aubameyang instead who I feel will match or better Kane's points and he is cheaper. Salah to is too expensive and his inclusion limits what I can do with the rest of my squad. I want to have a strong squad of 15 players, rather than 3 cheap subs who seem to always only get you 0, 1 or 2pts when you need them. Not having Salah enables me to do that. In terms of City, they were out of form and there is too much rotation in that City midfield to rely on anybody starting, particularly with De Bruyne and Silva now back. I want players who are guaranteed to start and play close to 90 mins. So there are my reasons.

        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          8 months, 6 days ago

          Kane has just returned 14 times in his last 10 consecutive starts - and has the best fixtures in the league. Salah isn’t far behind - what more do you want?

        2. MINUS FOUR
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          8 months, 6 days ago

          There is just so much wrong with this analysis I'm not entirely sure where to begin.

          1. gooberman
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            8 months, 6 days ago

            Care to elaborate? You can't have all of these big hitters in your team so some of them have to be omitted. I've opted for Aubameyang over Kane as he is cheaper and scores roughly the same points which seems sensible to me.

            1. Devo-McDuff
              • 1 Year
              8 months, 6 days ago

              I'd like to see your team. Not many about without Kane, Salah or any City mid.

              1. gooberman
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                8 months, 6 days ago

                Fabianski, Hamer,
                TAA, Robertson, D Luiz, Doherty, WB, Hazard, Son, Richarlison, Pogba, Pereyra, Aubameyang, Wilson, Ings. 2.9m in bank.

  13. Alli 3',17',64�…
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Come on siggy, vardy, son and pog

      1. CALLOFDUTY 1 (2003)
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 6 days ago

        +1 for Vardy fingers crossed!

    • Dakes.
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Fabianski - awesome, expected 1pt
      Auba(c) - GTFO my team now, I’m getting Salah. Don’t know why I believed in Arsenal

      1. JustPark
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 6 days ago

        Well auba highest score forward. I don't blame you.

    • elchilangles
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 6 days ago

      auba to kane or aguero????

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 6 days ago

        Keeping

      2. ceerus
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 6 days ago

        kane

    • marzo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      In trouble here (Captained Auba and all).

      Fabianski.
      Holebas, Digne, Doherty.
      Sane, Hazard, Pogba, Rich, Felipe.
      Auba, Kane.
      Hamer, Bednarek, AWB, Kamara.
      2ft, 0.1m ITB.

      Next GW either-
      1. Felipe + Kane -> Salah + Jimenez. (Exact cash).
      2. Felipe + Hazard -> Salah + Camarasa (-4) leaves 0.5m to bring in TAA for Holebas next GW.
      3. Felipe + Auba -> Salah + DCL (5.3m).
      4. Other?

    • New Post
    • french holiday
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 6 days ago

      I can see a Puncheon bandwagon brewing....

      1. Hotdogs for Tea
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 6 days ago

        Rolling

    • Giggs Boson.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      It seems like whenever two weak defences play each other it turns out to be a tight game.

    • Bubz
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Jack Wilshere sounds absolutely miserable when he speaks

      1. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 6 days ago

        Cant be worse then Andy Murray in fairness.... "UM" "UM" "EH"

    • Rash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Laugh out loud @ people blaming others for their choices. I've made some horrors calls this season, but all been my decision.

      1. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 6 days ago

        Keep the moral high ground good on ya.
        Nothing ironic posting a lol @ people at all....

    • QUEN
        8 months, 6 days ago

        So what’s the plans for using my chips available? (Tc, bb, free hit)

        1. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
          • 10 Years
          8 months, 6 days ago

          No idea yet at the moment when I think of chips I just think salt and vinegar.
          Depends on the fixures.

      • Whatever100
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 6 days ago

        Bizarrely had dream last night that Liverpool lost last minute to Brighton 1 nil.

        Can’t see that happening in real life.

      • Alli 3',17',64�…
          8 months, 6 days ago

          Trent are u fking serious, fking pathetic how fragile footballers are. Bunch of pussies

        • Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
          • 10 Years
          8 months, 6 days ago

          Delighted with that result should keep me in the fpl cup even after a tactical -4 to get salah.
          Opponent had xhaxa, koslasinac aubamgeyang salah (c) (He captains him every week so I copied him)
          Opponent:
          https://fantasy.premierleague.com/a/team/2549553/event/22

          I had fabinanski - 4 and I am still ahead by 1 point after bonus lovely stuff!

          Me:
          https://fantasy.premierleague.com/a/entry/2549553/history

          I thought I was in danger of being knocked out if Arsenal hammered the hammers.

        • Alli 3',17',64�…
            8 months, 6 days ago

            I think this could be the best top four ratio:

            Chelsea defence - Luiz
            Spurs attack - Kane/trippier/Moura or Alli
            Liverpool - Defence, Salah, Firmino
            City - Sterling, Sane