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Aubameyang benched as Lacazette leads the line for Arsenal

Arsenal and Newcastle United meet at the Emirates this evening in the tenth match of 15 in Double Gameweek 32.

This is both clubs’ only fixture in this round of games but Unai Emery and Rafael Benitez’s sides will be in action again next weekend in Blank Gameweek 33.

The headline team news concerns the benching of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who has now only started two of Arsenal’s last six top-flight fixtures (albeit one he missed through illness).

Alexandre Lacazette leads the line for the Gunners and will be supported in attack by Alex Iwobi and Mesut Ozil.

Aaron Ramsey has shaken off a thigh strain to start but there is no place for the injured Granit Xhaka in the match-day squad.

Sead Kolasinac and Ainsley Maitland-Niles will feature at wing-back in what appears to be a 3-4-2-1.

That is also the system that Rafael Benitez has come to favour over the past couple of months and there is only one change to the Magpies’ starting XI from the side that drew 2-2 at Bournemouth in Gameweek 31: Jamaal Lascelles replacing Federico Fernandez.

Fabian Schar misses out through suspension.

Salomon Rondon, who has seven attacking returns in his last nine league starts, leads the line again for the visitors and is supported by Miguel Almiron and Ayoze Perez up front.

Benitez’s side have the fourth-best defensive record away from home this season, having conceded 20 goals in 15 matches.

The Magpies haven’t won on their travels since Gameweek 17, however.

Only Liverpool and Manchester City have scored more home goals than Arsenal (37 in 16 matches) this season.

Lacazette hasn’t failed to register an attacking return in any of Arsenal’s last seven league fixtures at the Emirates.

Arsenal XI: Leno, Maitland-Niles, Sokratis, Mustafi, Monreal, Kolašinac; Ramsey, Guendouzi, Iwobi, Özil, Lacazette.

Newcastle United XI: Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett, Ritchie, Hayden, Diame, Almiron, Perez, Rondon.

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  1. Captain Choice - Ag imirt &…
    • 9 Years
    23 days, 12 hours ago

    Carragher is on top form and getting praised top of the page

  2. adam28193
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    23 days, 12 hours ago

    Is anybody else thinking arsenal's fixtures in 34-36 are very overrated?

    1. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      23 days, 12 hours ago

      Nope, look ideal to me.

    2. Captain Choice - Ag imirt &…
      • 9 Years
      23 days, 12 hours ago

      Looks good considering watford/wolves will still be in the FA Cup

      1. b82rz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        23 days, 12 hours ago

        Final isn’t for ages and both playing for 7th...

        1. Captain Choice - Ag imirt &…
          • 9 Years
          23 days, 12 hours ago

          Fair point considering that then it does not look that good on second thoughts - as the two teams are the best outside the top six

    3. MTPockets
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      23 days, 12 hours ago

      4 of next 5 away isn't super appealing

      1. Amey
          23 days, 12 hours ago

          Reading this comments I'm thinking about not getting Leno.
          Not touching any outfield player (kola can be considered)

          1. MTPockets
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            23 days, 12 hours ago

            He looks reasonable value if rotatable, but their last away cs was Huddersfield last season

            1. Amey
                23 days, 12 hours ago

                Yeah.
                Thinking mainly for BB squad.
                Ryan, Foster,Dunn, Leno 4 candidates for 2 spots

                1. MTPockets
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  23 days, 12 hours ago

                  I'm thinking Ryan/Gunn, but whatever the fixtures that's still not very promising

                  1. Amey
                      23 days, 12 hours ago

                      Agreed.
                      Ryan/Foster in my mind atm

                      1. Magic Zico
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        23 days, 11 hours ago

                        Ryan Leno for me

          2. gaurava1216
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            23 days, 12 hours ago

            No idea who to go for in this team...

            Auba or Lacca?
            Miki? ozil?

            Its high risk high reward

            1. Magic Zico
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              23 days, 11 hours ago

              Laca Kola

          3. Fossit
            • 2 Years
            23 days, 12 hours ago

            Arsenal are a can of worms.

          4. Van der Faart
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            23 days, 11 hours ago

            Won 1 away game since GW13 and that was v Huddersfield. The away games don't look overly appealing either.

        • Captain Choice - Ag imirt &…
          • 9 Years
          23 days, 12 hours ago

          I am neutral but looking forward to this game.
          Nice contrast of styles always makes a good game.
          No fpl players playing so I can enjoy it in comfort 😀

        • Amey
            23 days, 12 hours ago

            Is Lacazatte doing a Sarri in the title picture ?
            😛

            1. Team Cruel
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              23 days, 12 hours ago

              Playing the best DM in the world out of position?

              1. Amey
                  23 days, 12 hours ago

                  Ha ha
                  Good one.
                  Chewing a cigg i meant*

                • Ask Yourself
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  23 days, 12 hours ago

                  he only ever has been excellent in a 2 man midfield why do people think he would be an amazing DM you are all as bad as Sarri.
                  Leicester title win 442 CM
                  Chelsea title win 343 CM
                  France world cup win 4411 CM

                  NOT DM

                  1. Amsterhammer
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    23 days, 12 hours ago

                    Pretty sure he was the DM in all those teams

                    1. Ask Yourself
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      23 days, 12 hours ago

                      never played CDM in a 3 man mid which everyone is for some reason assuming he is the best in the world when he has NEVER played there

                  2. Amey
                      23 days, 12 hours ago

                      CDM*

                    • Team Cruel
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      23 days, 12 hours ago

                      Guys I've found Sarri's FFS account

                      1. Amey
                          23 days, 12 hours ago

                          You're a professional for a reason TC 😉

                          1. Team Cruel
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 3 Years
                            23 days, 12 hours ago

                            My fishing rod is working perfectly of late.

                      2. Jusagoras
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        23 days, 12 hours ago

                        This. While Sarri is definitely not playing him in the correct position, the answer is not to play him as a typical defensive midfielder. He should be given freedom to break up play/pressurise opponents etc. further forward, which is what Conte realised when he switched the roles of Matic and Kante after a poor start to the title winning season, transforming that Chelsea team.

                  3. Optimus.
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    23 days, 12 hours ago

                    Thought he was doing an Ashley Young with a gob full of bird poo

                    1. Amey
                        23 days, 12 hours ago

                        Good one mate 😀

                    2. Skonto Rigga
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • Has Moderation Rights
                      • 1 Year
                      23 days, 12 hours ago

                      He's "leading the line".

                      What I lack in meaningful insight I more than make up for in very literal headline/photo combinations.

                      1. Amey
                          23 days, 12 hours ago

                          Excellent mate !!

                          1. Skonto Rigga
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • Has Moderation Rights
                            • 1 Year
                            23 days, 12 hours ago

                            🙂

                    3. Skull And Gnomes 9
                      • 1 Year
                      23 days, 12 hours ago

                      The guy on the right has a Nanny McPhee vibe going on.

                    4. wulfranian
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      23 days, 12 hours ago

                      Best forward up to 9.0 for gw 33 except Vardy?

                      1. Team Cruel
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        23 days, 12 hours ago

                        Pride of England, King

                        1. wulfranian
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 2 Years
                          23 days, 12 hours ago

                          Cheers

                    5. KAPTAIN KANE
                      • 2 Years
                      23 days, 12 hours ago

                      As if he's benched, unbelievable

                      1. Amey
                          23 days, 12 hours ago

                          So you BB or TC this gw buddy??

                          1. KAPTAIN KANE
                            • 2 Years
                            23 days, 12 hours ago

                            TC Amey, took your advice 🙂
                            Happy so far apart from Sterling and Hazard who I brought in for a hit.
                            You?

                      2. Gooner Kebab
                        • 6 Years
                        23 days, 12 hours ago

                        Pick one of King or Wilson

                        1. KAPTAIN KANE
                          • 2 Years
                          23 days, 11 hours ago

                          Kaptain King

                      3. Super Saints
                        • 2 Years
                        23 days, 12 hours ago

                        Could someone help me out and tell me if Iwobi is a good player? I just don't see it.

                        1. Ask Yourself
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 2 Years
                          23 days, 12 hours ago

                          lol yeah he has been impressive this season looks confident which is what he's been lacking at the top level

                      4. Weasel Boy
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        23 days, 12 hours ago

                        Boruc
                        Robbo TAA Kola Schar
                        Salah Westwood Brooks
                        Wilson Vardy Arnie

                        Ederson* Fanderson** Shaw* Pogba*

                        Anderson to Haz (FT) and bench Arnie sound ok?

                        1. Real Socialad
                            23 days, 12 hours ago

                            Yes. May also consider upgrading Westwood to Maddison as you've got the budget for it

                          • thunder_mike
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 6 Years
                            23 days, 12 hours ago

                            That is okay, not sure if I will get Hazard. Depends on midweek performance.

                          • gaurava1216
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 3 Years
                            23 days, 12 hours ago

                            Keep an eye on Boruc... was dropped

                          • Weasel Boy
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 6 Years
                            23 days, 12 hours ago

                            Thanks all

                        2. Syd.
                          • 9 Years
                          23 days, 12 hours ago

                          Good decision by the referee

                          1. Captain Kakaroto
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 1 Year
                            23 days, 12 hours ago

                            Dont understand why?

                            1. Syd.
                              • 9 Years
                              23 days, 12 hours ago

                              Clear shirt pulling, would like to see the referees penalise it more often

                              1. Amey
                                  23 days, 12 hours ago

                                  Smalling playing today ??
                                  😮

                          2. thunder_mike
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 6 Years
                            23 days, 12 hours ago

                            Fab
                            AWB Robbo Digne
                            Almiron Salah Mane Brooks
                            Barnes Vardy Wilson
                            Button Holebas Pogba Doherty

                            Priority for GW33 (1FT 5.0ITB WC34)
                            A) Fab > Kepa
                            B) Pog > Hazard and bench Barnes (Will probably depend on his performance on Wed)
                            C) Pog + Doherty > Maddison + Azpi (-4, and have a couple of bench options)

                          3. Team Cruel
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 3 Years
                            23 days, 12 hours ago

                            BREAKING: Referee Anthony Taylor saves a celebrity's life as he disallows an Aaron Ramsey goal

                          4. Revival
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 6 Years
                            23 days, 12 hours ago

                            Kola assist denied

                          5. Syd.
                            • 9 Years
                            23 days, 12 hours ago

                            Looking at GW35

                            Has there ever been a DGW with more awful fixtures

                            1. MTPockets
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 9 Years
                              23 days, 12 hours ago

                              Bad for premiums, good for squad and bench boost

                            2. The 5% Team
                                23 days, 12 hours ago

                                at least it makes for some more variety in teams...unlike this current DGW

                              • Team Cruel
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 3 Years
                                23 days, 12 hours ago

                                The one last season where Barry was spying Spurs' team in the hotel bar in Swansea was far worse.

                              • Real Socialad
                                  23 days, 12 hours ago

                                  Probably not although I'm all for it given some of the 'easy' fixtures the star players had this DGW. Expecting Hazard, Pogba and Sterling all to bag hattricks in 35

                                • gaurava1216
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 3 Years
                                  23 days, 12 hours ago

                                  Can make a good squad... for BB its not too bad

                                • moment
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 7 Years
                                  23 days, 12 hours ago

                                  It at least will remove the temptation to over-rotate your WC34 to the BB DGW35, leaving you with a terrible team for 36-38.

                              • Big_Bear
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 4 Years
                                23 days, 12 hours ago

                                Curve ball FH team. 200 points behind and LTV. Thoughts?

                                Dubravka
                                Alonso (c) Azpi Luiz
                                Salah Ramsey Ozil Ritchie
                                Firminho Wilson King

                                (Gunn, Mooy, Lascelles, Zanka)

                                1. InSaneMan-e
                                  • 5 Years
                                  23 days, 12 hours ago

                                  Tripped Chelsea def. No city.
                                  Wow.
                                  I fear you'll be even further behind, Ha

                                  1. InSaneMan-e
                                    • 5 Years
                                    23 days, 12 hours ago

                                    Oh sorry. It's a FH team. My bad.

                                2. Mo Mané Mo Problems
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 4 Years
                                  23 days, 12 hours ago

                                  If you want to be bold, I’d go triple Soton defence and triple Huddersfield.

                                  Then probably triple Everton and someone random like Mark Noble.

                              • Greenbackbøøg…
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 4 Years
                                23 days, 12 hours ago

                                Any reason why Auba benched?

                                1. Skull And Gnomes 9
                                  • 1 Year
                                  23 days, 12 hours ago

                                  The manager 's a potato head.

                                  1. Pep Pig
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 2 Years
                                    23 days, 12 hours ago

                                    Haha this made me chuckle. It's a fair comment 😀

                                2. Revival
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 6 Years
                                  23 days, 12 hours ago

                                  Rested to keep him fresh. Lots of matches coming up and Europa league to keep an eye on too. Mkhi and Xhaka rested also.

                                  1. The 5% Team
                                      23 days, 12 hours ago

                                      Xhaka injured no?

                                3. Skull And Gnomes 9
                                  • 1 Year
                                  23 days, 12 hours ago

                                  Get Auba on ffs!

                                  1. Amey
                                      23 days, 12 hours ago

                                      He has a FPL team ??
                                      😮

                                      1. Skull And Gnomes 9
                                        • 1 Year
                                        23 days, 12 hours ago

                                        😆

                                  2. Skull And Gnomes 9
                                    • 1 Year
                                    23 days, 12 hours ago

                                    Rondon is class.

                                  3. My heart goes Salalalalah
                                    • 2 Years
                                    23 days, 12 hours ago

                                    Ramsey G

                                  4. Skull And Gnomes 9
                                    • 1 Year
                                    23 days, 12 hours ago

                                    RAMSEYyyyyyyyyyyyyy

                                  5. Syd.
                                    • 9 Years
                                    23 days, 12 hours ago

                                    Ramsey Goal
                                    Laca Assist

                                    1. Syd.
                                      • 9 Years
                                      23 days, 12 hours ago

                                      Maybe not a Laca Assist

                                      1. Wild Rover
                                        • 8 Years
                                        23 days, 12 hours ago

                                        Good save 😉

                                    2. Wild Rover
                                      • 8 Years
                                      23 days, 12 hours ago

                                      Specsavers mate

                                      1. Syd.
                                        • 9 Years
                                        23 days, 12 hours ago

                                        Need a bigger TV

                                        1. Mysterion
                                          • 1 Year
                                          23 days, 12 hours ago

                                          Points > pounds

                                  6. Darth_Krid
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 1 Year
                                    23 days, 12 hours ago

                                    I would say that wasn't a Laca assist because it came off two defenders before reaching Ramsey, but after yesterday who knows.

                                    1. Cthulhu @ Left Back
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 4 Years
                                      23 days, 12 hours ago

                                      Agreed, according to FPL it was a Salah assist 😉

                                  7. Revival
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 6 Years
                                    23 days, 12 hours ago

                                    Rambo!!!!!!!!!!

                                  8. InSaneMan-e
                                    • 5 Years
                                    23 days, 12 hours ago

                                    Cant believe they let him go on a free!

                                    1. Wild Rover
                                      • 8 Years
                                      23 days, 12 hours ago

                                      They couldn’t (or wouldn’t) match the high wage he could command by going to a club who didn’t have to pay a transfer fee.

                                    2. Amey
                                        23 days, 11 hours ago

                                        Helpless.

                                    3. Do I Not Like Orange
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 6 Years
                                      23 days, 12 hours ago

                                      Is Rambo to Milan confirmed? Would quite like him on WC but is there a chance they start phasing him out early?

                                      1. Pasqualinho
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 9 Years
                                        23 days, 12 hours ago

                                        Juventus

                                    4. Syd.
                                      • 9 Years
                                      23 days, 12 hours ago

                                      It would be hilarious if Arsenal finished above Spurs

                                      1. Pasqualinho
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 9 Years
                                        23 days, 12 hours ago

                                        It’s possible. No easy games and quite a few of them away from home, though.

                                      2. Revival
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 6 Years
                                        23 days, 12 hours ago

                                        Oh, I can celebrate St. Totteringham's day again this year....was canceled the last 2 years

                                        1. Revival
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 6 Years
                                          23 days, 12 hours ago

                                          and to collect on bets made by over-optimistic Spurs fans in the off season who thought that "this is the year".

                                    5. Weasel51
                                      • 3 Years
                                      23 days, 12 hours ago

                                      Is Aguero expected to fit?

                                      Also what his EO for this particular GW?

                                      1. Team Cruel
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 3 Years
                                        23 days, 12 hours ago

                                        176

                                    6. g40steve
                                      • 1 Year
                                      23 days, 12 hours ago

                                      Mustafi playing for Newcastle?

                                      1. Amey
                                          23 days, 12 hours ago

                                          He's playing for us FH'tters 🙂

                                      2. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
                                          23 days, 12 hours ago

                                          Someone dribbled AMN into a split