Scout Notes

Aubameyang delivers as Ceballos offers potential in Arsenal win

Arsenal 2-1 Burnley

Goals: Alexandre Lacazette (£9.5m) Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.0m) | Ashley Barnes (£6.5m)

Assists: Dani Ceballos (£5.5m) x 2 | Dwight McNeil (£6.0m) 

Bonus Points: Ceballos x 3 Lacazette x 2 Aubayemang x 1

Arsenal emerged victorious with a 2-1 victory over Burnley in their first home game of the Premier League season with Alexandre Lacazette (£9.5m) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.0m) getting the goals.

Dani Ceballos (£5.5m), making his first Premier League start for the Gunners, put in a stellar performance, contributing two assists and collecting maximum bonus points.

In a man of the match display, the onloan Real Madrid man underlined his exciting potential to be a value for money route into the Arsenal attack this season. 

He played a crucial role in the attacking play and also had a hand in the Gunners’ corners and free-kicks but also helped break up Burnley’s offensive efforts.

Dani Ceballos was comfortably Arsenal’s man of the match against Burnley

At a price of £5.5m and after such an impressive debut, it will be difficult for managers to ignore Ceballos who unquestionably has the ability to start for Arsenal on a weekly basis.

And given the void that has been vacated by Mesut Ozil’s (£7.4m) ongoing absence, Ceballos looks to have the confidence and ability to contribute assists that the Gunners’ have been crying out for in the Emery era. 

Ashley Barnes (£6.5m) struck an early equaliser after Lacazette had put Arsenal in front, with the forward making it three goals in two games for the Clarets to stake his claim as an early frontrunner for the best budget forward in 2019/20.

Ashley Barnes and Dwight McNeil celebrate a goal for Burnley

Barnes took his goal well after a battling run and through ball from Dwight McNeil (£6.0m) rewarding the 3.9% of managers who had backed him to deliver against Arsenal. 

Despite a nervous first-half performance that culminated in a booking for Aubameyang, the Gabonese forward scored a crucial goal for the Gunners after cutting in from the left, burying his well-struck shot past Nick Pope (£4.5m) to give Arsenal the lead. 

Owned by 29% of managers, the performance of Aubameyang was relatively re-assuring given his well-taken goal, even if it was a long-time coming.

The premium forward was a peripheral figure in the first half, having been deployed on the right flank of attacking midfield.

Aubameyang was frustrating to watch for his Fantasy owners but he delivered a second goal in two against Burnley

It was not until the second period, when Nicolas Pépé (£9.5m) replaced Reiss Nelson (£5.5m), that Aubameyang really got going.

This substitution saw Aubameyang move to the left, with Pépé, making his home debut, taking up the right-wing station.

Emery’s decision to deploy the premium striker in both a left and right-sided role at various stages Saturday afternoon’s fixture will be an area of potential concern.

When we consider the assured positions of other premium options such as Harry Kane (£11.0) as a centre-forward, Raheem Sterling (£12.1) as a winger and Mohamed Salah (£12.5m) as a right-sided attacking midfielder, this is a level of consistency Aubameyang cannot really offer. That said, the Arsenal man still outscored all of those big names in Gameweek 2.

Despite his yellow-card for encroachment on a Burnley free-kick, Aubameyang picked up one bonus against Burnley, meaning he has a total of 12 points over two Gameweeks in 2019/20. 

If Lacazette can continue his goalscoring form alongside occupying the central striking role for Arsenal, then the Frenchman is certainly worthy of monitoring with regards to attacking Arsenal coverage given his favourable price-tag at £1.5m less than his Gabonese counterpart. 

Pépé’s introduction at half-time did not lead to any attacking returns for the £72m signing, but glimpses of his potential were on show at The Emirates. The former Lille striker will now be looking to nail down a starting berth and prove himself to Emery as a worthy candidate to feature alongside Aubayemang and Lacazette regularly.

Despite failing to record a second consecutive clean-sheet, Pope was exceptional at times for Burnley, making seven saves in total as well as a number of crucial blocks to prevent the scoreline developing into a mauling for the Clarets. 

Nick Pope made seven saves against Arsenal

There remains indisputable value in both Pope and the likes of Matt Lowton (£4.5m) James Tarkowski (£5.0m) Ben Mee (£5.0m) and Erik Pieters (£4.5m) who have a favourable run of fixtures from Gameweeks 5 to 8 after navigating an away trip to Wolves before hosting Liverpool at Turf Moor. 

The early momentum that Arsenal have now picked up after successive victories over Newcastle and Burnley is a stark contrast to Emery’s debut season with the Gunners, where successive defeats to Manchester City and Chelsea in Gameweeks 1 and 2 made for difficult reading. 

If Emery and Arsenal can translate this promising initial form into continuous winning momentum, then there is no doubt that they have a number of primarily attacking assets who can deliver for Fantasy managers – namely Lacazette and Aubameyang.

But Saturday’s victory was both a day and performance that belonged to debutant Ceballos with his two assists and a Man of the Match performance. 

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Lessons learned from Gameweek 2

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  1. Warby84
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Very happy with next week squad, so no transfers planned depending on Digne..

    Pope
    Robertson Trent Digne Montoya
    Salah Sterling Perez McGinn
    Pukki Kane

    Dendo Rico Greenwood

    Gtg?

    1. The Danger Zone!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      I'd be happy too..

      1. Warby84
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        It’s served me 144pts so far, so I’ll save a Free transfer this week..

    2. Dokdok666
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      digne sub was because he was tired

  2. RFCSPACE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Any love for Firminho round here? From what I've seen seems to be playing well so far this year and saves 2-3m on the Liverpool attack.

    Could be more consistent points rather then a captain option, especially over the next 2 fixtures when City and Spurs are better captain options.

    1. Regin
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      i am considering from gw4 perhaps salah to kdb/ son & jota to firmino (have mane)

    2. bench boost for every gamew…
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      the only thing that went ok with my strategy is picking Firmino as my third Pool player. I love him as a player and his importance to the Liverpool set up is undeniable, but his FPL value i´m not totally sure about. That said, against Norwich he should have gotten at least one goal and also yesterday should have buried one more, my thinking behind picking him was that i saw Pools opening fixtures as games of a very open nature, thus good chance of CS to be broken and Liverpool needing to attack more. Kind of got that right, but his points tally should have been a tad better, which ii should. And he loves playing Arsenal-)
      My tactic been screwed by not just picking KDB as i had all summer, with a 4.5 mid to accompany him, instead opted for a Bilva/Fraser combo. Now it is rectified and now i got the option to upgrade King to either Rashford or Vardy. That way i´ve gone from just one real candidate option in Salah to at least some variation,

  3. Liastro ⭐️
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    2FTs, 0.0m in the bank...unsure on transfers this week - any ideas?

    Heaton Button
    Robertson VVD Digne Montoya Rico
    Salah Sterling Pérez Trossard Dendoncker
    Kane King Greenwood

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Robertson to Laporte and King to Pukki

    2. Do the Van Gaal-lem Shake
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      I don’t see any problems with your team really, unless you wanted to get on the Pukki hype by downgrading Perez/Trossard and upgrading King...but I personally wouldn’t. Could do Robbo to TAA if you just wanted to use a FT given he’s looked more attacking?

      1. Regin
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        absolute waste of a transfer to do robbo to taa or v.v. Get Adrian & drop robbo to a cheaper defender like AWB & upgrade greenwood or perez perhaps.

    3. bench boost for every gamew…
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      a quick look at next weeks fixtures says you are very well prepared, even with a slight selection headache in front of you. "2ft, makes you want do something. if you don´t fancy playing double Liv def vs Arsenal i would possibly, if you fancy United might be a route there, Digne slightly injured it seems but should be fine, monitor that ofc. Greenwood is almost like deadwood (sorry) and Brighton won´t keep cleanies every week, so to me i would either upgrade Greenwood or just get a 4.5 defender which rotates whenever one of your 4 other defenders have tough fixture? Not sure you´ve considered, but King or Dendoncker? I have almost the same dilemma with wesley, and right now i fancy Dendoncker.

  4. Do the Van Gaal-lem Shake
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    I’m currently in a position where I have to play one of Dendoncker, Rico, Lundstram or Greenwood each week (which I didn’t mind when Rico started), with 2 FT’s which seems the better option below?

    A) Drop one Liverpool defender to AWB and upgrade Rico to Zinchenko/Emerson

    B) Join the Pukki party (which I’m hesitant on) and do Robertson to 4.5 such as Coyuncu/Montoya and do Greenwood to Pukki

    Leaning towards A once remaining matches are complete!

    1. Warby84
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      A more sensible, try and hold on to Liv full back if poss, as they have the potential to haul..

      1. Do the Van Gaal-lem Shake
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Cheers, that is in the back of my mind as well! Would’ve been so different if Robbo finished that chance yesterday

    2. Regin
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      a

  5. Miguel Sanchez
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Which potential downgrade is better:

    A) TAA to Laporte
    B) Perez to Ceballos/McGinn

    1. 007 [RoboKlopp]
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      B

    2. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      B (with Ceballos) long term
      A short term

      I was confused between these 2 so I've gone for the 3rd alternative in Salah to Mane, sounds crazy but I prefer it to these 2 right now.

    3. Do the Van Gaal-lem Shake
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      I’d wait to see how Perez plays today but currently i’d say A

    4. in sane in de bruyne
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      B

  6. 007 [RoboKlopp]
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Out : Wilson, Moura, Perez
    In : Pukki, KDB, Ceballos

    For -4 yes or no?
    Ta.

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Looks good - see if you can hold a while

    2. S.Kuqi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Would keep Moura one more gw and get Kdb for free in gw4

    3. in sane in de bruyne
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Like it

    4. Sloths
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Yes (but I think you might regret not holding Perez)

    5. datamunkey
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      This is exactly my plan for later today 🙂

    6. Warby84
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Watch Perez today, Sheffield U next week

    7. Business Cat
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Yes, all upgrades IMO

  7. S.Kuqi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Sterling default captain and Man City attack douple up looks must have for next four gws.

    1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Agreed

    2. T-BOX ⚽
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Kane next week for mine is the better option

    3. Regin
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      so does LIV with their good fixtures. Arsenal at home there will be goals.

  8. Regin
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    mane is better than salah. salah needs 10 big chances to score 2 goals. Mane needs 3 or 4 chances, to score a goal. Mane much more clinical.

    1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Salah more explosive though imo, debatable though.
      And penalties could also come into the picture.

    2. De Gea Van Dijk. 10
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Toss up who delivers.

  9. in sane in de bruyne
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    What do you think of this for -8?

    Salah, Siggy, Digne out
    Mane, Son, 5.5 in

    1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      No!

      1. Warby84
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        No

      2. in sane in de bruyne
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Salah looks rusty, Everton cant score

        1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          I can understand the moves, I would have probably said yes if it was a -4 but -8 is too much, Digne will be fine apparently and Everton are on a good CS run from last season, They have a favourable fixture GW3 so I would give them another chance and possibly do this move for -4 next week..

          1. in sane in de bruyne
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 2 days ago

            Might be priced out next week. Wont be doing any moves right now anyway. Im glad if Digne is fine. Maybe just swap Salah out for Mane. I know it sounds crazy but the last couple of games Mane looked much better.

    2. T-BOX ⚽
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      That’s awful

      1. in sane in de bruyne
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Cheers

        1. T-BOX ⚽
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          😉

  10. aborg
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Does anyone have any data or know from where I get find some to see how many times Moura played alongside Son last season?

    I would like to see if it is really worth removing Moura for the time being and if he will be mostly rotated with Lamela or Son.

    1. Vitamin C
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      I can suggest you one,but you ll have to spend a lot of time.

      https://uk.soccerway.com/teams/england/tottenham-hotspur-football-club/675/

      At the Matches press Previous and start checking each game who played.

      1. aborg
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Thanks mate. Much appreciated. 🙂

  11. Trovsmash
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Team:
    Button/Ryan
    Digne Robbo VVD Rico CTaylor
    Salah Sterling Perez Trossard Fraser
    Wilson Wood Greenwood

    2FTs

    Looking at VVD, Fraser & Wood to AWB(or 5.5/6.0 def) Pukki & Martial.

    Anyone see anyone reason not to pull the trigger after the gameweeks over? (pending Digne fitness)

  12. Me Spurs
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Really fancy son against Newcastle GW3 toon look rubbish and son will be fired up after his ban

    1. in sane in de bruyne
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Thinking the same

      1. Me Spurs
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Don’t own him yet but thinking of doing taa,Perez to
        Kwp/boly, son-4
        Thoughts?

        1. in sane in de bruyne
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          Would not want to get rid of Trent for a hit. Find another way imo.

    2. Warby84
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Prefer kane

    3. Business Cat
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Given Newcastle's awfulness, I might double up Kane and Son for one week before cashing in Kane to fund upgrades elsewhere

    4. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Not having spurs for this fixture is alarming

    5. Gunner Boy
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      D you think he will start?

    6. Regin
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      u think son will hit the ground running from the off?

      1. Me Spurs
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 2 days ago

        I think he will be well up for it looked bright in the last pre season friendly

  13. Eat my goal!
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 2 days ago

    So I took a -4 last night

    Wood > pukki
    Wilson > jota

    This avoided a .1 drop and got in before a .1 gain

    Not sure how I feel about it really!

    1. T-BOX ⚽
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Why not just Wilson > Pukki for free?

      1. Eat my goal!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Or wood to Jota

        I wanted to avoid the loss on wood mainly since he’d become dead wood anyway

        Pukki looks like a good option tho but the -4 tastes bitter

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Jota is a good player but feel I may have got him in too early and could have held off until the fixtures cleared and Europa League impact was clearer

      1. Eat my goal!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Indeed they are smashing it Europe at the mo but could still yet have a negative effect in the PL

    3. Dokdok666
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      If you don't know how to feel when transferring someone who is yet to play out, go bang your head into the wall and see how that feels 😉

  14. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Which of these moves to get Pukki in for King?
    A)Perez to Ceballos
    B)TAA to Laporte
    C)Salah to Mane
    D) Avoid the Pukki bandwagon for now 😛

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      C perhaps

  15. Gunner Boy
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    have 2 FTs, any ideas what to do with this lot?

    Heaton (EVE)
    VVD (ARS) Robertson (ARS) Zinchenko (bou) Zouma (nor)
    Barkley (nor) Perez (shu) Salah (ARS) Sterling (bou)
    King (CITY) Kane (NEW)

    subs: Button Dendoncker Lundstram Greenwood

  16. De Gea Van Dijk. 10
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 2 days ago

    ‘Kelly needs a rest this week’

    Please Woy.

  17. FCCorolla
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    What to do with this team? Thinking about wildcarding but might be wasteful since I'm on 2 FT's?

    Pickford (Ryan)
    Digne, Mina, Pieters, Maitland-Niles (Kelly)
    Salah, Sterling, De Bruyne, Mahrez (Cantwell)
    Pukki, Barnes (Greenwood)

  18. Me Spurs
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Stones injured? If so is otamendi an option at 5.4?

    1. Rich2086
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      If he's out for any length of time I'd be temped by otamendi although I think he was poor yesterday. If Stones is out for awhile I'd guess otamendi is the only option they have?

  19. Murder On Zidanesfloor
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Not sure how to fix this team, any ideas?

    Ryan
    Robbo VVD Coleman
    Salah Sterling Martial Perez BARKLEY
    Wilson HALLER

    Button lundstram rico Greenwood

    Help appreciated, 28 this week till now

  20. KAR
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    ryan (button)
    walker, coleman, vvd (rico, lundstram)
    salah, fraser, trossard, kdb (dendoncker)
    kane, wilson, wood

    doing -4p wilson + salah + fraser to sterling + ceballos + vardy

    thoughts?

  21. Manani
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Fraser > Cabellos??

    still have Wilson, so not sure if I should double up despite the good fixture after next. they don't look very good

  22. ZakyJ
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    I shouldn't Wildcard right???

    My team:
    Heaton / Button
    KWP / Zinch / VVD / Montoya (Rico)
    Salah / Perez / KdB ( Dendo / Drinkwater)
    Jota / Kane / Auba

    I'm mostly worried about not having sterling, this could be my team:

    POPE / Button
    KWP / Zinch / Montoya (LUND / KELLY)
    Salah / STERLING / KdB / CEBALLOS (Dendo)
    PUKKI / VARDY / FIRMINIO
    0.2ITB

    Could also do Rashford instead of VARDY with 0.6ITB

  23. Clarity
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Rate my wildcard please?

    Pope
    Mina, VVD, Maguire, Lundstram
    De Bruyne, Sterling, Mane, Mount
    Kane, Pukki
    Bench: Button, Contwell, Greenwood, Rico

  24. Schliegs
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Wilson > Jesus?

  25. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    6.4 & below strikers. Who's the best of this horrible bunch?

    A. Deeney
    B. DCL
    C. Wesley
    D. Ings
    E. Adams
    F. Wood
    G. Deulofeu
    H. Murray
    F. Benteklol

  26. daffyp1982
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 6 hours ago

    Had a crazy moment panicking about price rises after the Pukki party and KDB’s haul with BOU next gamweek and went:

    Wilson > Pukki

    Salah > KDB

    Now worrying about missing LIV coverage next week....have I just done a crazy move?

    1. daffyp1982
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 6 hours ago

      Now only got TAA and Robbo for LIV

  27. Deanamo Jammy
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    Neither of Ceballos' assists would make one sit up and take notice - a flat corner ball to Lacazette and a toe poke forward to Auba, both of whom made something out of practically nothing. I'd like to see a heat map of the match - Ceballos sat deeper than I think many would expect. I see an assister of the asssiter in Ceballos.