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. Eat my goal!
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    11 months, 24 days ago

    To WC or not to WC, that is the question!

    1. Little Red Lacazette
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 24 days ago

      Thinking the same. Measly 27 pts with 3 to play.

      1. FPL ElasticO
        • 6 Years
        11 months, 24 days ago

        52 + bonus with Perez to play

        1. SADIO SANÉ
          • 5 Years
          11 months, 24 days ago

          Classic

        2. Would Ed Woodward
          • 1 Year
          11 months, 24 days ago

          Nice contribution.

      2. Eat my goal!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        11 months, 24 days ago

        Got 35 with 3 to play - just not good enough

        Adrian f'd up the GW

    2. Bobby Digital
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 24 days ago

      Not

    3. Stoneleigh
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 24 days ago

      I have - suspect a few others will too. My team was far too template 🙁

  2. Tamagotchi Massacre
    • 6 Years
    11 months, 24 days ago

    PLAY UP POMPEY!

  3. Tamagotchi Massacre
    • 6 Years
    11 months, 24 days ago

    Aubemeyang 'delivers' might be a stretch for a premium striker scoring 6 points at home to Burnley

    1. Krionos
      • 10 Years
      11 months, 24 days ago

      😀

  4. Arteta
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 24 days ago

    So much overthinking about captaincy and in the end Salah gets 3 points, Aubameyang & Sterling 6 each. You just gotta laugh :mrgreen:

    1. thomashl
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 24 days ago

      Still have FOMO bc of those sterling points... 🙁 capped salah instead

    2. Tamagotchi Massacre
      • 6 Years
      11 months, 24 days ago

      It's only overthinking when the margins are tight

    3. Krionos
      • 10 Years
      11 months, 24 days ago

      Sterling will be top scorer this season. City had 30 attempts and 10 shots on target. Against Tottenham...

      1. EMBOLOFAN
        • 1 Year
        11 months, 24 days ago

        spurs arent that good

  5. SHOOTER MCGINN
    • 5 Years
    11 months, 24 days ago

    KDBBBBBBBB!

  6. F4L
    • 5 Years
    11 months, 24 days ago

    can someone explain why the tiniest touch of the hand on the ball means disallowed goal no question, yet players can still rugby tackle opposition attackers in the box with VAR in use?

    1. Random Name
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 24 days ago

      contact sport

      If you want non-contact try Lacrosse

      1. F4L
        • 5 Years
        11 months, 24 days ago

        well judging by the fact players just fall over nowadays and get free kicks/penalties with no/very minimal contact, I'm not sure that's a fair argument

    2. SHOOTER MCGINN
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 24 days ago

      New rules this year I think. Any handball leading to a goal is ruled out. Might be harsh sometimes but at least it's consistent.

  7. Random Name
    • 5 Years
    11 months, 24 days ago

    Football not handball. Get a grip if you can't handle VAR making the CORRECT decisions.

    Try netball instead. Not too much controversy there

    1. super zlatan
      • 9 Years
      11 months, 24 days ago

      Calm down

    2. thomashl
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 24 days ago

      Lol agree

    3. EMBOLOFAN
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 24 days ago

      low iq take

      1. Random Name
        • 5 Years
        11 months, 24 days ago

        "low iq take" then goes on to say spurs aren't a good team

  8. FPL ElasticO
    • 6 Years
    11 months, 24 days ago

    Is it worth taking -8 for these transfers??

    Wilson/ VVD/ Lucas/ King >> Kane/ AWB/ Dendoncker/ Pukki

    1. super zlatan
      • 9 Years
      11 months, 24 days ago

      Possibly.

    2. thomashl
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 24 days ago

      Over time, might be

    3. Krionos
      • 10 Years
      11 months, 24 days ago

      Absolutely not.

  9. FredrikH
    • 7 Years
    11 months, 24 days ago

    Salah -> Mane
    Or
    Perez -> Ceballos
    To afford King -> Pukki?

    1. FPL ElasticO
      • 6 Years
      11 months, 24 days ago

      Perez >> Ceballos/ Cantwell

    2. EMBOLOFAN
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 24 days ago

      no

    3. DMP
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 24 days ago

      Considering the same move with Pérez.

  10. Athletic Nasherbo
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 24 days ago

    Get in absolutely buzzing with my score of 28 from 9. Bring on Gameweek 3 with a crocked Zinchenko, playing defenders in Rico and Guilbert, and an overall fantastic team...

    1. EMBOLOFAN
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 24 days ago

      many such cases

  11. Ajax Hamsterdam
    • 6 Years
    11 months, 24 days ago

    Taylor price to go down tonight , do we think Taylor will go back to be Burnley line up ?

    Thank you

  12. Rainer
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 24 days ago

    Let the hits commence!

  13. Would Ed Woodward
    • 1 Year
    11 months, 24 days ago

    What a disastrous week, don't really wanna WC though, hopefully Leicester do something tomorrow.

    1. EMBOLOFAN
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 24 days ago

      what u on mate

      1. EMBOLOFAN
        • 1 Year
        11 months, 24 days ago

        31 from 9 here

        1. Would Ed Woodward
          • 1 Year
          11 months, 24 days ago

          Exact same as you, 31 from 9.

        2. Would Ed Woodward
          • 1 Year
          11 months, 24 days ago

          Who've you got left?

          1. EMBOLOFAN
            • 1 Year
            11 months, 24 days ago

            tony and barkley haha

            1. Would Ed Woodward
              • 1 Year
              11 months, 24 days ago

              I have Vardy and Perez lol, excited for the Lei blank tomorrow!

              1. Trophé Mourinho
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                11 months, 24 days ago

                Lecister wont blank but predicting the outcome of that game is hard. When its hard to predict I normally go for a draw so 2-2, Pulisic x2, Vardy x2

  14. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 24 days ago

    Zinchenko and Digne - how bad are the injuries?

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 24 days ago

      Zinchenko injured?

    2. Athletic Nasherbo
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 24 days ago

      Zinchenko continued but who knows! And Digne seems alright after Silva comments

      1. Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        11 months, 24 days ago

        Hmm alright. Could be forced into early WC here. Wilson Siggy not done much, Zinch Digne maybe flagged, Salah and double Liverpool defence disappointing and Perez Jota question marks still

        1. Would Ed Woodward
          • 1 Year
          11 months, 24 days ago

          I'd be fully confident of Jota being a great pick.

        2. Krionos
          • 10 Years
          11 months, 24 days ago

          You're looking at it very "glass half empty". Liverpool would have had a Clean sheet and possibly bonus for VVD had it not been for one keeper error, Siggy is involved and they have good fixtures. Takes penalties and free kicks. Digne already has an assist and 2 CS, could be fine come the weekend. Salah will score 200+ points over the season, it was just Mane's turn today.

    3. sirmorbach
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 24 days ago

      This is one of those moments in which FPL makes me feel like an ass---. My mate's got Zinc and Digne, but it's just WRONG to hope for someone to be injured.

      1. Qaiss
        • 4 Years
        11 months, 24 days ago

        It's not thatttt bad to hope a guy who earns 100k a week pulls a hamstring, come on

    4. Rainer
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 24 days ago

      Last 10 minutes wouldn't have helped Zinchenko.

    5. EMBOLOFAN
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 24 days ago

      how are we meant to know. doubt the players even know yet

  15. Permian23
    • 9 Years
    11 months, 24 days ago

    71 points. Nay bad.

    1. sirmorbach
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 24 days ago

      Not bad AT ALL.

    2. Would Ed Woodward
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 24 days ago

      lol

    3. EMBOLOFAN
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 24 days ago

      wtf

    4. dark91
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 24 days ago

      Average

    5. Arteta
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 24 days ago

      Pukki TC?

      1. Permian23
        • 9 Years
        11 months, 24 days ago

        No, sadly not.

    6. JustPark
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 24 days ago

      Mediocre

  16. BigBillyBass
    • 2 Years
    11 months, 24 days ago

    Salah + Wilson + Fraser > Mane + Kane + Ceballos (-4) done!

    1. FPL ElasticO
      • 6 Years
      11 months, 24 days ago

      Should hold on to Salah for 1 more week.....

      1. BigBillyBass
        • 2 Years
        11 months, 24 days ago

        I’ve got Mane now so I’m happy

  17. EMBOLOFAN
    • 1 Year
    11 months, 24 days ago

    xg

    mci: 3
    spurs: 0.2

    1. F4L
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 24 days ago

      City were awful in the second half in the final third, seriously cost them

  18. FOO FIGHTER
      11 months, 24 days ago

      Very bad GW for the big hitters.

      1. Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        11 months, 24 days ago

        Indeed... oof

      2. Rock n Grohl
        • 10 Years
        11 months, 24 days ago

        KDB, Mane, Sterling and Auba worked out

    • SirStevieG
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 24 days ago

      I love VAR.

      1. FPL ElasticO
        • 6 Years
        11 months, 24 days ago

        Yes making right decisions....

      2. FOO FIGHTER
          11 months, 24 days ago

          No VAR and City would have been awarded a goal that did not count. All in all great result if you do not support City 🙂

      3. DAZZ
        • 6 Years
        11 months, 24 days ago

        Sterling over Salah turned out to be the correct decision, well done Sterling cappers!

        1. Qaiss
          • 4 Years
          11 months, 24 days ago

          get the tissues out

        2. Rainer
          • 3 Years
          11 months, 24 days ago

          Big 3 points at this stage of the season.

          Pukki cappers heading for nose bleed ranks.

          1. DAZZ
            • 6 Years
            11 months, 24 days ago

            Only 8% owned not many will have captained

        3. BEARZINHO
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          11 months, 24 days ago

          I sought the wisdom of the forum earlier and went sterling over salah! 3 points gained! Have that you salah captaining losers!!! Lol

      4. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        11 months, 24 days ago

        How’s your captain doing this GW?

      5. el polako
        • 3 Years
        11 months, 24 days ago

        Have to say I am way more angry with this clown Adrian than with my Salah(c) fail.

        Double LFC defence owner 🙁

        1. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          11 months, 24 days ago

          Many in the same boat

        2. mixology
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          11 months, 24 days ago

          alisson made a bad blunder early last season too and lost the cleansheet. I'm sticking with my double no doubt

          1. el polako
            • 3 Years
            11 months, 24 days ago

            For Allisson it was isolated incident, Adrian is pants and thats the problem.

            1. mixology
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              11 months, 24 days ago

              i don't disagree although i'm happy to stick with the double up as many are going to ditch pool defenders to free up cash. Season keepers for me

              1. Jack Burton
                • 4 Years
                11 months, 24 days ago

                Think I will too

      6. Lalrota
        • 4 Years
        11 months, 24 days ago

        Any reason to WC? 2FT

        Pope
        Robbo Laporte Coleman Montoya Lundstram
        Sterling Salah Trossard Perez Dend
        Auba King 4.5

        If not WC then pick one
        Auba Perez>

        A Kane Lanzini
        B Rashford Kdb

        1. Ashwatthama hai apun
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          11 months, 24 days ago

          B for sure.

        2. BATISTUTA ®
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          11 months, 24 days ago

          B

      7. Strchld
        • 3 Years
        11 months, 24 days ago

        Really tempted to WC.
        Have King, Fraser and Bilva whos have to go. Also Digne could be injured. I think one of Robbo and TAA would be enough also...

        1. QUEN
          • 1 Year
          11 months, 24 days ago

          Yes my question is do I ditch Trent or van dyke

          1. BATISTUTA ®
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            11 months, 24 days ago

            I did TAA -> Digne ... rushed it a bit but i think he’ll be fine for next gw

      8. thomashl
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        11 months, 24 days ago

        Impressed of the number of people considering Salah -> Mane.

        Was Mane really that much better?

        1. thomashl
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          11 months, 24 days ago

          Obviously he scored yesyesyes and Salah didn’t. TODAY, that is. More interested in the general look

        2. el polako
          • 3 Years
          11 months, 24 days ago

          Looked sharper last two games.

          1. thomashl
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            11 months, 24 days ago

            Cheers polako

        3. Tom the Sloth
          • 5 Years
          11 months, 24 days ago

          Yes, he was better. Could have had one or two more goal/assist. Salah, on the other hand, could perhaps had one in total.

          Salah still takes corners, and is a part of the build-up. But TAA wasn't as good, he stayed back more, so Salah kept to his winger position. Robbo was more attacking, giving Mane the chance to go inside.

          1. thomashl
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            11 months, 24 days ago

            Ok cheers, valuable insight.

            Sounds as Robbo sellers might be premature, then? And that maybe Trent has been told off by Klopp defensively, and Salah suffers a bit from that?

        4. potatoace
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          11 months, 24 days ago

          Today he was. But in the main liv were stifled today. Mo in particular

          1. thomashl
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            11 months, 24 days ago

            Ok thanks! They had a long match midweek to be fair

        5. EMBOLOFAN
          • 1 Year
          11 months, 24 days ago

          so glad people are making this stupid transfer

          1. thomashl
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            11 months, 24 days ago

            It seems very luxurious, and potentially very wasteful, agreed

        6. PlumaPiedra
          • 3 Years
          11 months, 24 days ago

          Doesn't have to be that much better when he's 1m cheaper, doesn't even have to be better at all.

      9. Bobby Digital
        • 2 Years
        11 months, 24 days ago

        49 pts with Lundstram and Robinson left. Any good?

        1. thomashl
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          11 months, 24 days ago

          It’s good and you know it 😉

          1. Bobby Digital
            • 2 Years
            11 months, 24 days ago

            There's still the Manutd contingent to go.

            1. thomashl
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              11 months, 24 days ago

              Well it’s a helluva lot better than mine. 35 with Vardy, Perez and Lundstram...

      10. FPL-(VAR)dy
        • 2 Years
        11 months, 24 days ago

        Looks like its Wildcard time..Liverpool poor defensively,Digne,Zinchenko possibly injured

        1. EMBOLOFAN
          • 1 Year
          11 months, 24 days ago

          did you watch the liverpool game?

      11. tissae
        • 5 Years
        11 months, 24 days ago

        Van Dijk or Robertson to stick with?

        1. thomashl
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          11 months, 24 days ago

          I think VvD might be the best value in the back over time

        2. BATISTUTA ®
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          11 months, 24 days ago

          Virgil

      12. FPL ElasticO
        • 6 Years
        11 months, 24 days ago

        Will Pukki price rise tonight can hold my transfer after tomorrow matches???

        1. el polako
          • 3 Years
          11 months, 24 days ago

          Pukki will double rise before Friday.

          He is better than Jesus.

          1. thomashl
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            11 months, 24 days ago

            Was thinking about taking a hit to get Kane in. Maybe downgrade Wilson to Pukki and do it the next round?

            Wc so tempting, gah

        2. potatoace
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          11 months, 24 days ago

          He will prob rise 0.2

      13. Ashwatthama hai apun
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        11 months, 24 days ago

        Maura + Parrot (lol) >> Dendoncker + Pukki

        RIGHT NOW for 2FTs???