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. df34
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    FPL down, such a LOL

  2. Hakim Ziyech
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Fpl tower trying to stop people from bringing in Pukki before price rises!

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

      Back now must have got the shock paddles out.

    2. df34
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      So true

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

      Already got him. Hoping he has just made it over the price change line. Then those wannabe transfers can come in tomorrow

  3. The 12th Man
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Barkley,Fraser,Wilson > KDB,Cantwell,Pukki for -4 ?

    Gives me:-
    Pope
    TAA,Digne,KWP,Zinchenko
    Sterling,KDB,Salah,Perez
    Pukki,Jota

    Heaton,Cantwell,Lundstrum,Greenwood 0.9m itb.

    This move better than using WC?
    Means no Spurs attack and potential injury concerns over Zinchenko and Digne.

  4. Halftime
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Draft game is still ok

  5. Dacra
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Why are people getting rid of King? Scored today, surely bigger fires to put out?!

    1. MeatPieSausageRoll
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Fixture(s)

      Possibly more about who they’re buying rather than who they’re selling too with bandwagons for Barnes and Pukki in similar price range

      Not saying they’re right - just trying to explain what they might be thinking

    2. twoplustwo
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      City next

      Also at 6.5 Pukki is affordable, it’ll be nice to catch a price rise and won’t be a disaster if he blanks the next couple

  6. The Man Pastore
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    What is the best replacement for Guilbert to rotate with Dunk?

    1. SADIO SANÉ
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Joel Ward

      1. SADIO SANÉ
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        or Leicester guy

  7. SADIO SANÉ
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    taking FPL down so that all the people that slagged Pukki off all week can't bring him in is top stuff

    1. Jammydodger2018
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Yup, I put him in whilst watching the Liverpool game. Told my mates to but nobody listened and now everybody wants him. But the can’t have his 17pts this week ha

  8. Hits from the Bong
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Something like Fornals + Fraser to Son + Cantwell make sense here?

    Heaton
    TAA VVD Digne
    Salah Sterling Fraser Perez Fornals
    Wilson Pukki

    (Button Lundstram Rico Greenwood)

    1. Rasping Drive
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Have you considered KDB? He was brilliant today.

      1. Hits from the Bong
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Yeah possibly KdB but wanted some Spurs for next game

        1. Rasping Drive
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Yeah I can see why you would want to. How about VVD to AWB, Fraser to Ceballos and Wilson to Kane (c) for a -4?

  9. Trippier Hazard
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Hello what time do the price rises take effect at the moment? Landing close to midnight on a plane

    1. thepeen555
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      During the morning. Someone said 6am but i always thought it was around 3am uk time

      1. Four Hit Wonder
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        It's no longer around 3

        1. Next year
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          It was around 2.45, but now I've also heard 6 in the morning.

    2. circusmonkey
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      apparently last night it was about 6am

  10. KICKandRUSH
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Would like to play my WC and got one midfield spot left for 7.7 or less.
    Which Spurs player should I get?

    1. Jammydodger2018
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 1 day ago

      NDombele

  11. Sanchit
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Repost

    Heaton
    Robertson TAA Digne Coleman AWB
    Salah Sterling Siggy Perez
    Wilson

    Button Dendoncker Greenwood wickham

    2FT 0.0 ITB

    Siggy to Kdb is one option but who to downgrade to get the 1.5?

    1. MeatPieSausageRoll
      3 months, 1 day ago

      If that’s what you want to do then downgrading a Liverpool defender to maybe a Utd one would be one option (do note you already have AWB though - maybe even KWP instead?)

    2. Rasping Drive
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Wilson to Pukki seems the obvious one. You might also consider Salah to Mané and Perez to Ceballos for a -4.

    3. dzrihan
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Mane for Salah
      Rashford for Wilson

  12. Cech's Magic Hat
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Doing ok so far, but 2 FTs. What would you do?

    Ryan (button)
    TAA VvD Digne Zinc (Lund)
    Salah Sterling KdB Perez (dendonc)
    Jota King (greenwood)

    Want to try and get some price risers in but not sure best way. Pukki? Ceballos?

  13. PUMPKINHEAD
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Moura

    Sticking or twisting?

    1. MTPockets
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Ideally twist but think Bernardo has to go first

    2. badgerboy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      It's a conundrum. Good fixtures but not nailed. Son will come back in and Ali will be back soon enough. I'm going to cash him in and get Son or Kane this week.

    3. Krionos
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      With Son back i think he will warm the bench going forward...

  14. JJeyy
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Wildcard yet or no? got template team plus moura

    1. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      follow your gut. I spunked mine this week

      72 pts all out.

      1. JJeyy
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        is it too knee jerk to cut my losses on double liv defence and bou assets or will they come good?

        1. Christina.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          sell bournemouth I reckon.

      2. Karan14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        You activated it?

        1. Christina.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          played it 2 days ago. Got in Mane, Pukki, Cantwell and Auba.

  15. Bossworld
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Assuming the site comes back

    Planning (for a -4)

    King, B Silva, Alexander Arnold

    To

    Pukki, KDB, Walker-Peters

    Any glaring problem? Could ditch Robertson instead of TAA. Not seeing the value in premium defenders at the minute

    I'll be wildcarding during the international break.

    That damned 0.1 on Pukki has complicated things massively!

  16. Giggs Boson.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Manchester United will go top of the league when they beat Wolves on Monday.

    What a sight that will be.

    1. SADIO SANÉ
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      when

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

        When

    2. MeatPieSausageRoll
      3 months, 1 day ago

      We’re going to get all our supporters back

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

        Doubtful

        1. MeatPieSausageRoll
          3 months, 1 day ago

          🙄

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

            What’s up? If you put Old Trafford into Google Maps how far away is it from your current location?

            1. MeatPieSausageRoll
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Detroit? 4,764 miles. What’s your point?

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

                Point made!

          2. Yank Revolution
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Glory! Glory!

    3. pundit of punts
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Sad to see all that United fans can dream of these days is being top in GW 2. 😀

      1. Yank Revolution
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        It's a long season and anything can happen, PoP!

  17. Hakim Ziyech
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Did the Digne injury look serious? Any update please

    1. Drip Doctor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Sounds like he'll be alright.

      1. Hakim Ziyech
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Thanks bud. I really need to save Ft this gw

  18. andrewe63
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    6th in the world on 17 points and almost counted out on the canvass this week

    #WeekOneTripleCaptainOneTrickPonies

    1. Yes Don
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      I triple captained gw 1. Got me 112. This week I'm on 60 with Martial to play.
      #farfrompony

  19. Drip Doctor
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Any players likely to rise by .2 other than Pukki?

    1. Respect My Authoritah
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Possibly KDB given his performance, but I doubt it. Possibly Mané. Possibly players who play tomorrow and Monday.

    2. andrewe63
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Mane and Ceballos possibly.
      Mane1 mil cheaper than Salah.

      Ceballos impressive again today.

  20. DAZZ
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    TAA OR Robbo + Perez > WalkerPeters + Son for free, is this sensible? Dropping one of the Liverpool defenders and bringing in Son.

  21. I Member
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Ryan
    Robertson, van Dijk Digne
    Salah, Sterling, Sigurdsson, Perez, Barkley
    Wilson, Jota

    Button; Greenwood, Lundstram, Rico.

    A) Wilson, Sigurdsson & Barkley -> Pukki, De Bruyne & Ceballos
    B) Wilson, Sigurdsson & Barkley -> Pukki, De Bruyne & Wan-Bissaka

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

      2 FT 0.0 ITB

    2. The 12th Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Is B Digne out?
      B if He’s injured.

      I’m looking at something similar.
      Fraser,Barkley,Wilson > KDB,Cantwell/Dendonker,Pukki -4

  22. EgyptianKing
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Mates, I hope you are having a decent GW.

    I have Perez + 16 points than my opponent. He has Rash Barkley and Lundstram.

    Do you think I am ok in terms of chance to win?

    1. DAZZ
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Yes. Could come close, a perez assist and it’s yours

      1. EgyptianKing
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Cheers mate!

  23. Fer Fuch's Ake
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    When do price rises/drops kick in? Tonight?

    1. SADIO SANÉ
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      every morning

  24. RamaJama
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Perez to

    A) Ndombele
    B) Ceballos
    C) Keep

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

      Wait until tomorrow.

    2. MoManeTaa
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      someone from chelsea wud emerge after tomorrows game..

  25. MoManeTaa
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    KDB looks like a must have and i could only bring him for Auba...shud I pull the trigger ?

    1. Drip Doctor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Good player to have but i wouldn't say a must have. City scored 5 last GW and he got 1 assist.

      1. MoManeTaa
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        thnx mate...Son will be a better option as the only spurs player?

  26. MadDog86
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 1 day ago

    After Pukki ripping up Newcastle is Kane more appealing now?

    1. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Slightly. Son appeals too if I knew he’d start

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

      Definitely a (c) next week

    3. Drip Doctor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Newcastle probably played more expansive vs Norwich, against Arsenal they were pretty tight.

  27. Fernando Torres
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Is a liverpool defender essential?

    1. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      I’d want at least one

  28. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Anybody else got problems in their team but NOT making moves tonight? Must be someone

    1. CRO KLOPP
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      I'm waiting until gmwk is finished

    2. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      o/

      Waiting on news re Digne and Zinchenko.

      I don't think Wilson and Robbo are bad buys yet.

    3. FOO FIGHTER
      3 months, 1 day ago

      I am not doing anything until Wolves vs UTD is done. I may not do anything.

      The only change I made was using a FT to bring in Jota for Haller and think short and long term that was the best move.

      May just stick with my team for GW3 and then have a look at changes for GW4.

    4. pitstop1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Absolutely. No rush.

  29. diesel001
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Some good players are getting transferred out quickly and on their way to drops:

    Bernardo Silva
    Eriksen
    Fraser
    Vardy

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

      Bilva was so out of any xA or xG that I want him out

  30. Badger Badger Mushroom Mush…
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Only way I can get Pukki in, is TAA and King to Laporte and Pukki. Worth it?