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

    Just playing around, but have this potential WC that actually looks decent. Just hypothetical atm but more likely if injuries are confirmed.

    Pope
    Vvd LAPORTE AWB // Lundstram Rico
    Salah Sterling KDB CEBALLOS PULISIC
    Jota PUKKI // Greenwood

    Pulisic Ceballos could be other combos. Just ideas. 0.4 ITB

    1. The 12th Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Look ok.
      You don’t fancy any Spurs?

    2. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Digne is great value and Everton have great fixtures.

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

        May be injured

      2. thepeen555
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Yeah I’m looking at Digne. Hoping it’s just a knock

    3. kime67
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      why rico

  2. H-Over United
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    King to Barnes for -4?
    Pukki with 6.6 not possible.

    1. kime67
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      heeeeel n

  3. KrisMCFC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    Do players rise in price during the weekend?

    1. AnyLaporteinastorm
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Yep can ride any day. Normally bout 2am

      1. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        *6am

    2. No Professionals
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Yes

  4. DAZZ
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    Robertson was soooo close to scoring today

    1. Here Comes The Son ★
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Oh no don't say that 🙁

  5. Dog and Fox
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    Digne injured or likely to play next weekend?

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

      Unknown yet

    2. thepeen555
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      I’m hearing a knock. But waiting for confirmation.

  6. JONALDINHO
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    A lot of people are undergoing serious cases of knee jerk right now. Take a deep breath, calm down and re-assess. People like Barnes are not going to score consistently. Do you expect Burnley to score 2-3 goals a week? People selling Pool defenders do you think Liverpool will be leaky for the rest of the year? Trent and Robbo will easily hit double figures for assists and van dijk looks like he's capable of 10+ goals. Pukki is the only player who makes sense

    1. Rinseboy
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Wilson to Pukki feels like a no brainer for the price difference?

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

        Trying to stop myself doing that yet. Gameweek not even over!

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

      Yeah. Agree mostly, trying not to make any moves yet, at least til GW over, even if it means missing out on Pukki rise(s)

      1. Lazaretti
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Similar thoughts. If Martial scores on Monday then you have one more must have player

    3. Respect My Authoritah
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Only Mané and Aguero have scored more PL goals than Barnes in 2019.

    4. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Quite happy to have knee jerked into Pukki on Thursday.

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

        I wish!

    5. Lazaretti
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Pukki plays next against Chelsea and City so even that move is not that simple

    6. Gøldman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Take a look at Barnes stats for the last long while and maybe correct your statement here.
      Most have 2/3 pool defenders and are likely second guessing having all defensive eggs in one basket..which is fair.
      "Pukki only player that makes sense" are you mad? How can you say Barnes isnt one to have and say Pukki is? They are similar players who will both bang in goals for their team.

      It's one thing to tell people to relax, it's another to tell them what to do and what not to do because you have your own opinions on certain players..

    7. kime67
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      tbh pool defence looked bad against norwich. No clean sheet again today, Switching one to awb for example is tempting.

    8. thepeen555
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Yes Liverpool were leaky all preseason and will be this season imo.

      So lesser clean sheets which makes other prospects viable too

  7. Brendan95
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    What times have the price changes happened at so far this season?

    1. AnyLaporteinastorm
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Normally 1/2am

    2. De Gea Van Dijk. 10
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Depends on location.

  8. Respect My Authoritah
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    Feels like a strange move, but I'm thinking to go for Pukki over Kane. I do want Kane for next week, but I think I've seen enough to want Pukki long term.

    1. Respect My Authoritah
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Getting one of them in for Auba I mean

    2. kime67
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      pukki=goat

    3. twoplustwo
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Hardly comparable

    4. thepeen555
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      I did kane our for Pukki this week and was almost captain but bottled it.

      Kane showed nothing today and imo still should against top teams. That’s why lukaku was told to do one as his record against top 6 sucked. If kane is going to be like that then that midfield will be more relied upon

  9. Lucackadoodledoo
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    Are Moura owners keeping or selling?

    1. Trophé Mourinho
        5 months, 14 days ago

        keep
        play
        having play sub to cover
        ditch when he doesnt get good minutes

      • In Bale We Trust
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Think I'm going to get rid. Would like to keep him but am considering kdb essential due to city's fixtures.

        1. Lucackadoodledoo
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 14 days ago

          I agree. KDB looking essential. Can get KDB and keep Moura though. Considering downgrading VVD to KWP and upgrading Siggy to KDB. Thoughts on that with 3 free trades?

          1. Lucackadoodledoo
            • 2 Years
            5 months, 14 days ago

            2*

      • kime67
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        not an owner but id keep

      • Klaren
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        I’ll decide based on a couple of factors but if you don’t have any other pressing issues, I’d get rid. He didn’t start today even with Son out so with Son back, it seems like he’d start less than half the games. There are more nailed and good potential scoring options at that price point.

      • Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Keeping for Newcastle.

    2. Sid07
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      1) wilson + Perez + moura to pukki + cabellos + son (-4)
      2) wilson to pukki
      3) Perez to cabellos

      1. andres
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Do 2 first and then wait and see

    3. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      salah to mane is tempting, mane top goalscorer last season and seems back to his top form

      1. AnyLaporteinastorm
        • 10 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Yeah I had him over salah last yr

      2. kime67
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        its not

      3. Lazaretti
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        True. Only problem is that I dont have Sterling and he is No.1 priority. Most likely not able to bring in both Sterling and Mane

      4. Robbocrop
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Opponents are really targeting Salah, just like last season, which means Mané has more space to exploit.

    4. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Ceballos and De Bruyne not rising tonight right?

      1. JohnBlack
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Right

      2. Here Comes The Son ★
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Highly unlikely.

        Luckily Pukki is stealing their thunder for now. They'll probably both rise before next Sat tho

        1. Lazaretti
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 14 days ago

          Aston Villa vs. Everton is on Friday to be exact

    5. michudagawd
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Pope
      KWP VVD Zouma Cathcart
      Salah Martial Perez Trossard Sterling
      Auba

      Button - King Greenwood Rico

      2 FTs, Zero itb.

      Thinking of doing Auba, King and Zouma to Kane (c), Pukki and Diop for -4.

      Looks good? I can't afford the Kane and Pukki moves for free as I'm 0.1 short.

      Cheers.

    6. Bobby Digital
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      How close is Ceballos to a rise?

      1. kime67
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        who cares lucky assists

        1. Respect My Authoritah
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 14 days ago

          The first one wasn't really lucky. A corner is a corner

        2. QUEN
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 14 days ago

          Urm Did you see him play.

      2. thepeen555
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Not yet no

    7. kime67
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Zinchenko is rubbish lets be honest.

      1. Would Ed Woodward
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 14 days ago

        He's solid.

        1. Would Ed Woodward
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 14 days ago

          ish

      2. Burton
        • 10 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        I thought he was good from a fantasy perspective. A couple of great shots & a few assist chances to iirc.

      3. De Gea Van Dijk. 10
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Needs more strength training.

    8. Slitherene
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Another average GW!

      Pope Heaton
      VvD Digne Diop Zinchenko Robertson
      Zaha KdB Salah Sigurdsson Stephens
      Jimenez Wilson Greenwood

      Have 2 FT, 0 ITB

      Thinking of ditching Robertson & maybe one of Zaha/Sigurdsson.

      What do you suggest?

      Who to prioritize from Ceballos, Pukki, Barnes & Son?

    9. Bobby Digital
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Well he's no Kolarov

      1. De Gea Van Dijk. 10
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 14 days ago

        The beast.

    10. Viper
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Wilson, Fraser & Tielemans - > Pukki, KDB & Ceballos (-4)

      Knee jerk central?

      1. manu4life99
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Like it

      2. Christina.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        do it

      3. La Roja
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Lovely pair of shinny knees you have

        1. Christina.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          5 months, 14 days ago

          there u are...

    11. FPL FREAK
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Barnes (vs Wolves)

      Or

      Pukki (vs chelsea)

      ??

      1. Weasel Boy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Pukki

    12. andres
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Where do you look up price changes these days?

      1. De Gea Van Dijk. 10
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Stock market.

      2. Lazaretti
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Fplstatistics

    13. De Gea Van Dijk. 10
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Knee jerk or a Hunch.

      Last week was the time to Wc.

      1. Athletic Nasherbo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Honestly this comment is atrocious.

        1. De Gea Van Dijk. 10
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 14 days ago

          Lol.

    14. Bartowski
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Not sure price rises make as much of a difference this season. Starting defenders at 4.0, starting miss that are returning at 4.5. Seems different, like the real wedding out will be based on singular weekly transfers and captaincy rather than building anteM though value.

      1. teddypicker
        • 10 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        You never know, late in the season you might need to fit in KDB, Robbo, TAA, Aguero, Auba, Kane, Salah, Mane, Sterling and you'll be wishing you invested more thought into price changes!

      2. Harper
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Also is there really any difference between a £0.1 and £0.2 price rise at this stage in the season?
        Either way you are going to need an extra £0.5 to make up that rise

    15. Fernando Torres
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Will Digne price rise?

      1. fr3d
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Just check fplstatistics?

      2. De Gea Van Dijk. 10
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Not the night.

      3. thepeen555
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Maybe but would have put a hold on that with a ‘knock’ Incase it’s more

    16. manu4life99
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      A) Wilson to Pukki
      B) King,TAA to Pukki,Laporte(-4)

    17. Super Silva Haze
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Moura >> Kdb
      Wilson >> Barnes
      Montoya >> Kelly

      -4 Do I do it or not ?

    18. SPorting
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Glad I saved that 0.5m now. Can ride out the Pukki rise and see how Vardy and Perez get on.

      1. Christina.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        x

        1. SPorting
          • 8 Years
          5 months, 14 days ago

          Beautifully timed WC for GW2 there C.

          I'll catch you up in GW32.

    19. Carlton_Goal
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Perez + King > Trossard + Pukki?

      Liked the look of Trossard, could have had a lot more than the 1 goal today. Ceballos looked great too but his fixtures are poor

      1. Robbocrop
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Granted liv, TOT doesn´t look great but it will get better, and he can get "easy" assists with that lethal Auba-Laca-Pepe frontline in front of him.

    20. dunny4003
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Salah and perez to sterling and martial with my 2 free transfers?

      I already have de bruyne and would like to see if he can possibly keep up with sterling next week again while salah has a tougher fixture against arsenal and if de bruyne keeps up again switch back to Salah for the better fixtures afterwards.
      Any feedback would be much appreciated ?

    21. Smudger’s Dirty Dozen
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Wilson or Fraser?

      Which Bournemouth asset to ditch this week?

    22. Athletic Nasherbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      If Digne is fit, how does this move sound?

      Guilbert, Bilva and Wilson > Digne, Martial and Pukki -4

      1. Harper
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        I don't know if I'd get rid of Wilson, his PPG last year was ~5 and he is matching that this year

        1. Athletic Nasherbo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 14 days ago

          Sorry 8m and scores 10 points in two games against 2 new promoted teams. Not for me.