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. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Have 2 FTs and have absolutely no idea what to do with them

    1. Do I Not Like That
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 2 days ago

      This

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

      You can use them on my team if you want.

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Oh don't get me wrong there's moves to make (E.g Guilbert) but after not even 2 weeks I don't know what to do.

        Wish I could keep rolling them lol

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

          Just use 1 then. Take out the weakest link and roll the other FT.

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 2 days ago

            I seem to remember you had Guilbert? Did you keep or get rid?
            Montoya seems the replacement but not sure
            Thanks

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

      Team?

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Linked

    4. fr3d
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Is Pukki in your team?
      / |
      Yes No
      / |
      GTG Get

      1. fr3d
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        This didn't work out the way I thought it would

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          Haha great effort though!

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

    attention liverpool defence is sh** i repeat liverpool defence is sh**

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

    2FTs - exact funds for:

    Siggy and Wilson > KDB and King

    Thoughts??

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

      Why king?

      1. Tronity
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Likely to match Wilson over the season - especially if on pens too. £1.5m cheaper.

    2. Do I Not Like That
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Go full knee jerk and get KDB and Barnes

      1. DARE TO BISCAN
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Was thinking of doing this, myself 🙂

  4. Catastrophe
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    As knee-jerky as it gets, but how’s this WC?

    Ryan
    Robertson, VVD, AWB, Zinchenko
    Mane, Sterling, KDB, Martial
    Barnes, Pukki

    (Button, Dendoncker, Lundstram, Greenwood)

    Ok with no spurs coverage, or Martial & Robertson -> Son & AMN/5.4?

    Cheers

  5. Tomas_brolin
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 2 days ago

    I’ve got Moura and Wood. Are Moura owners keeping him?

    Best straight replacements for Wood? I’m drawn to Deeney and Deulofeu for next couple fixtures...don’t wanna do Barnes, JOta has tough fixtures, got King already

    1. Weasel Boy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Think I might keep Moura

  6. El Rey de Fantasy
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Barnes (vs Wolves) away

    Or

    Pukki (vs chelsea) home

    ??

    1. El Rey de Fantasy
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Anyone please

      1. JT11fc
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Pikki pukki

      2. Tomas_brolin
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 2 days ago

        See what wolves do on Monday but would probably go Pukki as wolves look solid, Pukki at home

    2. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Pukey

  7. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Why is Mane so popular all of a sudden? Are people giving up on Salah already??

    1. TOBY1
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      I just strongly believe mane will match Salah and be 1m less

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

        This + need to get funds to get Sterling and still keep some balance

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

      Imo what the person said above is correct. My plan all the while was Mané but didn’t start season so in came salah. Out goes salah and in comes mane

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

      I would have pickd Mane gw1 if he would not have been full Afcon

    4. Rasping Drive
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      He looks so much sharper than Salah. I am considering the switch.

  8. TOBY1
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Is Kelly from Crystal Palace likely to be a regular or is he just covering for someone?

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

      They didn’t replace AWB so he is seen as having a chance of nailing that position...

      1. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 2 days ago

        No real chance at RB - he’s strictly second choice there unless Ward replaces PvA on the left

      2. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Ward says hi

    2. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Backup, will most likely be dropped when Tomkins/Sakho are back

  9. Yip Jaap Stam
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Anyone know what the cut off is so far for the last man standing league?

  10. Lingard’s Shin Guards
    3 months, 2 days ago

    When are price rises?

  11. Strchld
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Bilva and Fraser have to go
    KdB and max 6.0m mid, but who? McGinn?

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

      What about Ceballos?

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

        U think he is nailed?

  12. gilean
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Sorry repost

    Best defender for 5 mill or less? Getting rid of Robertson to afford Fraser-> KdB

    1. Super Silva Haze
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Kwp

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

    Thoughts on this wildcard lot?

    Pope
    VVD - Laporte - Digne - AWB
    Mane - Sterling - KDB - Martial
    Pukki - Jota
    (4.0 - Cantwell - Greenwood - Lundstarm)

    Mane & Jota could be Kane & 6.5m mid.

    1. Rinseboy
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      would be tempted degrade defence and try and get Son in

    2. CornerTakenQuicklyOrigi
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Pondering over something very similar myself. Another option would be Son & Firmino (Laporte > Zinchenko). Also possibly Ceballos over AWB?

  14. Super Silva Haze
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Why Pukki over Barnes ?

    1. Do I Not Like That
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 2 days ago

      He just scored a hat trick

  15. Naby K8a
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Mané has scored 16 goals in his last 18 starts for Liverpool.

    Better option than Salah?

  16. Fernando Torres
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Who might rise tonight?

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

      Pukki & Barnes anyway

  17. Mike Bassett Fantasy Manage…
    3 months, 2 days ago

    A 0.1 increase is essentially a 0.5 increase, no one has a spare 0.1mil laying around so count it as 0.5.
    What does that mean? Well if someone like Pukki is rising again tonight and you havent made up your mind then really, you dont need to bring him in tonight. Its not going to change your ability to have him. Rise or not you're still going to need 7mil no matter what. Sure you lose some value but it shouldnt force your hand necessarily.

    1. Gregg Wallace
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Thats exactly what I'm thinking, plus I want to see how Perez and Jota get on

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

      Every little counts - Pukki will rise again before next gwk and that extra 0.1m made could be the difference later in the season

  18. Tauruspt
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    The speed b silva is dropping could we see another .1 by the end of next week?

  19. Here Comes The Son ★
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    593k > 23k

    Let me off with the subtle brag please. This time last year I was sat around 2.5million.

    1. teddypicker
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Well played

  20. el polako
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Will Otamendi bee starter over Stones ?

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

      Peps lineups are about as clear as your grammar...

      Avoid.

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

    Who do you like better for the next two? Ceballos (liv, TOT) or Cantwell (CHE, whu)?

    1. Sponge-worthy
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Ceb

    2. Respect My Authoritah
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Cantwell

  22. Rinseboy
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    thoughts on Salah Wilson and Moura to Mane Pukki and KDB/Son -4

    1. Smudger’s Dirty Dozen
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Not for me tonight

      1. Rinseboy
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        would probably just do Wilson to Pukki tonight to be fair and have the cash ready to decide

    2. The Road to Turfdom
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      KDB looks class and Mane may well match Salah. Good moves I think

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

      Sexy

  23. Sponge-worthy
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Wilson + Dendo to Pukki + Ceballos for free? I have to do it, right?

  24. Smudger’s Dirty Dozen
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Ryan (Button)
    TTA, Coleman, Guilbert*, Lundstram, KWP*
    Sterling, Salah, Fraser*, Trossard (Dendoncker
    Vardy, Wilson, Origi*

    Fraser and Origi to Lamela and Pukki ? Or wait...

  25. Rash
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Kdb or son?

    1. Rinseboy
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      KDB and monitor Son next week

  26. FlyingWithoutIngs
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Do we think aguero starts after that busy up?

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

      Bust

  27. EgyptianKing
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Mates do you think Lundstram starts tomorrow?

  28. Martial FC
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    0.1 short has absolutely killed me transfer wise.

  29. Markus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Zinchenko - was he injured? At one point sounded like he strained hamstring but can't see any reports

    1. Would Ed Woodward
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Either hamstring or cramp, played on for the last 10 mins because they'd used all subs, didn't do much in that time so difficult to tell.

      1. Markus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Cheers

  30. jez_wright
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Guilbert -> KWP for -4?

    1. Tomas_brolin
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Dunno if makes sense given the rest of your team

      But getting rid of a non player for a guy who should get a CS and maybe some attacking points next week can’t be bad

      1. jez_wright
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Yeah for sure.

        Anything else worth doing now? £0.9m ITB. 0 FT.

        Heaton / Button
        Walker / VVD / Dunk / Guilbert / Landstrum
        Salah / Sterling / Moura / Perez / Dendoncker
        Auba / Pukki / Greenwood

        1. Tomas_brolin
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 2 days ago

          Heaton is your only keeper and he’s gonna ship goals all season so would get him out