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. Kno
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    If you had to drop one of them, which one would you transfer out between robbo and trent?

    Safe choice is obviously keeping robbo but trent feels more fun/risky

    1. Tomas_brolin
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 27 days ago

      I’m keeping Trent, getting rid of Robbo

    2. My heart goes Salalalalah
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Keep Robbo for sure

    3. Bossworld
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Robbo looks more likely to drop in price. Have the same dilemma

      • Conor1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        The assists and clean sheets will start to flow soon. Robbo almost scored today, Gunn made a brilliant save. Keep.

    4. Halftime
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      I have Pepe in a Draft league, should i swop for Ceballos?

      1. _sidney_will
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Nope, he'll start from now on (said he'd be eased in), you can see his quality in the minutes he's played, returns will come with starts

        1. Halftime
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Thanks

    5. Tauruspt
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

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

      1. thepeen555
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Yeah

    6. thepeen555
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Do you know what I’m going to go for son I think.

      I didn’t do Pukki captain cause of comments which put doubt in my mind. And it didn’t pay off.

      Always go with gut and I think Son is the choice. Not kane.

      1. QUEN
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Original plan was to do KDB to son. But with how KDB is playing... son is an issue to get in

          1. thepeen555
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 27 days ago

            Yeah I got Kdb already, so it’s a little adjusting for son too. Just gotta bite the bullet sometimes

            1. QUEN
                1 month, 27 days ago

                Thinking I could do Aubameyang + Barkley to son and a 7.5m (prob Pukki)

                I shall wait till next week though

                1. thepeen555
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 27 days ago

                  Covering Pukki price rise(s)

        • Chaballer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Reminder for any Career Hall of Fame Top 1K ranked managers to join the new league. ‘Top 1K Career HoF’ code = (beeps2)

          1. firstade
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 27 days ago

            Joined. Thanks!

        • Gringo Kid
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 27 days ago

          What would you change here, no idea how to use 2 FT

          Ryan, Button
          Robbo, TAA, Digne, Zinchenko,, Rico
          Salah, Sterling, Perez, Moura, Dendoncker
          Wilson, Jota, Greenwood

          0.0 ITB

          1. Martial FC
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 27 days ago

            WC

          2. dunas_dog
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 27 days ago

            First need to wait on news of Zinc and Digne injuries but if ok Salah to Mané, Wilson to Pukki and Moura to Son or KDB.

        • Beatle
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Worth doing Wood to Barnes?

          1. Emp
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 27 days ago

            no

        • Toblerone52
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Getting in KDB and Pukki for Siggy and Wilson... Where should I save 0.1 here to make it possible?

          Ryan
          TAA VVD Digne Zinchenko
          Salah Sterling KDB Perez
          Pukki Jota

          Trent, Digne and Perez on the chopping block...

          1. Do I Not Like That
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 27 days ago

            I'm thinking of chopping Perez too but he hasn't even played yet this GW to be fair

            1. Toblerone52
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 27 days ago

              Yeah agreed. I said in my head I'd give him the first 4....

          2. Kaz77
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 27 days ago

            VVD to AWB

            1. Martial FC
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 27 days ago

              This.

            2. Bossworld
                1 month, 27 days ago

                That extra 0.1 for Pukki is making life difficult. I'm keeping TAA over Robertson but struggling to find a good two gameweek replacement for 5.4 or less

                1. Toblerone52
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 27 days ago

                  Yeah its very annoying Haha. If he hadn't scored at Anfield he may have even dropped in value!

            3. I Member
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 27 days ago

              Easy decision if Digne is out. If he's fit I'd ditch Trent for a United defender.

              1. Toblerone52
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 27 days ago

                Yeah that would help in a way. Sounds like he's okay though

          3. Would Ed Woodward
              1 month, 27 days ago

              Oh my god, I've just seen the Southampton goal, Adrian...

            • FOO FIGHTER
                1 month, 27 days ago

                Decided the only change I am making for now is Heaton out, Pope in.

                Looks like Villa will be shipping goals every game and Pope a pretty good long term pick.

                1. QUEN
                    1 month, 27 days ago

                    Meh I opted for heaton too. Hoping he picks up...

                  • SADIO SANÉ
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 27 days ago

                    didn't fancy waiting two weeks?

                2. dunas_dog
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 27 days ago

                  A Salah Moura or
                  B Mané Son or KDB

                  1. Rinseboy
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 27 days ago

                    B Mane and KDB even if it's for a -4!

                3. Sloths
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  1 month, 27 days ago

                  I can see it now... Salah gets hatrick vs Arsenal and all the Salah sellers crying trying to get him back in for GM4 =D

                  1. FOO FIGHTER
                      1 month, 27 days ago

                      Yup

                    • Robbocrop
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 27 days ago

                      Salah hattrick vs a top team? Unlikely ... but I guess anything can happen in football.

                      1. MeatPieSausageRoll
                          1 month, 27 days ago

                          He’s not playing a top team, he’s playing Arsenal lmao

                    • Would Ed Woodward
                        1 month, 27 days ago

                        No way I'm keeping double Liverpool defence with that clown in goal, I might go back when Allison returns.

                        1. el polako
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 2 Years
                          1 month, 27 days ago

                          Yep same here

                        2. FOO FIGHTER
                            1 month, 27 days ago

                            City shipped 2 goals today. Clean sheets NEVER a guarantee.

                            1. Would Ed Woodward
                                1 month, 27 days ago

                                Absolutely but City only conceded a few shots and were playing Spurs, Liverpool's keeper basically passed it to Southampton's striker for an open goal.

                                1. FOO FIGHTER
                                    1 month, 27 days ago

                                    What is your point when goals were conceded irrespective of the shots?

                                    NO CLEAN SHEET.

                                    1. Would Ed Woodward
                                        1 month, 27 days ago

                                        lol, ok.

                                    2. Conor1
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 2 Years
                                      1 month, 27 days ago

                                      Emerson’s positioning was terrible for first goal. Would go down as a mistake also for me.

                                      1. MeatPieSausageRoll
                                          1 month, 27 days ago

                                          Emerson was somewhere in London I’d imagine? Really horrific positioning

                                          1. Conor1
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            • 2 Years
                                            1 month, 27 days ago

                                            Ok!!! Cheers.

                                2. Tvaara
                                  • 4 Years
                                  1 month, 27 days ago

                                  Help needed plz. Must det rid C Taylor before pricefall tonight,who should i get, i have 3 Brigton players so Dunk is not an option?

                                3. ZICO SENNA
                                  • 8 Years
                                  1 month, 27 days ago

                                  Heaton
                                  Digne - Robertson - VVD - Zinchenko
                                  Perez - Sterling - Salah - Fraser
                                  Wilson - Jota
                                  ______________________________
                                  Button: Dendoncker, Greenwood, Rico

                                  2FT’s

                                  Robertson + Fraser > AWB + KDB?

                                  Have exact cash to do so 🙂

                                  1. Bossworld
                                      1 month, 27 days ago

                                      Without doubt

                                      1. ZICO SENNA
                                        • 8 Years
                                        1 month, 27 days ago

                                        Cheers bud

                                    • Would Ed Woodward
                                        1 month, 27 days ago

                                        I'm considering that move too but gonna wait for the moment, might do Emerson instead of AWB, hopefully Fraser doesn't drop tonight.

                                        1. ZICO SENNA
                                          • 8 Years
                                          1 month, 27 days ago

                                          yeah reckon its best waiting just for the games to finish, really hope Fraser doesn't drop like you say

                                      • dunas_dog
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 4 Years
                                        1 month, 27 days ago

                                        Good moves

                                    • I Member
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 4 Years
                                      1 month, 27 days ago

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

                                      Button; Greenwood, Lundstram, Rico.

                                      2 FT 0.0 ITB

                                      If Digne is fit:

                                      Wilson, Sigurdsson & Barkley -> Pukki, De Bruyne & Ceballos (-4)

                                      Yay or nay?

                                    • Super Silva Haze
                                      • 6 Years
                                      1 month, 27 days ago

                                      OUT IN
                                      Moura. De Bruyne
                                      Wilson. Pukki
                                      Montoya. Kelly

                                      -4. Yes Or No ??

                                      1. Super Silva Haze
                                        • 6 Years
                                        1 month, 27 days ago

                                        Lol that was horrible I meant

                                        Moura to Kdb
                                        Wilson to Pukki
                                        Montoya to Kelly

                                        Yay or Nay ?

                                    • Catastrophe
                                      • 8 Years
                                      1 month, 27 days ago

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

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

                                      (Button, Dendoncker, Lundstram, Greenwood)

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

                                      Cheers

                                      1. ZICO SENNA
                                        • 8 Years
                                        1 month, 27 days ago

                                        Actually really like that

                                        1. Catastrophe
                                          • 8 Years
                                          1 month, 27 days ago

                                          Cheers

                                      2. BOATIES FC
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 1 Year
                                        1 month, 27 days ago

                                        Zinchenko looked injured

                                        1. ZICO SENNA
                                          • 8 Years
                                          1 month, 27 days ago

                                          I could always boot him for a -4 or play an early WC

                                        2. Catastrophe
                                          • 8 Years
                                          1 month, 27 days ago

                                          Good point. Anyone better @ 5.5 or lower? KWP perhaps?

                                          Cheers

                                      3. Lingard’s Shin Guards
                                          1 month, 27 days ago

                                          Looks great

                                          1. Catastrophe
                                            • 8 Years
                                            1 month, 27 days ago

                                            Ta

                                        • Markus
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 10 Years
                                          1 month, 27 days ago

                                          I'd do Jota over barnes if on wildcard and he drops.

                                          1. Catastrophe
                                            • 8 Years
                                            1 month, 27 days ago

                                            Cheers. Don't really like Barnes but seems consistent!

                                      4. Jacky boy
                                        • 3 Years
                                        1 month, 27 days ago

                                        Want kane, son, rashford, kdb...
                                        WC is only way but team isn't that bad

                                        1. ZICO SENNA
                                          • 8 Years
                                          1 month, 27 days ago

                                          Don’t really need Kane AND Son surely? One is enough of them?

                                          1. Jacky boy
                                            • 3 Years
                                            1 month, 27 days ago

                                            Both are good

                                      5. Slitherene
                                        • 1 Year
                                        1 month, 27 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

                                        What to do? Feedback will be appreciated!

                                        1. QUEN
                                            1 month, 27 days ago

                                            Wait for tomorrow. But Zaha and siggy are a meh for me. Rather martial and moura (assuming moura spot is still there when sons back)

                                          • frenchfries
                                            • 3 Years
                                            1 month, 27 days ago

                                            Robertson+Greenwood->Kelly+Pukki? And play 3-4-3

                                        2. twoplustwo
                                          • 5 Years
                                          1 month, 27 days ago

                                          Adrian

                                          Dafuq

                                        3. Markus
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 10 Years
                                          1 month, 27 days ago

                                          At the beginning of the day, all I asked for was joelinton to score and pukki to blank. That went well...

                                        4. pundit of punts
                                          • 6 Years
                                          1 month, 27 days ago

                                          Potentail WC team. Thoughts? 🙂

                                          Pope - 4m
                                          TAA - Zinchenko - AWB - Zouma - Lundstarm
                                          Sterling - Mane - Martial - Lanzini - Cantwell
                                          Kane - Pukki - Greenwood

                                          1. The 12th Man
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            • 6 Years
                                            1 month, 27 days ago

                                            Like it all apart from Zouma and Lanzini.
                                            No Everton either. Can’t have everyone though.

                                            Overall. Solid.

                                          2. pingissimus
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            1 month, 27 days ago

                                            Went last week on something very very similar - switching Auba to Kane this week

                                            Like it but suspect one Norwich is enough. Prefer to wait on City defence - it’s a big investment on a GW1/2 budget when it’s so uncertain. I put my extra cash up top in Jota as opposed to Barnes

                                            Digne?

                                        5. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 5 Years
                                          1 month, 27 days ago

                                          Do we think it’s likely that son goes straight into the starting 11 ?

                                          1. MeatPieSausageRoll
                                              1 month, 27 days ago

                                              I’d just about class it as likely. I’m probably going to hold fire until it’s a little more certain

                                            • Lingard’s Shin Guards
                                                1 month, 27 days ago

                                                Yep

                                              • BoleynWin
                                                • 2 Years
                                                1 month, 27 days ago

                                                I’m trying to work this out too as I’m very tempted to bring him in this week, it doesn’t help that Moura & Lamela both had great games...

                                            • frenchfries
                                              • 3 Years
                                              1 month, 27 days ago

                                              Salah, Fraser, Robertson -> Mane, KDB, AWB? -4

                                              Have double Liverpool defence with TAA Robbo

                                            • DAZZ
                                              • 5 Years
                                              1 month, 27 days ago

                                              Josh King owners keeping?? Or swapping to Pukki? He may have form but his fixtures arent overly appealing

                                              1. QUEN
                                                  1 month, 27 days ago

                                                  I should of took the hit last week when he was 6.5m but now he will prob be 7m by time I can get him

                                              2. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                • 9 Years
                                                1 month, 27 days ago

                                                if southampton had a decent goalscorer they probably would have won the game

                                                1. fr3d
                                                  • 1 Year
                                                  1 month, 27 days ago

                                                  Ings looked like a paid actor in overtime

                                              3. Godfrey
                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                1 month, 27 days ago

                                                I'm curious, what's your current rank and are you happy with that rank?

                                                1. frenchfries
                                                  • 3 Years
                                                  1 month, 27 days ago

                                                  Have no idea and will not care for the first 10 gameweeks

                                              4. De Gea Van Dijk. 10
                                                • 1 Year
                                                1 month, 27 days ago

                                                He giveth

                                                He Taketh

                                                Psalm 1272 Chapter V A R

                                                Good night, God bless

                                                Much loves

                                              5. AYLD28
                                                • 4 Years
                                                1 month, 27 days ago

                                                Ryan
                                                TAA Laporte Digne O’Connel Lundstrom
                                                Trossard Sterling Salah McGinn Perez
                                                Jota Pukki Wilson

                                                Started the season with a flexible squad, now I’m thinking confirming 3-5-2 going forward.

                                                1. Wilson + Perez > Wickham + KDB
                                                2. Wilson + Perez > Wickham + Son