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

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

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

    (Button, Dendoncker, Lundstram, Greenwood)

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

    Cheers.

    1. danlynch13
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Double pool defense questionable and kwp surely not nailed

    2. AYLD28
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      People are wildcarded to remove double Liverpool defence

    3. thepeen555
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      If you was planning on doing it early then it’s not knee jerky.

      Knee jerky is people removing salah and not having pool attack all cause he got 3 points.

      I’m removing salah as he was in while Mané was out. And now he is not

      1. Prawnsandwich
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Knee jerky is when you tap the top of your knee and your leg jumps

    4. Steirish
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Double liverpool defence needs to go

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

      Cheers all. Made some tweaks...itchy fingers...

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

    Siggy and Wilson over De Bruyne and King at the start of the season looks like a massive mistake now. Thought KDB looked incredible in the Community Shield but just didn't trust King as an option.

  3. Lukakuna
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Crazy to do Wood Fraser > Pukki Ceballos tonight before price rises?

  4. Jay Jay Okocha
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Original plan was KDB to Son but obviously that's not happening now. Anybody else in the same boat?

    1. KingOllie
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Kdb was alwayd a season keeper for me. Hes gonna get 200 points as a 9.5

      Unless he gets injured again

      1. Blind Ghost
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Agreed. He's a dream to own because you know it's a transfer you don't have to worry about. (Unless he gets injured as you said.) - There aren't many players you can rely on to go through a dry patch. If KDB blanks 2-3 games in a row, it doesn't matter.

    2. thepeen555
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Plan was to always keep Kdb. But to fit son in.

      My team is going to look like

      Atm my team would look like this is I play my wildcard as planned.

      Ryan / button

      Vvd or TAA (leaving 0.4 or 0.9 ITB), Digne, Söyüncü with kelly and Rico (or Lund if he plays again tomorrow) on bench.

      Sterling, mane, son, Kdb, Ceballos

      Pukki, Barnes / greenwood.

      1. Jay Jay Okocha
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Gorgeous

        1. thepeen555
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Thanks man

    3. QUEN
        1 month, 2 days ago

        In same boat

        Might do aub and Barkley to son and a 7.5m but not this week

    4. Super Silva Haze
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Moura to Kdb
      Wilson to Pukki
      Montoya to Kelly

      Yay or Nay ?
      -4

      1. Steirish
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        May as well wildcard

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

          May as well WC for a -4. How does that make sense?

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

            It doesn't.

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

              Exactly lol. Amateurs.

              What's your thoughts on the above transfers mate ?

              1. Holding Mee Bong
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 2 days ago

                Go for it. Wish I could fit in KDB myself.

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

                  Cheers mate. Yeah think I am going to do it before those pesky prise rises.

      2. thepeen555
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Sounds good. Go for broke man

    5. Jones Kusi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 2 days ago

      What are the biggest concerns?
      Deulofeu, Siggy, Fraser, Digne, Robertson.
      I got 2 FT and 0 ITB. Deulofeu will drop tonight

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

        Fraser with fixtures

    6. AYLD28
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Stuck which mid to bring in this week? Has to be KDB doesn’t it?

      1. KDB
      2. Son
      3. Martial
      4. Pulisic

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

        Wait on Martial. If he continues up top and looks like putting them away he’s better value than KdB if you have to make the choice. 2 million buys you a lot.

    7. dzrihan
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      For the next few weeks ?

      A) Mane and Rashford
      B) De Bruyne and Kane

      1. Lukakuna
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        B

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

      Bilva and Robbo to Son and Maguire? I've got VVD and KDB and Kane

    9. FFMOTM
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Pukki triple captainers are either mad men or inspired, I can't decide

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        It was one of those annoying teams setup for one week

      2. rdpx
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Both!

    10. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Here's one for you WCers 🙂

      4.5
      4.5 | 4.5 | 4.5 | 4.0
      Salah | Sterling | Mane | KdB | 4.5
      Kane

      4.0 | 4.0 | 4.5 | 4.5

      1. TorresMagic™ - bcvy39…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Needs Pukki

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Train has left the station

      2. SADIO SANÉ
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        I was just looking at that midfield with Jota and Pukki upfront for a -12 😀

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Haha I just wanted to see if it is actually possible to fit those 5 in.

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            If it had VVD (2m short) I'd be very tempted

    11. MeatPieSausageRoll
        1 month, 2 days ago

        I hate city as much as the next utd fan but how did they not get a pen for that?! 😆

        1. MeatPieSausageRoll
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Local rivals btw before anyone questions hating them - both based in english city Manchester

        2. TheDragon
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Who is going to rise tonight?

          1. HIT ME!
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            I am

          2. thepeen555
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Many of them

          3. TheDragon
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Insightful and helpful replies as always - thanks guys

        3. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Original plan was to do Auba to Kane next week but is it better to forget that and do Aubameyang and McGinn to KDB and Barnes instead and forget Spurs coverage next week???

        4. Domo
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Moira & Robbo to Lundstram and Mane?

          Exact money and have Salah, Sterling and KDB

          1. TheDragon
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 2 days ago

            No need to do it now?

          2. Domo
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            No, not thinking about now, just looking forward

        5. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Nor vs New on Sky, Pukki & Cantwell look awesome......

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

          How’s this potential WC?

          Ryan
          VVD, AWB, Zinchenko, Lundstram
          Mane, Sterling, KDB, Son, Martial
          Pukki

          (Button, Kelly, Wickham, Greenwood)

          Cheers

          1. Hutchiniho
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Looks good.
            On form right now!

        7. Ron Swanson
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Pope, Button
          Robertson, Digne, Dunk, Lundstram, Rico
          Salah, Sterling, Sigurdsson, Perez, Dendoncker
          Kane, King, Greenwood

          I'm excited to use these 2 free transfers but wondering what to do.

          I'm sure Siggy will have a good-to-great season but I want Martial. Would you do this? With a lot of money tied up with 3 players, perhaps Siggy/Perez can do with a downgrade.

        8. how now brown cow
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Auba, king, robbo -> kane, pukki, vvd worth a -4?

          1. Printing Mane
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Yeah

          2. Holding Mee Bong
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            I did Robbo and King to Laporte and Pukki.

            Not convinced Auba to Kane it’s worth a -4.

        9. TOBY1
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Decided to go early from Salah to Mane. May bite me but I don’t think they’ll be a lot between them come the end of the season and 1m is nice to have.
          I thought this from the beginning but this week’s fixtures have confirmed it to me that they are both a big threat.

        10. luk46
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 2 days ago

          I used my two ft's already and did Robbo -> Zinchenko and Murray -> Pukki. Got 0.9m in the bank now, could do Fraser -> Martial for a -4 which will pay off I believe, but also thinking of another option...

          A - KDB/Son + Trossard
          B - Martial + Sigurdsson

        11. Christina.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          OR 319

          LOL

          1. TorresMagic™ - bcvy39…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Top 4K guaranteed.

          2. La Roja
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Well done

            Your season goes downhill from here 😛

          3. Brosstan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            wp

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

            Sweeeet

          5. AK ⭐
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Saw the Wildcard team. Brilliant!

          6. Karan14
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            What's your team???

            1. Christina.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              heaton
              taa dunk coleman
              sterling mane mcginn cantwell
              kane pukki auba

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

            Well done. Brilliant work.

            What’s you’re total score? Got my WC pretty right for 66 so far with 3 to go but blew out week 1 after unlocking my team.

            1. Christina.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              excellent score for u! no players for me left so will drop

        12. Artemis Titans
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Frack it. Wildcard deployed.

          Pope, (button)
          Awb, Pieters, Digne (Hanley, Lund)

          Kdb(v), Mane, Son(C), Martial, x

          Pukki, Rashford, (Wickham)

          9.7m to play with or currently Perez is occupying this spot + 3.2 itb. Waiting to put Mendy in when he reappears. Muchas gracias.

        13. Nuno
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          A. Robertson, Greenwood > Montoya, Pukki (3-5-2 w/Montoya as bench option)
          B. Digne, King > AWB, Pukki (4-4-2, double LIV defence)

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

          Potential WC team.

          Pope
          VVD,Digne,AWB,Boly
          Sterling, KDB,Mane,Dendonker
          Kane,Pukki

          Button,Cantwell,Lundstrum, Greenwood

          Dendonker/Cantwell/ Lundstrum rotate depending on fixture. 5/3/2 or 4-4-2

          1. Karan14
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Good team but no City def & No United attack could hurt.

            I think it's between one of Kane or Mane and spreading rest of the funds.

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

              Can’t have everyone though.
              See how United go on Monday.
              If Kane goes then people would say “no Spurs!” That could hurt.
              Same with Mane.
              Tough choices.

              1. Karan14
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 2 days ago

                Yeah agreed I'm also looking at a very similar teams and facing the same problems.

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

                  Think I’m just gonna do Wilson > Pukki tonight then have further thought tomorrow.

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

            Have from last week. For you to compare. No KdB but Nartial instead

            Pope
            Robbo Digne AWB Lund Rico
            Sterling Mane Martial McGinn Dendo
            Auba (Kane) Pukki Jota

            I’m short in defence of course but think Digne is worth it. McGinn may be an error but suspect he’ll be decent value ahead of Dendo

            Time will tell but I’m thinking Jota will be good value too - not someone I plan to switch anytime soon.

            Robbo - he may face the axe in a couple of weeks but then again Alisson will be back sometime

        15. Printing Mane
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Pukki or Barnes ?

          1. OC
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Got to be Pukki.

        16. Ron Swanson
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Stop getting Pukki.

          Scoring against this Newcastle United doesn't mean anything.

          1. Prawnsandwich
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Only 17 points

          2. Bartowski
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Did you see the goals though? Or the goal against pool? The guy is quality

        17. Steirish
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          I wildcarded under the influence and now feel bad with me kebab if you could have anyone who would you go for?

          1. MeatPieSausageRoll
              1 month, 2 days ago

              Rashy

            • Brosstan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              Enjoy the kebab mate. Mane and Son.

            • OC
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              Hahaha

          2. Flynny
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Hi....views on best option here please?

            Pope
            Robbo vvd digne guilbert rico
            Salah sterling fraser perez trossard
            Wilson jota Greenwood

            A....robbo and Fraser to kdb and defender 5m for free

            B.....robbo fraser wilson to awb kdb and pukki - 4

            Thanks

            1. Karan14
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              B.

              I'm 0.1 short of those moves.

              1. Flynny
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 2 days ago

                Thanks mate.

                Guess need to see what the deal is with digne....

          3. OC
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            CURRENT TEAM:
            Button Ederson
            Wan-Bissaka Kelly VD Lundstram KWP
            Salah Sterling Hayden Anderson Dendoncker
            Kane Jimenez Joelinton

            2 FT.

            I'm thinking Joelinton -> Pukki and Anderson -> Ndombele.

            Admittedly, I'm rubbish at FPL and I would appreciate any guidance.