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. SirStevieG
    • 7 Years
    29 days, 1 hour ago

    How many hours until price changes occur?

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      29 days, 1 hour ago

      5-6 hours maybe

    2. Beatle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      29 days, 1 hour ago

      Around midnight I believe

    3. F4L
      • 4 Years
      29 days, 1 hour ago

      just under 11 hours I think?

    4. thepeen555
      • 3 Years
      29 days, 1 hour ago

      Someone said it was around 6 in morning uk time???

      Who you thinking will rise?

    5. Wild Rover
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      29 days, 1 hour ago

      No pattern, around 6 am first two nights, around 2am last night

      1. Would Ed Woodward
        29 days, 1 hour ago

        This is chaos!

        1. SirStevieG
          • 7 Years
          29 days, 1 hour ago

          Well these replies have left me confused haha

  2. Brakos2k
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    29 days, 1 hour ago

    Son back next week?

    1. RFCSPACE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      29 days, 1 hour ago

      Yeh boiiiiiiii

    2. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      29 days, 1 hour ago

      Back available.

      1. Brakos2k
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        29 days, 1 hour ago

        Thinking of Sterling Kdb Mane and Son as premium midfield option now Pukki and Barnes firing...

        1. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          29 days, 1 hour ago

          Similar thoughts everywhere it seems. All good until Sterling bags another hatty.

          1. Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            29 days, 1 hour ago

            Salah*

            Them 6.5s are 6.5 for a reason, don't tend to keep up, bar an amazing exception in Jimmy last season.

        2. thepeen555
          • 3 Years
          29 days, 1 hour ago

          Pretty much my thoughts currently.

          Will be a wild card option this week to get son and sterling in and Mané over salah (always going to happen and not a knee jerk as he had a 3 pointer)

  3. Ajax Hamsterdam
    • 5 Years
    29 days, 1 hour ago

    Will Charlie Taylor return to the Burnley line up ? Thanks.

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      29 days, 1 hour ago

      Dyche tends to be loyal and sticks with his starters if they preform. Pieters was great last weekend and Burnley were solid again today, would be surprised to see Taylor back in.

    2. Wild Rover
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      29 days, 1 hour ago

      Dyche said Pieters has the shirt

      1. Would Ed Woodward
        29 days, 1 hour ago

        I heard he was at fault for the first goal today.

    3. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 5 Years
      29 days, 1 hour ago

      Thanks all !

  4. Beatle
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    29 days, 1 hour ago

    51 with Perez to go. Happy out

    1. DAZZ
      • 5 Years
      29 days, 1 hour ago

      Happy with that?

      1. Beatle
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        29 days, 1 hour ago

        Aye thought I was having a mare, seems above average

    2. purple lamborGhini
      29 days, 1 hour ago

      nice so u end on 52

    3. GreenPL
      • 7 Years
      29 days, 1 hour ago

      58 from 8. Double Everton defence coming good.

    4. Rock n Grohl
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      29 days, 1 hour ago

      54 with 3

  5. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 2 Years
    29 days, 1 hour ago

    39 with 3 to play. Bit of a come down after last week

    1. EMBOLOFAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      29 days, 1 hour ago

      not even bad, stop moaning

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 2 Years
        29 days, 1 hour ago

        Lol

    2. thomashl
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      29 days, 1 hour ago

      Almost same here. Bet we have the same three

  6. Lalrota
    • 3 Years
    29 days, 1 hour ago

    Kdb OR Son

    Have Sterling

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 5 Years
      29 days, 1 hour ago

      Kdb for me

    2. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      29 days, 1 hour ago

      Both ... classic answer

      1. RFCSPACE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        29 days, 1 hour ago

        This

  7. Wild Rover
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    29 days, 1 hour ago

    How come VAR didn’t spot that Laporte was having his shirt pulled prior to the handball?

    1. F4L
      • 4 Years
      29 days, 1 hour ago

      apparently that's not 'clear and obvious', whatever that means

    2. DAZZ
      • 5 Years
      29 days, 1 hour ago

      Or the blatant foul from Lamela on Rodri in the first half, clear penalty

    3. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      29 days, 1 hour ago

      They will say ‘learning curve with VAR’

  8. Would Ed Woodward
    29 days, 1 hour ago

    It's really easy to calculate bonus when your team doesn't have any.

  9. Houldsworth Hatter
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    29 days, 1 hour ago

    And now Redknapp saying it's the right decision but it's so harsh!! Maybe City are already paying Sky. I've not had this much fun on a Saturday for over a decade. Sky and the premier league are embarrassing. Live FPL though.

  10. Sepp Blattered
    • 9 Years
    29 days, 1 hour ago

    Top 1k score?

  11. tissae
    • 4 Years
    29 days, 1 hour ago

    Van Dijk or Robertson to stick with ?

    1. Mike2795647
      • 5 Years
      29 days, 1 hour ago

      Van

    2. RFCSPACE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      29 days, 1 hour ago

      I'm sticking with VVD.

  12. Dare Do The Punt
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    29 days, 1 hour ago

    Who would you start next week?

    A) King v City

    B) Dendonker v Burnley

    1. RFCSPACE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      29 days, 1 hour ago

      B

    2. Mike2795647
      • 5 Years
      29 days, 1 hour ago

      None, transfer King to Barnes or Jota

    3. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      29 days, 1 hour ago

      Opportunity for Dendo

  13. luk46
    • 1 Year
    29 days, 1 hour ago

    Heaton 4m
    Robbo* VVD Digne KWP Lundstram
    Salah Sterling Sigurdsson* Fraser** Dendoncker
    Wilson* Murray** Greenwood

    Could it be worth to play my wc already? I feel like going with a -4 here could be enough...
    Robbo, Fraser, Murray -> 5.5m, Martial, Pukki?

  14. Rolls-Royce
    • 5 Years
    29 days, 1 hour ago

    WCed. 56 all out. Could've been worse.

    1. Rock n Grohl
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      29 days, 1 hour ago

      Same 54 with 3

  15. In Bale We Trust
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    29 days, 1 hour ago

    Moura owners. Time to get rid?

    1. Hy liverpool
      • 5 Years
      29 days, 1 hour ago

      I have no idea myself

      1. In Bale We Trust
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        29 days, 1 hour ago

        It’s the worst situation. Because you know if he starts he will haul

        1. Hy liverpool
          • 5 Years
          29 days, 1 hour ago

          Exactly

    2. purple lamborGhini
      29 days, 1 hour ago

      you probably saw me say no already but to reiterate. Keep and play Moura if you have playing bench player to cover him if no show. If no show next week then ditch him.
      Get rid of a bournemouth asset instead

    3. Rude Reviewer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      29 days, 1 hour ago

      yes .... I am getting rid... he was there to cover Kane for 2 gws.. And I think he did reasonable job.

    4. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      29 days, 1 hour ago

      Digne situation complicates things ... otherwise yes per original plan

    5. mixology
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      29 days, 1 hour ago

      keeping for sure and hoping for a start next gw. I'm even debating keeping him for their good fixture run to be honest

  16. Bobby Digital
    • 2 Years
    29 days, 1 hour ago

    Nice UFC card tonight.

    1. DAZZ
      • 5 Years
      29 days, 1 hour ago

      Lovely jubbly. Who you got? Ive got Pettis decision and DC TKO

      1. Bobby Digital
        • 2 Years
        29 days, 1 hour ago

        I'm going Stipe, Nate and Romero.

        All on decision.

        1. DAZZ
          • 5 Years
          29 days, 1 hour ago

          Get good odds on that uno, i can’t see Nate beating Pettis myself, Stipe looks in good shape though

  17. Beatle
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    29 days, 1 hour ago

    VAR has meant that we no longer have incorrect decisions.

    The cost is that you can no longer celebrate a goal. Not worth it

    1. Marvin.com
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      29 days, 1 hour ago

      I think I agree with this. Trying to make football too clinical takes away the best part of it.

    2. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      29 days, 1 hour ago

      We will get used to it guys

    3. Luizdouzi
      29 days, 1 hour ago

      Anddd Kane can no longer claim a goal that is NOT his

  18. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    29 days, 1 hour ago

    Well done pukki captainers

    People who play the game with balls and are brave. So many people are too scared to make these moves. There are rare opportunities in this game to rise the ranks like this and many are blind to see it

    Pukki cappers I tip my hat.

    1. Marvin.com
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      29 days, 1 hour ago

      Did anyone captain him?

      1. el polako
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        29 days, 1 hour ago

        Guy in my ML did.

        1. Marvin.com
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          29 days, 1 hour ago

          Fair play to him.

    2. Rude Reviewer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      29 days, 1 hour ago

      are there any Pukki cappers really??

    3. DAZZ
      • 5 Years
      29 days, 1 hour ago

      He’s only owned by 8%, there won’t be many that captained him

    4. COK3Y5MURF
      • 3 Years
      29 days, 1 hour ago

      Hindsight level: over 9000

    5. EMBOLOFAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      29 days, 1 hour ago

      lol

    6. Rock n Grohl
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      29 days, 1 hour ago

      Someone in my OK has him 3rd bench....he's not coming in either. Ouch!!

    7. Rock n Grohl
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      29 days, 1 hour ago

      *ML

  19. Lalrota
    • 3 Years
    29 days, 1 hour ago

    Pick one to get in

    A Lanzini Kane
    B Kdb Rashford

    B means no Spurs cover.Have Sterling.

    1. Rude Reviewer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      29 days, 1 hour ago

      told you B... ban him

      1. Lalrota
        • 3 Years
        29 days, 1 hour ago

        My apologies

    2. Mike2795647
      • 5 Years
      29 days, 1 hour ago

      B all day long

  20. Rude Reviewer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    29 days, 1 hour ago

    Maura + Parrot (lol) >> Dendoncker + Pukki

    RIGHT NOW for 2FTs???
    Yes or No???

    1. Beatle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      29 days, 1 hour ago

      Yes

    2. SirStevieG
      • 7 Years
      29 days, 1 hour ago

      Who the hell is Parrot?

  21. Bobby Digital
    • 2 Years
    29 days, 1 hour ago

    My dream of a black Sigurdsson scoring didn't come trough...

  22. Luizdouzi
    29 days, 1 hour ago

    Thank you Pukki!

  23. Luka - Man Like Serbia
    • 7 Years
    29 days, 1 hour ago

    Seems like some people are not upto speed with the latest rules.

    Under the new regulations, goals scored or created with the use of a handball will not stand, regardless of whether the action is considered accidental or not.

  24. FOO FIGHTER
    29 days, 1 hour ago

    Really, really, really bad game week for me but did not take any point hits and never used my WC either.

    Still have 4 players to play this GW but not going to WC for GW3. Just knee-jerk.

  25. Ajax Hamsterdam
    • 5 Years
    29 days, 1 hour ago

    Lowton nailed for Burnley right ? Already made a mistake with Taylor ...

    1. The Pesci challenge
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      29 days, 1 hour ago

      Yeah same here so I’ve moved him to kwp

  26. Rash
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    29 days, 1 hour ago

    Would you lose trent or VVD to enable perez to KDB?

    1. jaguar shark
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      29 days, 1 hour ago

      Haha. Just asked a similar question. I think VVD is better value... maybe TAA more explosive though.

    2. COK3Y5MURF
      • 3 Years
      29 days, 1 hour ago

      Perez hasn't played yet and has good fixtures coming.

  27. potatoace
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    29 days, 1 hour ago

    Wilson out?

    Hard to justify holding him with the likes of barnes and pukki surpassing him.

    1. DAZZ
      • 5 Years
      29 days, 1 hour ago

      Tough decision, think 8.0M is steep, king on pens.

  28. jaguar shark
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    29 days, 1 hour ago

    Thinking I’ll downgrade 1/2 of Liverpool defense to move either Moura or Fraser to KBD. Thoughts?

    1. Old Gregg
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      29 days, 1 hour ago

      It’s tempting. A couple of many moves to consider. I have double liv def, Moura and Fraser.

      It would be Fraser for me + one of them

  29. Luizdouzi
    29 days, 1 hour ago

    So people with Salah are paying £1.0 extra for cleansheet points & a likely penalty?

  30. zizoo10
    • 3 Years
    29 days, 1 hour ago

    Wilson >
    A) Pukki + 5.4 defender
    B) Barnes + AWB