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Lacazette among the substitutes as Aubameyang leads the line for Arsenal

The final match of Gameweek 9 takes place this evening, as Sheffield United host Arsenal.

Kick-off at Bramall Lane is at 20:00 BST.

There were no major shocks upon the release of the two teamsheets, with Alexandre Lacazette (£9.3m) only among the substitutes after his return from a seven-week absence.

Kieran Tierney (£5.4m) has to be patient for his first Arsenal league start, too, as Sead Kolasinac (£5.4m) keeps his place at left-back.

In fact, Unai Emery has made only one change to the Gunners’ starting XI from the side that defeated Bournemouth a fortnight ago: Joe Willock (£5.0m) replacing Dani Ceballos (£5.5m) in midfield.

Lacazette’s benching means that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.1m) will again lead the line for Arsenal, flanked by Nicolas Pepe (£9.3m) and Bukayo Saka (£4.5m) in attack.

Aubameyang has yet to blank in an away fixture this season and averages 8.25 points on the road.

John Lundstram (£4.6m) is the most-owned player in this fixture and he features in more Fantasy teams than the rest of the Sheffield United squad put together.

Over 40% of his owners have benched him for this match but it’s probably fair to say that he’ll be an ‘auto-sub’ for many of us, given the high-profile no-shows over the weekend.

His 14-point haul against Crystal Palace at Bramall Lane in August has been followed by three blanks at home but he remains the best-value FPL asset in the game, based on points per million spent.

There are no surprises that Chris Wilder’s only two changes for this fixture come up front, an area in which he has regularly rotated over the past two months.

Lys Mousset (£4.9m) and David McGoldrick (£5.4m) are the strike pairing this evening, replacing Callum Robinson (£5.3m) and Oli McBurnie (£5.9m).

Sheffield United’s four home games this season have only seen six goals scored: only St James’ Park and Selhurst Park average fewer goals per fixture than Bramall Lane in 2019/20.

Sheffield United XI: Henderson; Basham, Egan, O’Connell, Stevens; Baldock, Norwood, Lundstram, Fleck; Mousset, McGoldrick.

Arsenal XI: Leno; Chambers, Sokratis, Luiz, Kolasinac; Xhaka, Guendouzi, Willock; Pepe, Aubameyang, Saka.

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1,292 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    29 days, 9 hours ago

    Super Blades!

  2. KDB4PREZ
    29 days, 9 hours ago

    Can’t buy passion lads unreal scenes

  3. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    29 days, 9 hours ago

    Game over 🙂

  4. Slouch87 Scott Talent
    • 4 Years
    29 days, 9 hours ago

    Typical Arsenal. When the going gets tough they can't handle it.

  5. Fudgy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    29 days, 9 hours ago

    Game week from hell, my word

  6. My heart goes Salalalalah
    • 2 Years
    29 days, 9 hours ago

    jizz everywhere

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      29 days, 9 hours ago

      Wrong channel

  7. Hy liverpool
    • 5 Years
    29 days, 9 hours ago

    Shieffeld fans deserve those f 3 points, they were amazing.

    1. Luka - Man Like Serbia
      • 7 Years
      29 days, 9 hours ago

      Yep - agree, great atmosphere - something those travelling Arsenal supporters don't get to experience at home 😀

  8. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    29 days, 9 hours ago

    Long live the Lund!

  9. Gooner97
    • 6 Years
    29 days, 9 hours ago

    *Lundstram

  10. Niho992
    • 1 Year
    29 days, 9 hours ago

    JOHN LUNDSTRAM PARTY ! LET'S GO

  11. RFCSPACE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    29 days, 9 hours ago

    John!!!

  12. Luka - Man Like Serbia
    • 7 Years
    29 days, 9 hours ago

    Great stuff! Well done Blades.

  13. shirtless
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    29 days, 9 hours ago

    9 off the bench thanks Blades. 54 and out.

  14. ZeBestee
    • 5 Years
    29 days, 9 hours ago

    Good ebening is such a failure..

    Tierney, Bellerin, Ozil not getting a game

    Laca not starting.

    He deserves a boot.

  15. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    29 days, 9 hours ago

    Pope/Heaton
    TAA, VVD, Robertson, Pereira (Diop)
    D.Silva, KDB, Sterling, Mount, (Cantwell)
    Abraham, Wilson, (Greenwood)

    How to get Lundstram into this team?

  16. Pompel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    29 days, 9 hours ago

    Got lucky in the end, theb 🙂

  17. T-BOX ⚽
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    29 days, 9 hours ago

    TSPARKES will be creaming himself

    1. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      29 days, 9 hours ago

      I’m with him

    2. Jarvish Scott Talent
      • 4 Years
      29 days, 9 hours ago

      A common hobby for teenage boys

  18. Werkself - A Whole Lawro B*…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    29 days, 9 hours ago

    Arsenal shockingly bad.

  19. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    29 days, 9 hours ago

    My lord and savior John Lundstram!!!

    Who needs Kun when you’ve got that man off the bench.

    Class when your two highest scorers are 4.0 defenders

  20. Pedram
    • 6 Years
    29 days, 9 hours ago

    BAPS gonna be very close

  21. Team Cruel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    29 days, 9 hours ago

    All hail Lundstram the Great, First of His Name, King of the Andals and the First Men, Lord of the Six Kingdoms, and Protector of the Realm.

  22. EL tridente
    • 2 Years
    29 days, 9 hours ago

    Not really one attacking player who is essentiel this season

    1. Ógie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      29 days, 9 hours ago

      Lundstrum

  23. Mike Bassett Fantasy Manage…
    29 days, 9 hours ago

    well done sheffield great game, arsenal trash. Emery horrific manager

  24. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    29 days, 9 hours ago

    Can’t believe Emery left Auba out tonight.

    He might have done something.

  25. FOO FIGHTER
    29 days, 9 hours ago

    Thank you Lund!

  26. Tomthewise1
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    29 days, 9 hours ago

    Aubameyang owner and Lundstram kept on the bench ☹️

    1. KGFC
      • 3 Years
      29 days, 9 hours ago

      Have both, played both 🙂

  27. Railwayman
    • 6 Years
    29 days, 9 hours ago

    What a week, Rico & Lundstram benched in my team, but Aguero & Salah not playing will destroy my rank this week 🙁

  28. Hy liverpool
    • 5 Years
    29 days, 9 hours ago

    Lundstram owners where are youuuu \o/

    1. Pedram
      • 6 Years
      29 days, 9 hours ago

      \o/

    2. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      29 days, 9 hours ago

      \0/

  29. Cantona90
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    29 days, 9 hours ago

    Aubameyang out.

  30. tucaoneo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    29 days, 9 hours ago

    Cheeky Lundstram points filling the Otamendi-shaped hole haha.