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Lacazette and Luiz benched as budget FPL forward Martinelli gets first start

The final match of Gameweek 16 takes place this evening, as West Ham United take on managerless Arsenal.

Kick-off at the London Stadium is at 20:00 GMT.

Interim boss Freddie Ljungberg takes charge of the Gunners for the third time and has made a big call with his team selection, dropping Alexandre Lacazette (£9.3m) and David Luiz (£5.8m) to the bench.

Nicolas Pepe (£9.1m) and Calum Chambers (£4.4m) come into the side, as does Kieran Tierney (£5.4m) at left-back.

Budget Fantasy Premier League forward Gabriel Martinelli (£4.5m) is handed his first-ever start in the English top flight, meanwhile.

Sead Kolasinac (£5.2m) and Joe Willock (£4.9m) are also cut from the starting XI, with the latter failing to make the matchday squad.

Hector Bellerin (£5.4m) was injured in the warm-up, meanwhile, so Ainsley Maitland-Niles (£4.6m) comes in at right-back.

The West Ham United team news is far more straightforward: Manuel Pellegrini’s only change sees the fit-again Michail Antonio (£6.9m) replace Sebastien Haller (£7.0m) in attack.

Robert Snodgrass (£5.2m) recovers from a minor knock to start, while there is no place for Andriy Yarmolenko (£5.6m) even among the substitutes.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£10.9m) is by some distance the most-selected player on show this evening and the only FPL asset from either side who can boast a double-digit ownership.

The Gabon international sits in more than one in five Fantasy squads and in 8.59% of the teams who were in the top 10,000 at the point of the Gameweek 16 deadline.

Aubameyang has scored 50 FPL points on the road this season, compared to just 39 at the Emirates – and has played one fewer away fixture.

FPL’s cheapest playing goalkeeper, David Martin (£4.0m), gets his third straight start for the hosts.

Martin has already banked one clean sheet, three save points and two bonus points in his two appearances so far.


West Ham United XI: Martin, Fredericks, Ogbonna, Balbuena, Cresswell, Rice, Noble, Snodgrass, Fornals, Anderson, Antonio.

Arsenal XI: Leno, Maitland-Niles, Chambers, Sokratis, Tierney, Torreira, Xhaka, Pepe, Ozil, Martinelli, Aubameyang.

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1,065 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Arse Craic
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Xhaka playing centre half?

  2. Zinedine Kilbane
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Just read the rules and the wildcard needs to be used prior to game week 20 ie before Sat 28 Dec at 11.30.
    Had been planning on using this just before 31st Dec as i stupidly assumed it was before the end of year.

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      GW20 is the last chance to use it correct?

      1. Zinedine Kilbane
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        The Wildcard chip can be used twice a season, once in the first half of the season (before Sat 28 Dec 11:30) and once in the second half of the season.

        So yes- needs used prior to game week 20

        1. Bobby Digital
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Good GW to WC, its only 2 days long.

    2. ...al - Fireteam Zulu
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Wc activated

    3. HashAttack
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Probably better than letting people use their wildcard in the alcoholic fog of new years eve

      1. ...al - Fireteam Zulu
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Alcoholic fog sometimes works

  3. Barbarians
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Arsenal look like solid mid table team

    1. Deulofail
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Arsenal are anything but solid.

    2. JustPark
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Next Leeds? Pretty sure I heard that on AFTV.

  4. Bobby Digital
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Tielemans to whom only for one GW? Got 1.7m itb. Thinking Maddison or Mount?

    1. how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Mads

  5. diesel001
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Pepe down injured.

    1. ...al - Fireteam Zulu
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Shocked- Pikachu.gif

  6. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Tonio getting closer.

  7. el polako
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Proper tackle.

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Roy Keane school of tackling 😉

  8. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Pepe broken

    1. how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Was he working before?

      1. Zico Senna
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Haha!!

      2. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 17 days ago

        🙂

  9. JustPark
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    How the heck Ozil missed that

    1. Deulofail
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Lazy. Should learn to levitate.

    2. ...al - Fireteam Zulu
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Ozil

    3. No Professionals
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Offside anyway

  10. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Pepe thinking:

    “Why didn’t I just stay in France and take penalties all year 🙁 “

  11. Revival
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    No Haller and Yarmo benefiting Arsenal for sure.

  12. diesel001
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    West Ham goal

  13. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Ogbona G

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 days ago

      AMN OG?

  14. ‘Tis the Season
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 17 days ago

    GO ON YOU HAMMERS!!

  15. ...al - Fireteam Zulu
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Arsenal defense

    😆

  16. Giggs Boson.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Wenger in.

    1. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Benitez or Simeone in more like

  17. Hakim Ziyech
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Ogbonna's spouse must love his head

  18. Would Ed Woodward
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 17 days ago

    That goal sums up the quality of this game.

  19. Deulofail
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Ogb oh noooo

  20. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    BOOM

    #WengerBackIn

    1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      He will boss the Championship

    2. Barbarians
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Dont think that would change anything. Arsenal is a minefield.

  21. JustPark
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    KDB(c)?

    1. No Professionals
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Not for me.

      Mane or vardy unless you're chasing. Maybe salah if you still have him.

  22. Old Man
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    That goal increases Laca's chances of coming on early.

    1. Rustin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Hopefully

    2. potatoace'scott talent
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Yeah, that and Pepe just being given the last rites too....oh no wait he isn't dying, he was just pretending.

  23. Syd.
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Really Brave defending from AMN

    Turned his back on the ball

    1. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      All bravery in Arsenal team is with Kolasinac, rest of them just a bunch of spineless kids.

    2. Oven Glover
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Fraternising with the enemy... Shame on you, Syd. Shame.

      1. Syd.
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Are you using that glove for a Christmas present

        1. Oven Glover
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Let’s just say that I’m using it. Now.

          1. Syd.
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            😯

    3. JustPark
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      And Xhaka.

  24. Wilshere Knowledge
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Xhaka pulled out.

    He’s an utter disgrace.

    1. ...al - Fireteam Zulu
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Gota take one for the team

  25. nerd_is_the_werd
      1 month, 17 days ago

      own goal?

      1. diesel001
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        No

      2. Syd.
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        No

        Initial shot was on target

    • It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Five measly points from getting relegated. Will Arsenal stay up?

    • g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 days ago

      VAR farce again, why are we waiting?

    • Deulofail
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Xhaka at fault as always

    • Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Revising for test tomorrow but just came to lol.

      Lacazette to save the day

      1. No Professionals
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Revising is for neeeeeeerds

    • Pariße
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      nothing wrong wih that goal