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

    Looks like an own goal no assist to me. Hit two Arsenal players and changed direction twice.

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

      KdB G

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

    Cue the Big Team Bias meltdown

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

      Dammit!

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

    Relegation battle is real

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

    Go Freddy Go.

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

    Freddie

    Nightmare on MNF

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

      Welcome to prime time, btch.

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

    Imagine if Arsenal got relegated.

    Top banter that would be

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

      They would get killed in Championship.

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

      That AFTV episode requires a big bowl of popcorn

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

        Leeds 2.0

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

      Literally zero chance arsenal get relegated

  7. Phil's Stamps
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    WC team ok?

    I think I'll chicken out of the KDB & Mount to Alli & Dilva switcheroo.

    Gaz Martin
    TAA Lundstram Soy Kelly Reid
    Mane Son KDB Grealish Mount
    Vardy Rashford Abraham

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

      Arsenal pretty much the perfect team to play next for City

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

      Decent af, benching headache tho

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

      If u had too chose one of Mount and Grealish, who would u pick?

      1. Phil's Stamps
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Probably Mount, but it depends on the fixture.

  8. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Leno is so out of place in this Arsenal team.

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

      OOP?

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

      Genuinely feel sorry for him.

  9. Ginkapo FPL
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    At this point, just start the youth team

  10. manu4life99
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Anyone else expecting city to thrash arsenal? Think City will be looking to respond and this arsenal side are awful

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

      Everyone, I think

    2. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Murder live on Sky!

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

      They'll probably try and do what we did, defend deep and leave Auba/others up high with direct counter, their defence and mids are in much worse form than ours though.

    4. JelliedSpark968
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 17 days ago

      I can't predict either side this year. Angry City should not be messed with, but I said that when they played versus United

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

      It’s going to be brutal and just great to watch! Can’t wait, come on KEV!

  11. KAPTAIN KUN
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Come on Martin!!!

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

      Looking safe.

      1. KAPTAIN KUN
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Fingers crossed

  12. Team Cruel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    I'm doing Pope > Leno. This is usually when the relegation threatened clubs show some resilience and keep a couple of cleanies in a row

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

      As with the stock market: don’t try to catch a falling knife

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

        Buy the dip!

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

          Once you know it’s a dip, yes 🙂

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

      Don't forget the save points

  13. Sarri-ball
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    reece james a option started 4 out last 5. 5.0 or avoid chelsea defence

    1. Hy liverpool
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Avoid

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

        And another one...

    2. Orion
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Avoid

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

      Nope

  14. TERIYAKI 69
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    How many are over 22 on this place?

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

      o/

      1. TERIYAKI 69
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        it was always gonna be you. Wasn't it?

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

          As old as time

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

      There are 50 year olds and 10 year olds.

      Nothing in between.

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

        All us 50 year olds act like 10 year olds anyway.

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

          \0/

      2. TERIYAKI 69
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Thought so too.

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

      A/S/L?

    4. Make America Greta Again
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      I'm more than double it.

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

      I'm nearly the same as part of your name

    6. The 12th Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Double it.

  15. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Imagine sacking one of the greatest managers of PL history to sign someone with a history of success in the EL then sacking him to sign a Swedish fraud who just barely got his B level coach badge, all the while thinking this would improve the team.

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

      Caretaker manager

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

        Undertaker manager.

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

          Fundertaker Manger

      2. The Big Fella
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        They should have had a successor lined up like Spurs clearly did. That is good club management

    2. Hy liverpool
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Who are you?

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

        Next Arsenal manager at this rate

    3. Make America Greta Again
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Freddie does look good in jocks, maybe the owners had a thing for him.

    4. Cilly Bonnolly
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Wenger wasn’t sacked.

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

        Semantics

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

    Martin solid

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

    Big Sam to keep Arsenal up ?

  18. Monkey Hanger
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Freddie probably not keen on bringing Laca on, as it might show what a prat he is.

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

      Harsh on Laca

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

    2 free transfers and actually thinking about buying a Man Utd player... Martial instead of Pulisic. Would really like to wait buying Rico to see if he gets a fifth yellow card this weekend.

    a. Williams -> Rico
    b. Pulisic -> Martial
    c. other suggestions

    Henderson
    TAA, Lundstram, Aurier
    Salah, Son, KDB, Pulisic, Maddison
    Vardy, Ings

    Martin, Kelly, Greenwood, Williams, 0.6 million in the bank

    1. JelliedSpark968
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Save Pulisic for Bournemouth game, maybe Maddison to Richarlison for differential? Martial also a solid pick

      1. JelliedSpark968
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Actually I wouldn't ditch Madds

  20. TERIYAKI 69
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Swedish fraud!!!

    1. mynameisq
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Fraudie Ljungberg

      1. TERIYAKI 69
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        lol

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

      Harsh on Freddie

  21. mynameisq
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Leno slowly becoming overrated simply because he faces lots of shots

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

    I'm Fred up with this

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

    Auba shot back row 😉

  24. True Deadzoner
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    When will Fab come back? Worth doing Pope to Martin?

    1. KAPTAIN KUN
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Did that this active gameweek

      1. KAPTAIN KUN
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Have 0.5ITB to sort Button out over the next 2 gameweeks

    2. Bookkeeper
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      1st Jan

  25. Bookkeeper
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Tasty fixtures coming up for WHU! Who dares?!

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

      Been monitoring a few of their players but won't be touching until after the blank at least.

      Though they're looking pretty crap. Only 1-0 against Arsenal after 45 is atrocious.

      1. Bookkeeper
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Only Snod and Antonio interest me. The latter is their most effective player.

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

          Those were the two I was monitoring 🙂

    2. JelliedSpark968
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Only one that looks promising is Antonio

  26. Rashford FC
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    My goodness. Arsenal are absolutely terrible

    1. Rashford FC
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      And I love it

    2. Bookkeeper
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Man U have been dreadful too, bar the last two matches.

  27. Hooky
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    How the hell did Arsenal end up with a team this bad? Cygan and Squillaci would walk into this side

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

      What about Andre Santos?

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

        He'd be an improvement on Kolasinac! Kiwomya and Harston up front as well

  28. tiger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Wonder how Arteta's Apprentice interview is going...

  29. Orion
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Sure I have to keep Jesus against this crap Arsenal defense

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

      We knew Arsenal's defence was bad before today. 1-0 down at HT is probably an improvement on what I'd expect from them at this point.

  30. Gudjohnsen
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Already regret getting rid of Sterling before this crap team.