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Pepe returns to the Arsenal XI as Pogba-less United head to the Emirates

The penultimate match of Gameweek 21 takes place between Arsenal and Manchester United this evening.

Kick-off at the Emirates is at 20:00 GMT.

There are three changes to the Manchester United side that beat Burnley on Saturday.

Full-backs Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£5.3m) and Luke Shaw (£5.4m) return to the starting XI as Ashley Young (£5.4m) and Brandon Williams (£4.0m) drop to the bench, while Jesse Lingard (£6.3m) replaces Andreas Pereira (£4.9m) in the number ten role.

There is, as expected, no Paul Pogba (£8.4m) in the United squad, with the Frenchman having not been sighted among the travelling party when the Red Devils journeyed to London.

Anthony Martial (£7.9m) leads the line, having been transferred in by more Fantasy Premier League managers than any other player apart from Adama Traore (£5.6m) ahead of Gameweek 21.

Mikel Arteta has made four alterations to his Arsenal line-up, meanwhile.

Granit Xhaka (£5.1m), Nicolas Pepe (£9.1m), Sead Kolasinac (£5.2m) and Sokratis (£4.9m) are recalled, as Matteo Guendouzi (£4.4m), Reiss Nelson (£5.3m) and Bukayo Saka (£4.5m) drop to the bench.

Calum Chambers (£4.4m) was injured in Gameweek 20 and misses out – Arteta said in a pre-match interview that the club were “not positive” about his prognosis, with further news to follow after a scan.

Dani Ceballos (£5.2m) is among the substitutes after two months on the sidelines.

The reverse fixture of this game finished 1-1 back in September, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£10.8m) on target for the Gunners.


Arsenal XI: Leno, Maitland-Niles, Sokratis, Luiz, Kolasinac, Xhaka, Torreira, Pepe, Ozil, Aubameyang, Lacazette

Manchester United XI: de Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelöf, Maguire, Shaw, Fred, Matic, James, Lingard, Rashford, Martial.

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  1. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 22 days ago

    WC hit. Feels like a good dump... Replacing my old dump. Would rather have my FPL team sack me as the manager, tbh

    Gunn . McGovern
    TAA . Sidibe . Soy . Lund . Hanley
    Salah . Mane . KDB . Madders . D Luiz
    Vardy . Jimenez . Ings

    0.2m ITB

    Had a version with DCL over Jimenez, but that left a huge bench headache when rotation season is almost up

    1. Trophé Mourinho
      1 month, 22 days ago

      You wildcarded to what everyone else has

      1. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Awesome. So I'd stop going in the red direction

        1. Trophé Mourinho
          1 month, 22 days ago

          be more exciting

  2. Bartowski
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Kelly set to lose his place again soon?

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Ward fit?

    2. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      They don't have any fit defenders to replace him.

  3. Niho992
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Maguire and AWB moved from better teams lol.

  4. Arteta
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Seriously, how is Ole still at the wheel?

    1. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Poch only available from the end of the season. Wants his payout from Spurs

    2. Bartowski
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Fall guy that won't make a big fuss in the media about not being backed.

  5. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Lucky for United they’ve got their new signing Haaland to score their goals from now on.

    1. Bartowski
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Haa Haa Land

  6. Berbinho's Forehead
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    A serious investigation needs to be conducted in regards to who approved AWB for £50m and Maguire for £80m.

  7. Henning
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    How much minus are you willing to take instead for using wc?

    1. beric
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      8

      1. beric
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Very unlikely i would though. Transfers are rarely as urgent as they seem

        1. tomasjj
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          This.

    2. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Probably 12.

    3. Business Cat
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      -8 is not ideal, but if required

      I'd baulk at -12 or -16

    4. Henning
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Im at- 4 att the moment but temptet to replace Pope or Guaita, but is it really worth another hit?

    5. TOPCAT1960
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      -8 is my limit, I would rather wait for 2 fts to change 4 players if I had to, otherwise its WC

  8. fcsaltyballs
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Who starts for Watford when Janmaat is fit again:

    1. Kiko
    2. Janmaat

    Trying to figure out best 4.2 or less defender

  9. Naby K8a
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Excellent performance from the Burger King Baines at LB

    1. Bartowski
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      I'm pretty sure that's the guy who directed The Last Jedi so leave him be he gets loads of abuse for his day job.

  10. LewanGOALski
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Alli ➡ Maddisson now as Alli is dropping in price?

    Have 2 FTs

    1. ALI_G
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      thinking about that or Salah with enabler

    2. Eriksen Maestro
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Alli now on pens

  11. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Rashford bottler, Rashford range

  12. HMC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Wow just noticed the Raheem late late cameo. That’s brutal - luckily non owner

  13. ALI_G
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Any Alli owners swapping for Salah tonight?

    i'm looking at:

    Alli -> Salah
    Rash -> DCL (enabler really)

    Alli price about to drop 8.9 - 8.8 and I ought at 8.5

    I should wait really but tempted

    1. beric
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      FA cup games...

    2. Easy Cheesy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Yep. I don’t have mane so debating both atm

    3. Wigflex
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Looking at exact same moves

    4. Eriksen Maestro
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Rash before norwich? Reallt

    5. Ribus
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Keep rash for next game

  14. diesel001
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Fred. LOOOOOL

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Beautiful isn’t it?

  15. Johnny Drama
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Rash not taking FKs now?

    1. Eriksen Maestro
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      No leadership in this teAm

  16. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    LOOOOL

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

    Looooool @ Fred

    1. janowsc
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Beauty

  18. Niho992
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Great FK from Rash

  19. Rust Cohle
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Arsenal always sit deep on United they said.

    1. JamieNumber4
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Kinky

  20. tiger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    *in the voice of David Attenborough*
    And here we have a rare sighting of one of the most incredible phenomenons in recent times...an Arsenal clean sheet, barely seen in modern days, we are blessed to have witnessed this on the first day of the new decade.

  21. Foolio
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Hey, got a draft right now - who are your top 5 players RoS?
    I have:
    Mane
    Salah
    KDB
    Stirling
    Vardy
    (then TAA, Kane, Aguero, Auba, Maddison)
    Thanks,

  22. LM00091
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Thinking about using my WC to bring in this team...what do you guys think?

    Ryan / (Button)
    TAA, Soyuncu, Lundstram, Kelly, Rico
    Grealish, Mane, KDB, Maddison, Richarlison
    Vardy, Rashford, Ings

    Could be a benching headache though...

    1. ALI_G
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      that's a huge bench headache

    2. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      What did the old team look like?

      1. LM00091
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Guaita / Button
        TAA, Soyuncu, Lundstram, Kelly, Rico
        Grealish, Mane, KDB, Alli, Traore
        Vardy, Rashford, Abraham

        1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          It's practically the same team. Just make a few transfers.

    3. HMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Nice cover but surely you’ll have weekly regrets from bench points, not for me

      1. LM00091
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 22 days ago

        very true, the only problem is if Alli drops tonight ill be priced out of this WC team

    4. ALI_G
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Fab over Ryan
      Downgrade Rich or Grealish
      get triple Liverpool ready for 24 (maybe VVD?)

  23. diesel001
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Rashford and Martial blanks

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Disgraceful performance

  24. sminkypinky
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    I understand why Rash didn’t take that. Fred is just class at set pieces.

  25. ZeBestee
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Why isnt Rashford taking those? Needs to show that ruthless hunger which isnt there.

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Them balls are expensive, can’t have another one up on the roof.

      1. ZeBestee
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Doesnt matter, show that you wants more is what will make him a top player. Lacks that atm.

  26. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Sign the thing, Ole!!!

  27. Niho992
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 22 days ago

    And then they said this is good fixture for Martial and Trashy

    1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Here we go again...

  28. Monkey Hanger
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Right said Fred.

  29. CloudSky
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Might have to play Cantwell against these shiitters.

  30. DA Minnion
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Well that's just perfect as a non United owner.

    1. beric
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Indeed

    2. Trophé Mourinho
      1 month, 22 days ago

      yes, justice