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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. Eat my goal!
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Jack daniels is an awful whisky

    1. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 23 days ago

      I know it’s a bourbon

      1. HuttonDressedasLahm
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        It’s a Tennessee Sour Mash actually 🙂

        1. Eat my goal!
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Either way I’m sipping my n a nice jonnie Walker game of thrones blend - surprising nice and then I switch to another Christmas present tiny bottle of JD -
          Yuk

    2. Ginkapo FPL
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      It isnt whisky

      1. Eat my goal!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 23 days ago

        It says whiskey on the bottle

        1. Ginkapo FPL
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          E or no e?

          1. Eat my goal!
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 22 days ago

            Look at the bottle

      2. ALI_G
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Tennessee whisky

        1. Ginkapo FPL
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Exactly. Its not whisky

  2. Arteta
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    PAAAAAAAAAAAPAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

  3. Ginkapo FPL
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Two Nil to The Arsenal

    Sokratis G
    Laca or De Gea A

  4. TorresMagic™
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Might keep Pukki for United.

    1. FPL Pillars
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      I would keep

    2. Sasquatch Slayer
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Starting cantwell against that lot

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

      Not the worst fixture but Pukki is a bit past tense. May still do well for you.

  5. Smurf
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Torreira trying to pick up Sokratis to celebrate, funny as. Made him look like a toddler.

  6. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Lindeflop assist

  7. fcsaltyballs
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Kelly (or Rico) Greenwood >> Kiko DCL

    worth -4 ???

    1. Bossworld
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Probably. Ditch Rico IMO.

      I need to prioritise who to remove from Ramsdale, Moura or Greenwood, and it's looking most like Ramsdale.

      1. fcsaltyballs
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Yeah I would but would mean I only have 4.0 to spend and Kiko is 4.2 really limits my options

        Who will you get for Rambo?

  8. Lecky Legs FC
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Lacs could really be a good shout next GW against Palace came close and unfortunate not score too

    1. Lecky Legs FC
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Laca

      1. Gudjohnsen
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Better cheaper options imo

  9. Tsparkes10
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Hahahahaha imagine bringing in Martial for Grealish... Hahaha... 🙁

    1. baps sniffer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      At least I brought him in for Pulishit!

  10. JamieNumber4
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Shock. We’re struggling against a little side again

    1. JamieNumber4
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Arteta’s bus

    2. Trophé Mourinho
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Arse fan?

      • TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Takes one to know.

      • Skalla
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Well it is not a shock anymore, just normal by now...

      • FPL Pillars
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Arsenal are playing well against the little side

    3. Bookkeeper
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Socra!

    4. TheBrazilianRonaldo
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Martin Keown should not be allowed to commentate on Arsenal games on BT sport. Makes me want to rip my ears off.

      1. DA Minnion
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Same as Neville for United.

        1. TheBrazilianRonaldo
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Agreed. No passionate supporters on major channels commentators. And McManaman or Carragher

    5. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      If only United has a supposed World Class midfielder to turn to.

      1. Nightcrawler
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Lingard playing

        • Ginkapo FPL
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          McTominay is injured

        • Skalla
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Luckily we have Pereira on the bench to change the game just like Jorginho!

      2. Giggs Boson.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        These nuts don't taste good.

        1. how now brown cow
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          2nd time today I've heard that

        2. Ginkapo FPL
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          😉

      3. Differentiator
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Would pay good money for a 2-3 finish

      4. It’s gonna Ben Mee
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Time to bring on Rashford!

        1. FPL Pillars
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Keep him benched, got Noble to come on!

      5. Lindelol
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Lindelol

        1. mynameisq
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          A defender that can't tackle can't mark can't track can't be physical can't win headers

          1. mynameisq
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            And makes calimitius mistakes that cost goal after goal

      6. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 23 days ago

        United no leadership on the pitch

        1. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Maguire!

          Leader of men at the back, the rock!

          1. Old Man
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            Slabhead by name, slab by nature.

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

              Yes!

          2. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 23 days ago

            Not in existence

          3. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 22 days ago

            Leicester laughter at 80mill

      7. Sasquatch Slayer
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Pepe should be a regular now

      8. Monkey Hanger
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Nice back pass Maguire.

      9. IrishRed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        And that is why I didn't fall in to the trap of getting Martial/Pogba in. An all too familiar lacklustre performance so far

        1. Here Comes The Son ★
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Yeah I got trapped into 22 points the last couple of GW's

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

            same mate, devastating isn't it

        2. Zico Senna
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          And what if they mega hauled?

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

          Fred and Matic bossed by ARS

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

        Going great this as a United fan and Rashford(c), Martial, Pogba owner lol

        1. Trophé Mourinho
            1 month, 22 days ago

            why do that to yourself, even Rashford wouldnt have that faith. He probably got Traore over Tony 😀

          • mynameisq
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            Still got a half to go, kdb sterling aguero Kane Alli have already blanked

        2. davies
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Is there any hidden value in this Arsenal side?

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

            Not yet. Will Arsenal be this up for it when they are playing teams like Brighton away from home and the new manager effect has gone?

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

            So well hidden I can't find it.

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

          Lacazette assist?

          1. Supertrooper
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            Doubt it, lindelöf assist.

        4. Crouching Tiger
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          United are so inconsistent.

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

          We will be artetained for sure with this Arteta's Arsenal. More to come from them.

        6. Ginkapo FPL
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Has De Gea been awarded both assists?

        7. Dzaow An
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Yesterday I had the wonderful idea to switch Deolufeu and Grealish out (for -4 I might add) to bring in Traore and Jimenez

        8. HollywoodXI
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Sokratis!

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

          I gotta say this doesn’t look too promising from Utd.

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

            Awful