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Arteta names unchanged side as Arsenal become increasingly settled

Mikel Arteta has named an unchanged Arsenal side for the trip to Crystal Palace which kicks off the Saturday schedule.

For those keeping an eye on the Gunners with their new manager, such a decision will come as positive news.

One of the biggest issues with Unai Emery’s Arsenal outfit was the constant chopping and changing, both from one match to the next and often at half-time too.

That made investing in the right Fantasy Premier League assets hard to do, and that was before we consider how patchy their form was.

By contrast, Arteta already has the Gunners in a period of positive momentum, so to see him start to settle his starting XI makes our job even easier.

Both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£10.8m) and Alexandre Lacazette (£9.3m) feature in the line-up as do Mesut Özil (£7.2m) and Nicolas Pépé (£9.1m).

Furthermore, amid some recent defensive improvements, the same back-four which shut out Manchester United has been rolled out at Selhurst Park with Ainsley Maitland-Niles (£4.6m) and Sead Kolasinac (£5.2m) selected either side of David Luiz (£5.7m) and Sokratis Papastathopoulous (£4.9m).

Meanwhile, Crystal Palace embark on the first of a three-match period without important central midfielder Luka Milivojevic (£6.7m), their designated penalty taker too.

Following his sending off in the FA Cup third round, he will be absent for Gameweeks 22, 23 and 24.

Cheikhou Kouyaté (£4.9m) comes in for the Serbian international and looks set for a role in the midfield trio alongside James McCarthy (£4.4m) and James McArthur (£5.2m).

In defence, a hamstring injury for Mamadou Sakho (£5.0m) means experienced former Chelsea centre-back Gary Cahill (£4.4m) comes back into the Palace side.

New signing Cenk Tosun (£5.7m), who joined the Eagles from Everton this week, is on the bench.

Crystal Palace XI: Guiata; Riedewald, Cahill, Tomkins, M Kelly; McCarthy, Kouyaté, McArthur; Meyer, Zaha, Ayew.

Arsenal XI: Leno; Kolasinac, Sokratis, D Luiz, Maitland-Niles; Xhaka, Torreira; Aubameyang, Özil, Pépé; Lacazette.

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886 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Auba is so good. Best striker in the league.

    1. Woy_is_back
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      No

    2. Marvin de Milo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      *Vardy

    3. El Presidente
        2 months, 23 days ago

        No. Aguero

    4. Woy_is_back
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Guiata 🙁

      1. Tony Martial
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 23 days ago

        🙁

      2. El Presidente
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Guaita

      3. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Kane to Auba done

        1. Coys96
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Same 😉 but before deadline

      4. Tony Martial
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 23 days ago

        There’s plenty of time for a penalty save Guiata.

        1. Coys96
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Hope not, need more pts from auba

          1. Dont give a fuchs
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Spurs fan asking for more goals from Arsenal

            1. Amey
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 23 days ago

              It's just good business 😉

            2. El Presidente
                2 months, 23 days ago

                Ah ah ah

        2. FPL Pillars
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          The palace is breached! Sound the alarm

        3. Team Cruel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          There are 3 teams I haven't owned a single player from all season. 2 are playing right now

          1. Nomar
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            I had Tompkins and AMN briefly earlier on.

            Kolasinac is definitely interesting me as an Aurier replacement, though.

          2. tisza
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            i had 4. Watford, Newcastle, Arsenal and my 1st West Ham came in this week ............. Fabianski 🙂

          3. Rash
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Same.. I think

        4. Top Lad Dakes.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Gunners don't deserve Auba

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

            We’re taking him off their hands this month.

        5. Gudjohnsen
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          If Auba was in City or Liverpool he would be essential.

          1. Top Lad Dakes.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Not disagreeing

          2. Smurf
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            He would get played in the centre too.

          3. POLSKA GOLA
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            I disagree, Auba’s attractive at Arsenal as he always gets mac bonus once he scored. Not sure that would be the case at City or Pool though

            1. POLSKA GOLA
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Max bonus

            2. Bunk Moreland
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              He would score about 94 goals per season though . Could sneak a bap or two.

          4. ‘Tis the Season
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Who’s place would he have to take at Liverpool? Not sure he would make the squad

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

              Better than Henderson imo

            2. El Presidente
                2 months, 23 days ago

                What???? You can say maybe the style of play or something but Auba is 10x better than Firmino

            3. ZeBestee
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              He will be essential for the end of the season run I believe.

          5. Budweiser
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Guaita is a waste of space

          6. diesel001
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Auba is a good pick. But when you can get Vardy, Ings, Rashford, Jimenez and Abraham for cheaper and doing similarly well then it is difficult to get him in.

            1. Sailboats
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Then hes not a good pick.

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

              Still he’s outperforming salah

            3. Top Lad Dakes.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Wholeheartedly agree. I seem to always own Auba during his occasional dry patches as well.

              1. Trophé Mourinho
                  2 months, 23 days ago

                  i dont think auba has blanked in more than 3 consecutive league games ever or something

                  1. Top Lad Dakes.
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 23 days ago

                    im impatient.

                    1. Trophé Mourinho
                        2 months, 23 days ago

                        lol, i think he has always done well for me when I own him. But he is just a one goal kinda guy, and a bit pricey. When you take that into account and look at someone like Jimi who is far cheaper and offering similar returns then he becomes hard to justify

                • Nomar
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 23 days ago

                  This is the problem I have with him.

                  Cheaper options giving you similar output but allowing you to have better players in MF and defence kind of make him a luxury rather than a necessity.

                  1. Trophé Mourinho
                      2 months, 23 days ago

                      yea this, Jimi over him is so much better imo

                      1. Nomar
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 10 Years
                        2 months, 23 days ago

                        It’s a shame because I’d love to have him, but I’d have to sacrifice a mid to get him.

                        Probably give you a captaincy dilemma too between him, Vardy, Mané and KdB most weeks.

                        1. Trophé Mourinho
                            2 months, 23 days ago

                            he isnt captain material imo, I have had him for long spells and im not saying his returns are bad but he isnt explosive or very rarely.

                    • Camzy
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      2 months, 23 days ago

                      Meh.

                      I held him for 2,2,2,8 this season with great fixtures. Very frustrating. It was by all accounts the right move with form and fixtures but it just didn't work out.

                      1. Whazza
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 7 Years
                        2 months, 23 days ago

                        I make a lot of right moves too but they mostly blank

                  2. Trophé Mourinho
                      2 months, 23 days ago

                      i still own zaha 🙁

                      1. Top Lad Dakes.
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        2 months, 23 days ago

                        Rip. That's one pre-xmas bandwagon I'm glad I had second thoughts about and avoided

                        1. Trophé Mourinho
                            2 months, 23 days ago

                            its been awful

                      2. Gudjohnsen
                        • 3 Years
                        2 months, 23 days ago

                        Time to consider Arsenal players in FPL.

                        What's the world coming to

                      3. Differentiator
                        • 4 Years
                        2 months, 23 days ago

                        Where are my Tammy (C) buddies at?

                        1. Gudjohnsen
                          • 3 Years
                          2 months, 23 days ago

                          Considered him but in the end just don't trust him enough.

                        2. Podge
                          • 9 Years
                          2 months, 23 days ago

                          The men in the white coats got to them already

                          1. Arse Craic
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 10 Years
                            2 months, 23 days ago

                            Haha 😀

                        3. Zlatanzo
                            2 months, 23 days ago

                            Too much of a differentiator for me

                          • SweepaKeepa
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 4 Years
                            2 months, 23 days ago

                            Can we still be friends with VC?

                            1. Differentiator
                              • 4 Years
                              2 months, 23 days ago

                              no

                          • mojoindojo
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 6 Years
                            2 months, 23 days ago

                            Here mate.

                          • El Presidente
                              2 months, 23 days ago

                              Nowhere to be found.

                          • Random Name
                            • 4 Years
                            2 months, 23 days ago

                            Just saw Lacazette's pass.

                            Phwooar.

                          • SweepaKeepa
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 4 Years
                            2 months, 23 days ago

                            Ayew really wants a yellow card.

                          • seewhyaxe
                            • 3 Years
                            2 months, 23 days ago

                            Any Kun cappers here? Who are your VCs just in case?

                            1. HashAttack
                              • 3 Years
                              2 months, 23 days ago

                              Yes - Rashford

                            2. dunas_dog
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 4 Years
                              2 months, 23 days ago

                              Salah

                            3. Pukki Party
                              • 2 Years
                              2 months, 23 days ago

                              Vardy

                            4. Rust Cohle
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 2 Years
                              2 months, 23 days ago

                              Vardy

                          • HMC
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 9 Years
                            2 months, 23 days ago

                            Looking at Rashford to Firmino next week
                            Have Trent salah, can’t get Mane or Robbo without major surgery
                            Would you use second transfer to move out Guaita or roll (vs city) ahead of gw24?

                            1. Zlatanzo
                                2 months, 23 days ago

                                I will likely hold... run after City looks good

                              • Brosstan
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 5 Years
                                2 months, 23 days ago

                                Firmino is very punty. Bad value, has looked poor lately too.

                                1. HMC
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 9 Years
                                  2 months, 23 days ago

                                  Underperforming stats wise
                                  Will assess but likely can’t get other pool players (besides Gomez)
                                  Away form better too

                              • Camzy
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 9 Years
                                2 months, 23 days ago

                                In 14 games, Firmino has just 3 with attacking returns. Would not get him. Would consider major surgery to get Robbo or Mane instead.

                                1. HMC
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 9 Years
                                  2 months, 23 days ago

                                  On cue, Bobby scores vs Spurs
                                  He’s due and also scored twice in club World Cup
                                  Great differential imo

                            2. Chucky
                              • 6 Years
                              2 months, 23 days ago

                              Maddy starting?

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

                                Should be in the squad I think - if he’s not ready to start today I think he’ll at least be good for the next one

                                Rodgers declared him fit so should be good for the bench at least

                                1. Chucky
                                  • 6 Years
                                  2 months, 23 days ago

                                  Cheers

                              2. Arse Craic
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 10 Years
                                2 months, 23 days ago

                                Check back in an hr

                            3. Trophé Mourinho
                                2 months, 23 days ago

                                watching this game because I own Zaha is rubbish.

                                1. Marvin de Milo
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 3 Years
                                  2 months, 23 days ago

                                  Zaha has always been wildly overrated as far as I'm concerned.

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

                                    Moaniest poutiest player in the league too

                                    1. Blueberg
                                      • 4 Years
                                      2 months, 23 days ago

                                      I think Richarlison is.

                              • Dynamic Duos
                                • 6 Years
                                2 months, 23 days ago

                                Rashford and Jiminez to Aubameyang and Maupay?

                                1. FPL Pillars
                                  • 3 Years
                                  2 months, 23 days ago

                                  It’s still early keep yar kneejerks to yourself

                                  1. Dynamic Duos
                                    • 6 Years
                                    2 months, 23 days ago

                                    I just really like Aubameyang, I had earlier in the season and he was great for me, has great fixtures and I want a premium striker

                                    1. FPL Pillars
                                      • 3 Years
                                      2 months, 23 days ago

                                      Well then sounds like your mind is made up, but let’s see how the other two fair later 🙂

                              • ZeBestee
                                • 5 Years
                                2 months, 23 days ago

                                Arsenal showing grit and fight, how we have missed that!

                              • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 9 Years
                                2 months, 23 days ago

                                Palace are such a boring side. Zaha is the only one with the slightest bit of flair or creativity in there

                                1. Differentiator
                                  • 4 Years
                                  2 months, 23 days ago

                                  Forgetting Benteke?

                                  1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 9 Years
                                    2 months, 23 days ago

                                    He needs a move away, not sure what's happened to him

                                    Maybe a move abroad

                                2. Holmes
                                  • 6 Years
                                  2 months, 23 days ago

                                  I'm surprised how the manager has kept them in top 10, pretty good job.

                                  1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 9 Years
                                    2 months, 23 days ago

                                    I rate what hodgson has done. Definitely a solid team with a real lack of creativity and he's done well

                                  2. Pat Bonner
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 8 Years
                                    2 months, 23 days ago

                                    Hodgson does an amazing job of just keeping them in the league but the football is awful. If I was a palace fan I’d rather be challenging for the title in the championship and trying to play decent football. Prime example of money being more important than anything else

                              • Pariße
                                • 5 Years
                                2 months, 23 days ago

                                Sorry but how did Pepe get a yellow here and not McCarthy as the initiator? Borderline racism.

                                1. Pukki Party
                                  • 2 Years
                                  2 months, 23 days ago

                                  Pepe should have seen red

                                    • 5 Years
                                    2 months, 23 days ago

                                    Wise up

                                    1. Pukki Party
                                      • 2 Years
                                      2 months, 23 days ago

                                      As much of a kick as Son a few weeks back

                                      1. Klaren
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 2 Years
                                        2 months, 23 days ago

                                        Neither should be a red. Unless it’s a match played by 7 year old kids.

                                    2. JamieNumber4
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      2 months, 23 days ago

                                      He absolutely booted the Palace player. I saw him do it.

                                      1. Pariße
                                        • 5 Years
                                        2 months, 23 days ago

                                        Equity. Is McCarthy innocent?

                                      2. JamieNumber4
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        2 months, 23 days ago

                                        And no he wasn’t just trying to move while the Palace player held onto his legs before someone suggests that. It was vicious

                                        1. Arse Craic
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 10 Years
                                          2 months, 23 days ago

                                          Gone give him the red card then

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

                                            VARsenal

                                        2. Pu-li-sick (sic)
                                          • 2 Years
                                          2 months, 23 days ago

                                          He was just trying to move while the Palace player held on to his legs.

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

                                            It’s the most brutal act I’ve seen on a pitch since Vinnie Jones grabbed Gazza by the balls

                                            1. Arse Craic
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              • 10 Years
                                              2 months, 23 days ago

                                              Cantona vs Palace was far better

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

                                                Cantona kicks someone associated with Palace - 9 month ban. Pepe kicks someone associated with Palace. Yellow card

                                                Where’s the consistency?

                                  1. Holmes
                                    • 6 Years
                                    2 months, 23 days ago

                                    True that

                                2. Differentiator
                                  • 4 Years
                                  2 months, 23 days ago

                                  Borderline pathetic comment

                                3. SB8
                                  • 1 Year
                                  2 months, 23 days ago

                                  Have you already applied for a job in FA?

                                  1. Pariße
                                    • 5 Years
                                    2 months, 23 days ago

                                    They could use some of that expertise lol

                                4. JamieNumber4
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  2 months, 23 days ago

                                  I’m a lipreader and I saw Pepe tell McCarthy he was going to kick him just before he did it

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

                                Kolasinac in Aurier out?

                                1. Holmes
                                  • 6 Years
                                  2 months, 23 days ago

                                  Maybe wait for couple of weeks

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

                                    Yeah via Robertson DGW by the way

                                2. Pat Bonner
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 8 Years
                                  2 months, 23 days ago

                                  Looks a decent option with Tierney out for a couple of months

                              • in sane in de bruyne
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 3 Years
                                2 months, 23 days ago

                                How bad did Fabianskis injury look?

                                Fabianski -> McCarthy?

                                1. DA Minnion
                                  • 7 Years
                                  2 months, 23 days ago

                                  Didn't see it but if he had to go off then must have been bad enough. Can't trust him now anyway. Time to sell.

                                  1. in sane in de bruyne
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 3 Years
                                    2 months, 23 days ago

                                    True! Cheers.

                              • Differential (c)
                                • 4 Years
                                2 months, 23 days ago

                                Anti-AFTV chants really picking up.

                                "Arsenal Fan TV, get out of our club!"

                                1. Differential (c)
                                  • 4 Years
                                  2 months, 23 days ago

                                  Not now, but during the half.

                                2. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 9 Years
                                  2 months, 23 days ago

                                  I fear this gives aftv even further fire. They will use this for their own gain somehow

                                  1. Brosstan
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 5 Years
                                    2 months, 23 days ago

                                    At least they can no longer pretend to be acting with the club and the fans' interests first.

                                3. SADIO SANÉ
                                  • 4 Years
                                  2 months, 23 days ago

                                  good, bunch of helmets

                              • DA Minnion
                                • 7 Years
                                2 months, 23 days ago

                                I hate P E.

                                1. Brosstan
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 5 Years
                                  2 months, 23 days ago

                                  Fattie

                                  1. Differential (c)
                                    • 4 Years
                                    2 months, 23 days ago

                                    He plays for Barcelona.

                              • SADIO SANÉ
                                • 4 Years
                                2 months, 23 days ago

                                like Ozil pointing at Luiz after that goal, he knows

                              • Brosstan
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 5 Years
                                2 months, 23 days ago

                                There has only been one Palace game all season where either team scored more than 2 goals. Hodgson is the destroyer of football.

                                1. pingissimus
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 1 Year
                                  2 months, 23 days ago

                                  See last season too

                                  Until the 5-3 last match of the season Selhurst Park was going to break the record for least goals scored in PL history. Easy avoid of relegation into the bargain

                                1. Zlatanzo
                                    2 months, 23 days ago

                                    Thank for jinxing on behalf of all Guaita owners 🙁

                                    1. Tony Martial
                                      • 1 Year
                                      2 months, 23 days ago

                                      Wow you jinxed it 🙁