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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
    6 months, 2 days ago

    Auba is so good. Best striker in the league.

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

      No

    2. Simmering Marv'
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 2 days ago

      *Vardy

    3. El Presidente
      6 months, 2 days ago

      No. Aguero

  2. Woy_is_back
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 2 days ago

    Guiata 🙁

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

      🙁

    2. El Presidente
      6 months, 2 days ago

      Guaita

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

    Kane to Auba done

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

      Same 😉 but before deadline

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

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

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

      Hope not, need more pts from auba

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

        Spurs fan asking for more goals from Arsenal

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

          It's just good business 😉

        2. El Presidente
          6 months, 2 days ago

          Ah ah ah

  5. FPL Pillars
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 2 days ago

    The palace is breached! Sound the alarm

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

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

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

      Same.. I think

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

    Gunners don't deserve Auba

    1. UTD - HATED, ADORED, BUT NE…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 months, 2 days ago

      We’re taking him off their hands this month.

  8. Gudjohnsen
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 2 days ago

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

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

      Not disagreeing

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

      He would get played in the centre too.

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

        Max bonus

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

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

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

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

      1. UTD - HATED, ADORED, BUT NE…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        6 months, 2 days ago

        Better than Henderson imo

      2. El Presidente
        6 months, 2 days ago

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

    5. ZeBestee
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 2 days ago

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

  9. Budweiser
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 2 days ago

    Guaita is a waste of space

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

      Then hes not a good pick.

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

      Still he’s outperforming salah

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

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

      1. Trophé Mourinho
        6 months, 2 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
          6 months, 2 days ago

          im impatient.

          1. Trophé Mourinho
            6 months, 2 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

    4. Nomar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 2 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
        6 months, 2 days ago

        yea this, Jimi over him is so much better imo

        1. Nomar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          6 months, 2 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
            6 months, 2 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.

    5. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 2 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
        • 8 Years
        6 months, 2 days ago

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

  11. Trophé Mourinho
    6 months, 2 days ago

    i still own zaha 🙁

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

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

      1. Trophé Mourinho
        6 months, 2 days ago

        its been awful

  12. Gudjohnsen
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 2 days ago

    Time to consider Arsenal players in FPL.

    What's the world coming to

  13. Differentiator
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 2 days ago

    Where are my Tammy (C) buddies at?

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

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

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

      The men in the white coats got to them already

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

        Haha 😀

    3. Zlatanzo
      6 months, 2 days ago

      Too much of a differentiator for me

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

      Can we still be friends with VC?

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

        no

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

      Here mate.

    6. El Presidente
      6 months, 2 days ago

      Nowhere to be found.

  14. Random Name
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 2 days ago

    Just saw Lacazette's pass.

    Phwooar.

  15. SweepaKeepa
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 2 days ago

    Ayew really wants a yellow card.

  16. seewhyaxe
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 2 days ago

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

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

      Yes - Rashford

    2. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 2 days ago

      Salah

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

      Vardy

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

      Vardy

  17. HMC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    6 months, 2 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
      6 months, 2 days ago

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

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

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

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

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

    3. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 2 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
        6 months, 2 days ago

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

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

    Maddy starting?

    1. UTD - HATED, ADORED, BUT NE…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 months, 2 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
        6 months, 2 days ago

        Cheers

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

      Check back in an hr

  19. Trophé Mourinho
    6 months, 2 days ago

    watching this game because I own Zaha is rubbish.

    1. Simmering Marv'
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 2 days ago

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

      1. UTD - HATED, ADORED, BUT NE…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        6 months, 2 days ago

        Moaniest poutiest player in the league too

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

          I think Richarlison is.

  20. Dynamic Duos
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 2 days ago

    Rashford and Jiminez to Aubameyang and Maupay?

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

      It’s still early keep yar kneejerks to yourself

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

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

  21. ZeBestee
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 2 days ago

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

  22. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    6 months, 2 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
      6 months, 2 days ago

      Forgetting Benteke?

      1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        6 months, 2 days ago

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

        Maybe a move abroad

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

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

      1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        6 months, 2 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
        • 9 Years
        6 months, 2 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

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

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

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

      Pepe should have seen red

        • 5 Years
        6 months, 2 days ago

        Wise up

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

          As much of a kick as Son a few weeks back

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

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

        2. UTD - HATED, ADORED, BUT NE…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          6 months, 2 days ago

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

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

            Equity. Is McCarthy innocent?

          2. UTD - HATED, ADORED, BUT NE…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            6 months, 2 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
              6 months, 2 days ago

              Gone give him the red card then

              1. UTD - HATED, ADORED, BUT NE…
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                6 months, 2 days ago

                VARsenal

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

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

              1. UTD - HATED, ADORED, BUT NE…
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                6 months, 2 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
                  6 months, 2 days ago

                  Cantona vs Palace was far better

                  1. UTD - HATED, ADORED, BUT NE…
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    6 months, 2 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
        6 months, 2 days ago

        True that

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

      Borderline pathetic comment

    3. SB8
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 2 days ago

      Have you already applied for a job in FA?

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

        They could use some of that expertise lol

    4. UTD - HATED, ADORED, BUT NE…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 months, 2 days ago

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

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

    Kolasinac in Aurier out?

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

      Maybe wait for couple of weeks

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

        Yeah via Robertson DGW by the way

    2. Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 2 days ago

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

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

    How bad did Fabianskis injury look?

    Fabianski -> McCarthy?

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

        True! Cheers.

  26. Differential (c)
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 2 days ago

    Anti-AFTV chants really picking up.

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

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

      Not now, but during the half.

    2. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 2 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
        6 months, 2 days ago

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

    3. SADIO SANÉ
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 2 days ago

      good, bunch of helmets

  27. DA Minnion
    • 7 Years
    6 months, 2 days ago

    I hate P E.

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

      Fattie

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

        He plays for Barcelona.

  28. SADIO SANÉ
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 2 days ago

    like Ozil pointing at Luiz after that goal, he knows

  29. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 2 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
      6 months, 2 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
      6 months, 2 days ago

      Thank for jinxing on behalf of all Guaita owners 🙁

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

        Wow you jinxed it 🙁