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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. Cilly Bonnolly
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 26 days ago

    That’s a red that.

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 26 days ago

      Agreed

    2. JamieNumber4
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 26 days ago

      If it was a Utd player it never would have been given.

      1. POLSKA GOLA
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 26 days ago

        This

      2. Cilly Bonnolly
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 26 days ago

        Oh shut up.

        1. POLSKA GOLA
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 26 days ago

          Truth hurts?

          1. Cilly Bonnolly
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            4 months, 26 days ago

            What have United got to do with anything? You’re sitting watching a Palace - Arsenal game and you’re immediately frothing at the mouth, raging at hypothetical situations involving United. That’s not healthy mate.

        2. JamieNumber4
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          4 months, 26 days ago

          Lol you used to support them?

  2. Roten Teufel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 26 days ago

    Whose facial expressions are more entertaining?

    A) Phil Jones
    B) Roy Hodgson

  3. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 26 days ago

    Crazy tackle from auba

  4. Over Midwicket
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 26 days ago

    Should and will be a red.

  5. Gudjohnsen
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 26 days ago

    Scandal if he gets away with it

  6. Whats the Huth
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 26 days ago

    Ayew second on my bench. Yay

    1. A girl has no name
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 26 days ago

      First on the bench for me 🙁

  7. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 26 days ago

    Auba red

  8. Sailboats
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 26 days ago

    Auba should be sent off. Disgusting from him

  9. badgerboy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 26 days ago

    Auba running as far away from the ref as he can 😀

    1. Jullepuu
      4 months, 26 days ago

      Haha nice

    2. Stejson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 26 days ago

      Did you put 50p on?

      1. how now brown cow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 26 days ago

        Unfortunately not.

        No idea why I dreamt about this.

    3. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 26 days ago

      That's crazy

    4. Stram Dunk
      4 months, 26 days ago

      wow

    5. mrodgers91
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 26 days ago

      Though of that post soon as I saw the card

    6. Amey
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 26 days ago

      Go to sleep again and Dream and hattrick now please 😀

    7. Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 26 days ago

      Martial hatrick also in that dream?

    8. panda07
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 26 days ago

      Lol, have you had any more dreams lately that we should know about?

    9. Stejson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 26 days ago

      I put a cheeky tenner on so I'm happy

      1. how now brown cow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 26 days ago

        Fair play!

    10. Rhodes your boat
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 26 days ago

      Ahahaha! Thought of this straight away!

      1. Rhodes your boat
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 26 days ago

        Had a dream few days ago cantwell got a hattrick... we will see. Hopefully not as a non owner

  10. Luka - Man Like Serbia
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 26 days ago

    Come on ref, how can it take this long? if it was one of ours he would be red.

  11. in sane in de bruyne
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 26 days ago

    Looks like a red to me

  12. circusmonkey
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 26 days ago

    Red lol

  13. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 26 days ago

    Auba to Kane done

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 26 days ago

      -4 🙂

  14. Gudjohnsen
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 26 days ago

    Right call

  15. how now brown cow
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 26 days ago

    I am psychic

  16. DAZZ
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 26 days ago

    Auba RED

  17. Luka - Man Like Serbia
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 26 days ago

    Terrible foul, poor Max 🙁

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 26 days ago

      Potential leg breaker

  18. Jullepuu
    4 months, 26 days ago

    Send him to the dressing room already

  19. Gudjohnsen
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 26 days ago

    Arsenal players can't say anything about that.
    Blatant red card.

  20. Monkey Hanger
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 26 days ago

    AUBA OUT FOR 3.

    1. circusmonkey
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 26 days ago

      Might as well leave now to a decent team.

  21. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 26 days ago

    Deserved. Horrible tackle.

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 26 days ago

      Agreed

  22. Tsparkes10
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 26 days ago

    No pierre against us hehehe. Let's gooo

  23. dshv
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 26 days ago

    1. Alli for Salah

    2. Rico or kelly for TAA ????

    (Have mane)

  24. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 26 days ago

    Wouldn't be surprised if Auba still got 3 bonus lol

  25. Amey
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 26 days ago

    Well done VAR

  26. Reiger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 26 days ago

    Meyer lucky ankle wasn’t cracked on that one

  27. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 26 days ago

    Laca essential?

  28. Over Midwicket
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 26 days ago

    Wait, Tosun plays for palace??

    1. Luka - Man Like Serbia
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 26 days ago

      Yeah, signed yesterday on loan

      1. Ginkapo FPL
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 26 days ago

        What else have we missed?

    2. ljuta zena
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 26 days ago

      As someone said earlier, they need cover for nonscorer forward

  29. DAZZ
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 26 days ago

    Bye bye PEA 🙂 auba owners in shambles haha

    1. Over Midwicket
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 26 days ago

      Nice post that

      1. Danno - Emre Canada
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 26 days ago

        Charming eh. 3 points could be a win with some potential blanks this GW

      2. DAZZ
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 26 days ago

        Im just bitter because i had Son (c) for his red 🙁