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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. Luka - Man Like Serbia
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    Come on Cenk!

  2. ZeBestee
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    Think its a serious foul play but unlucky for Auba as doesnt look like he did it intentionally.

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Nah, red card was right

      1. ZeBestee
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Yeah fair play by VAR.

    2. Tsparkes10
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Studs up and high. Right decision for sure

  3. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    Arteta team talk.......

  4. Differentiator
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    I LOVE VAR

  5. Wild Rover
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    Suddenly everyone loves VAR 😀

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Ha ha

  6. Twister Sunday
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    Some guy on here earlier said he dreamt of an Auba red! Don't suppose the lottery numbers cropped up? Wow!

    1. in sane in de bruyne
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Stunning

    2. Danno - Emre Canada
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Yeah and got a reply with the odds at 66-1 or something, inside trading, betting scam.

    3. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Yeah I remember that! amazing. 66-1

      1. Stejson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 20 days ago

        I got £10 on at 66-1 so I'm happy

        1. POLSKA GOLA
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Well done mate!

  7. Sailboats
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    Come on Palace. Get that winning goal

  8. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    Meyer so lucky his ankle wasn’t planted.

    Auba not the kind, just an unfortunate incident from a player who can’t tackle.

    VAR working wonders, again.

  9. badgerboy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    AFTV VAR special upcoming. All the expert insights on the new technology.

  10. Zilla
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    I swear I saw someone that said he dreamt that Auba got a RC

    1. SADIO SANÉ
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      the cow

    2. baps sniffer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      I read that also, correct. Someone also mentioned odds for that bet, 66 or close.

    3. how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Yep. Me!

      1. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Holy cow!

      2. Stram Dunk
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Please keep posting your dreams here.

      3. Twister Sunday
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Insane! Hope you took the 66-1! Any future dreams should be hulked!

    4. Wild Rover
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Not me, I dreamt my captain Aguero scored a brace within 5 minutes then realised I don’t even own him 🙁

    5. baps sniffer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Perhaps we dogs should bet when cows tell us their dreams 😉

  11. Jullepuu
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Palace have been defending quite well today. There could be some clean sheets in the near future

    • Van der Faart
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      VAR coming to the right decision but it took far longer than it should have

    • Ginkapo FPL
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Well that puts an end to my Auba temptation

    • tisza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      so 3300 people had already transferred in Auba before the game was even finished

      1. Woy_is_back
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Who the fark does things like that

        1. tisza
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          see 4300 already transferred him out 🙂

    • g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      3300 transfers in for Auba, whoops.

      1. FPL Pillars
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Amateurs

    • FPL Pillars
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Aubamredyang!!!

    • Hakim Ziyech
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 20 days ago

      I Love Var

    • dshv
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      1. Alli for Salah

      2. Rico or kelly for TAA ????

      (Have mane) .

      1. RamaJama
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        1

    • Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Wheres the Cow whose dream came true?

      1. how now brown cow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Trying to nod off dreaming of vardy

      2. baps sniffer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Above^

    • Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Cheers Auba wee brother's crying

    • woodsy1970
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Someone said they dreamt auba sent off on here this morning

    • olidooley
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Auba still on for 1 bonus?

    • pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Ayew steadily closing the gap on Firmino for non scoring forward - but cheaper of course

      1. RamaJama
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Still worth getting, or reduced pitch time when Tosun is here?

        1. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Roy is verrry conservative in changing things around. Ayew fits his system perfectly and - jokes aside - has a decent strike rate for a Palace striker

          1. RamaJama
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            So Think both Ayew and Tosun will play strikers together?

    • Stoic
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      KDB eo ?

      1. Forza Papac
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        111

      2. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        111.

    • Random Name
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      How bad can I insult Craig Pawson without the comment getting moderated

      1. Gudjohnsen
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        ?

      2. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Cock is allowed. Braindead r-word is too far.

    • Tsparkes10
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 20 days ago

      18.9 TSB for Aubam... Wow. I mean I don't know what that stands for but highly owned I guess

      1. My heart goes Salalalalah
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Teams Selected By

      2. Ginkapo FPL
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        % teams selected by

    • Pariße
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Obviours red, but VAR can change the interpretation a little, because in slow motion you can’t see that there was really no speed and intensity in the tackle.

    • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Tomori fail

    • Marvin de Milo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      I dreamt I was trapped inside an egg once and I was trying to break my way out.

      1. Hakim Ziyech
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 20 days ago

        😆

    • Smurf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      3 game ban?

      1. DaniCT
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Yup!

      2. HamezMace
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        They’re lucky they have Lacazette after he somehow avoid a red against Leeds last week.