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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. Bobby Digital
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 26 days ago

    Gooo Martial!

  2. No Totti No Party
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 26 days ago

    Took Kane, out for months, replaced with Auba, red. Not sure who to “kill”next...

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

      Aguero

      1. No Totti No Party
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 26 days ago

        I like him a lot, but maybe will finish him yeah

    2. Fred54
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 26 days ago

      Cool kids got Aguero for Kane.

    3. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 26 days ago

      Ings please

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

      Mane

      1. Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 26 days ago

        not before my TC DGW

    5. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 26 days ago

      I'd say kill Ings but I think I'm finally getting him next GW, for Rashford

    6. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 26 days ago

      Aguero has to be the next move

  3. Tony Martial
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 26 days ago

    Guaita 3 points 🙂

  4. diesel001
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 26 days ago

    Lacazette YC

    1. Fred54
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 26 days ago

      Excessive twerking is punishable?

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

    Triple liverpool or Mane & Trent enough?

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

      Triple is a must

    2. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 26 days ago

      At least Gomez to add ... two games for Pool not bad at all

      1. Silecro
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 26 days ago

        Have exact funds to do Rashford & Alli > Maupay & Salah (-4), maybe that?

        1. Jurgen Flopp
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 26 days ago

          Rashford to Maupay GW23
          Alli to Salah GW24

          1. Silecro
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 26 days ago

            Will depend on probability of Salah & Alli price change, for that option cant afford even 0.1 change, but yeah that is the plan

      2. The Wise Owl
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 26 days ago

        Lovren and Matip returning to fitness.

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

      Triple

  6. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 26 days ago

    Guaita loves getting dodgy double saves, 1st Brighton now here.

    1. Jurgen Flopp
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 26 days ago

      Stop whining

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

      Beginning to be quite obvious who those OPTA guys have in their team

  7. Pukki Party
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 26 days ago

    Martinelli at 4.5 for next 3 anyone?

    1. TAT
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 26 days ago

      As a bench option or starter?

      1. Pukki Party
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 26 days ago

        Rotation option with Holgate Kelly

        1. TAT
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 26 days ago

          Difficult to say how the linup will be with Auba out though. Martinelli is obviously a talent, but I expect he'll be rotated with Nelson, possibly.

    2. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 26 days ago

      Next 2. Auba will miss a cup tie to make it three games out

      1. Pukki Party
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 26 days ago

        Cheers good info

    3. Ronny Sandstone
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 26 days ago

      Thinking this myself now too

    4. Zlatanzo
        4 months, 26 days ago

        Would rather Greenwood long term than to play around with bench fodder transfers.

    5. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 26 days ago

      Zaha streetwise

    6. Vimes (No Arsenal Players)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 26 days ago

      So with Fab potentially injured and with some horrible fixtures anyway, a keeper change seems sensible. 1m itb. Have Soy so don't really want Shmeichel as a double up. Who's the best bet?

      1. Leander De Doncker
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 26 days ago

        McC

      2. Soto Ayam
          4 months, 26 days ago

          Ryan, McCarthy

        • Top Lad Dakes.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 26 days ago

          Trying to figure that as well - thinking Foster or probably Ryan, though maybe McCarthy if he's good today.

          got Martin on my bench

      3. Wild Rover
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 26 days ago

        Save point 😎

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

        No booking for Zaha

        1. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 26 days ago

          English bias.

          1. One Wheels Enough
              4 months, 26 days ago

              zzzzzzzzzzzzz

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

          Shame Zaha doesnt have that British passport

          1. Jurgen Flopp
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 26 days ago

            He's shite

            1. Simmering Marv'
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 26 days ago

              You've missed the joke.

            2. Hot Toddy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              4 months, 26 days ago

              Accurate

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

          If we get battered again I might seriously consider calling in sick the whole week ngl.

          1. Top Lad Dakes.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 26 days ago

            2-0 would be ok - JV brace Madderz assist and big Caglar with a CS.

            Also hopes Ings looks threatening, may finally be going there next week

          2. Zlatanzo
              4 months, 26 days ago

              Forms been great recently, calm down

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

            Lacatalent blanks again.

          4. Top Lad Dakes.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 26 days ago

            Anyone else thinking may as well TC Mane (or Salah if you have) for the DGW?

            Seems pretty perfect time to use it. Probably will fail in that case, but 😆

            1. RamaJama
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              4 months, 26 days ago

              Yes

            2. Soto Ayam
                4 months, 26 days ago

                Tc taa I'm thinking

                1. Top Lad Dakes.
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  4 months, 26 days ago

                  could be awesome, could be an extremely unlucky 12 pts is the riskier thing with defenders

                  1. Soto Ayam
                      4 months, 26 days ago

                      You're quite right. I just don't see away to wolves and away to palace as being goal fest and both games could be low scoring; hence taa. However, if LFC look busy away to spurs today I could be forced to change my mind haha

                      1. Top Lad Dakes.
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        4 months, 26 days ago

                        second game as at hammers - that'll be a mauling

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

                  I see 0 reason not to.

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

                    Vardy might have a better DGW

                    1. Brendan95
                      • 4 Years
                      4 months, 26 days ago

                      What is the potential DGW for Vardy?

                3. Brendan95
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 26 days ago

                  Is there any fixture congestion for Liverpool around that time with cup games? Basically, is there a risk of someone like Salah or Mane being rested in one of the games?

                4. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  4 months, 26 days ago

                  Neither West Ham nor Wolves look like whipping boys at the minute but it could onbviouslt work well...

                  Personally though I reckon Vardy in a DGW is a better bet

                  Or even more intruigingly - since he returned from injury last season, TAA has clocked 33 returns in his last 30 starts (12 CS, 19A, 2G)

                  To put that into perspective - Mane has 30 returns in his last 30, and Mo has 23 in his last 30

              • Differentiator
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 26 days ago

                Nelson benchblocker

                Haw Haw

              • Rainer
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 26 days ago

                Ayew hurting

                1. Twisted Saltergater
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  4 months, 26 days ago

                  Had a bad back last week, but fine now, thanks.

                2. Simmering Marv'
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  4 months, 26 days ago

                  Just numb these days.

                3. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  4 months, 26 days ago

                  Yes

              • Dynamic Duos
                • 6 Years
                4 months, 26 days ago

                Tomori and Rashford to Robbo and Ings ?

              • Differentiator
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 26 days ago

                Xhaka YC immunity continues

              • Random Name
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 26 days ago

                Fred54 and guy with the duck gravatar just can’t help themselves lol.

                Every time I make a comment, guaranteed 2 replies from them calling “troll”

                1. Fred54
                  • 5 Years
                  4 months, 26 days ago

                  I called you Zoolander actually because of some criminal fashion statements.

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

                  Troll

                3. Simmering Marv'
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  4 months, 26 days ago

                  Troll.

                4. diesel001
                  • 3 Years
                  4 months, 26 days ago

                  If the cap fits and all that....

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

                  Theres some people who get butthurt and never let it go. I have a group of 4-5 fans who treat me the same.

                  1. Random Name
                    • 4 Years
                    4 months, 26 days ago

                    Yeah it gets to them. You don’t see me replying to anyone because I couldn’t care less haha

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

                      Exactly the same for me... Just dont understand how people can carry grudges over offhanded comments about a casuals luck based game online.

                6. Random Name
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 26 days ago

                  This was a good one. I’m struggling to reel them all in

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

                  Were you the guy who has been talking up Laca for the past 2 1/2 years?

              • Fred54
                • 5 Years
                4 months, 26 days ago

                #ArtetaOut trending yet?

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

                Any ideas for this lot here?
                Maybe Ramsdale -> Ryan?

                Ramsdale.
                TAA, Soyuncu, Holgate.
                Grealish, KDB, Mane, Salah.
                Maupay, Abraham, Vardy.
                Stek, Lundstram, Dendoncker, Williams.
                2 ft's, 0.2m ITB.

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

                  Ive just brought Ramsdale in this week because of his fixtures..
                  Why you don't want him anymore?

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

                    I did Ramsdale to Ryan this GW. Why? Eyetest, Bournemoth are out of form.

              • diesel001
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 26 days ago

                1-1 FT

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

                  Perfect for non-owners.
                  Not so for me as rival had Ayew 😀

              • Pariße
                • 5 Years
                4 months, 26 days ago

                Ironic chanting by CP fans, when Zaha and McCarthy were trying to fool the ref more than anything else throughout the game.

              • Tony Martial
                • 1 Year
                4 months, 26 days ago

                Will take the 3 points Guaita..

                1. Soto Ayam
                    4 months, 26 days ago

                    He'll be busy at city next week. I'm keeping him though

                2. Top Lad Dakes.
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  4 months, 26 days ago

                  Not the worst result in fairness, Palace having a good season (much better than Gunners), are at home, and solid defensively.

                  Big problems now with Auba out.

                  1. TAT
                    • 2 Years
                    4 months, 26 days ago

                    Arsenal will be near relegation without Auba.

                3. fish&chips
                  • 9 Years
                  4 months, 26 days ago

                  Don't mean to dampen the mood lads, but every time I've watched my captain live this season they've blanked (5 out of 5)....TV is setup ready to go with Vardy (c).... let's hope for a change of fortune.

                  1. Top Lad Dakes.
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    4 months, 26 days ago

                    turn it off then

                  2. diesel001
                    • 3 Years
                    4 months, 26 days ago

                    Just coincidence.

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

                    I’m hoping your tv breaks

                    1. Zlatanzo
                        4 months, 26 days ago

                        Cmon that's harsh and costly

                        1. HamezMace
                          • 5 Years
                          4 months, 26 days ago

                          I take FPL very seriously

                          1. fish&chips
                            • 9 Years
                            4 months, 26 days ago

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

                      Don't change the channel.
                      He's my v© 😛

                    3. Zlatanzo
                        4 months, 26 days ago

                        don't need a TV then, unplug it

                      • sunzip14
                        • 3 Years
                        4 months, 26 days ago

                        Change the fortune but do not change the channel to Utd game!

                        Sincerely,
                        (Martial Captainer)

                      • Arteta
                        • 4 Years
                        4 months, 26 days ago

                        If you could do something else for 2 hours that'd be great.

                      • Holmes
                        • 6 Years
                        4 months, 26 days ago

                        Watch Chelsea game instead, everyone will be happy 😉

                      • fish&chips
                        • 9 Years
                        4 months, 26 days ago

                        Well it's not a blank but I feel I still need to apologise. Sorry guys.

                    4. Coys96
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      4 months, 26 days ago

                      Auba 1 bonus?

                      1. Twisted Saltergater
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 10 Years
                        4 months, 26 days ago

                        Amazingly, yes

                    5. Twisted Saltergater
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      4 months, 26 days ago

                      Man Utd players wearing Chinese dragon training tops smh

                      When you’re not gaining results on the pitch I guess you have to resort to any tactic to retain your fan base.

                    6. olidooley
                      • 7 Years
                      4 months, 26 days ago

                      Vardy blank is critical coming up....own him of course

                      1. Syd.
                        • 10 Years
                        4 months, 26 days ago

                        Southampton will be out to prove a point

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

                          Yep

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

                        Same here despite owning. Top 2 in ML have Vardy but I am gambling on Aguero to catch up ground