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

    Actually would like a 0-0 or 0-1 in the TOT LIV game tbh

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

      I’m going, 3-1 spurs would be amazing

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

        Would be an insane upset lol

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

        Alli hat trick

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

      0-2 is my prediction

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

        What’s your Liverpool v United prediction for next week?

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

          I am afraid for the worse .....
          4-1 Pool atm. Our midfield is piss poor !!

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

    VERY early for team news, but he’s extremely reliable.

    #LFC v Spurs

    Alisson
    Trent Gomez Van Dijk Robertson
    Ox Henderson Wijnaldum
    Salah Firmino Mane

    Big day for the Ox!

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

      I have 3 players on THAT LW against Spurs.
      Hopefully Aurier has a mare game

    2. Syd.
      • 11 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      How is that team running away with the league

      #varconspiracy

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

      Ox playing very bad for Trent...

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

        I thought Hendo takes away the edge from him 😮

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

          Hendo on the pitch means Trent is only the 2nd best passer 😉

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

            After VVD that is 😉

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

          Ox plays so wide, he takes up the positions Trent usually does, so Trend ends up playing deeper and doesnt get into crossing positions.

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

            Hmm
            Hopefully another ok'ish game then for ox to leave final quarter for Taa to get something

    4. Marvin.com
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      In fairness almost anybody could predict that lineup, particularly with Fab, Milner and Keita all out.

  3. Arteta
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 4 days ago

    Two points dropped again. Meh.

    1. Syd.
      • 11 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      More like a point gained

  4. Feed tha Sheep
    • 7 Years
    6 months, 4 days ago

    Would Alli & Maddison > Mane & Fleck/Cantwell be a good move? (Have salah & TAA)

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

      Wouldnt sell Maddy. Not interested in double Liv def instead?

      1. Feed tha Sheep
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 4 days ago

        That’s the plan B- Rico & Alli > Robertson & Grealish?

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

          Prefer that to be honest. Not a fan of destroying a team to bring Mane/Mo

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

      with dgw in mind yes, longterm no

    3. Effe
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Yes with Cantwell

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

    Are liverpool expected to strengthen in January? Like with a first team player?

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

      No.

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

      No

    3. Marvin.com
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Minamino already joined. I would be amazed if anyone else of note came in.

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

        Fair. I've always thought (no revelation or anything) middle of the park is by far their weakest link, but tbf Fabinho Hendo and Ox/Wij have been much improved as a unit this season. Point remains though, that or second CB, but again Gomez playing really well

        1. Kun Tozser
          • 5 Years
          6 months, 4 days ago

          Gomez has been great

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

            .... I know

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

          Fabinho, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Keita, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Milner, Lallana. They've got plenty in midfield.

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

      You mean other than Takumi Minamino

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

        Yes - but for one I wouldn't class him as an A-lister type, and also won't be a first team regular for now anyway

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

      Do they need anything ?
      I don't think so. Juggernaut of a team atm

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

      They badly need to

      They look like a team crying out for investment for sure - if their form was any worse they’d be relegation candidates

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

    Auba still picking up a BAP

    1. Chenku╰☆╮
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      such a shame

    2. Syd.
      • 11 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Yip

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

        What a great system is bonus point system is

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

          The lack of quality in the game is the real problem.

          +24 BPS for his goal.

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

          The system is fine and fair for all.

          No one managed to outperform Auba enough to push him out of top 3, despite him losing points for RC, not his problem.

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

      If the Palace goal goes down as an OG he might get all 3

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

      Sympathy bap for Auba

  7. SoapAFC
      6 months, 4 days ago

      So now Auba is out for two games, looks like it's freed up the possibility of bringing in the 3x pool, best way of doing it?

      pope
      Taa - lund - soy
      kdb - mane - traore - alli
      ings - auba - vardy

      auba - 7.3m forward or below
      alli - salah?

      or something else..

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

        Yep, that seems obvious

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

        Is Jimmy affordable? If not then Auba to DCL, Alli to Salah. Gives you plenty ITB too

        1. SoapAFC
            6 months, 4 days ago

            .2 of jimi unfortunately.. so dcl seems only option

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

        Ayew 7 fouls conceded, no yellow

        Might be a pl record

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

          Fernandinho has done that hundreds of times.

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

            But but, attacking football. Genius manager.

        2. SoapAFC
            6 months, 4 days ago

            joke, swear refs have been extra harsh against players fouling arsenal players this season (auba's challenge was a red card)

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

              Was a red card no doubt but palace got away with everything

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

              Have you watched Xhaka lately?

          • TAT
            • 2 Years
            6 months, 4 days ago

            It's certainly the most fouls without a card this season.

          • Arteta
            • 4 Years
            6 months, 4 days ago

            Complete and utter bullshit.

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

            Good to see more Arsenal fans and less of the biased haters

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

          Ole should retire if they cant beat this Pukki-less Norwich side.

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

            Yes. And especially if they're beaten by them.

          2. Marvin.com
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            6 months, 4 days ago

            I'd quite like him still there for Liverpool Utd next week.

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

              To mastermind another draw? 😉

              1. Marvin.com
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                6 months, 4 days ago

                Touché.

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

                United won’t have VAR on their side in Anfield, unlike the game earlier this season 😉

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

                  You mean ........
                  😛

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

            Careful... united fans will be on you any moment

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

              The United fans on here arent that deluded, except a select few

        4. Hybrid.power
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          6 months, 4 days ago

          I hope Idah does well for Norwich today. The Irish team need some stars for the future

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

            Iran, Connolly, Obafemi not a bad little pool of strikers emerging

            Parrott if he would move away & start getting minutes

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

              *Idah not Iran

              Iran doesn’t need any more strikers

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

                Ha ha ha ha
                Hell of a strike the other day ....

        5. SoapAFC
            6 months, 4 days ago

            likelyhood of ayew goal being deemd an own goal on fpl?

            1. badgerboy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              6 months, 4 days ago

              The commentator said that the goal had been officially given to Ayew a few minutes after it was scored.

            2. Monkey Hanger
              • 6 Years
              6 months, 4 days ago

              Zero

          • olidooley
            • 7 Years
            6 months, 4 days ago

            KDB captain next week?

            1. I Member
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              6 months, 4 days ago

              Salah

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

              Vardy

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

              KDB, Salah or Vardy

          • Ginkapo FPL
            • 8 Years
            6 months, 4 days ago

            How is that a red card? Auba wasnt aiming for his ankle

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

              Have to be fishing.

            2. Monkey Hanger
              • 6 Years
              6 months, 4 days ago

              Could of killed him. 🙂

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

              Players need to be chipped so we can finally know intent and ban the real cheats instead of the honest and unlucky grafters

          • Bam Bam Bigelow
            • 4 Years
            6 months, 4 days ago

            Martial + Rashford to:
            A - Salah + DCL (-4)
            B - Salah + Ings (-8)

            1. badgerboy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              6 months, 4 days ago

              Why don't you just wait for the following week and do it for free.

              1. Bam Bam Bigelow
                • 4 Years
                6 months, 4 days ago

                Or that. Will see how Man U get on today

          • TOPCAT1960
            • 3 Years
            6 months, 4 days ago

            Cantwell in trouble in warm up !

            1. TOPCAT1960
              • 3 Years
              6 months, 4 days ago

              false alarm ...looks to have run it off

          • jia you jia you
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            6 months, 4 days ago

            Rashford + Martial owners unite!!

          • Trophé Mourinho
              6 months, 4 days ago

              why people post updates for games when they get news via carrier pigeon, please dont bother. Look at the time and realise your stream is ten mins behind thanks and stop making false goal calls for offsides

              1. Ole Trafford
                • 7 Years
                6 months, 4 days ago

                Just watch the game yourself and don’t be reading the comments on here then and you won’t need updates.

            • Twisted Saltergater
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              6 months, 4 days ago

              Abraham G

            • woodsy1970
              • 5 Years
              6 months, 4 days ago

              Leicester look poor today

            • Trophé Mourinho
                6 months, 3 days ago

                horror week, again -_-