Scout Notes

Aubameyang red card masks Arsenal progress under Arteta

Crystal Palace 1-1 Arsenal

Goals: Jordan Ayew (£5.0m) | Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£10.8m)

Assists: Cheikhou Kouyate (£4.9m) | Alexandre Lacazette (£9.3m)

Bonus Points: Ayew x3 Kouyate x2 Aubameyang x1

Jordan Ayew (£5.0m) rescued a point for Crystal Palace against a dogged, and arguably unlucky, Arsenal.

Fantasy managers looking for further evidence of Mikel Arteta’s benign influence on the Gunners found it in abundance during the first half at Selhurst Park.

The visitors controlled the match up until the break, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£10.8m) giving them a deserved lead when he produced a no-nonsense finish from Alexandre Lacazette‘s (£9.3m) astute pass.

Arsenal under their new manager are already a mile away from the disjointed mess they were towards the end of Unai Emery’s reign, with left-back Sead Kolasinac‘s (£5.2m) frequent forays down the flank covered by Granit Xhaka (£5.1m) and the entire team defending as a unit when required.

But a combination of the high wind and Palace’s standard obduracy meant the Gunners couldn’t turn their early fluency into a second goal.

And everything changed after half-time.

The influential Lucas Torreira (£4.7m) had to be replaced at the break, with Arteta’s initial diagnosis a vague one.

“It looks like (an injury). He had to come off at half-time. I don’t know (what it is). I’ll have to check with the doctor.” – Mikel Arteta

What did become clear was how well Torreira and Xhaka had nullified Palace’s midfield, because without the Uruguayan, Arsenal struggled to contain their hosts, who were level within ten minutes of the restart.

Cheikhou Kouyaté (£4.9m) fed Ayew, whose shot took a big deflection off David Luiz (£5.7m) on its way past Bernd Leno (£5.0m).

Things then turned from bad to worse for Arsenal when Aubameyang was shown a red card, following an intervention by VAR, for a challenge on Max Meyer (£5.2m) that might have been lacking in malice, but was definitely mistimed and decidedly ugly.

The Arsenal coach had no complaints with the decision.

“I just watched it and it looked nasty, to be fair. Knowing Auba, there’s no intention to make such a tackle. Hopefully, he hasn’t been injured and we are sorry for that. The decision was made and we have to accept it.” – Mikel Arteta

His Palace counterpart, Roy Hodgson, was not so hopeful that Meyer had escaped without injury.

“The position of his ankle as the challenge comes in is not a pleasant thing to see. I’d be very surprised if there isn’t any ligament damage there, but we won’t know that until Monday.” – Roy Hodgson

Pre-Arteta Arsenal might well have crumbled after the dismissal, but there was none of that at Selhurst Park.

They rode their luck when a looping header from James Tomkins (£5.0m) had to be cleared off the line, but even better chances came at the other end, with Nicolas Pépé (£9.1m) seeing his shot brilliantly tipped onto the post by Vicente Guaita (£5.1m), who then bravely saved the rebound at Lacazette’s feet.

A win would probably have flattered the Gunners, but their defensive solidity was generally impressive – Ainsley Maitland-Niles (£4.6m) did a particularly good job keeping Wilfried Zaha (£6.8m) very quiet – and their front three are likely to prosper against less well-drilled opponents.

Unfortunately for Fantasy managers, the most in-form of that trio, Aubameyang, won’t be adding to his three goals from the last four Gameweeks as he’ll now be suspended for the next three matches.

Arsenal have a very attractive long-term schedule, but investing in their improved defence still feels risky on the evidence of Arteta’s first three league games in charge.

Lacazette and Pepe might step up in the absence of Aubameyang, but Mesut Ozil (£7.2m) was little more than a bit-part player against Palace.

As for Roy Hodgson’s side, their defenders remain the best bet for points as they embark on a good eight-match run during which the first fixture, away at Manchester City, is by far and away the toughest test.

Zaha continues to be a misfiring luxury, while new loan signing Cenk Tosun (£5.7m) was starved of service during his 22-minute debut – a state of affairs he will probably have to get used to when playing for a side who’ve managed a league-worst 213 attempts this season.

Crystal Palace XI (4-5-1): Guaita; Riedewald, Cahill, Tomkins, M Kelly; Zaha, McCarthy, McArthur, Kouyaté, Meyer (Tosun 68′); Ayew.

Arsenal XI (4-2-3-1): Leno; Kolasinac, D Luiz, Sokratis, Maitland-Niles; Xhaka, Torreira (Guendouzi 46′); Aubameyang, Özil (Martinelli 70′), Pépé; Lacazette (Nelson 90+2′).

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2,782 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Coys96
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 27 days ago

    Best budget striker:

    1. Maupay
    2. Deeney
    3. Deulofeu
    4. DCL

    Think I like Maupay, the fixtures are brilliant

    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      I own maupay. Anyone know how he did today?

    2. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Mauoay I guess but none are compelling

    3. Stram Dunk
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Maupay for me as well

    4. Coys96
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Thanks all

    5. Chasing Waves
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Deeney for me. On pens and Watford looking decent of late.

      1. Coys96
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        ty

    6. Whats the Huth
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Ayew?

      1. Whats the Huth
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        But Deeney from your list

        1. Coys96
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          thanku

  2. DALEDOBACK
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Jiminez owners. Keeping or selling? Thinking of replacing with Tammy or DCL. Thoughts?

      1. FPL Pillars
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Keeping for next game and reaccess

      2. radawson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Sold for Ings

      3. Whats the Huth
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        I’m not a owner. But if you don’t have ings. Swap around. Otherwise. Keep

    • Fantasyamateur
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Pope
      TAA - Lundstram - Soyuncu
      Mane - Cantwell - Maddison - Richarlison
      DCL - Vardy - Rashford

      Bench: Stekelenburg, James, Rico, Reid.

      5M ITB and 1FT.

      Plan:
      GW23: Rashford to Maupay.
      GW24: James to Salah.

      Ings probably coming on for DCL in GW26/27.. His next few games is against quite tight defenses so don't really fancy him THAT much.

    • Pjota Lamas
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Hi! What to do with this lot?

      2 FT
      1.4 ITB

      Ryan
      TAA / Soy / Lund
      Salah / KDB / Martial / Grealish
      Vardy / Rashford / Jimmy

      Button // Cantwell / Rico / Kelly

      I'm thinking either:
      A) KDB + Jimmy —> Mane + Ings (+ 0.1 ITB) (hold KDB for CRY GW23)

      B) Martial + Rashford —> Mane + DCL (+ 0.2 ITB)

      C) Martial + Vardy —> Mane + Ings (0 ITB - have to do this tonight..)

      1. JT11fc
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 27 days ago

        B

    • Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Just keep dropping despite team looking good... Can't catch a break this season

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Snap! Tough few weeks

      2. Ask Yourself
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        You’re telling me... year of the casual. I don’t even know what I’ve done right

      3. Rock n Grohl
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Yep same here, my league is upside down from the usual suspects. Finding it difficult to catch up.

      4. Whats the Huth
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        How’s your team looking?

    • RAFA THE GAFFA
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Would you do this for a -4 hit or just the first two and then Ings after Maupay plays Villa Home?

      Fab+Aurier+Maupay >> McCarthy+Holgate+Ings

      Fab
      TAA • Söyüncü • Lundstram
      KDB(C) • Salah • Mané • Richarlison • Grealish
      Vardy • Maupay
      (McGov. Greenwood. Rico. Aurier)

      1. Karan14 (Brazil Nuts)
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Just the first two if price rises allow.

        1. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          McCarthy the best Fab replacement? Leaves money ITB if I do want to get Ings in

          1. Karan14 (Brazil Nuts)
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 27 days ago

            Yeah Soton defence has really improved over the past few weeks. Should be good value for 4.3m.

      2. Coys96
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Keep Maupay.

        Fab to McCarthy
        Aurier to Lascelles/Montoya/Janmaat/JWard
        Greenwood to Ings

        Is that possible?

        1. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          No. But I can do the first two moves and then Maupay to Ings. No way I can get 4.3m Greenwood to Ings

      3. Fantasyamateur
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        I fancy Maupay over Ings for the next 3-4 GWs. Hold IMO.

        1. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          Yeah think I will.

    • Tamagotchi Massacre
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Went into this week cacking it being in possession of Sterling instead of Salah or Mane

      Actually a chance he could be a significant differential now if he actually plays. But will he?

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        The complete unknown

      2. ItOnlyTook9Years
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        He's still a dud, no reason to own him

    • Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Ryan
      Soy Lundstram TAA
      Salah Martial Mane KDB
      Vardy Maupay Jimenez
      Button Rico Kelly Dendo
      0.4itb 1ft
      A. Jimenez to Ings
      B. Kelly to Holgate/Stephens
      C. Both moves (hit)

      1. Reiger
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        C. Both moves... Nice upgrades to your team.

      2. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        B Holgate. Or C

      3. Chasing Waves
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        B

    • RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      What does least damage to fund another move for free?

      A) Kelly to Max 4.2
      B) Soyuncu to Holgate

      1. ItOnlyTook9Years
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        B

        1. RamaJama
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          Thanks!

      2. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        B

    • Pu-li-sick (sic)
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      I don't wanna bring up old comments but balls to that, anyone gonna own up as the author of the one along the lines of there's absolutely no way Leicester Southampton will be anything less than a 7-0 home victory? What a load of hooey that was.

      1. Jarvish Scott Talent
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        One of the pro pundits probably

        1. Pu-li-sick (sic)
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          Lol very possibly tbf.

      2. ItOnlyTook9Years
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Whoever it was, hasn't been paying attention to Southampton. Completely different team now

        1. Pu-li-sick (sic)
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          Yeah I didn't see such a turnaround in fortunes coming but they're one of the form sides now, right?

          1. ItOnlyTook9Years
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 27 days ago

            It's why I backed Rash over Vardy for the armband

        2. Rash
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          Credit must go to the manager. Very rare you see a team turn it around without the new manager bounce

          1. ItOnlyTook9Years
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 27 days ago

            Undoubtedly, went back to basics. But also credit for trying something different and then realising it had to change

          2. Pu-li-sick (sic)
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 27 days ago

            Yeah for sure. The 0-9 was maybe a blessing in disguise.

      3. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Was never happening, especially with no ndid

      4. JT11fc
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Surely it was a joke

    • HMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      solid green arrow this week, 66 points with Kdb Sarr to come
      would you move Rashford to Firmino for at least 2 week punt? I can always switch back
      2FT this week, would you save the other if getting Firmino?
      Guaita potentially out but nice fixtures after city

      Guaita Button
      TAA Soy Lund Dunk Rico
      Salah kdb Richarlison Sarr Traore
      Vardy Rashford Ings

      1. HMC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        also can't see how I can bring in Mane or Robbo

        1. ItOnlyTook9Years
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          Money itb?

          1. HMC
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 27 days ago

            0.2itb no spending money
            Could downgrade Traore but don’t think it stretches too far

            1. ItOnlyTook9Years
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 27 days ago

              I'm thinking of going VVD, so maybe Soy to him and eek some funds somewhere? I just wouldn't lose Rash

              1. HMC
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 27 days ago

                I know what you mean with rashford
                I’m thinking Bobby outscores him with 3 games to 2 then assess whether to switch back and roll transfer
                Will look at VVD too, not as attacking away from home though

    • Daniel S.
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      I wouldn't mind full rest for KDB tomorrow. He hasn't been rested for a while and now Dilva is back

      1. HMC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        might get a rest to start with in carabao cup being 3-1 up

    • Slitherene
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Have to make a decision.

      A) Rashford -> Firmino
      B) Rico + Rashford -> Robertson + Ings (-4)

      Robbo & Ings play each other the following GW, should I be taking a hit?

      1. HMC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        I’m looking at A myself this week
        Also own Ings
        Would try and avoid the hit if possible but it is a great upgrade on Rico-would it create benching headache for you?

    • how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      48 points and no bonus in sight.

      Not sure I've ever had more with no baps.

      1. Whats the Huth
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Same. No a bonus in sight

    • osceola31909
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Ryan - Button
      TAA - Sidibe - Evans - Lundstram - Kelly
      Mane - KDB - Martial - Maddison - Cantwell
      Vardy - Rashford - Ings

      2 ft, 1.8 itb

      A) Rashford, Maddison --> DCL, Salah
      B) Maddison, Martial --> Salah, Dendoncker
      C) Evans --> Robertson

      1. Coys96
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        A but with Maupay

      2. BuYaKasha
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        B

    • RAFA THE GAFFA
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      How was Maupay today? I know he blanked but any signs of a chance of returns going forward?

      1. Karan14 (Brazil Nuts)
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Doesn't look good stats wise but fixtures are there for him to improve.

      2. Warby84
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        I need to know this as well, tempted to move to DCL but has Villa next..

    • Coys96
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Best keeper to replace Fab?

      Back line is:
      Button _____
      Lund Trent Soy Aurier Rico

      Hate my defence 🙁

      1. Istanbul 05
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Any of Ryan, hendo or Mccarthy

      2. ItOnlyTook9Years
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Ryan

      3. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Same. Might go McCarthy for value

      4. Rock n Grohl
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Hendo

    • Shultan
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      I dont understand those wanting salah&Mane for GW24 they're reluctant to sell KDB but more than happy to sell Rash?@

      Utd have Burnley/Wolves GW24/25 at home whilst city sheff/Spurs away... sheff doesnt conceded heavily, mourinho likely parking bus v city like today
      Then city have good fixture GW26 but leicester away GW27 & going to be in cup final GW28

    • ViperStripes
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Crappy week so far 32pts
      Grealish, Sterling & KDB to play.

      1. FPL Pillars
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Just another week in FF, it’s a rollercoaster just got to ride it

      2. Gudjohnsen
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Captain?

        1. ViperStripes
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          went for Jiminez

    • XABI 15
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Pope to any keeper up to 4.8?

      What do people think is best option?

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Same decision with Fab. Thinking McCarthy. If not Ryan

      2. Shultan
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Mcarthy

    • LewanGOALski
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      A) Guaita ➡ Ryan
      B) Guaita ➡ McCarthy
      C) keep Guaita and save FT
      ..?

      1. Coys96
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        C

      2. Istanbul 05
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        It's best time to remove Guaita as he very likely keep up his recent record of no cleansheets.

        Get B and use money elsewhere

    • abaalan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Which to do this week, other be my transfer following week:
      A. Rashford -> Ings
      B. Rashford -> Firmino
      C. Abraham -> Ings

    • RAFA THE GAFFA
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Fab >> McCarthy tonight? No chance Fab is going to play is there?

      Got 2FTs. Could also go Ryan but might not be worth the extra

      1. in sane in de bruyne
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Yes. I just did that move.

        1. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          We’re you Not tempted by Ryan?

          1. in sane in de bruyne
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 27 days ago

            No

    • Niho992
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Would you sell Fabianski for Ryan tonight before price rise ? Any chance he will be back for next GW ?

      1. _Ninja_
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Doubt either will change price tonight

    • Netters2018
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 27 days ago

      What should i do for the dgw with 2fts and 1.8itb.

      Guaita
      Taa, lund, sidibe, soy, rico
      Martial, kdb, salah, maddi, traore
      Ings,Vardy, Jimi

      A) martial and jimi to mane and greenwood
      B) sidibe to robbo and save 1ft
      C) maddi, jimi and Guiata for mane, greenwood, mcarthy.

      I wanted to do maddi and jimi to mane and greenwood but 0.1m priced out.

      A, B, C....
      Thanks

    • Stram Dunk
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Do you think these are good moves for dgw24?

      Kelly -> VVD
      Traore -> Dendo

      1. Stram Dunk
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Have Salah and TAA already

      2. in sane in de bruyne
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Not if you are going to play Donck

    • SoapAFC
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Pope
        Taa - soy - Lund
        Mane - kdb - traore - alli
        Auba - ings - vardy

        Holgate - guendouzi - kelly

        Should I do auba to bobby for ft
        Or auba to 7.3m striker or below and alli to salah for a -4??

        1. in sane in de bruyne
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          Option B

      • Shark Team
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Which one will score the FEWEST points next gw?

        A)Abraham NEW(A)

        B)Ings WOL(H)

        C)Jimenez SOU(A)

        Thanks!

      • in sane in de bruyne
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Bottomed. What to do?

        A) Rico -> Dunk (bench Lord)
        B) Kabasele -> Dunk (bench Lord)
        C) something else
        D) Save FT, GTG

        McCarthy
        Trent Digne Lord
        Salah Mane KDB Cantwell
        Vardy Ings DCL

        (McGovern Martial Rico Kabasele*)

        1FT 0.6ITB

        Thanks

      • Marko1985
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Which one to lose to fund Mane?

        A) Rashford
        B) Abraham

        1. ItOnlyTook9Years
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          B