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. Niho992
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 14 days ago

    I hope Sterling will start tomorrow...

    1. LOLarov
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      I kept him over mane! So yes need this!

    2. PlumaPiedra
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      I captained him so I also want this.

    3. ZeBestee
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Had 4/5 days rest, so I would be surprised if he doesnt.

  2. danlynch13
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    A) Jiminez + Grealish
    B) Deeney + Richarlison

    1. Big Col
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      A

  3. GARY AND JAMIE
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Think the time has come for either a captaincy dice or go with the poll. Sick of ballsing it up

  4. Lord of Ings
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Okay so which of the following look better?
    It's tough but do help!
    1) jannmat + Jimenez--->taa + DCL
    2) jannmat+ rashford --->taa + ings
    3) soy/lundstram + Jimenez---> Taa + Ings
    I have exact money for C and really tempted to carry it out, But I've had lundstram since day 1 of this season and Will only get 5.2m for it.
    Which one guys?
    Do help!

    1. Zladan
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      3. Soy and Jim to TAA and Ings

  5. Hansel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    A) Grealish + Soy -> Mané + Williams

    B) Martial -> Mané and save the other FT

    Other defenders are TAA, Sidibe, Lundstram, Kelly so could survive without Soy

    1. Zladan
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      A

      1. Zladan
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        No B. Definitely B.

  6. FOO FIGHTER
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Think I am just going to stick with TAA VVD and Salah for GW24.

      I probably will get Son in though.

      1. Alberto Tomba
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        How has Son done historically without Kane?

        1. Royal5
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Very good

          1. Bushwhacker
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Spurs are usually better without Kane.

      2. Team Cruel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        In hindsight I'm not sure why I played Moura over Donkey

        1. Amey
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Same.
          I © Mane over Vardy 😀

          1. FPL-Albion
              1 month, 14 days ago

              I captained vardy over rashford

        2. 1zverGGadeM
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Last gw I did Rashy to Bobby for a hit and still not regret that 8)

        3. aborg
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Happy I kept KDB captain now.... keeps my hopes alive for tomorrow after most of the captain fails !

          1. Zladan
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            I’m not. I switched from Rashford at the last minute.

            1. aborg
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Wait until you see what KDB does first because there is a good chance he brings in more points then Rashford !
              At least you had Tashford in your team anyways....many managers do not even own him.

        4. elchilangles
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 14 days ago

          1)kelly to robbo or
          2) alli to salah???

        5. Egg noodle
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Who will score more in the dgw. Salah or Mane?

          1. Alberto Tomba
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            TAA I reckon

        6. Lord of Ings
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Keep soyuncu or lundstram?

          1. Bushwhacker
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Lund. No brainer.

          2. Ask Yourself
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            I sort of blindly brought Traoré in this week. Is he a mistake? I know he’s cheap and that but is he poo you can be honest with me I won’t mind x

            1. Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Yeah mistake

              1. Ask Yourself
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                🙁

            2. POLSKA GOLA
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Much prefer Cantwell of Fleck as a 5th mid myself

              1. POLSKA GOLA
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Cantwell or Fleck

              2. Ask Yourself
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Unfortunately he’s not even a 5th mid. He’s a joint 4th with cantwell currently. Not wild about fleck either. Will have to restructure again after the doubles.

                1. POLSKA GOLA
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  I prefer clear structure myself rather than two rotating cheapies in midfield but he allowed you to have Rashford versus mine Abraham & Maddi, so overall you scored more points, I take points over structure even if gives benching headache 🙂

            3. Rainer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Very fast runny poo.

              1. Ask Yourself
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                A lot of it aswell

            4. ZeBestee
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Traore is a big game player, he has those bi games coming up soon. So no need to rush him out.

              1. Ask Yourself
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Hm okay. Really trashy benching dilemma between him and cantwell this week. Just giving me annoying things to think about that I just don’t need really

                1. SADIO SANÉ
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  not a dilemma for me

                  1. Ask Yourself
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 14 days ago

                    What you doing wise one I am too tired to make my own decisions x

                    1. SADIO SANÉ
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 14 days ago

                      Super Todd x

                2. ZeBestee
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  Should have had at least an assist today were it not for Jimi not taking his chances.

                  1. Ask Yourself
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 14 days ago

                    Interesting thank you mate x

            5. Would Ed Woodward
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 14 days ago

              He's a good player but maybe not for FPL, he holds the width while Doherty goes central with Jimenez when they attack usually, doesn't seem like your type of transfer.

              1. Ask Yourself
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                🙁 I was busy this week Ed I’m sorry for disappointing you 🙁

                1. Would Ed Woodward
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  You can never disappoint me x

                  I don't have a clue what to do now, hate feeling pressured to change long term planning.

                  1. Ask Yourself
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 14 days ago

                    🙂 I am somehow back in the top 500 again in fairness.
                    What’s your team looking like these days ?

                    1. Would Ed Woodward
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 14 days ago

                      Henderson
                      TAA Doherty Soy Lund Rico
                      Salah KdB Grealish Sarr Dendo
                      Vardy Abraham Jimenez

                      My plan was to do Doherty > Holgate this week and then Abraham or Jim > DCL and Grealish or Sarr > Mane the week after for free.

                      But alternatively I'm considering Doherty, Jimenez > Robbo, Ings for free this week then Abraham > Rashford for the double week when Utd are home to Burnley.

                      1. Ask Yourself
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 14 days ago

                        I prefer the first set. No mane will cause you problems trying to climb ranks I think x

                        1. Would Ed Woodward
                          • 1 Year
                          1 month, 14 days ago

                          Thanks mate, they were the long term plans, need to think on it some more x

          3. Amey
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Which transfer will muster more points next GW ??

            A. Pope >> McCarthy
            B. Willian >> Son

            Will get the other one next GW

            1. MoManeTaa
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              B

              1. Amey
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Thanks bro

          4. Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            “Safe” Mane TC or “risky” Salah?

            A non-captained Mane in DGW24 will be well above 100% EO.

            Salah likely won’t be.

            1. Ask Yourself
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Surely not TC in this double ?

              1. Rainer
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Will Liverpool get another?

                1 bad FAC draw and it’s done.

                1. Ask Yourself
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  I don’t like the fixtures at all mate. Not like you’re running rampant either. Think I’ll save mine

            2. 1zverGGadeM
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              If I need to TC someone in a DGW 24 it definitly should be Salah

            3. Amey
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Mane © only for me

            4. ZeBestee
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Depends on your OR, but Salah was always around the box when Pool were attacking today.

            5. ‘Tis the Season
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Salah or TAA for me

            6. POLSKA GOLA
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Depemds on your rank, If you’re in the top 10k Mané TC is a good shout imho, if chasing Salah would be my advice

          5. Big Col
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Will be swapping Martial to Mane, but to fund it which one below?

            A) Rashford to DCL

            B) Vardy to Ings

            1. g40steve
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 14 days ago

              None, you want to sell two of the games highest points players?

              1. Bushwhacker
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  This.

              2. Hansel
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                A

            2. Dacra
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Brandon Williams gonna play more?

              Thinking Soy to him, to fund Traore to Salah.

              1. MoManeTaa
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Looks like it as he was picked for the Derby midweek

              2. Alberto Tomba
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                I'm wondering this too.
                Including FA cup, is it 3 starts from 3. I wonder what the relationship with Shaw is..

              3. 1zverGGadeM
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                He was on top against Norwhich, but it's Ole on the Wheel, so who knows.. Maybe he can get some returns if starts regulary.
                Obviously one of the very few glimpses of faith in that MU setup

            3. mgilbert86
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Insanity to ditch Vardy? Not sure I can climb anymore with him (11K )

              1. Wolves Ay We
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Climbing from 11K? some people live in a different world. Us plebs are trying to make the 100k

                1. Pukki Party
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  500K*

              2. Hazz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                You'll fall harder if he returns. They have leaky Burnley up next.

            4. bitm2007
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Pope (Button)
              TAA, Soyuncu, Lundstram (Rico, Kelly)
              Salah (c), KDB, Alli, Traore, (Dendonker)
              Vardy, Rashford, Ings

              2 FTs, 1.3m ITB

              I'm 2.3m short of Alli to Mane, where do I find it ?

              1. Pukki Party
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Rashford or Vardy downgrade i guess

              2. g40steve
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Go double pool defence

            5. Pukki Party
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Best transfers here for the double?

              Guaita
              TAA Lundstram Holgate
              Salah KDB Moura Mount Cantwell
              Aguero Vardy

              Martin Aurier Kelly Greenwood
              2ft 0.3itb

              A) Aguero, Mount, Aurier to DCL, Mane, Williams -4
              B) Aguero, Mount to Firmino, DSilva
              C) Aguero, Mount, Aurier to DCL, Son, Robbo -4
              D) Aguero, Mount, Aurier to Ings, Son, Gomez -4

            6. Rhodes your boat
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Those without ings what you doing??
              Suggestions? 1FT 0.0itb

              Guiata button
              Taa Lund soy rico kelly
              Salah mane kdb moura dendo
              Vardy jimi dcl

              1. Firminoooo
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Can you do DCL and Moura to Ings and Grealish?

                1. Rhodes your boat
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  No, well short, leaves me 6.1 for a mid currently, 6 when he rises

              2. ZeBestee
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                May bring him in for Jimi, but still contemplating. Should have had at least 3/4 today.

                1. Rhodes your boat
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  Want to hold jimi ideally

              3. Zladan
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Easy for you, Jimmy to Ings.

                1. Rhodes your boat
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  Jimi a big game player though!

            7. LOLarov
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Salah really is due a big one!!

              1. ‘Tis the Season
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Maybe against United. That would be fitting

            8. Rains of Castamere
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              I don't want to log in really, is 38pts a big red arrow this week?

              Was worried about Rashford Ings Abraham Martial and they all scored. Must have had a big effect on rank. Plus I have 1 pointers from Fabianski Soyoncu and DCL...

              1. Rainer
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Rough.

                Hope you have a few Citeh!

                1. Rains of Castamere
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  Just KDB and Grealish. I was 6k so I'll probably drop a fair bit

                  1. Pipermaru
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 14 days ago

                    11,744 according to livefpl

              2. HamezMace
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                I’ve had a shocker too...37pts, expecting a big drop.

              3. Freddiebell
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                I have 64 pts with KDB to play and I'm not happy with that. Could have been so much better. Vardy goal cancelled out due to sh*t VAR plus Rashford taken off after 59 min

            9. dansmusen
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              57 points and KDB(C) to go. Looks like a green could be heading my way.

              1. ZeBestee
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Yeah, pretty much.

            10. Lord of Ings
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Keep rashford or jimenez?

              1. Rainer
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Rasher.

              2. Freddiebell
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Rashford all day long imo

            11. Rainer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Jose classic.

              Robbo may get retro’d.

              1. Syd.
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Deflector in chief

              2. ‘Tis the Season
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Get an 80’s kit ❓

            12. Dacra
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Dream defence is TAA and cheapies?

              TAA - Lund - Rico - Kelly - Williams
              Salah - Mane - Kdb - Martial (Dendo)
              Vardy - Abraham - DCL

              I think will be my team for the Liverpool DGW after saving this week.

            13. jaguar shark
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Just realized I could do Alli/Rashford to DCL/Sterling... could be just crazy enough to work...

              1. Regin
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Just forget sterling.

                1. jaguar shark
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  Famous last words (boom)

            14. Regin
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              My main rival got fabianski and dcl for a hit. Ouch. Got rid of ayew as well. Double ouch

            15. Atimis
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              What do you think about Tammy Traore to Richa Ings?

              1. Regin
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Great

              2. jaguar shark
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                I like it. Though Richarlison is a stats beater right now.

              3. ‘Tis the Season
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Good moves