Dugout Discussion

Arsenal and Leicester retain three-man backlines for Emirates clash

Mikel Arteta and Brendan Rodgers have kept faith in their respective clubs’ recent switches to a three-man defence for their Emirates Stadium meeting on Tuesday evening.

Arsenal have now been operating in 3-4-3 since Gameweek 31+ winning every match since then without conceding a goal.

As has been the case throughout that run, Sead Kolasinac (£5.2m) sits in the back-three, joined there by David Luiz (£5.7m) and Shkodran Mustafi (£5.1m).

That means Kieran Tierney (£5.3m) and Hector Bellerín (£5.3m) are handed wing-back roles one again, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£10.9m) and Bukayo Saka (£4.7m) flank Alexandre Lacazette (£9.2m) in the front-three.

As Mason Greenwood‘s (£4.6m) stock continues to rise, Eddie Nketiah (£4.4m) Fantasy credentials are still travelling in the opposite direction. After blanking in the Gameweek 33+ win over Wolves, the former Leeds loanee has been named on the bench for the second time in three matches.

Leicester’s back-three is the foundation for a slightly different shape, featuring Jamie Vardy (£9.7m) and Kelechi Iheanacho (£5.7m) at the front of a 3-4-1-2 formation.

Changing to this system played a big part in the Foxes’ 3-0 win over Crystal Palace last time out, a game in which both of their centre-forwards found the back of the net.

Ayoze Pérez (£6.1m) supports them in a number 10 role tonight with James Justin (£4.7m) and Marc Albrighton (£5.1m) acting as the left and right wing-backs respectively.

That means Ben Chilwell (£5.6m) and James Maddison (£7.4m) have not passed their fitness tests in time, while Harvey Barnes (£6.0m) is named among the substitutes for the fourth match in a row, despite his two assists against Palace.

Arsenal XI: Martínez; Kolasinac, D Luiz, Mustafi; Tierney, Xhaka, Ceballos, Bellerín; Aubameyang, Lacazette, Saka.

Leicester City XI: Schmeichel; Söyüncü, Evans, Bennett; Justin, Tielemans, Ndidi, Albrighton; Pérez; Vardy, Iheanacho.

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1,215 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Lukakwho
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 16 days ago

    Has a player ever got 3 BAPS and been sent off? Some fantasy trivia for you...

    1. Niho992
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 16 days ago

      Nketiah?

      1. Lukakwho
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 16 days ago

        no

    2. Wild Rover
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 16 days ago

      Yep, Norwich striker, Holt?

    3. Qubit
      • 11 Years
      6 months, 16 days ago

      Charlie Adam maybe.

    4. Reg83
        6 months, 16 days ago

        somebody who got a brace or hattrick but then sent off for a 2nd yellow for taking of his shirt?

      • Pep bites Kun
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 16 days ago

        Ronaldo

    5. DandyDon
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 16 days ago

      Auba done

    6. Rinseboy
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 16 days ago

      Vardy next week looks good!

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 16 days ago

        Yup - in for DCL pending the remaining games this GW

      2. Rinseboy
        • 9 Years
        6 months, 16 days ago

        probably in for Nketiah for me if I lose Salah next week!

      3. Yozzer
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 16 days ago

        Don't get too exited. Can imagine many will be making this same move

    7. BobB
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      6 months, 16 days ago

      1 game or 3 game ban for Eddie?

      1. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        6 months, 16 days ago

        3

      2. Wild Rover
        • 10 Years
        6 months, 16 days ago

        3

      3. Team Cruel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        6 months, 16 days ago

        2 in the league

      4. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 16 days ago

        Should be 3, would include FAC game.

      5. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 16 days ago

        Straight red violence conduct? Three right?

        1. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          6 months, 16 days ago

          Not all straight reds are 3 games but it was violent.

          1. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            6 months, 16 days ago

            Are you talking prof foul red?

      6. SuperMane Returns
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 16 days ago

        3ddie

    8. balint84
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 16 days ago

      start one of these next week. who?

      A) ayew (avl) A
      B) boly (eve) H
      C) söyüncü (bou) A
      D) Bench boost ?

      1. Hulk Smash
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        6 months, 16 days ago

        B

      2. Freshy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        6 months, 16 days ago

        BB

      3. Reg83
          6 months, 16 days ago

          bb time

      4. Right In The Stanchion
          6 months, 16 days ago

          Arteta makes some bizarre substitutions. Imagine taking off the only goal threat with 5 minutes to go

          1. Gentle_Turks
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            6 months, 16 days ago

            10 men.

        • Weasel Boy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          6 months, 16 days ago

          Aubas spray on hair nearly washed off.

          1. Fred54
            • 6 Years
            6 months, 16 days ago

            Heh.

          2. Royal5
            • 9 Years
            6 months, 16 days ago

            Lol. Noticed.

          3. Bobby Digital
            • 3 Years
            6 months, 16 days ago

            He should just shave his head

        • Super Saints
          • 4 Years
          6 months, 16 days ago

          Why was that a goal if Perez was offside and touched it?

          1. Twisted Saltergater
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            6 months, 16 days ago

            One of your assumptions must be incorrect.

          2. Lucy2019
            • 1 Year
            6 months, 16 days ago

            He didn't touch it

            1. Super Saints
              • 4 Years
              6 months, 16 days ago

              But he did? You can actually clearly see the ball change direction?

        • moment
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          6 months, 16 days ago

          Will give Jimi until tomorrow but swapping him for Vardy seems pretty inarguable...

          1. GanonTEK
            • 7 Years
            6 months, 16 days ago

            I have 0.1m spare to do that

        • Twisted Saltergater
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          6 months, 16 days ago

          0 from 0 this gameweek so far. Couldn't have gone any worse.

          1. diesel001
            • 4 Years
            6 months, 16 days ago

            Couldn't have gone any better either.

            #glasshalffull

            1. Twisted Saltergater
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              6 months, 16 days ago

              🙂

          2. SuperMane Returns
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            6 months, 16 days ago

            33 from 5 for me on my FH. Captain KDB tomorrow.

        • FPL Kaka
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          6 months, 16 days ago

          Zlatan scores for Milan

          1. Twisted Saltergater
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            6 months, 16 days ago

            In other news, rain is wet.

        • Daniel - FH,BB,TC,WC not us…
          • 11 Years
          6 months, 16 days ago

          Schmeichel saved Leicester big time

        • Corgzzzz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          6 months, 16 days ago

          Im not an Arsenal fan but why on earth would you take your best striker off with 8 mins injury time and you are drawing 1-1 at home ??

          1. Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            6 months, 16 days ago

            Small club mentality.

          2. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
            • 6 Years
            6 months, 16 days ago

            In a must win game

          3. Fred54
            • 6 Years
            6 months, 16 days ago

            Material for AFTV.

          4. Niho992
            • 2 Years
            6 months, 16 days ago

            Midget mentality

          5. Ginkapo FPL
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            6 months, 16 days ago

            Saka was already off

          6. Gentle_Turks
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            6 months, 16 days ago

            10 men.

          7. SuperMane Returns
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            6 months, 16 days ago

            Bib theory.

        • Kiyoshi
          • 1 Year
          6 months, 16 days ago

          Who also thought that Auba was about to get a hattrick in this game and is really glad that he "only" got 8 points? Sold him this GW

        • Tony Martial
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 16 days ago

          Willian or Pullisic?.

          Pick one

          1. Duffy Dunk
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            6 months, 16 days ago

            Must be Willian since he consistently outscores Pulisic.

            1. Trophé Mourinho
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              6 months, 16 days ago

              Willian on pens as well, no brainer for me

          2. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            6 months, 16 days ago

            I would pick two

          3. Lucy2019
            • 1 Year
            6 months, 16 days ago

            Puli

          4. Predator
            • 10 Years
            6 months, 16 days ago

            You will choose Pulisic

            1. Reg83
                6 months, 16 days ago

                my main rival played puli but benched willian!

            2. james 101
              • 8 Years
              6 months, 16 days ago

              Both

              But to answer your question correctly I guess will

            3. Sun Jihai
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              6 months, 16 days ago

              Willian massively outperfoms Pulisic stats wise (Puli owner here)

            4. Utopsis
                6 months, 16 days ago

                Willian ftw

            5. HMC
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              6 months, 16 days ago

              Was targeting Vardy before tonight but do you think it’s worth bringing him in for bou and SHU fixtures using 2FT?
              Potentially Salah and Nketiah for Vardy and Antonio/Foden
              Main reason to lose Salah is that I probably won’t captain anymore

              1. UNDERWORLD7
                • 9 Years
                6 months, 16 days ago

                for sure

              2. DandyDon
                • 2 Years
                6 months, 16 days ago

                Yea sounds good

              3. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                6 months, 16 days ago

                Good move

              4. Miguel Sanchez
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                6 months, 16 days ago

                Yup - needs goals in those games to lock in the golden boot with a couple of trickier games to finish

                1. HMC
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  6 months, 16 days ago

                  I’m sure incoming Salah double will complicate things

                  1. Utopsis
                      6 months, 16 days ago

                      Yep - Salah certainly not done for the season

              5. Tcheco
                • 3 Years
                6 months, 16 days ago

                Nearly the same ball in to Vardy

              6. SAY MY NAME
                • 3 Years
                6 months, 16 days ago

                could be golden boot for a golden oldie

                1. Cpt Crunch Scott talent
                  • 7 Years
                  6 months, 16 days ago

                  He'll give you a golden shower

                  1. SAY MY NAME
                    • 3 Years
                    6 months, 16 days ago

                    hope not lol

              7. DandyDon
                • 2 Years
                6 months, 16 days ago

                KDB effective ownership 161%! Has it been higher for a player before?

                1. Rainer
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  6 months, 16 days ago

                  Salah 180s

                2. Fitzy.
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  6 months, 16 days ago

                  Yeah

                3. Sir Alex Telles.
                  • 3 Years
                  6 months, 16 days ago

                  Salah dgw must have been close to 180%

                  1. Rainer
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    6 months, 16 days ago

                    Salahs only DGW was this season with Mane being higher owned at the time.

                    He had sky high EO towards the end of his first Liverpool season.

                  2. COK3Y5MURF
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    6 months, 16 days ago

                    Not this season

                4. the snazzy viking
                  • 4 Years
                  6 months, 16 days ago

                  oh easily, I think Salah had 230% or something in the DGW ?

                  1. the snazzy viking
                    • 4 Years
                    6 months, 16 days ago

                    maybe not that one specifically but I remember a 230% EO before in a DGW

              8. DAVESAVES
                • 3 Years
                6 months, 16 days ago

                Jimenez >> Vardy on the table!

              9. Daniel - FH,BB,TC,WC not us…
                • 11 Years
                6 months, 16 days ago

                Go Chelsea

              10. Rainer
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                6 months, 16 days ago

                Show that VAR equaliser again.

              11. the snazzy viking
                • 4 Years
                6 months, 16 days ago

                full time

              12. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                6 months, 16 days ago

                Vardy (c) for Bournemouth this weekend

              13. Super Saints
                • 4 Years
                6 months, 16 days ago

                Omg people saying he didn't touch it? You can literally see the ball change direction and spin!?

                1. Lucy2019
                  • 1 Year
                  6 months, 16 days ago

                  Yes, when it hits the wet ground. He didn't touch it. I wish it was offside but it wasn't.

              14. Do I Not Like Orange
                • 8 Years
                6 months, 16 days ago

                Have Rashford, Martial & Nketiah. Would you prioritise Pulisic > Bruno or Nketiah > Greenwood?

                1. DandyDon
                  • 2 Years
                  6 months, 16 days ago

                  If you needed Nketiah to start then swap him out!? I’m going Bruno less....there’s not many of us

              15. George Agdgdgwngo
                • 11 Years
                6 months, 16 days ago

                Vardy limping

                1. UNDERWORLD7
                  • 9 Years
                  6 months, 16 days ago

                  lol

                  1. George Agdgdgwngo
                    • 11 Years
                    6 months, 16 days ago

                    He was limping off

              16. diesel001
                • 4 Years
                6 months, 16 days ago

                3-5-2 isn't too bad for Leicester. Just don't play Nacho. Surprised he doesn't give Perez a go up front with Vardy and put Fuchs-Tielemans-Ndidi-Praet-Justin as the midfield 5.

              17. TheSteel
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                6 months, 16 days ago

                Wheres BapChap. Vardy or Auba?