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
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

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

    1. Niho992
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Nketiah?

      1. Lukakwho
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        no

    2. Wild Rover
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Yep, Norwich striker, Holt?

    3. Qubit
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Charlie Adam maybe.

    4. Reg83
      1 month, 7 days ago

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

    5. Pep bites Kun
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Ronaldo

  2. DandyDon
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Auba done

  3. Rinseboy
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Vardy next week looks good!

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Yup - in for DCL pending the remaining games this GW

    2. Rinseboy
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

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

    3. Yozzer
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

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

  4. BobB
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    1 game or 3 game ban for Eddie?

    1. Sun Jihai
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      3

    2. Wild Rover
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      3

    3. Team Cruel
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      2 in the league

    4. Rainer
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Should be 3, would include FAC game.

    5. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Straight red violence conduct? Three right?

      1. Rainer
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

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

        1. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Are you talking prof foul red?

    6. SuperMane Returns
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      3ddie

  5. balint84
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 7 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
      1 month, 7 days ago

      B

    2. Freshy
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      BB

    3. Reg83
      1 month, 7 days ago

      bb time

  6. Right In The Stanchion
    1 month, 7 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
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      10 men.

  7. Weasel Boy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Aubas spray on hair nearly washed off.

    1. Fred54
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Heh.

    2. Royal5
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Lol. Noticed.

    3. Bobby Digital
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      He should just shave his head

  8. Super Saints
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

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

    1. Twisted Saltergater
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      One of your assumptions must be incorrect.

    2. Lucy2019
      1 month, 7 days ago

      He didn't touch it

      1. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

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

  9. moment
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

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

    1. GanonTEK
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      I have 0.1m spare to do that

  10. Twisted Saltergater
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

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

    1. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Couldn't have gone any better either.

      #glasshalffull

      1. Twisted Saltergater
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        🙂

    2. SuperMane Returns
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

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

  11. FPL Kaka
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Zlatan scores for Milan

    1. Twisted Saltergater
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      In other news, rain is wet.

  12. Daniel S. - Forgot the GW 3…
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Schmeichel saved Leicester big time

  13. Corgzzzz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 7 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
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Small club mentality.

    2. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      In a must win game

    3. Fred54
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Material for AFTV.

    4. Niho992
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Midget mentality

    5. Ginkapo FPL
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Saka was already off

    6. Gentle_Turks
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      10 men.

    7. SuperMane Returns
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Bib theory.

  14. Kiyoshi
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 7 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

  15. Tony Martial
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Willian or Pullisic?.

    Pick one

    1. Duffy Dunk
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Must be Willian since he consistently outscores Pulisic.

      1. Trophé Mourinho
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Willian on pens as well, no brainer for me

    2. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 7 days ago

      I would pick two

    3. Lucy2019
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Puli

    4. Predator
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      You will choose Pulisic

      1. Reg83
        1 month, 7 days ago

        my main rival played puli but benched willian!

    5. james 101
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Both

      But to answer your question correctly I guess will

    6. Sun Jihai
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Willian massively outperfoms Pulisic stats wise (Puli owner here)

    7. Utopsis
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Willian ftw

  16. HMC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 7 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. The Dance
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      for sure

    2. DandyDon
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Yea sounds good

    3. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Good move

    4. Miguel Sanchez
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 7 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
        1 month, 7 days ago

        I’m sure incoming Salah double will complicate things

        1. Utopsis
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Yep - Salah certainly not done for the season

  17. Tcheco
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Nearly the same ball in to Vardy

  18. SAY MY NAME
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    could be golden boot for a golden oldie

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

      He'll give you a golden shower

      1. SAY MY NAME
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        hope not lol

  19. DandyDon
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 7 days ago

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

    1. Rainer
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Salah 180s

    2. Fitzy.
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Yeah

    3. 6ix9ine #1 on billboard
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Salah dgw must have been close to 180%

      1. Rainer
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 7 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
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Not this season

    4. the snazzy viking
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

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

      1. the snazzy viking
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

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

  20. DAVESAVES
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Jimenez >> Vardy on the table!

  21. Daniel S. - Forgot the GW 3…
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Go Chelsea

  22. Rainer
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Show that VAR equaliser again.

  23. the snazzy viking
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    full time

  24. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Vardy (c) for Bournemouth this weekend

  25. Super Saints
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

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

    1. Lucy2019
      1 month, 7 days ago

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

  26. Do I Not Like Orange
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

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

    1. DandyDon
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 7 days ago

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

  27. George Agdgdgwngo
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Vardy limping

    1. The Dance
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      lol

      1. George Agdgdgwngo
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        He was limping off

  28. diesel001
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 7 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.

  29. TheSteel
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Wheres BapChap. Vardy or Auba?