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
    2 months, 12 days ago

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

    1. Niho992
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Nketiah?

      1. Lukakwho
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        no

    2. Wild Rover
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Yep, Norwich striker, Holt?

    3. Qubit
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Charlie Adam maybe.

    4. Reg83
        2 months, 12 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
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Ronaldo

    5. DandyDon
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Auba done

    6. Rinseboy
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Vardy next week looks good!

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Yup - in for DCL pending the remaining games this GW

      2. Rinseboy
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

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

      3. Yozzer
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

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

    7. BobB
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      1 game or 3 game ban for Eddie?

      1. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        3

      2. Wild Rover
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        3

      3. Team Cruel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        2 in the league

      4. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Should be 3, would include FAC game.

      5. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Straight red violence conduct? Three right?

        1. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

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

          1. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 12 days ago

            Are you talking prof foul red?

      6. SuperMane Returns
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        3ddie

    8. balint84
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 12 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
        2 months, 12 days ago

        B

      2. Freshy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        BB

      3. Reg83
          2 months, 12 days ago

          bb time

      4. Right In The Stanchion
          2 months, 12 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
            2 months, 12 days ago

            10 men.

        • Weasel Boy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          Aubas spray on hair nearly washed off.

          1. Fred54
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 12 days ago

            Heh.

          2. Royal5
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 12 days ago

            Lol. Noticed.

          3. Bobby Digital
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 12 days ago

            He should just shave his head

        • Super Saints
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

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

          1. Twisted Saltergater
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 12 days ago

            One of your assumptions must be incorrect.

          2. Lucy2019
              2 months, 12 days ago

              He didn't touch it

              1. Super Saints
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 12 days ago

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

          3. moment
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 12 days ago

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

            1. GanonTEK
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 12 days ago

              I have 0.1m spare to do that

          4. Twisted Saltergater
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 12 days ago

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

            1. diesel001
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 12 days ago

              Couldn't have gone any better either.

              #glasshalffull

              1. Twisted Saltergater
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 12 days ago

                🙂

            2. SuperMane Returns
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 12 days ago

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

          5. FPL Kaka
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 12 days ago

            Zlatan scores for Milan

            1. Twisted Saltergater
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 12 days ago

              In other news, rain is wet.

          6. Daniel S. - Go Havertz !!!
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 12 days ago

            Schmeichel saved Leicester big time

          7. Corgzzzz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 12 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
              2 months, 12 days ago

              Small club mentality.

            2. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 12 days ago

              In a must win game

            3. Fred54
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 12 days ago

              Material for AFTV.

            4. Niho992
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 12 days ago

              Midget mentality

            5. Ginkapo FPL
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 12 days ago

              Saka was already off

            6. Gentle_Turks
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 12 days ago

              10 men.

            7. SuperMane Returns
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 12 days ago

              Bib theory.

          8. Kiyoshi
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 12 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

          9. Tony Martial
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 12 days ago

            Willian or Pullisic?.

            Pick one

            1. Duffy Dunk
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 12 days ago

              Must be Willian since he consistently outscores Pulisic.

              1. Trophé Mourinho
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 12 days ago

                Willian on pens as well, no brainer for me

            2. Magic Zico
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 12 days ago

              I would pick two

            3. Lucy2019
                2 months, 12 days ago

                Puli

              • Predator
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 12 days ago

                You will choose Pulisic

                1. Reg83
                    2 months, 12 days ago

                    my main rival played puli but benched willian!

                2. james 101
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  Both

                  But to answer your question correctly I guess will

                3. Sun Jihai
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  Willian massively outperfoms Pulisic stats wise (Puli owner here)

                4. Utopsis
                    2 months, 12 days ago

                    Willian ftw

                5. HMC
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 12 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
                    2 months, 12 days ago

                    for sure

                  2. DandyDon
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 12 days ago

                    Yea sounds good

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

                    Good move

                  4. Miguel Sanchez
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 12 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
                      2 months, 12 days ago

                      I’m sure incoming Salah double will complicate things

                      1. Utopsis
                          2 months, 12 days ago

                          Yep - Salah certainly not done for the season

                  5. Tcheco
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 12 days ago

                    Nearly the same ball in to Vardy

                  6. SAY MY NAME
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 12 days ago

                    could be golden boot for a golden oldie

                    1. Cpt Crunch Scott talent
                      • 6 Years
                      2 months, 12 days ago

                      He'll give you a golden shower

                      1. SAY MY NAME
                        • 3 Years
                        2 months, 12 days ago

                        hope not lol

                  7. DandyDon
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 12 days ago

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

                    1. Rainer
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 12 days ago

                      Salah 180s

                    2. Fitzy.
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      2 months, 12 days ago

                      Yeah

                    3. 6ix9ine #1 on billboard
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 12 days ago

                      Salah dgw must have been close to 180%

                      1. Rainer
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        2 months, 12 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
                        2 months, 12 days ago

                        Not this season

                    4. the snazzy viking
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 12 days ago

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

                      1. the snazzy viking
                        • 4 Years
                        2 months, 12 days ago

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

                  8. DAVESAVES
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 12 days ago

                    Jimenez >> Vardy on the table!

                  9. Daniel S. - Go Havertz !!!
                    • 11 Years
                    2 months, 12 days ago

                    Go Chelsea

                  10. Rainer
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 12 days ago

                    Show that VAR equaliser again.

                  11. the snazzy viking
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 12 days ago

                    full time

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

                    Vardy (c) for Bournemouth this weekend

                  13. Super Saints
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 12 days ago

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

                    1. Lucy2019
                        2 months, 12 days ago

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

                    2. Do I Not Like Orange
                      • 8 Years
                      2 months, 12 days ago

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

                      1. DandyDon
                        • 1 Year
                        2 months, 12 days ago

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

                    3. George Agdgdgwngo
                      • 11 Years
                      2 months, 12 days ago

                      Vardy limping

                      1. The Dance
                        • 9 Years
                        2 months, 12 days ago

                        lol

                        1. George Agdgdgwngo
                          • 11 Years
                          2 months, 12 days ago

                          He was limping off

                    4. diesel001
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 12 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.

                    5. TheSteel
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      2 months, 12 days ago

                      Wheres BapChap. Vardy or Auba?