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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. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Good for me that. Really needed Martinez to concede. Chasing a ML leader who has him.

  2. Tcheco
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Vardy you beauty. 9% EO

  3. Bookkeeper
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Vardy just F off

  4. Hryszko
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Obviously waiting until end of the GW, but would Rashford > Greenwood and Jimmy > Vardy be a good move next week?

    Would have 2FT so no hit.

  5. Leo10
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    No idea why they didn't draw the lines and see if Vardy was offside after Perez clearly touched it. The entire time they were checking the wrong offside call.

    1. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      He didn't touch it.

      1. Leo10
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        You seen the ball spin afterwards.

        1. BeaversWithAttitude
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          The rotation of the ball never deviates... Ayoze was miles away! 😉

    2. Lucy2019
        1 month, 6 days ago

        They checked both ffs and he didn't touch it. Either way, goal given so move on.

        1. Leo10
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          "Either way, goal given so move on"

          Yes, let's not discuss a talking point because it's after the fact.

        2. Leo10
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          https://gyazo.com/4f99edd7ef2f5537dc7ce3fcf9eca683

          did touch it 😉

      • svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Clearly not clearly.

    3. Vazza
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Who will score more points for the rest of the season -

        A. Vardy
        B. Sterling

        1. zotter
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Hard call. A I would guess

      • the snazzy viking
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        jammy Martinez owners

        1. sandman58
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Whats jammy.??
          He conceded

          1. Vazza
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Lol. Jammy one save point I guess

        2. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Already have Pulisic, double up with Willian or pick Antonio?

          1. Danstoke82
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Willian is in red hot form right now. No brainer for me

          2. zotter
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Wouldn’t double up with rotation and bad fixtures at the end

            1. Magic Zico
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Got an escape route - have both for next two looks great

          3. Tcheco
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            I can't wait to get Antonio in for Norwich. Him

            1. Magic Zico
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Original plan yes nor then WAT

          4. Noah’s Ark
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Yeah Antonio or Willian is my next big decision.

          5. AzzaroMax99
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Antonio

        3. Trophé Mourinho
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 6 days ago

          well deserved 3 BAPs for Vardy

          1. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Minimum touches maximum goals

        4. Champions united
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          On wc
          Rash to Greenwood
          Yes or no

          1. Danstoke82
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            I did this move. Releases a lot of funds to use elsewhere

          2. Tcheco
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Yes

        5. Danstoke82
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Kane > Vardy yay or nay?

        6. FPL Kakarot
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Milan score 3 goals against Juve to make it 3-2 against Juve!

          Wild game!

        7. Bookkeeper
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Bad decision from Arteta to take off Laca, he looked dangerous and Arsenal were playing well. Rookie!

          1. zotter
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Very. And went so defensive in second half

        8. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Cheers Jamie & Sarr 14 from 2 & into the top 50k from earlier oblivion 🙂

          1. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            5 days & then destroy Bournemouth 😉

            1. Magic Zico
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Joining

        9. Al Moon Yeah
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Is Vardy injured? Reading comments he was limping.

          1. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Tired or ...

            1. Al Moon Yeah
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Let's hope so, he's my minileague differentiall.

        10. Vazza
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Vardy or Sterling for rest of the season?

            1. Magic Zico
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Don't want to touch Pep's squad bar KDB - just me

            2. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Sterling simply because more points for midfielder.
              Plus Man City better fixtures.

          • Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            I am starting to think I should take way more points hits next season. Suits my style. Mini leagues are gone in effect. So in the last three weeks I have taken a -12, -8, and -8 to get the team 'right' for the remaining weeks. Surprisingly so far all those hits I have taken look to have left me better off than if I did nothing.

            Maybe I have just fluked it? But next season I will definitely be less hit adverse a well thought out -8 here or there is no harm. Even a minus 12!

            1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Did you sell Auba for a hit for this week?

              1. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 6 days ago

                Well yeah! but I did get Pulisic in for Grealish.
                I figure Digne and Rashford will still manage to leave me up on the Aubameyang transfer. Maybe by gameweek completion, or over the next few gameweeks.

          • Bookkeeper
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Will the Giroud goal get overturned? Pulisic looks to have touched it

            1. Big Hands Barry
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              No

          • Tony Martial
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Pick 1

            Pulisic
            Willian
            Antonio

            1. JoeSoap
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Pulisic though see how Antonio plays next game

          • Niho992
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Martinez owners robbed. VAR is joke

            1. Wolves Ay We
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Of course they weren't.

          • Hryszko
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            What do people think to these moves after this GW?

            Rashford > Greenwood

            which then allows...

            Jimmy > Vardy

            2FT banked so would be free?

          • Firminoooo
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Bad start with no players. Returns from Sarr, Dawson, Pulisic, Willian, Abraham, Saka, Auba and Vardy.

          • JoeSoap
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            1. DCL>Vardy for free (need to do tonight)
            2. Foden>Pulisic
            3. Save

            Patricio
            TAA Saiss Lascelles
            KDB Fernandes Martial Salah Foden
            Green Jimenez
            Button DCL Taylor Holgate

            1. Big Hands Barry
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              1

            2. Camzy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              You're gonna sell Foden before he's played? No way.

              DCL > Vardy seems good. I would probably do it.

            3. JoeSoap
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Thanks. Not keen on early transfers

          • Big Hands Barry
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            A) Hayden to foden
            B) Jiminez to Vardy

            1. Kane Lane
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              A

          • Tony Martial
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Pick 1

            Pulisic
            Willian
            Antonio.

            1. Big Hands Barry
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              B on form

              1. Tony Martial
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 6 days ago

                They all are!

            2. Kane Lane
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Antonio

              1. Tony Martial
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 6 days ago

                Why?

                1. Zladan
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 6 days ago

                  OOP

                  1. Tony Martial
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 6 days ago

                    Other 2 not in better form?

          • Danstoke82
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Kane > Vardy 1FT yay or nay?

            1. Leo10
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Wait and see how Kane does first.

            2. Tony Martial
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Yes

            3. Camzy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Nay. Wait and see on Kane and Bournemouth. If he hits a brace you're not gonna get rid.

              1. Danstoke82
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 6 days ago

                It’s a tough one as I can’t see Kane doing much v Arsenal but will hold for now.

          • Kane Lane
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Who to drop for Antonio

            A) Salah

            B) Pulisic

            1. Leo10
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Neither

            2. Tony Martial
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Why would you drop any of these for Antonio?

              1. Kane Lane
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 6 days ago

                Salah could be rested I'm think doing Salah Norwich leak goal and then West ham got lovely home game no brainer

            3. Zladan
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              A easily

          • Zladan
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Son to Willian now to save 0.2m price changes?

            1. Kane Lane
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              I keep son he will do something

              1. Zladan
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 6 days ago

                Any bias in that statement?

                1. Kane Lane
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 6 days ago

                  no think he will come good. He should do something Bournemouth and then we will be pumped for North London Derby. We don't want Arsenal finishing ahead of us. Yes been crap season but Arsenal finishing ahead of us be to much

            2. Twisted Saltergater
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              In a heartbeat.

            3. Tony Martial
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Why not Antonio?

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

            I'm basically not going to move tomorrow with KDB(c) if he scores am I, with the 161% EO?

            1. BobbyDoesNotLook
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Yed you are. Your eo is 200% versus avg of 161%

          • CroatianHammer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            14 from that. Could not sell Nketiah fast enough following that red. -4 to rejig my back line and frontline. Happy enough.