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Son and Lucas return to Spurs XI as Saka is benched for north London derby

Two clubs in contrasting form meet in the 187th north London derby this afternoon.

Kick-off at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is at 16:30 BST.

Spurs produced a limp display on Thursday night, failing to register a single shot on target in a 0-0 draw with struggling Bournemouth.

That came a week after a poor showing at Bramall Lane, although the Lilywhites are unbeaten on home soil in three post-restart matches.

Arsenal, meanwhile, have taken 10 points from a possible 12 in their last four fixtures, conceding only one goal along the way.

Jose Mourinho has made three changes from the side which drew at the Vitality Stadium.

The pacier Davinson Sanchez (£5.3m) returns at centre-back in place of Jan Vertonghen (£5.2m), while Son Heung-min (£9.6m) and Lucas Moura (£7.0m) are recalled on the flanks in place of Erik Lamela (£5.7m) and Steven Bergwijn (£7.1m).

Harry Kane (£10.9m) leads the line yet again, while Serge Aurier (£5.1m) starts once more at right-back.

There’s just the one change for Arsenal, with Bukayo Saka (£4.7m) only among the substitutes and Nicolas Pepe (£8.9m) taking his place on the right flank.

Mesut Ozil (£7.0m) is once again omitted from the matchday squad, while Eddie Nketiah (£4.4m) misses out through suspension.

Son and Kane were both jettisoned by over 100,000 FPL managers ahead of Gameweek 35+.

Of all the players in today’s two matchday squads, Saka was the most transferred in, with almost 75,000 Fantasy bosses recruiting the teenager.

These sides drew 2-2 when they last met in Gameweek 4, although both clubs have changed head coaches since then.

Kane and Son both registered attacking returns in that match, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£10.9m) on target for the Gunners.


Tottenham Hotspur XI: Lloris, Aurier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Davies, Winks, Sissoko, Lo Celso, Lucas, Son, Kane.

Arsenal XI: Martinez, Mustafi, Luiz, Kolasinac, Bellerin, Ceballos, Xhaka, Tierney, Pepe, Lacazette, Aubameyang.

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1,285 Comments Post a Comment
  1. diesel001
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Can't trust Arteta as Arsenal manager when he persists with Luiz, Sokratis and Mustafi while Holding is on the bench.

    Also when Auba isn't signing a new contract. Arsenal aren't getting CL football so may as well build for the future.

    1. Pépé sur le P…
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Holding not exactly proved anything. He had about 2 good games in his Arsenal career

      1. diesel001
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Luiz has had numerous shockers in his careers. As has Mustafi. Build for the future. Instil a new culture with players that have time to develop. Not 30+ year olds who have had their career.

        1. Pépé sur le P…
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          He probably wants to try and win the game

      2. Amey
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 2 days ago

        That's 2 more than some Clowns out there

        1. Pépé sur le P…
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Not true

          1. Amey
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Repeating mistakes continuously isn't good enough.
            Genuinely think Arsenal need almost a new line of defence

            1. Pépé sur le P…
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              Irrelevant

              1. Amey
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 2 days ago

                Fine ..........

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

      They dont have any CBs that are top 6 material. Holding is not exactly a colossus in the back....

      David Luiz in a back 3 is the best CB they have

  2. Right In The Stanchion
      1 month, 2 days ago

      People are blindly blaming Luiz. It wasn't his fault

      1. Fred54
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Eternally mocked and deservedly so.

      2. Giggs Boson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        I'm sure everyone knows. Arsenal fans are fun to wind up though! 😉

        1. Right In The Stanchion
            1 month, 2 days ago

            We can't all support Man U

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

          Wasn’t his fault really, but when he obviously haven’t got the pace he should atleast have the muscle. Bottom line is that Arsenal have a defence problem all over, and actually gave Luiz a new contract...

      3. YoungPretender
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Pick 2 for next GW;

        A) Ings (BRI)
        B) Jesus (BOU)
        C) Giroud (NOR)

        1. Bunk Moreland
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          AB

      4. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Top10k

        Son EO 6%
        Laca EO lol%
        Aurier 18%
        Martinez 15%

        None of that was too damaging owning none of those players

        1. SouthCoastSaint
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Sold for sterling

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

        About 50 great midfield options - surprised many still have Son.

        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          There aren’t many with him - 94% of the top 10k don’t

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

            Sorry - missed "if" between surprised and many 🙂

        2. Giggs Boson
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Yeah, a Jose attacker just doesn't make the cut...

      6. Pep Roulette
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Martinez & Aurier CS wiped! Lovely!

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

        The best of games often come from the worst of teams.

        1. Amey
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 2 days ago

          😛

      8. fr3d
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        *Locks in Salah (c)*

      9. TomSaints
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        It’s getting beyond funny now. 21 points this week... every decision punished and couldn’t have scripted worse scenarios.

        Jiminez and Son -> Pulisic and Vardy

        1. THFC4LIFE
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Good moves on paper, Son and Jimmy both blanking for weeks, Pulisic and Vardy both in form. That’s FPL for you

          1. Utopsis
              1 month, 2 days ago

              Top players do not continue blanking for multiple games very often

          2. Dirty Leeds
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Did the same. All the way down from 4k to currently 8k... brilliant haha

            1. TomSaints
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              6k to 26k last 2 game weeks. On paper all good and results lategrly gone the right way but horrendous blanks everywhere!

          3. Jon Walter's Hatty
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Vardy not even played yet

          4. beetlejuice
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            I did also Jimenez Son to Willian and Vardy. I was inside top 1K, no idea where I will end up. Mane cap did not help either. Watching Bruno will be scary.

        2. mad_beer ✅
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Stupid Son. Weeks of doing nothing and this week boom!

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

            I sold Salah last week and Jiminez this week. Still have Son though so... bright side!

        3. HurriKane
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Imagine Salah vs Luiz Mustafi next gw 😀

          1. Fred54
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            You know what, I will keep Mane after all...

        4. Paul Psychic Octopus
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Son to Pulisic for -4 worked out well.

          He's also gone and spoiled Martinez's clean sheets.

          I give up for this season.

          1. Ginkapo FPL
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Were you expecting instant payoff?

            1. BNMC
                1 month, 2 days ago

                This late in the season? He probably did.

                1. Ginkapo FPL
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 2 days ago

                  Massive lack of respect for Sheff Utd if so

              • Paul Psychic Octopus
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                Yes/no. I want Pulisic next GW vs. Norwich anyway, and have another transfer to do as well, so I have to take the hit. It was whether to have Son or Pulisic for the game this weekend.

            2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              Is this your official transformation to your final form

              Paul the Psychotic Octopus

          2. Nightcrawler
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Son already looking more invovled than he has last 3 weeks

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

            need to fit Salah in my FH team...

          4. Hybrid.power
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Time to score Aurier

          5. Louis Van Gaalstones
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Pepe looks completely disinterested

            1. Giggs Boson
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              Shouts > "Show some passion"

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

                Fining him a seasons wages

              2. Louis Van Gaalstones
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 2 days ago

                Did someone say that? I missed it, he looks so switched off, not running for things or anything

                1. Giggs Boson
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 2 days ago

                  It's a Football Manager joke.

                  Whenever anyone has a "Disinterested" body language you use that shout to improve their performance 🙂

          6. Team Cruel
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Which will you have for the fodder spot in a 352 next year?

            A) Kane
            B) McGoldrick

            1. Gudjohnsen
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              B

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

              Rashford...

            3. TorresMagic™
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              Depends on Kane's price.

            4. mynameisq
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              Both, Kane the 4.5 DM and McGoldrick 3rd striker

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

            Assist for son who was ?

            1. Andy Ftw
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              Kola

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

              None

            3. Gobigorgohome
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              kola

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

              No one

          8. Siva Mohan - Make more gree…
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            did Son + Jimenez >> Pulisic + Vardy (2 FT) .. nightmare GW 😀

          9. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Spurs defence versus Arsenal defence. A tale of two laughs

            1. Siva Mohan - Make more gree…
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              and CHE defence ..

              London can't defend..

              1. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 2 days ago

                London Has Fallen

              2. Ginkapo FPL
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 2 days ago

                Very broad brush. Barnet can defend

              3. Traction Engine Foot
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 2 days ago

                Palace were keeping it respectable until recently..

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

              A Tale of Two Shitties?

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

            Sold Son, got in Vardy.

            Damn Son.

            1. Miguel Sanchez
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              Vardy yet to play though

          11. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Aurier is having an aurier type of game

          12. The Red Devil
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Wow! That defence! Definitely keeping mane imo

          13. Nightcrawler
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 2 days ago

            2 points for aurier would be a miracle here

          14. Miguel Sanchez
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            How many starts for David Silva in last three GWs:

            A) one
            B) two
            C) three

            1. Gudjohnsen
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              2

            2. FOO FIGHTER
                1 month, 2 days ago

                I recon he will play the final 2.

              • TorresMagic™
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • Has Moderation Rights
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 2 days ago

                not A

              • fr3d
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 2 days ago

                C

              • Duke Silver ☑
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 2 days ago

                Confident of 2 but think 3 is very possible.

              • Gobigorgohome
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 2 days ago

                b

              • Siva Mohan - Make more gree…
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 2 days ago

                36, 37 (sub) & 38 .. 3

              • antis0cial
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 2 days ago

                B

            3. Would Ed Woodward
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 2 days ago

              I didn't see the Liverpool game yesterday, how did Mane and Salah look? I have Mane but exact money to switch to Salah, might be a luxury move but did he still look as desperate to score as he did against Brighton?

              1. TheDragon
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 2 days ago

                Pope was on a one man mission to stop Salah scoring points

                1. Would Ed Woodward
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 2 days ago

                  Benched him for Martinez, would you make that move? Even though I can't win, I'm still only putting in people that others in ML don't have incase they randomly score 10 goals or something, other idea is to switch Doherty to Alonso if leaked team news says he starts.

                  1. TheDragon
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 2 days ago

                    I’d make the switch then

                    Other option would be Mane -> City Mid if you don’t have 3 already

                    1. Would Ed Woodward
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 2 days ago

                      Got Jesus, Foden, Mahrez and won't/can't go KDB or Sterling so think I'll do that move, might even cap.

              2. Gobigorgohome
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 2 days ago

                it was all about Pope

              3. Traction Engine Foot
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 2 days ago

                As an Arsenal fan, I expect both of them to score against us.

              4. FOO FIGHTER
                  1 month, 2 days ago

                  Salah better than Mane.

                • Rainer
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 2 days ago

                  Lackluster finishing mostly, his best strike off his right foot produced a great Pope save.

                  Unlucky not to have a pair of assists.

                  1. Amey
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 2 days ago

                    Sh.t
                    I thought he had an off game

                • Siva Mohan - Make more gree…
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 2 days ago

                  on a Salah day .. he would have score the winner in final minutes .. 2/3 baps and TAA would have got an assist ..

                  it was just a Pope day!

                • Would Ed Woodward
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 2 days ago

                  Thanks everyone.

              5. Fred54
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 2 days ago

                This is the day.

                This is the day non-Aurier owners.

                This is the day Aurier finally gets sent off.

              6. Gobigorgohome
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 2 days ago

                Davies take a bow

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

                Currently on 11 points from 7 with no (c) left...

                What a week...

                1. TorresMagic™
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 2 days ago

                  Bruno will save you.

                  1. TheDragon
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 2 days ago

                    Bruno is 150% owned and he hasn’t captained him....

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

                    I have no (c) left haha. Mane (c) fail.

                2. TheDragon
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 2 days ago

                  What’s your team?

                3. TomSaints
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 2 days ago

                  Similar to me. All time bad week...