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Nketiah straight back in Arsenal team after suspension

Eddie Nketiah (£4.3m) makes an immediate return to the Arsenal team following his Gameweek 34+ suspension.

The young striker last a matter of minutes in the 1-1 draw with Leicester, in which he was sent off shortly after taking to the field as a substitute.

With that three-match ban out of the way, Mikel Arteta has thrown him back into the side for his first Premier League appearance since then.

Nketiah is joined in the attack by Arsenal’s key attackers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£10.9m) and Alexandre Lacazette (£9.2m), who start together again for the first time since the Gameweek 35+ defeat at Spurs.

As has become usual, Arteta has lined his troops up in 3-4-3 formation, Bukayo Saka (£4.7m) and Cédric Soares (£4.8m) providing the width as wing-backs on this occasion.

Aston Villa line-up in their customary 4-3-3 formation, Jack Grealish (£5.9m) and Trézéguet (£5.2m) flanking Mbwana Samatta (£5.1m) in attack.

With Watford losing heavily against Manchester City, Dean Smith’s men may have half an eye on goal difference, as they currently share the same figure (-27) with the Hornets and are three points adrift of safety.

Aston Villa XI: Reina; Targett, Mings, Konsa, Elmohamady; Hourihane, D Luiz, McGinn; Grealish, Samatta, Trézéguet.

Arsenal XI: Martínez; Kolasinac, D Luiz, Holding; Saka, Torreira, Ceballos, Cédric; Aubameyang, Lacazette, Nketiah.

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1,311 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Little Red Lacazette
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Watford in a stinker.

  2. Berbs
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Massive, massive win for Villa.

    Fancy them to stay up now.

    1. The_Fish
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Sticking your neck out there.

    2. seanie3
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Of course they will now stay up, Watford have worse goal difference by one so even if they both lose and Villa don’t lose by more goals they step up but could even Nick a draw against West Ham playing like this, Watford deserve to go down for sacking Pearson

  3. Silecro
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Most nailed city def to start gw38?

    1. waltzingmatildas
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Laporte?

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

      Walker?

    3. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      None of them

    4. ZimZalabim
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Walker

  4. Syd.
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Get in there

  5. diesel001
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Villa out of the relegation spots!

    1. Berbs
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Watford deserve this for NP treatment

      1. BeaversWithAttitude
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Word. That's karma, baby!

      2. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        So true

  6. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Great stuff Villa. Hope you stay up!

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

    Well done, Villa.

    Get Watford down!

    1. Berbs
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Foster, Doucoure and Sarr will surely get Prem moves

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

        Doucoure to United 😮

      2. ZimZalabim
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Foster and Dawson relegated again as at west brom might not get as many suitors as before

        Sarr for sure and Doucoure, hughes and delo

    2. seanie3
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      This

      1. Nomar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        +1

  8. dshv
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    FH 38+

    1. Aurier and Auba
    2. Laporte and Rashford

    Other forward ?

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

    Hilarious if Watford go down, up the Villains!

  10. The Train Driver
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Loved that fighting spirit by AV, this is what football is all about.

  11. Qaiss
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    I can’t believe I captained a player who’s team couldn’t even make Reina make a save to do.. how stupid

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

      Villa fighting for their lives

      1. Qaiss
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Yeah but not making Reina have a save is pathetic

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

          They are like thay since Restart.
          I feel the pain though

          1. Qaiss
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Ugh, Auba cap has ruined my season. Genuinely thought we would have a shot on target against a team in the bottom 3...

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

              🙁

  12. Lucky Z
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Neither Arsenal (in terms of 7th place contest) nor Auba (for top scorer) have any motivation for GW38, right? Moreover, silly to risk Auba in one last meaningless game before the only chance to save season - FA Cup Final. Thoughts?

    1. gers23
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      If have Auba keep but wouldn't be transferring him in.

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

    Avoid Antonio?

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

      You were thinking about him ?
      😉

  14. tucaoneo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    No Tierney RC. Disappointed.

  15. Amey
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Very happy for Villa 😀

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

    Bye bye Watford.

  17. diesel001
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Auba hat-trick on Sunday?

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

      Looks like it

    2. seanie3
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Yes and send Watford down

      1. Nomar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        I think this result tonight has sent them down anyway.

    3. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      On that performance, not a chance.
      Watford are a team of huge players Ars will get bullied

  18. Will J 256
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Bit worried about Antonio now as Villa will be fighting for their lives in that match. Lucas Moura?!!

    1. Strchld
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Yeah, this have put me off to get Antonio.

  19. KGFC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Arsenal is back... to being Arse-nal 🙄

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

    Huge win.

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

    Do you think Dilva & Mahrez are enough MCI attackers for FH gw38?

    1. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Why no Sterling?

    2. LE CHARO
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Wouldn't feel comfortable with only those 2

    3. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      yes as both should start

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

      I would say Sterling and Dilva can be enough

  22. bench boost for every gamew…
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    The sound of changing from martinez to pope, triple burnley it is

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

      My defense would be very different... 😀

    2. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Wut bout lloris?

  23. BENOIT
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Utter disgrace from the Gooners. Hate the way teams roll over at the end of the season and have a huge impact on relegation

    1. Nomar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Probably knackered after the FA Cup semi final.

      1. Klaren
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Only 4 keepers (other than the keeper) who started this match. They just weren’t good today, not much to do with fatigue.

        1. Klaren
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Only 4 players who started the FA cup match started this march*

          Can’t type 🙂

    2. Qaiss
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Just pathetic, Reina didn’t make one save. Auba is a world class forward and instead of playing him there we give Nketiah and all this crap the go up top.

  24. Oggle22
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Anyone know a more jammy ml leader than my rival benched yes benched Sterling and Digne 2nd sub and ended up getting both there points to open up a 54 point gap I could take him beating me if he didnt always get a god damn lucky how does that even happen and hes so aragon as well which doesn't help! Chances of a Salah and bruno hatty tomorrow

    1. Tinkermania
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Maybe he subbed them sneakily to play mind games. He knew 2 starters were not going to play and auto sub will come in.

      1. Oggle22
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        No chance he had Saiss and Dilva starting 100% the luckiest lad I know

    2. gers23
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Hate people like that

      1. Oggle22
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Happened a few times the last few weeks and he started to copy my team to block me and this is why I believe this game is a lot more luck than skill obviously skill and research etc plays a part but luck is the main factor 100%

    3. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      If by my life or death I can protect you, I will. You have my sword...

  25. Bookkeeper
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Back to the drawing board for Arsenal

  26. Ajax Hamsterdam
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    a auba and mahrez
    b ings and sterling

    thank you

    1. Will J 256
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 2 days ago

      That is exactly my dilemma as well! Leaning towards sterling and ings at the moment

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        cheers

  27. Zim0
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    If Villa and Watford both lose and Bournemouth win they can still be safe

  28. umerlfc
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Auba off the FH teams now?

    1. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Off mine XD

  29. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Could have been an Elmo clean sheet after all 🙁

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

    Is there a bigger jekyl and hyde team than Arsenal
    Beat Liverpool and City then lose to relegation battling team

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

      Robinhood of PL

    2. SackWenger
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Nketiah

    3. Krafty Werks
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Arsenal 0 Watford 1