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Alexander-Arnold absent as Martínez starts in goal for Arsenal

Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.5m) remains absent for Liverpool as their preparations for the 2020/21 campaign continue with the Community Shield final.

The right-back has already missed two pre-season friendlies this summer and, even though Jurgen Klopp said there was a chance he could be involved at Wembley, Neco Williams (£4.0m) has been handed a third-successive start in his place.

It is difficult to be too downbeat regarding Alexander-Arnold’s fitness issues though, considering he is still set to report for England duty on Monday morning.

The rest of Liverpool’s Community Shield line-up is largely as expected with Andrew Robertson (£7.0m), Virgil van Dijk (£6.5m) and Joe Gomez (£5.5m) completing the back-four.

And, of course, Mohamed Salah (£12.0m), Sadio Mané (£12.0m) and Roberto Firmino (£9.5m) comprise the front-three, although, based on Klopp’s pre-match press conference, we could see Rhian Brewster (£4.5m) feature from the bench.

Mikel Arteta may have potentially thrown Fantasy managers a bone with his team selection, handing a start to budget goalkeeper Emiliano Martínez (£4.5m).

The Spaniard has not featured in friendlies for the Gunners yet, Bernd Leno (£5.0m) starting the win at MK Dons, but, at the first chance of availability, he is back in the team following an excellent run of form during Project Restart.

If he were to hold onto the mantel of first-choice at Arsenal, that might ward off interest in William Saliba (£4.5m), who has been named among the substitutes today.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£12.0m) is stationed on the left-hand side of the Arsenal front-three, joined there by Bukayo Saka (£5.5m) and Eddie Nketiah (£6.0m).

Interestingly, after spending last season on loan in Turkey, Mohamed Elneny (yet to be priced) starts in central midfield alongside Granit Xhaka (£5.5m).

Liverpool XI (4-3-3): Alisson; Robertson, van Dijk, Gomez, N Williams; Wijnaldum, Milner, Fabinho; Mané, Firmino, Salah.

Arsenal XI (3-4-3): Martínez; Tierney, Holding, D Luiz; Maitland-Niles, Xhaka, Elneny, Bellerín; Aubameyang, Nketiah, Saka.

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1,404 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Liber
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 1 day ago

    So will TAA even start GW1?

    1. Kobayashi
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 1 day ago

      Most likely, it seems he'll have had enough time to recover. Klopp just doesn't want to risk him too early.

    2. Nanoelektronicar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      I don't know, but what I know is that with him being doubt, I can't afford to bench both him and United player in GW 1.

    3. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      Probably needs England minutes next week.

      Supposedly close but not in the squad is a worry.

    4. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      Everyone ripping up drafts after presser day before GW1 deadline incoming.

  2. Original - Wolves Ay We
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 1 day ago

    The GW1 squad will depend on the GW2-3 Strategy to bring in City and United players. With the high prices and predicted price rises, this is going to be a difficult task without playing an early wildcard. Is anyone satisfied they've solved the problem?

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      Haven’t gave anything a serious though yet as it’s still to early with a lot to happen but Salah or Mane to Bruno in GW2 & Auba to KDB in GW3 were my early thoughts.

      A lot can change though, everything goes out the window if Messi arrives or international injuries occur.

    2. Nanoelektronicar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      Downgrade from 12.0 mids, or premium forward and budget mid for premium mid and budget fwd swap for free or even a hit.

    3. Lignja
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      I have Salah, Mane, Auba and Greenwood on bench, will swap Mane or Salah to KDB, than if I i decide to have Bruno also Auba to Brun gw 3

    4. Bobby Digital
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      I like my team for the next six or so GWs. Planning to get a Utd or City player in for Auba in GW3.

      1. Flynny
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 1 day ago

        I've got greenwood on the bench gw1.

        And cash itb to upgrade antonio / ings or whoever I fancy as gw1 punt for martial gw2

    5. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      Holding Fernandes is my solution. I know that a lot don't agree with me.

  3. Flynny
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 1 day ago

    Where is lacasette?

    Is nketiah an option??

    Thanks

    1. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      Off out of the club, and yes.

    2. Jellyfish
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      Nketiah is very tempting

  4. Twisted Saltergater
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    5 months, 1 day ago

    Cabellero penalty save 😯

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      He loves saving them. Did Maupay miss another?

      1. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        5 months, 1 day ago

        yup. Not a bad pen tbh, it was in the corner but lacked a bit of power.

        1. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 1 day ago

          Cheers.

    2. Giggs Boson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      Willy needs more respect.

      1. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        5 months, 1 day ago

        Hard to ignore on this showing.

  5. Miguel Sanchez
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 1 day ago

    Henderson or Keita as a one week punt vs Leeds?

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      Henderson won’t start.

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 1 day ago

        How come?

        1. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 1 day ago

          Injured.

          No minutes won’t help before GW1, hopefully he’s closer come then.

          1. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            5 months, 1 day ago

            Thought I saw his name in the lineup - must have read Milner as Henderson

    2. Giggs Boson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      Sounds awful.

    3. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 1 day ago

      Neither

    4. Greasy Grealish Gang
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 1 day ago

      Deffo Keita. Well rested and was looking good since the restart and during the friendlies.

  6. BobbyDoesNotLook
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 1 day ago

    Ziyech down, Werner limping.

    1. BobbyDoesNotLook
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      Ziyech walked off.

    2. Gazza2000
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      Ziyech off

    3. Jon Walter's Hatty
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      Welcome to England

    4. Bubz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      Oh ffs

  7. Miguel Sanchez
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 1 day ago

    Ziyech off with a knock

  8. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 1 day ago

    That’s Chelsea assets off the table.

  9. Berbs
    • 10 Years
    5 months, 1 day ago

    @LynchStandard
    Trent Alexander-Arnold narrowly misses out for #LFC despite hopes he would feature. Still set to report for England duty on Monday.

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      Just need him to make 60 on the 12th.

    2. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      Not selected?

  10. Jellyfish
    • 8 Years
    5 months, 1 day ago

    No TAA, no Saliba, Martinez starting and Zyech off injured.....carnage

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      Luckily people haven’t wasted too much time building teams hoping on these assets so far out from the start.

  11. mgilbert86
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    5 months, 1 day ago

    Hello,
    Any spurs fans here? What are chances these two are in the starting 11 (how close to nailed)?

    Alli and Dier

    1. Gazza2000
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      Both nailed I would say.

    2. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 months, 1 day ago

      Dier is nailed

      Alli is a tricky one, looks great in the friendlies but Spurs journalists have said that Mourinho sees Ndombele as a part of his plans this season and he would take Alli's place. Should start GW1 anyways as Ndombele lacks match fitness and is in quarantine

      Not a Spurs fan btw

      1. mgilbert86
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 1 day ago

        Alli is the one I'm hoping is nailed because he's his lowest price in years and still a quality player

    3. Steinburg FC
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      Dier is more nailed at the moment, Alli lost place to LoCelso end of last season when back from injury but i expect Alli to be given a run at the start as Mou likes him. LoCelso will get minutes in Europa League.

  12. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 1 day ago

    You can swap out Ziyech without consequence before GW1 remember......

    1. Lindelol
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      I hope it’s true

    2. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 1 day ago

      it's a minus 4 for me

  13. Jon Walter's Hatty
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 1 day ago

    I like the fact people are moaning about injuries and benchings before season has even started

    1. Giggs Boson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      I'm starting to remember how much this game sucks once it starts.

      Pre-season is this wonderful lucid moment of pure hope, before a torrent of pain.

  14. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    5 months, 1 day ago

    Eh. Ziyech looked fine. Just precautionary.

  15. Manani
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 1 day ago

    so no Saliba then? ANyone still keeping him?

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      Not staring in a 2 before Gabriel arrives is a killer.

      Needs Arteta to play a 3.

    2. Gazza2000
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      Never had him

    3. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      Yes. Way too soon for knee-jerks

      1. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        5 months, 1 day ago

        Agreed. Haller in

    4. mgilbert86
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      Arsenal fan and I'm not, until we sell a few more players, too many possible rotation players that could play there (could be luiz, saliba, gabriel, tierney, kolasinac, holding)

  16. bitm2007
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 1 day ago

    Shame Villa don't play GW1, a 4.0m playing second keeper (Nyland) would have made selecting Martínez less of a risk.

    1. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 1 day ago

      Can't see Leno sitting on the bench for long

      1. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 1 day ago

        Won’t in the league.

    2. Giggs Boson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      Not sure why so many people have Nyland when Steer is far more likely to start over him. Seen pro pundits have him too when the FFS budget goalkeeper article says Steer is the better pick!

      1. Jellyfish
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 1 day ago

        ^this

      2. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 1 day ago

        Why's that? Only 7 minutes played last season

        1. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 1 day ago

          He was the keeper subbed on for Heaton when he got injured. Steer then got injured himself and missed the rest of the season.

          Nyland was 3rd choice pre-Reina.

        2. Giggs Boson
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          5 months, 1 day ago

          "While Nyland played more Premier League minutes than any other currently priced £4.0m goalkeeper in 2019/20 (537), and is currently in 17.3% of teams, he did not exactly impress during Project Restart.

          Meanwhile, when Heaton was first injured, Steer was the man Smith turned to instead of Nyland after he helped Villa to an impressive run of wins and clean sheets en route to the Championship play-off final in 2018/19. The only reason Steer did not feature more often last season was because he himself got injured eight minutes into deputising for Heaton and missed the rest of the campaign. Mostly recovered from that knock now, Steer could be one to consider as bench fodder in the event he features in some pre-season outings."

          https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/2020/08/22/the-best-budget-fpl-goalkeepers-for-2020-21/

          1. Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            5 months, 1 day ago

            Must've missed that injury, cheers for that

        3. Jellyfish
          • 8 Years
          5 months, 1 day ago

          Replaced Heaton when he was injured in the Burnley game, then picked up an injury 8 mins in to the Wolves game. Nyland was third choice

      3. dunas_dog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 1 day ago

        This. Steer in my team

  17. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    5 months, 1 day ago

    Lamptey displaying more offensive intent in a minute than Veltman did in 60

    1. Greasy Grealish Gang
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 1 day ago

      Had Lamptey in since the start. He bagged a couple of Motm for Brighton if I recall correctly. A pleasure to watch him play.

  18. Jotangs
      5 months, 1 day ago

      Loool if you guys think Holding will start the season ahead of Saliba you're not very smart. Arteta isnt stupid and will start Saliba against Fulham as he knows hes better.

      1. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 1 day ago

        Holding to Newcastle supposedly.

        Gabriel likely LCB with Luiz RCB. Can’t see Arteta playing 3 CBs vs Fulham.

        1. Jotangs
            5 months, 1 day ago

            He will never play Luiz in a back 4 again trust me.

        2. Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 1 day ago

          TooYou're not very smart if you think Saliba is nailed and won't be rotated.

      2. Bartowski
        • 10 Years
        5 months, 1 day ago

        I have a feeling Martinez is in goal today because he helped win the FA Cup that got them here.

        Wouldn't read too much into it, probably just going to be their keeper for the cups.

        1. PascalCygan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 1 day ago

          Agree. And there’s a good chance he leaves. Interest here and abroad.

      3. Right In The Stanchion
          5 months, 1 day ago

          As an Arsenal fan I’m really not happy with that lineup.

          1. Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            5 months, 1 day ago

            Not easy watching Elneny start...

        • Jacky boy
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 1 day ago

          why soucek scores lots of all goals ?
          isn't he a DM ?

          1. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            5 months, 1 day ago

            CM arriving late in the box and also a set piece threat.

          2. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            5 months, 1 day ago

            Set piece nuisance

          3. Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            5 months, 1 day ago

            He's a rich man's fellani

        • Don Van Vliet
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          5 months, 1 day ago

          'Community Shield final'...

          1. Nightcrawler
            • 1 Year
            5 months, 1 day ago

            Takes a lot more to get here than most finals

            1. Don Van Vliet
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              5 months, 1 day ago

              Redundant point.

              1. Nightcrawler
                • 1 Year
                5 months, 1 day ago

                Its a konock out game with winner taking the trophy its a final

                1. Don Van Vliet
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  5 months, 1 day ago

                  Wrong.

        • Steinburg FC
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 1 day ago

          What a terrible camera angle my stream has.... to flat to the pitch...

          1. comeonspurs
            • 10 Years
            5 months, 1 day ago

            I’m looking for the stream

            1. Steinburg FC
              • 6 Years
              5 months, 1 day ago

              you can't link streaming sites here just search google

        • Right In The Stanchion
            5 months, 1 day ago

            Bellarin really needs to start performing. Been shyte for years pals...

          • Giggs Boson
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            5 months, 1 day ago

            Robertson is looking good.

          • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
            • 10 Years
            5 months, 1 day ago

            So Trent has not played a minutes pre season

          • Rambo The XVIth
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            5 months, 1 day ago

            So holding going to be preferred by arteta now ? Or Saliba still has a chance ?

            1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
              • 10 Years
              5 months, 1 day ago

              Holding could be leaving

            2. Rainer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              5 months, 1 day ago

              Gabriel more of an issue for Saliba.

            3. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
              • 6 Years
              5 months, 1 day ago

              Going to Newcastle on loan according to rumours

          • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
            • 10 Years
            5 months, 1 day ago

            Vvd goal disallowed

          • Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            5 months, 1 day ago

            Virgil G Robbo A getting closer.

            1. Giggs Boson
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              5 months, 1 day ago

              Robertson looks sharp.