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Aubameyang outperforms Salah in early audition for Gameweek 1 FPL captaincy

Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool

Arsenal won on penalties

  • Goals: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£12.0m) | Takumi Minamino (£6.5m)
  • Assists: Bukayo Saka (£5.5m)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£12.0m) furthered his case for a Blank Gameweek 1 captaincy as he starred in Arsenal’s Community Shield final win.

The recently converted Fantasy Premier League midfielder scored an excellent first-half goal as his movement and pace caused all sorts of problems for Liverpool in the opening period at Wembley.

Stationed on the left-hand side of the front-three in Mikel Arteta’s 3-4-3 formation, Aubameyang exploited the space behind right-back Neco Williams (£4.0m) in the 12th minute to get his goal. With the defender standing off him too much, he was able to cut inside on his right foot and curl an effort behind Alisson (£6.0m).

“Big games, big moments, big players. (Aubameyang) responded really well to that kind of pressure. We are close (to a new contract for him).” – Mikel Arteta

The £12.0m man faces Fulham on the opening weekend of the Premier League season and Saturday’s performance is sure to only further increase the interest in handing him the FPL captain’s armband.

Such a decision could arguably be made easier by what Fantasy managers saw of Liverpool attackers in the Community Shield final.

With Leeds coming to Anfield in Gameweek 1, Jurgen Klopp’s men had also been the subject of armband attention, especially Mohamed Salah (£12.0m) – but he was certainly not at the races at Wembley Stadium.

The Egyptian put in a rather anonymous display, certainly a far cry from the shot-heavy shifts we saw at the back-end of Project Restart.

Meanwhile, Sadio Mané (£12.0m) spurned one of Liverpool’s best chances of the game, a poor touch giving him the wrong angle to beat Emiliano Martínez (£4.5m) from close range.

What makes Arsenal’s performance more encouraging, and Liverpool’s less so, is the disparity between the two clubs when it came to preparation.

It was the Gunners who came into the Community Shield final with less pre-season game-time under their belt, with some players managing just one training session before the game. Despite that fact, they shot out of the traps and, for the majority of the first hour, were the most alert in both boxes.

By contrast, Liverpool have already played two pre-season matches but took until the introduction of Takumi Minamino (£6.5m) to offer any real insight going forward.

“David (Luiz) had only trained one day just before the final. He was able to play 90 minutes. Thank you to the players.” – Mikel Arteta

A key factor in Liverpool’s struggles at Wembley was the increasingly organised shape and discipline on offer at Arteta’s Arsenal.

Although Minamino did find a way through in the second half, for the most part, the Gunners’ back-three did an excellent job of containing Liverpool and dealing with Andrew Robertson‘s (£7.0m) relentless crossing.

Staffed by Kieran Tierney (£5.5m), David Luiz (£5.5m) and Rob Holding (£4.5m), the Arsenal backline did an excellent job of crowding out Salah and Mané, beating them to virtually every ball. That certainly bodes well for their defensive prospects in 2020/21, especially with Fulham and West Ham up first.

“A lot of teams play in this formation and in the final third you want to be fresh. You want to force it sometimes. We didn’t have our rhythm so we couldn’t create the chances we wanted.” – Jurgen Klopp

“(I was pleased with) the courage of the team. How aggressive we were without the ball, how well we made the decisions to break the pressure of Liverpool and cause them some issues in the backline.” – Mikel Arteta

However, there is still some uncertainty on how exactly to cover Arsenal’s defence this season with none of the £4.5m options particularly nailed-on just yet.

Holding was a key man against Liverpool but William Saliba (£4.5m), a player from whom much is expected, was on the bench at Wembley.

As for the goalkeeper situation, Arteta stopped short of declaring Martínez the first-choice during his pre-match media commitments.

The Spaniard missed Arsenal’s first pre-season friendly due to quarantine from recent travelling, which is why Bernd Leno (£5.0m) and Matt Macey shared minutes at Stadium MK.

However, Arteta seemed to suggest that the main reason Martínez came straight back into the side was that he helped Arsenal qualify for the Community Shield in the first place, having played in the FA Cup final earlier in the summer. Fantasy managers will have to hope one more pre-season friendly can be squeezed in between now and Blank Gameweek 1 to give us more information on the subject.

“I have two fantastic keepers. I think Emi (Martínez) finished the season really strong. He was our goalkeeper in the FA Cup and he deserves to play this final.” – Mikel Arteta

The stock of Liverpool defenders appears to be travelling in the opposite direction. As already mentioned, in the first half especially, Arsenal looked much more dangerous when pressing forward, exploiting space behind the Reds’ backline.

It was not far from a first-choice defence either, only Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.5m) missing from the usual suspects, but Liverpool still gave up plenty of chances early on. 

Williams offered Aubameyang too much room in the first half, Joe Gomez (£5.5m) gave the ball away a little too often and even Virgil van Dijk (£6.5m) struggled to keep up with some of the mistakes going on around him.

While this Liverpool defence has not become porous overnight, there are still enough troubling signs that Fantasy managers may think twice about investing in a double-up, especially with Alexander-Arnold left out of the Community Shield as a fitness precaution (although he is due to report for England duty on Monday).

Those on the lookout for cheaper attacking options in the Arsenal ranks will have seen more to like about Bukayo Saka (£5.5m) than Eddie Nketiah (£6.0m). The versatile midfielder was a key man for getting Arsenal moving in their counter-attacks during the first half, playing an excellent cross-field assist for Aubameyang’s goal and twice setting up Nketiah.

The former Leeds loanee has been exploiting the absence of Alexandre Lacazette (£8.5m) this week starting both of Arsenal’s pre-season games so far. With the Frenchman heavily rumoured with an exit, there is a chance that Nketiah could lock in the centre-forward’s role but his performance on Saturday was not quite at the level that will entice Fantasy managers.

Nketiah’s approach play was nice and he was certainly willing to receive the ball but the chances that came his way were not executed well enough.

Arsenal XI (3-4-3): Martínez; Tierney (Kolasinac 83′), Holding, D Luiz; Maitland-Niles, Xhaka, Elneny, Bellerín (Cédric 58′); Aubameyang, Nketiah (Nelson 82′), Saka (Willock 82′).

Liverpool XI (4-3-3): Alisson; Robertson, van Dijk, Gomez, N Williams (Minamino 59′); Wijnaldum (Brewster 90+2′), Milner (Keïta 59′), Fabinho; Mané, Firmino (C Jones 83′), Salah.

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936 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Egg noodle
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Are any of the chelsea centre backs nailed?

    1. Goodison Gladiators
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Don't start with their defence, better options and they need to improve

      1. Egg noodle
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        In a different game they are super cheap, so was wondering.

        1. Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Silva if I had to pick one

  2. hshepherd
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Anyone else starting with only one 12.0 premium midfielder? I'm starting with Auba but feels risky without having Salah. However, this lets me spread a lot over the rest of my squad.

    McCarthy
    TAA Doherty Vinagre
    Auba Son Soucek Fernandes (will have a placeholder for GW1 and transfer in GW2)
    Werner Jimenez Mitrovic
    4.0 KWP 4.0 4.5

    1. sully29
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      I'm fine with that team structure.

    2. Clay Davis
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Our teams are very similar. Same mid, but I have Lloris over McCarthy, and Jimi over Werner. Jimi is a set and forget option for me with no Europe this season. Werner will likely be a better capitain pick it subject to abit of rotation with Tammy and a Giroud when Europe kicks in

      1. hshepherd
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Thanks for the reply. Yeah I feel the same about Jimenez, very reliable over the season. Will be interesting to see how Doherty's move will affect both players.

        Who is your other striker as you don't have Werner?

  3. JURGENAUT
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Any love for Ramsdale?

    1. Tony Moon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Only from his girlfriend!

      1. The Son-dance Kid
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        You don't think his mother loves him also?

    2. ItOnlyTook9Years
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Only every fan of every club he's played at

    3. rhino
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      think he could be the surprise keeper this season with a much better defence in front of him.

    4. 3 A
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Quite good but 5.0 is not for me. Sheffield and Burnley are the teams when GK can have more bonus points.

  4. Nice to Finally Michu
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Saka and Auba to start the season before becoming Eze and KdB in GW3 looking tasty

    1. GE
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Who is Eze?

      1. JURGENAUT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 23 days ago

        The new signing at Crystal Palace

      2. Nice to Finally Michu
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Signed for 19.5m from QPR for Palace, similar numbers to Maddison in the championship
        6.0m in FPL

    2. Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      6m for a Palace midfielder? I'll pass.

      1. The Big Fella
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        My thoughts exactly

  5. Jonnyb40
      1 month, 23 days ago

      How does this line up.

      McCarthy
      TAA Egan Vinagre
      Salah Auba Son Ziyech ASM
      Mitrovic Werner

      Nayland Ferguson Bernardo Brewster

      First time doing FPL. So don't hold back lol

      1. Jonnyb40
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Should say I will be swapping out Son and Ziyech for KDB and possibly Soucek

        • sully29
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          All seem like reasonable picks.

        • Dr Mulholland
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Looks good.
          Think Ferguson is injured though.

        • grandemessi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          bench too weak

      2. Joyce1998
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        hows this draft?

        ryan
        taa, doherty, kwp
        salah, auba, son, periera, soucek
        werner, mitro

        subs- button, johnson, taylor, davis

        1. Joyce1998
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          1 mill itb to do auba and son to kdb, bruno

        2. sully29
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          As with the above team, all reasonable picks.

        3. Costa Nostra
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Miss out on Bruno at home to CP?

      3. JURGENAUT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 23 days ago

        When’s everyone thinking to do their wildcard?

        1. ZTF
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          10-15 gws in, ideally

        2. sully29
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          For GW5, when the transfer window will have closed and I'll have four GWs of stats to base decisions on.

        3. The Son-dance Kid
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          After transfer window closes for sure.

        4. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 23 days ago

          There’s a major fixture shift for Liverpool after the City match - time then to go big defence and rebalance side

      4. sully29
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Think Donny van de Beek would be a good signing for United if they can get him. Only 23, has played 170+ games for Ajax, has CL experience, comes from the Ajax school of technical/tactical proficiency and covers all three of their midfield positions.

        Couldn't have any less interest in him as an FPL asset.

        1. sirmorbach
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Agree, absolutely. VDB + Pogba + Fernandes is one hell of a midfield.

          1. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            Not enough balance. Couldnt start in the sand mid as Fernandes and Bruno.

            1. I Member
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 23 days ago

              Exactly. They need a defensive midfielder to play with Pogba and Fernandes, not another attack minded one like van de Beek.

        2. ALI_G
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          he was quite good in Dawsons Creek

        3. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Already headed for Barca isn't he?

      5. GE
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        First draft - What would you change?

        0.0 itb

        McCarthy
        TAA/Vinagre/KWP
        Salah/Auba/Son/Saka
        Werner/Ings/Mitrovic

        Bench: Nyland, Stephens, 4.0, 4.0

        1. sully29
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Depends on how the 4.0s are looking come season kick off. I'd want to know at least one of them is definitely starting.

        2. Dr Mulholland
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          First looks great.

          1. Dr Mulholland
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            XJ

      6. Slitherene
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Is Ward nailed?

        1. The Knights Template
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Bubblegummed

      7. Joyce1998
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        hows this?

        ryan
        taa, vinagre, kwp
        salah, auba, son, soucek
        werner, ings, antonio

        subs- button, johnson, mitchell, bissouma

        1. Joyce1998
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          then auba and son to rashford, kdb

      8. Kobayashi
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 23 days ago

        I get the feeling its going to be increasingly difficult to sell Aubameyang for KDB by GW2-3.

        1. JURGENAUT
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 23 days ago

          In terms of value or form?

          1. Kobayashi
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 23 days ago

            Form, price wise it's easy enough, but I don't think it's going to be as straightforward as first thought if Auba hits the ground running.

        2. BrooklynGooner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          I have him, but he's a flat-track bully. Gw 3-8 are LIV SHU MCI LEI MUN. Just need to figure out which City asset replaces him.

          1. JURGENAUT
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 23 days ago

            KDB

          2. Sanchit
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            I don't where people get this from.
            Can you give some stats to justify that he's a 'Flat track bully' ?
            A quick check shows me he scored 1 against Liverpool yesterday.
            2 each against Chelsea and City in FA cup.
            Scored against LEI, CHE, WOL, United, Tottenham in the league last year.

            1. BrooklynGooner
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 23 days ago

              Sorry, there was a great post I saw recently, here or on one of the other usual suspect sites. It's not that Auba can't score against the top, but just that his points are well-skewed towards the minnows. Aguero is the king in this regard, with Salah another bottom-feeder. KDB is on the other side of the spectrum, and also TAA, which is why I don't think I'd ever captain him.

              Really wish I could find that post, but if you just eyeball last season's Auba results from Transfermarkt, I think you'll find he's mainly beating up on the little guys:

              https://www.transfermarkt.com/pierre-emerick-aubameyang/leistungsdatendetails/spieler/58864/saison/2019/wettbewerb/GB1/verein/11

                1. BrooklynGooner
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 23 days ago

                  ...thanks, man

                2. Sanchit
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 22 days ago

                  Obviously most players would score less against the top 6-7 sides compared to them facing weaker teams.
                  I agree GW3 - GW8 is not a good time to have him.
                  Just that I'm a huge Auba fan so didn't like it when you called him a flat track bully. That guy literally won the FA cup on his own for Arsenal.

            2. Tony Moon
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 23 days ago

              There's a members' post and stats to justify it.

      9. Slitherene
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Is Matt Ritchie an option worth considering?

        1. BrooklynGooner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          As a MF this season, think most have him on their wait-&-see list.

        2. 3 A
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Ritchie and Shelvey in my watchlist

          1. 3 A
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            Asm too

        3. Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Defence to mid on fpl no thanks

      10. Bambi
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Soucek scored today not from a set piece but from bombing forward into the box when Antonio had some space to run at the Brentford defence. Starting to think Soucek could be 4th mid potential

        1. BrooklynGooner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Me, too. So getting him in gw8.

        2. lugs
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          yeah at the moment i have him as my 4th mid, i did have him at one stage as the 5th mid, but he seems like the type of player that would troll you if you ever bench him by scoring the only Hammers goal in a 5-1 loss to City or something

          1. Would Ed Woodward
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 23 days ago

            Yeah, at the moment I have ASM and Soucek with the idea of the latter being 5th mid, wondering whether Soucek and fodder might be more useful though.

      11. Joyce1998
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        hows this potential draft
        0.5 itb to do ings to martial gw 2
        auba to kdb gw3
        with 0.5 itb to upgrade 4 mill defender

        ryan
        taa, vinagre, kwp
        salah, auba, son, soucek
        werner, ings, mitro

        subs- johnson, gordon, mitchel

      12. ceerus
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        What do u think?
        McCarthy 4.0
        TAA Davies Vinagre (Justin 4.0)
        Salah Auba Son Soucek (4.5)
        Adams Werner Mitro

        On GW3 Auba Son > KDB Fernandes and maybe Adams > Calvert-Lewin

      13. Would Ed Woodward
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Anyone else really struggling to decide on stuff? It feels like too much can change still, I wonder if it'll still be like this at the start of the season, so many big transfers up in the air which will impact many potential choices.

        1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Oh yes. Extremely many good options this season!

      14. Disturbed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Thoughts on this draft folks? No liv defence, plan to load up after a few gws. 1m itb.

        Ryan
        Bavies vinagre kwp Mitchell
        Salah Auba son soucek
        Werner ings

        Button Davis GREENWOOD TAYLOR

      15. Phil's Stamps
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Doesn't VVD seems a better pick than Robbo?

        VVD has better overall value than Robbo. And he relies more on clean sheets for his points and subsequent bonus, likely no Adrian situation this time around so should get more. Also Liv signed a new cover for Robbo, likely his games will be reduced by at least a couple. A little less injury prone too.

        Thoughts?

        1. nisag17
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Good points. VVD does play every minute which helps. I won't be so sure about clean sheets helping VVD more as assist plus clean sheet almost guarantees bonus even if other players score also. Its more difficult to own VVD as his attacking returns are more spaced out but because he is .5 cheaper I do think he edges it.

          1. Phil's Stamps
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            Yeah if i go with TAA+VVD it's definitely a set and forget for the season (hopefully).

            1. nisag17
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 23 days ago

              Yes. But the danger is that if they have a slow start like last season you can become less flexible thinking they ate season keepers and not reacting to opportunities or if it doesn't make sense. But if you go with open mind, willing to ditch VVD of required, then it should be fine.

        2. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 23 days ago

          He’ll quite likely match Robbo quite closely.

          The rub is his attacking returns will be much more uneven and you’ll need to hold him longer to get the benefit of the attacking returns and the 0.5 saving. You need Liverpool to get very very consistent Cs for VVD to be a decent pick - Robbo can be ok even if cs are less regular

        3. Phil's Stamps
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Thanks for the replies guys, it seems the key will be patience if I go with him.

      16. Sterling Malory
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        This new draft leaves me a bit less flexible for KDB/Bruno but I'm quite liking the balance, thoughts?

        Lloris
        TAA Bellerin KWP
        Salah Auba Son ASM
        Werner Mitro DCL

        Nyland Douglas Anguissa Mitchell

        1. JURGENAUT
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 23 days ago

          I heard someone discuss DCL and mention that he is a wait and see asset to find out if he is nailed or not. Might be something to check

          1. Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 23 days ago

            No doubt he starts

      17. Bruno Bruno!!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Is going without Salah a viable option ?

        1. Penzardlife
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Yes

        2. nisag17
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Yes. Liverpool fan here. I have watched pretty season and he looks rusty. Having said that, I will be starting with him.

        3. 3 A
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Of course yes if you score more than him Bruno.

      18. JURGENAUT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 23 days ago

        For GW1

        Play Mitro or Soucek?

        1. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Mitro has one good fixture in the first 5 matches. Even then there was evidence that Villa had their act together by the end of last season

          1. COK3Y5MURF
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            This. I'm skeptical about the Villa fixture as well for that reason. Mitro appears to be a trap

      19. nisag17
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Mitrovich. Though it is a difficult choice.

        1. JURGENAUT
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Can you RMT please?

          McCarthy
          Robbo - Doherty - Tierney - Vinagre
          Salah - Son - Ziyech
          Kane - Werner - Mitro

          Bench: Nyland, Soucek, Neco, Gordon

        2. 3 A
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Got a lot of shot but i remember his conversion rates is quite poor.

        3. lugs
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          i think Mitro will do well enough for his price, but the main issue i have owning him is that Fulham, along with the other promoted teams will always be games i'll be looking to play my rotating cheap defenders against, so i don't own him just to avoid that annoying conflict of interest most weeks

      20. 2004
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 23 days ago

        RMT
        McCarthy
        Trent Robertson Vinagre Justin
        Salah Son Auba JWP
        Vardy Mitrovic

        Or

        McCarthy
        Trent Robertson Gomez Justin Vinagre
        Auba Son
        Werner Vardy Ings

        1. TorresMagic™ - 48n69x
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Gomez might not start.

          1. COK3Y5MURF
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            Why? Transformed their defence last season and has since kept his place.

            1. TorresMagic™ - 48n69x
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 23 days ago

              Watch the game vs Arsenal?
              Matip returning from injury.

              1. COK3Y5MURF
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 23 days ago

                Yes. Noticed a few mistakes in this game as well as the previous friendly. But I thought Williams was worse. Matip possibly returning but will lack match fitness and they were much better with Gomez last season.

                1. TorresMagic™ - 48n69x
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 23 days ago

                  Williams is not up to it but even the article talks about Gomez. 2 weeks is a long time regarding fitness.

      21. JURGENAUT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Can you RMT please?

        McCarthy
        Robbo - Doherty - Tierney - Vinagre
        Salah - Son - Ziyech
        Kane - Werner - Mitro

        Bench: Nyland, Soucek, Neco, Gordon

        Thank you

      22. I am here to Michu
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        As a fan of your club, what insights can you share that is beneficial to FPL players of other clubs?

        Let me start. As an Arsenal fan, here are my insights:
        (Not a future predictor but writing what is likely)

        Goalkeepers: We are unsure who will start. But, Martinez can not be dropped for the first games after his performance against Liverpool. I would stay clear from selecting an Arsenal goalkeeper because rotation is likely unless one of them is sold.

        Defenders: Our backline for most of the season will be:
        (against top 6) - Bellerin / Cedric - Saliba / Holding - Luiz - Gabriel / Tierney - Tierney / AMN
        (against top 4) - Bellerin / Cedric - Saliba / Holding - Luiz / Gabriel / Mari - Tierney

        Again, a lot of options at the back. So, I would not jump into our defence straight away. The only nailed-on defender is Tierney, and David Luiz until the youngsters step up. Saliba will be a good option once he settles given his price. Gabriel (who is close to being signed) maybe 4.5 / 5 but will see rotation from Pablo Mari when he is fit. So, the best bet is Tierney for now for his defending + attacking returns. I am sure he will be a bonus points magnet due to his style of play when we keep clean sheets.

        Midfielders:

        Aubameyang will be playing 32+ games and scoring 20+ goals and around 5-6 assists. We should be signing a new CM. That new CM and Xhaka will also feature in 30+ games. But nothing significant in FPL terms.

        Willian will be taking a CAM or wing roles against weaker sides. I am looking at 25+ games at least for him with 10+ assists and 8-10 goals. Pepe will be starting out wide in 30+ games and expecting similar stats to Willian. The likes of Saka and Martinelli are subjected to the rotation, but Saka will surely get 20+ starts this season and at least 10 assists and few goals.

        Forwards:

        Nketiah and Lacazette will be sharing the minutes. However, Nketiah will be getting more games than Lacazette. Nketiah isn't still in his clinical touch, but expecting at least 10 goals from him this season.

        So, in summary, Aubameyang is a season keeper and Tierney could be a good asset in long-run. Some cheap options such as Saliba and Saka will emerge sometime during the season that is to keep an eye for. Pepe and Willian are an alternative if you want an Arsenal asset, but can not afford Aubameyang - but Pepe has rotation threat from Saka, Nelson; and Willian may not play due to the system we sometimes play. Formation wise, we will be looking at a back 3 (back 5) at bigger games and 4-3-3 against weaker opponents with Willian as our CAM.

        I will add things if I remember. Do add some insights about your club too. Thanks!

        1. I am here to Michu
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          the 2nd defence was meant to be - against weaker sides.

        2. Coolbean
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Great analysis - looks spot on to me 🙂 is the Holding to Newcastle move off though?

        3. RichardNixon
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          "As a fan of your club, what insights can you share that is beneficial to FPL players of other clubs?"

          At Chelsea we have lost Pedro and Willian and brought in Ziyech. Pulisic is injured and Ziyech picked up some sort of injury yesterday (probably a minor one). Mount and Barkley are in quarantine and the season starts in two weeks.

          So that leaves our wide options limited for the start of the season. Supposedly CHO came back early for pre-season and he looked very hungry and lively yesterday. I reckon he will start in GW1 and at 6m he could be a very good option in a side that will create a lot of chances. He has plenty of quality and will be looking to prove himself.

      23. Pep Roulette
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Imo West Ham can easily score in their first 5 games! Soucek & Antonio are not bad options to start with! Especially Soucek at 5m and potential to be 4th mid looks amazing value to me!

        1. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Agreed up to a point

          WH did poorly last season in defence. Their attack wasn’t great of course but they didn’t blank that often and with those two you have a high GI. The wrinkle is that Moyes may set them up very cautiously against big boys.

          Soucek as the dead ball specialist is less likely to be hampered by low possession in matches with negative tactics.

        2. I am here to Michu
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Looks like I am buying and keeping Soucek for the first 5 GWs at least.

        3. Paul
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Is Antonio to start as an out and out No 9 though?

        4. Yankee Toffee
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          I like Soucek as 5th rotating with a cheaper fwd option such as Mitro or DCL to some diff fixtures

        5. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          I don’t know what they were smoking pricing Soucek at 5.0

          He can fail and still be value at that price - and if he performs to what he’s capable of he could easily be 6.5-7.0 next season

          Value alone makes him an almost ever present in my drafts

          Nearly every type of FPL team needs at least one dirt cheap attacker early on

      24. Yankee Toffee
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        RMT pls. Rotating Soucek and Mitrovic. Any glaring issues?

        Martinez
        TAA, Justin, KWP
        Son, Mane, Alba, ASM, Soucek
        Ings, Werner

        Steer, Mitro, Mitchell, Braithwaite

        0.0 itb

        1. Disturbed
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Looks good. Plan for united/ city attack?

          1. Yankee Toffee
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            Cheers, m8!

            Alba or Son > KDB or Bruno
            Ings or Werner > Martial or Kun

            Not sure yet, will see who's firing at that time.

        2. Yankee Toffee
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Sorry TAA is Robbo

      25. Disturbed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Vardy or Ings?

        1. Yankee Toffee
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Ings for me

      26. DRP
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        How does it looks?

        Donnarumma
        TAA - Davies - Magalhães - Vinagre
        Messi - Sancho - Havertz - Van De Beek
        Werner - Moreno

        Bench: Nyland, Justin, Stephen, Davies

        1. NZREDS
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Woah! Finally something out of the FFS template, I wish you all the best