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Saka back for Arsenal as West Ham visit Emirates Stadium

Bukayo Saka (£5.4m) is back in the Arsenal team as they host West Ham in Gameweek 2.

The FPL midfielder lost his place in the team as Willian (£8.1m) dropped in to make his debut at Fulham on opening weekend, but Mikel Arteta has found a place for him this time out.

While Saka spent most of pre-season on the right-hand side of Arsenal’s front-three, it appears as if he will be occupying the left wing-back role performed by Ainsley Maitland-Niles (£5.0m) in Gameweek 1, who drops to the bench.

Meanwhile, Saturday’s evening match is a crucial one for the Gameweek 2 captaincy, as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£12.0m) was handed the armband by over two million managers.

The Gabonese international is, once again, joined in the front-three by Alexandre Lacazette (£8.5m), who opened the scoring this season.

Arteta retains faith with the same back-three that kept a clean sheet at Fulham, naming Kieran Tierney (£5.5m), Rob Holding (£4.5m) and Gabriel (£5.0m) in the team to face West Ham.

Meanwhile, Michail Antonio (£6.4m) keeps the Hammers’ centre-forward berth for another week, supported in attacking midfield by Arthur Masuaku (£4.5m), Pablo Fornals (£6.5m) and Jarrod Bowen (£6.4m).

There is still no start for Ben Johnson (£4.0m), the budget defender named on the bench once more, still behind Ryan Fredericks (£4.5m) in the right-back pecking order.

Arsenal XI: Leno; Tierney, Holding, Gabriel; Saka, Ceballos, Xhaka, Bellerín; Aubameyang, Lacazette, Willian.

West Ham United XI: Fabianski; Cresswell, Ogbonna, Diop, Fredericks; Rice, Soucek; Masuaku, Fornals, Bowen; Antonio.

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1,778 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Stupendous
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Honestly, 12m for an uninterested winger?

    Blow the whistle already ref.

    1. soup natsi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      ref said he will if you write the same thing five more times

    2. Daniel - Go Granville
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Yeah he looks uninterested

  2. lordkippe
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Sterling or KDB ?

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Sterling

    2. Arn De Gothia
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Based on what?

      1. Dr. Rog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Ownership

        1. Arn De Gothia
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Then just look at % 🙂

  3. Tony Martial
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Always when I captain Auba he blanks

    1. ALI_G
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      he hasn't blanked

    2. Tony Martial
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 5 days ago

      *doesnt return well

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

      Same for me

    4. beric
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      He got an assist ennit

    5. sully29
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Strange that so many people say this given he's a flat-track bully if you look at which teams he scores his goals against.

  4. Slitherene
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    What to do with Willian + Aubameyang + 2.5 ITB?

    Don't have United, City or Salah..

    1. Arn De Gothia
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      How about letting city play first? You seen how it went for all who rushed manures in

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

    Urgh, so close Antonio...

  6. F_Ivanovic
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    glad to see casuals punished this week by ignoring everton assets.

    1. Bubz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Everton assets were among the most transferred in

    2. Heiro
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Pretty toxic.
      4 top 5ks and I don't knee jerk based on one game.

      Wanted to see a bit more

      1. F_Ivanovic
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        relax all. I don't even have any Everton players myself. It was a reverse jab on the inevitable casuals getting lucky for their 1 week punts. I'm happy for those that got them in even if my GW was complete rubbish.

    3. doher.ty
        2 months, 5 days ago

        What are you on about?

      • Slouch87
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Kind of comment which makes this place what it is.

    4. Slurpy
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Ramsdale (BPF)
      Digne Justin TAA Dallas (Ferguson)
      Auba Salah ASM Son (Soucek)
      Adams Werner (Davies)

      2FT
      1m ITB
      Want City, United Everton option and to shift ASM if he doesn't get a return.
      Worth a wildcard or can it be done in 3?

      1. UnitedRthebest
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Auba to KDB and Adams to DCL. Could also do Son to James. Wait for a MUN asset

        • Arn De Gothia
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Maybe Son out for JRod? But not yet

      2. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Get Pepe on and move up top

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

          Fabianski owner?

      3. 1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Is there a consensus for when would be most sensible to use the Free Hit chip?

        1. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          2021

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

            Cheers, my team has awful GW3 fixtures but very good GW4 fixtures, so am reluctant to take players out because of one bad GW.

        2. Dr. Rog
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          When you have massive team value + double game week.
          Usually wk 34-36.

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

            Thanks, I have the issue above. But it sounds like it's best to hold off.

          2. Arn De Gothia
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Or when 4-5 games are postponed

        3. doher.ty
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Screw consensus, I’m running my team how I want

        4. Pedram
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Willian going back to being a fraud again

          1. doher.ty
              2 months, 5 days ago

              He’s literally never been a consistent FPL asset

          2. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Auba playing deeper than kola at times

            1. Daniel - Go Granville
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              See below 🙂

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

            Which duo?

            A) James & Greenwood
            B) Robbo & Podence

            Already have Jimenez.

            1. Forgetmeknot
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              A

            2. Arn De Gothia
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              So many jameses

          4. Trophé Mourinho
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Looking like Auba will assist Willian soon

          5. Daniel - Go Granville
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Kolasinac more advanced than Auba

          6. ivantys
              2 months, 5 days ago

              Arsenal home fail

            • Gudjohnsen
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              Auba 5 pointer or will he get booked?

            • Steve The Spud
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 5 days ago

              auba playing in nets

              1. Daniel - Go Granville
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 5 days ago

                Deeper than Bruno even

            • Brosstan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              Auba everywhere except up top...

            • ALI_G
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              what are people's thoughts on Auba?

              For me playing too wide and deep for 12m, I think money better spent on KdB

              1. Chandler Bing
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 5 days ago

                Ditto

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

                Out for Sterling

              3. Make America Greta Again
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 5 days ago

                Moving to Kdb also, fixture oriented approach.

              4. doher.ty
                  2 months, 5 days ago

                  I mean, most are transferring him out this GW regardless. His fixtures aren’t good moving forward.

                • Andy_Social
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 5 days ago

                  I'd pre-planned to get rid after this game anyway, so I'm not fussed.

                • Arn De Gothia
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 5 days ago

                  I want to see kdb first

              5. Steve The Spud
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                2 months, 5 days ago

                I just have a feeling auba is going to score

                1. Bubz
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 5 days ago

                  Yeah he tends to do that

              6. Slim25
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 5 days ago

                Auba or Salah to KDB/Sterling?

                Team atm
                McCarthy (Button)
                Taa, Egan, Davies (Lewis, Mitchell)
                Salah, Auba, Alli, Barnes (Burke)
                Werner, Adams, Mitro

                1. Arn De Gothia
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 5 days ago

                  No

              7. ivantys
                  2 months, 5 days ago

                  Auba isn't the troll, Arsenal are the trolls. They showed that they are midtable standard today.

                • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 5 days ago

                  Arsenal look shattered

                • Mr. Mystic
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 5 days ago

                  KDB to rise or price locked?

                  1. doher.ty
                      2 months, 5 days ago

                      Lol

                  2. Niho992
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 5 days ago

                    Gabriel Magalhaes is awful player. Already made 3 big errors in 2 games so far. Brazilian Mustafi.

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

                    Would you WC this lot?

                    McCarthy
                    Saliba - Trent - Justin
                    Salah - Auba - Son - ASM - Soucek
                    Werner - Martial

                    (Button, Mitchell, c Taylor & Brewster)

                    1. Karan14
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 5 days ago

                      Yes probably

                      1. DAZZ
                        • 6 Years
                        2 months, 5 days ago

                        Why would you WC?? 3 transfers and his team is in great shape

                        1. Karan14
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          2 months, 5 days ago

                          Lots of good fixture swings this week.

                    2. tomasjj
                      • 6 Years
                      2 months, 5 days ago

                      no.
                      I would adjust over 3-4 weeks.

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

                      Auba and Son to Rodriguez and Sterling

                      1. Hryszko
                        • 3 Years
                        2 months, 5 days ago

                        Just feel like I have other fires to put out, Saliba etc?

                    4. Arn De Gothia
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      2 months, 5 days ago

                      No, maybe a hit

                    5. ThisTimeNxtYrRodney
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 5 days ago

                      Same team almost as me with mitchell instead of lamptey. Im doing auba and son to Rodriguez and sterling. Dont wc you may need it for a corona related reason later.

                  4. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                    • 10 Years
                    2 months, 5 days ago

                    Saka marking soucek at corners 😆

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

                      Pump the ball towards him Hammers!

                  5. Lovren an elevator
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 5 days ago

                    What happened to Tierney?!

                    1. ClassiX
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      2 months, 5 days ago

                      Injured in warm-up

                  6. Brosstan
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 5 days ago

                    Bowen wasting Soucek assist

                  7. Pedram
                    • 7 Years
                    2 months, 5 days ago

                    My vice captain Hamez is doing better than Auba, ah well that's what i get for being a coward