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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. Heiro
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Always planned a WC.

    Thoughts on

    McCarthy/Steer
    Justin/Mitchel/WalkerP/Egan/Buur
    Son/Sterling/Zaha/JRod/Salah
    Martial/Werner/Davies

    Crazy going this heavy up top?

    1. Stimps
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      That defence is rubbish

      1. Heiro
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        It is but looks at the rest!

        1. Stimps
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          You'll want one of trent or Robbo in a few GWs

      2. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        This is true tbh

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

      Downgrade son by a bit to put add a few bob to strengthen defence

      1. Heiro
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Yes I was planning unless something magical happens against Southampton.

        His fixtures are v good if he goes on a heater.

    3. Arn De Gothia
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      My eyes hurts

    4. Khalico
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      defence would need looking at

  2. Gudjohnsen
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Auba off?

  3. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Any risk KDB rises in price tonight?

  4. Pedram
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

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

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Richarlison here 🙁

  5. jimmyabs1987
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Why Sterling over KDB?

    My only thought is KDB will play deep but he always finds a way...

    I have no utd or city yet and not sure who to prioritise

    1. Arn De Gothia
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Why not watch a game first?

      1. jimmyabs1987
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Yes fair point

    2. puhd
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Sterling my pick. I think he’ll out score KDB

  6. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Laca is a good finisher but other than that he has no talent

    1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Okay

      1. doher.ty
          2 months, 11 days ago

          This

      2. puhd
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        He’s been absolute rubbish today. Lucky header

    2. Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Need one goal at least from Auba

    3. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Soucek due xGI

    4. Gudjohnsen
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      How are Arsenal looking?

      1. Nomar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Crap

      2. Stupendous
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Crap as always! Seriously such a dull football team.

        Selling Auba and benching Holding until I can move him on n all.

        They are so boring. Everything about the club now. Just naff.

      3. Khalico
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        lacklustre

    5. COK3Y5MURF
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Auba (c) massive fail. Should've gone with my vice, Richa

      1. Nomar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Glad to be selling him this week.

    6. KGFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Is there any alternate to FPLStats to check price change predictions?

      1. Arn De Gothia
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Fiso crack the code is one I like. Getting transferred in/out much clearer

        1. KGFC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Thanks, ADG!

    7. james 101
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      How’s Willian looking this evening?

      Not watching the game.

      1. TheDragon
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Not really involved

        But on corners

        1. james 101
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Thanks mate.

          That’s something I guess.

          1. TheDragon
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            He has just been subbed off for Pepe :/

            1. james 101
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 11 days ago

              Ha. Comedy timing.

      2. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Quiet

        1. james 101
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Cheers

          1. james 101
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Assuming you aren’t just telling me to shut up!

            1. g40steve
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 11 days ago

              Very anonymous.

      3. Hotdogs for Tea
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        did he start ?

        1. james 101
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Not a good sign if it’s not obvious!

      4. Arn De Gothia
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Long hair, that’s about it

      5. Danno - Emre Canada
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        He’s looking from the bench now I’m afraid

    8. Yome
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Double Wolves defence for the next 5?

      1. puhd
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        I wouldn’t

    9. ivantys
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Overpriced pepe coming on

      • Rhodes your boat
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Yay or nay for havertz to jrod?

        1. TheDragon
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Chelsea have West Brom next

          1. Esalman
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            And Everton has Palace next.

            1. TheDragon
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 11 days ago

              Palace are very very good defensively
              West Brom can’t defend

        2. Hotdogs for Tea
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          nah, Burnley attackers aren’t that great

        3. Pedram
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Willian blank

        4. Gazza2000
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Nay, Havertz got WBA next

      • Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Willian wagon rightfully up in flames.

      • Gobigorgohome
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Willian 2 pointer

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

        Willian fail 😯

        1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          First positive thing this GW

      • IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Auba -> KDB too soon? To avoid price rise

        1. Arn De Gothia
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          If you like to gamble, but have seen worse moves

      • elchilangles
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Zaha or James Rodriguez?

        1. Gudjohnsen
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Both?

          1. hitenabler
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            ^this, James first catch the price

      • Chandler Bing
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Early FT plan. Which one makes more sense? Have KdB and no Chelsea.

        A. Auba -> Pulisic/Havertz
        B. Auba -> Sterling

      • COK3Y5MURF
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Willian looks a rotation risk

      • Stram Dunk
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Auba -> Sterling incoming...

        1. Gudjohnsen
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          For sure

      • Zlatan approves
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Auba will score

        1. Gudjohnsen
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          When?

        2. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          I admire your positivity but he’s been very poor

      • Zilla
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Auba fail confirmed?

      • Pedram
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Damn that looked bad

        1. Gudjohnsen
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          ?

      • Hits from the Bong
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Auba, Bruno, Martial to KDB, Sterling, Jimenez? (-8)

        1. raff97
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Thats a hard knee jerk. Auba to Kdb or Sterling depending on who plays better Monday imo

      • Heiro
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Who is rising tonight? Really wanted to see Tottenham game before making changes.

      • Leonard hatred
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        there should be an article on last seasons worst bandwagons, to compare and contrast.

      • The Gambler.
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Souchek hits bar

        1. Stram Dunk
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Antonio