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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. Heiro
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 1 month 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
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      That defence is rubbish

      1. Heiro
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        It is but looks at the rest!

        1. Stimps
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

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

      2. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        This is true tbh

    2. Forgetmeknot
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

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

      1. Heiro
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 year, 1 month 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
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      My eyes hurts

    4. Khalico
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      defence would need looking at

  2. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Auba off?

  3. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Any risk KDB rises in price tonight?

  4. Pedram
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 1 month 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
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Richarlison here 🙁

  5. jimmyabs1987
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 1 month 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
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Why not watch a game first?

      1. jimmyabs1987
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Yes fair point

    2. puhd
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

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

  6. Brosstan
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

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

    1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Okay

      1. doher.ty
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 1 month ago

        This

    2. puhd
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      He’s been absolute rubbish today. Lucky header

  7. Pep Roulette
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Need one goal at least from Auba

  8. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Soucek due xGI

  9. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    How are Arsenal looking?

    1. Nomar
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Crap

    2. Stupendous
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 1 month 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
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      lacklustre

  10. Cok3y5murf
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

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

    1. Nomar
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Glad to be selling him this week.

  11. KGFC
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

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

    1. Arn De Gothia
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

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

      1. KGFC
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Thanks, ADG!

  12. james 101
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    How’s Willian looking this evening?

    Not watching the game.

    1. TheDragon
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Not really involved

      But on corners

      1. james 101
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Thanks mate.

        That’s something I guess.

        1. TheDragon
          • 3 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          He has just been subbed off for Pepe :/

          1. james 101
            • 9 Years
            1 year, 1 month ago

            Ha. Comedy timing.

    2. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Quiet

      1. james 101
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Cheers

        1. james 101
          • 9 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

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

          1. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 year, 1 month ago

            Very anonymous.

    3. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      did he start ?

      1. james 101
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Not a good sign if it’s not obvious!

    4. Arn De Gothia
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Long hair, that’s about it

    5. Danno - Emre Canada
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

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

  13. Yome
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Double Wolves defence for the next 5?

    1. puhd
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      I wouldn’t

  14. ivantys
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Overpriced pepe coming on

  15. Rhodes your boat
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Yay or nay for havertz to jrod?

    1. TheDragon
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Chelsea have West Brom next

      1. Esalman
        • 11 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        And Everton has Palace next.

        1. TheDragon
          • 3 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

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

    2. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      nah, Burnley attackers aren’t that great

    3. Pedram
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Willian blank

    4. Gazza2000
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Nay, Havertz got WBA next

  16. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Willian wagon rightfully up in flames.

  17. Gobigorgohome
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Willian 2 pointer

  18. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 12 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Willian fail 😯

    1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      First positive thing this GW

  19. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Auba -> KDB too soon? To avoid price rise

    1. Arn De Gothia
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      If you like to gamble, but have seen worse moves

  20. elchilangles
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Zaha or James Rodriguez?

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Both?

      1. hitenabler
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        ^this, James first catch the price

  21. Chandler Bing
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

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

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

  22. Cok3y5murf
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Willian looks a rotation risk

  23. Bam Saka Laca
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Auba -> Sterling incoming...

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      For sure

  24. Zlatan approves
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Auba will score

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      When?

    2. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      I admire your positivity but he’s been very poor

  25. Zilla
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Auba fail confirmed?

  26. Pedram
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Damn that looked bad

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      ?

  27. Hits from the Bong
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

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

    1. raff97
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

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

  28. Heiro
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

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

  29. Leonard hatred
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

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

  30. The Gambler.
    • 12 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Souchek hits bar

    1. Bam Saka Laca
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Antonio