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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. Bubz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 10 months ago

    Soucek is dropping tonight but hes an absolute beast for 5m

    1. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      It was Antonio

      1. Bubz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        Regardless, Soucek in the box threatening again

        1. Karan14
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 year, 10 months ago

          Agreed but it's hard to predict his goals.

    2. TheDragon
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Ye I’ve been incredibly impressed with his threat from an FPL perspective for 5.0m

    3. Ser Davos
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      absolute bargain at 4.9

      1. Ser Davos
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        I've got Bissouma and Soucek, whom are excellent at their respective price points, but I'll perhaps need to move them on

      2. Beatle
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        THIS

    4. Brosstan
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Ill never sell. Hes playing as a striker when West Ham are in possession. Guaranteed attacking returns

    5. #23
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Hes not dropping on fplstatistic

      1. Bubz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        Says he is on FFFix but they are probably wrong

    6. WVA
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      How is he dropping? Ownership wasn't that high in the first place and he's almost scored quite a few times! It's ridiculous

  2. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 12 Years
    1 year, 10 months ago

    Arsenal fallen apart second half

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 13 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Pool next.

  3. Humperdoo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 10 months ago

    Soucek please...

  4. 1zverGGadeM
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 10 months ago

    Gunners all over the place..

  5. Fudgy
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 10 months ago

    Soucek didn't even head that lol

    1. Gazza2000
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      he gets more in more dangerous positions than Auba though

    2. Brosstan
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Doesnt matter. He is in the box whenever WHU attack

    3. Ser Davos
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      positioning though

  6. raff97
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 10 months ago

    Even with Mitro's 12 today Im gonna ship him first chance I get. He was against probably the most open team in the league and was very lucky to get 2 goals. Im still unsure who to sell him for. Maybe Brewster if he joins Sheffield

    1. Ser Davos
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Yeah, he looked leggy and Koch in for White has seemingly dismantled the Leeds defence

  7. Tcheco
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 10 months ago

    Who played better in GW1 for Wolves?

    A. Podence

    B. Neto

      1. Tcheco
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        cheers didn't think of that 🙂

      2. Tempestic
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        so literally the exact same lmao

        1. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 13 Years
          1 year, 10 months ago

          😉

        2. Tcheco
          • 5 Years
          1 year, 10 months ago

          Exactly. Eye test on Monday then

  8. Cok3y5murf
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 10 months ago

    Typical Arsenal. But Arteta will turn up for Liverpool

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      The double decker will be in place.

  9. Humperdoo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 10 months ago

    Soucek owners, you keeping during the horrid fixture run?

    That was the plan, but players like Kilch are turning my head...

    1. Bubz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Season keeper

    2. BenDavies
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      I'll keep him until I don't have another priority transfer and then I'll sell. But he's always dangerous from set pieces and runs into the box. 5m is cheap as chips too.

    3. #23
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      If he drops then im willing to sell for a few weeks, then buy cheaper (eyes on podence or klich)

    4. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Fair enough if you can turn him into Klich or Podence but a set piece or cross goal can come against anyone and it is coming.

      1. Humperdoo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        Yeah, you just know that the second you sell a goal will come...

    5. J ⚒ Gimme ur Mané
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Yep and playing every week.

      Perfect enabler.

      Price drop is irrelevant if you have no intention of selling.

    6. Garlana
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      I guess if you're on a wildcard its a no brainer to get rid, but with fires starting to crop up in teama and city fixtures getting better it really is a luxury transfer

    7. Gazza2000
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Keep, will get his changes also against the big guys

    8. Ser Davos
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Thing is, he'll get his head on this stuff, but how much bonus and assist potential has he got?

      Klich (pens) and Podence offer goals and assist threat for better teams with better fixtures

    9. Buck The Trent
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Maybe switch to Podence

  10. BenDavies
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 10 months ago

    For 5m Soucek is one of West Ham's most attacking threats only behind Antonio. Keep for me.

  11. g40steve
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 10 months ago

    Pepe is rubbish

    1. Party time
        1 year, 10 months ago

        Just an overrated footballer. Complete trash.
        Great transfer business by Lille

      • Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
        • 10 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        Yeah, £70 million rubbish, just like £70 million Maguire earlier this evening - why do teams pay such obscene amounts of money for such dross.

    2. J ⚒ Gimme ur Mané
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Aubas positioning/runs are way off tonight.

      1. TheDragon
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        He has been their best attacker by a mile - just the dross he has to play with is the issue

        1. J ⚒ Gimme ur Mané
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 year, 10 months ago

          His runs seem off to me.

          Watching them on the counter it’s as if he’s not running into the right spaces.

      2. Humperdoo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        All it takes is one moment with Auba...

        1. J ⚒ Gimme ur Mané
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 year, 10 months ago

          Very true.

    3. Pedram
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Are cheap assets being overlooked just because they're cheap?

      Trying really hard to justify why i should have Auba instead Klich.

      1. DAZZ
        • 8 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        I’m doing Auba > James this week

      2. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 13 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        Could have both.

    4. DAZZ
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Who signed the £70M cheque off for Pepe? Shouldn’t be in the job

      1. pingissimus
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        Zaha was too expensive!

        1. Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
          • 10 Years
          1 year, 10 months ago

          haha - yeah i was going to say the same - should of got Zaha 😀 (glad they didnt)

      2. ZAWAd25
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        Probably the same one who sold Gnabry for 5m

      3. TheDragon
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        Most ridiculous transfer fees ever.
        Which one?

        A) Pepe (Arsenal) £70m
        B) Joelinton (Newcastle) £40m
        C) Harry Maguire (United) £80m
        D) Andy Carroll (Liverpool) £36m

        1. Brosstan
          • 7 Years
          1 year, 10 months ago

          Bebe (United) £7m

        2. Ser Davos
          • 7 Years
          1 year, 10 months ago

          John Stones hands down

      4. Party time
          1 year, 10 months ago

          Lol

      5. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 12 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        Bowen is tearing arsenal to pieces

        1. WVA
          • 5 Years
          1 year, 10 months ago

          And wasting Soucek assists. Dreadful finisher, bit like Barnes

      6. Brosstan
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        Soucek almost screamer

        1. Tempestic
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 year, 10 months ago

          debatable

      7. ZAWAd25
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        Auba, Doherty and Adams >>> KDB/Sterling, Saiss and DCL? (-4)

      8. Gudjohnsen
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        A goal from Auba will mean 16 points right?

        1. Zilla
          • 4 Years
          1 year, 10 months ago

          Yeah but don't hope for it

        2. ALI_G
          • 4 Years
          1 year, 10 months ago

          yep

      9. Fudgy
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        Hugely regret going for Aubameyang

        1. Salah’s Sonnet
          • 11 Years
          1 year, 10 months ago

          Anything you don’t regret? Lol

        2. Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 year, 10 months ago

          haha

        3. Humperdoo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 year, 10 months ago

          Captaincy? I still think he was the right decision. West Ham defence has been bad for a while now. It's not like United players did well, and Salah will probably be up against a Chelsea back 5...

      10. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        Will KDB rise in price tonight?

        Auba -> KDB is my planned move.

        Do it tonight to avoid risk of price rise?

        1. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 13 Years
          1 year, 10 months ago

          Anything is possible, unlikely atm.

          1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 year, 10 months ago

            Can we trust FPL statistics?

      11. g40steve
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        Arsenal playing too much in their own half

      12. Slurpy
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        Podence, Klich or Pereira?

        1. Salah’s Sonnet
          • 11 Years
          1 year, 10 months ago

          Pod

        2. Danstoke82
          • 7 Years
          1 year, 10 months ago

          Podence

        3. Zilla
          • 4 Years
          1 year, 10 months ago

          Pereira, seems to be WBA focal point of attack.

      13. g40steve
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        2nd half attempts Ham 8 Ars 1

      14. 1zverGGadeM
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        After all those missed chances from the Hammers, I can easely see an late Arsenal winner here... sadly

        Just hope it's Auba's goal as I caped him 🙁

      15. BrockLanders
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        Auba to KDB is gonna be a MASSIVE bandwagon tonight

      16. Daniel Jebbison
        • 13 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        Auba 0 shots and only 27 touches

        1. Stupendous
          • 9 Years
          1 year, 10 months ago

          Really has been naff

        2. BrockLanders
          • 7 Years
          1 year, 10 months ago

          Terrible

        3. Brosstan
          • 7 Years
          1 year, 10 months ago

          he was in on goal twice if it werent for Lacatalent being garbage

      17. WVA
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        How has Soucek not scored in this game, I have been so unlucky the last few seasons. Then you see DCL completely flooking a hat trick

        1. puhd
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 year, 10 months ago

          I had my hopes on Soucek too. I’m selling...

        2. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 year, 10 months ago

          DCL constantly being in the right place isn't a fluke, Soucek is getting in them spaces too. Only a matter of time.

          1. WVA
            • 5 Years
            1 year, 10 months ago

            Ball hit him on back of head when he wasn't looking, that's complete luck

      18. Daniel Jebbison
        • 13 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        Bring Nketiah asap

      19. ivantys
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 10 months ago

        Auba still in for 1 bonus rofl

        1. Tempestic
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 year, 10 months ago

          lies

      20. puhd
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        Who is on penalties at United??

        1. Gudjohnsen
          • 5 Years
          1 year, 10 months ago

          Bruno

        2. Danstoke82
          • 7 Years
          1 year, 10 months ago

          Bruno I believe

        3. Alnair
          • 5 Years
          1 year, 10 months ago

          Penandes and Trashford

        4. puhd
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 year, 10 months ago

          Thanks