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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. Gobigorgohome
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    will never captain Auba again

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Will probably not own again this season.
      12 is way too much for him imo.

      1. Pedram
        • 8 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Yea he's not worth more than 10m, too inconsistent

  2. Bubz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    The Auba sell-off is going to be huge

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

      It's not going to be huge at all

      1. Bubz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        How is it not going to be huge?

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

          Maybe in FFS it's going to be but not in the larger FPL community.

          1. Bubz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 year, 4 months ago

            Why not? Everyone will want City assets and Auba has returned average scores and has Liverpool next

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

              On second thought, I agree with you.

              1. Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
                • 9 Years
                1 year, 4 months ago

                🙂

    2. Cilly Bonnolly
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Was planning on selling him anyway.

  3. Cok3y5murf
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Bet Auba already regrets signing a new contract

    1. ivantys
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Won't regret over the money for sure

  4. Super Saints
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Can we clear up the KDB price rise situation please. Some people saying he has been reset to 0 and that fpl statistics has it wrong?

    1. Bubz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      I would imagine he will start from 0% but thats just my opinion

  5. Oggle22
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Always captain Salah!

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      This

    2. Cok3y5murf
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Away from home, he's about as useful as Joelinton

  6. have you seen cyan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Do we reckon Zaha on pens now? Why isnt Milli playing?

    1. puhd
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Seems Zaha is on pens now

    2. pingissimus
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Milli not first choice probs. McCarthy has his spot - better player all round really imo

      Not 100% although McCarthy was pretty much nailed in second half of season. You can expect a certain amount of rotation in central midfield at Palace - area of strength.

  7. Scrumper
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Think I may have to WC this shambles of a start to jump on form/fixtures before price changes - thoughts?

    Ryan/button
    Robbo, Digne, Saiss, Davies, Mitchell
    Auba, Rashford, Havertz, Foden, Soucek
    Werner, Martial, Brewster

    To

    Ryan/button
    Robbo, Saiss, Taylor, Lewis, Mitchell
    Salah, Sterling, Hames, Podence, Soucek
    Jimi, DCL, Jesus

    1. Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      No Zaha, brave.

      1. Slurpy
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        hell stop playing when the windows up

        1. Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
          • 9 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          Nah, think it will be too late for this window - so will have to play well until the next window ( I hope)

  8. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Laca off Eddie on

    1. Party time
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Arteta must be confused

        1. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          Ones in the box the other on the touch line!

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

      doing Auba to KDB tonight

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

        Why?

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

          price change

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

            Man City haven’t even played so could get injured/sterling could look amazing, they’ve clearly been price protected this week which I’d guess would mean they start at 0% again

            1. Top Mark.S
              • 4 Years
              1 year, 4 months ago

              Auba down also protected?

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

                No but he’s no where near dropping

                1. Top Mark.S
                  • 4 Years
                  1 year, 4 months ago

                  Are you saying there is no chance auba drops tonight?

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

                    He’s no where near a drop and there’ll be plenty of WC’s as well. Do you think he’ll drop?

                    1. Top Mark.S
                      • 4 Years
                      1 year, 4 months ago

                      I am nervous.

                      I think many will pull trigger right now.

                      But wildcards should keep it safe for one more day.

                      Would really like to see city play before making my decision.

                      Probably gonna risk it

      2. dunas_dog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        No need price won’t change tonight

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

      Auba terrible investment for 12m

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

      Like Ozil, once he got the new deal he put his feet up.

      Auba now a non-option in FPL.

    5. Fudgy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Aub to Salah for me

      1. Salah’s Sonnet
        • 10 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        K

    6. Clintymints
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Well, KdB/Sterl in for Aubs at the earliest convenience

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

        Timing is the key

    7. Gudjohnsen
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Auba with a shot tonight?

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

        zero

      2. G B
        • 10 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Yeah, tequila by the looks of it.

    8. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Auba needs better service?

    9. Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Think im going to wildcard

    10. Pep Roulette
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Auba(C) fail

      1. G B
        • 10 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        I'm satisfied.

        Better than Bruno/Martial/Rashford cappers. Salah might blank too...

    11. Kim Jong Kün
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      How many times has Bowen shot directly into a defender less than two yards away. + bad passes + bad defending. One of the worst individual performances I've ever seen.

    12. Fudgy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Arteta is absolutely dire. Playing aub left wing back, clown.

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

      Will Jesus start every game while Aguero out? Assume so right?

      1. Bubz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Probably

      2. Salah’s Sonnet
        • 10 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Yea

    14. Hotdogs for Tea
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      In case no one has noticed, Auba has posted a return in both his games ... could be worse

      1. Chandler Bing
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        For 12M, you expect more especially considering the teams he was playing against.

      2. The Suspended One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        6 x 38 is The 200+ pts they are looking for

        1. F_Ivanovic
          • 6 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          Well KDB, Salah and Sterling are all better options for the same price or less. Can't have everyone that's going to score 200+ points at all times.

    15. Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      lol Pepe

    16. The 12th Man
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Bruno/Auba + Brewster >> 4.5 + Werner -4?

    17. james 101
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Those who have him, what are you doing with Willian?

      Pool, Manu and Man City in the next five. Was hoping for more from him this game.

      My other mids are:

      KDB Hames Bruno (Hendrick)

    18. Ser Davos
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      No Salah last week, no Everton this week

      Otherwise it's just as dismal as everyone else

    19. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      What position is auba playing

      Looks like in the cam but looks completely lost

      1. Bielsa's Blue Bucket
        • 10 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Left touchline

      2. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Correct

    20. Bielsa's Blue Bucket
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      So, same old shytty Arsenal

    21. have you seen cyan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Same old Arsenal

    22. Gobigorgohome
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Kololsinak

    23. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Saka wondering why his team stopped playing