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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. fantasyfog
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Soooo how's everyone's wc teams shaping up!

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

      The Everton elements are looking good!

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

      not great

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

      Sterling, double Everton, Chelsra and Wolves, Salah

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

      Initial draft...

      Martinez Johnstone

      Robbo Saiss James (Pieters Mitchell)

      Salah Raz Hamez Zaha (Bissouma/4.5)

      Jimmy DCL Mitro

      1.3 ITB

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

        Looks good, everyone will be chasing points now

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

          More than chasing points, its about not falling so behind in prices that I can't get the players I want eventually.

    5. Danstoke82
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      I’m hovering over hitting the WC button for this team

      Martinez
      TAA Saiss CTaylor
      Salah Podence KDB/Sterling Zaha Rodriguez
      Werner Jimenez

      Subs: Steer Mitchell Brewster Saliba

      £0.0ITB

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

    Can someone please tell why this love for Podence? Is he playing in number 10 role?

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

      Cheap in a good wolves team with great fixtures

    2. mattk lfc
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Jota leaving should make him a more secure starter

    3. Bunk Moreland
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      He has shirt number 10 as well, thats a big statement. But I havent ever seen him play so I dont know really. Just think Wolves will be a top 8 team as usual and that whoever is nailed in attack will get points.

    4. Bring back Rafa
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Just looks more nailed with Adama playing wing-back (for now) and Jota leaving

      $5.5m winger in a good team with excellent fixtures

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

    Urghh come on Arsenal

  4. Egg noodle
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Wow Auba (C) has been the ultimate fail

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

      All that talk about West ham dressing room disturbance, Auba amazing xG against weak teams...

  5. Ser Davos
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    The thing with FPL is that in pre season we're fixated on total points

    and during the season we micro manage on a week by week basis and not allowing players to breathe and come good

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

      This new 'upside chasing' trend is sending everyone potty as well

      1. Slouch87
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Meaningless casually thrown out comment

    2. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Very true

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

      Ser Davos you're right

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

      Happens every pre-season. I keep pointing it out, but no one listens. Season totals are largely irrelevant in FPL, completely relevant in FPL Draft.

    5. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      I like you Ser Davos, you speak good sense and contribute well

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

    Arteta is clueless. Fair play to Auba for not giving a crap now that hes gotten the contract. Imagine having to waste away on the wing as the best striker, finisher and player at the club while dross like Lacatalent and random youngsters get to play up top. Not going to own him again this season.

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Bookmarked

    2. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 11 days ago

      It's utterly bizarre. You have the best striker in the league play on the left wing. And Lacazette who isn't even as good as Nketiah on the bench.

    3. Fudgy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Spot on as per

      1. Slouch87
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Lol.

    4. Slouch87
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      So more to do with your own FPL preferences than anything else.
      The random youngster assists the goal and of course you know way better than Arteta - that goes without saying.

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

    Bowen out

  8. DAZZ
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Finger hovering over the WC button

    1. Danstoke82
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Same. Feels wrong but I can get a good team and load up on players with very good fixtures

  9. Bushwhacker
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Come Eddie ; you've fifteen minutes to repay my faith!! Meanwhile Auba > KDB is a given now.

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 11 days ago

      YOU BEAUTY!!!!

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

    Closer...

  11. Horlicks esq.
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Genuine concerns over here. Auba > KDB or go for the WC and bring in DCL, Rodrigues, Saiss, Justin, KDB, Kilch, Jiminez, Mitchell. (I mean I want to make a lot of moves, but can just about handle the one)

    What the flip would you do? - Not adult enough to make my own decisions anymore. Waaah.

    Current S*it show. GW 1 - 41 points. GW 2 - 10 -(4 points)

    McCarthy / 4m

    Davies / VVD / TAA / Digne / KWP

    Son / Auba / ASM / Saka / Bissouma

    Werner / Martial / Wilson

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

    Soucek involved in diving

    1. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 11 days ago

      haha

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

    Try again! 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)

  14. Gobigorgohome
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    I need to buy Soucek

  15. The Suspended One
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Souchek got to have that

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

    KDB and James tonight to beat the price hikes, or wait and let James go

  17. J ⚒ Salah & Vinagre
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Ffs soucek should of buried that....

  18. ivantys
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Saka is so trash what a budget

    • KAPTAIN KANE
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Soucek looks so good

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

      nketiah goal

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

      Soucek D: please

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

      OMG nketiah

    • It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Rank in the order they need to GTFO, please.

      A) Auba
      B) Greenwood
      C) Vinagre

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

        C, A, B

      2. Manani
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        depends on your replacement.

    • The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Arsenal reaaallllly comfortable taking the point

      1. The Suspended One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Fair play to ceballos and saka, lots of walking around and they have been after it

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

      Eddy G

      1. The Suspended One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Wow didn’t think that was onside

    • Pedram
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      looool

    • AD2110
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Looking to do Auba to Sterling/KDB. What’s the best way to use the extra 0.5 ITB?

      A) Mitro to Wilson
      B) Soucek to Klich
      C) Justin to Saiss

      Team below:
      McCarthy (Steer)
      TAA, Justin, Taylor, (Mitchell, Douglas)
      Salah, Auba, Son, Soucek
      Werner, Martial, Mitro

    • Giggs Boson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      A draw would have been fairer 🙁

    • J ⚒ Salah & Vinagre
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Bs ffs

    • Tony Martial
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      For Fock sake