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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. super zlatan
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Who would you ship between Auba or Bruno ?

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

      I think Bruno will be better VFM and better fixtures so Auba for me

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

      Auba

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

      Hold Bruno imo

      Brighton away was the better fixture in my book anyway. It's a more open defence and United were simply very rusty and it was a foul selection by OGS.

      Don't expect the same totals as in restart but United attack will come good and he'll be central to it.

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

      Auba for sure. It was one Man U game. They aren't suddenly terrible after how well they played after the restart.

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

        Against the easiest teams in the league. United play on confidence and a Plan A ; it was fine after Project Restart, today showed how fragile Ole’s team is.

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

          Not that I disagree, I shipped Auba.

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

            Agreed, but people around here put way too much stock in single games. A week ago people saying Man U players essential, now people shipping Bruno after a single game. Seems nuts to me.

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

              Totally ; Bruno is a season keeper for pens alone.

    5. ...al
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Aubs to city boy

      easy

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

    KdB close to rising over the next few days, more disappointment from expectant buyers

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

      Why ? What a stupid statement. Buyers will only buy if they think he is worth the buying price at the time.

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

        It’s tongue in cheek in light of the United assets everyone rushed in to buy...

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

          Everyone didn't rush in.

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

          But United assets aren’t one week punts. They’ll come good in the GW’s to come.

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

            We hope..

        3. liverpool01
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          I held Man Utd fixtures not great, was planning to bring in Martial but not after how they played against Crystal Palace.

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

        What people think isn’t necessarily what turns out is it? So if he doesn’t return that faith it would inevitably be disappointment, like for Martial/Rashford/Greenwood/Bruno buyers right now

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

          Of course it isn't but it's always a judgement call. The Utd buyers may be proved right as your comment is based on a one game sample size which is laughable.

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

            As I said, tongue in cheek....a lot of the FPL community want instant success, so it is a comment in relation to that

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

              Not tongue in cheek based on your comment preceeding my reply and everyone wants instant success but appreciated that probably won't happen. What is actually your point ?

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

                Many managers had a United asset and brought in another one this week, in a home match vs Palace who with about 20m invested them (for long term or not) will be disappointed in that whole 20m blanking.

                I’m simply saying the same could happen with KdB, whilst at the same time tongue in the cheek at the fact we shouldn’t always expect instant success.

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

            It’s in the same fashion that Spurs were slated last week after one game, everyone should be more patient, but it doesn’t stop almost instantaneous price changes due to the majority of the people who play this game being volatile.

  3. Del Griffith
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Well that was a tad disappointing.

    Get the feck out of my team Auba

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

    Captain

    A) Werner (wba) -4
    B) Sterling (LEI)

    1. Sarri-ball
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      B

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

      B all day

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

    Everyone seems to be bringing KDB in, is Sterling getting overlooked?

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

      Sterling the one with Kun out for a few GWs

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

        Thats my thinking. Great form in the restart, history of performing better with Kun out, more captainable

    2. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Massively overlooked when we all know what he can do

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

        5% ownership compared to 32% is insane really

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

      Yep, However I traded KdB for Sterling last game of the season last year so I can't get Sterl

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

      Gone Sterling.

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

    Is this the ultimate WC team?

    Pickford Nyland
    TAA Saiss Justin James Mitchell
    Salah KDB Rodriguez Zaha Bissouma
    Werner DCL Bamford

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

      Stopped reading at Pickford.

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

      No.

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

      Pick-ford?

    4. The 12th Man
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Don’t waste an Everton spot on Pickford.

      Keane or Coleman better at 5m

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

      No Jimenez?

    6. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 11 days ago

      You need Jim there.

      Get Guiata in goal if you're going over 4.5 - really regret not backing him second season in a row.

      Find money for Soucek over Bissouma.

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

        Thanks boss, best response I can do Guiata and Soucek instead of 5m GK and Bissouma. To get Jimi in though would be at the same of Werner

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

      Yea get Pickford out. Jesus man

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

    Aub to Salah done.

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

      Wise move.

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

        Thanks 🙂

    2. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      This was my plan, was terrified of Aubameyang.. And did it this morning as a straight reverse transfer..

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

        Yeah same so annoying

    3. Salt and Vinagre
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Same. Looks like a potential rise tonight.

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

      Took out Nketiah after last weeks 3 minute cameo and 1 pointer.

      Typically he scores this time.

      Never mind, the incoming DCL softened the blow.

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

        Very much so.

        Took a hit for Martial, but fortunately the other player was Bamford. Sadly capped Auba, though.

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

          So did I but I always miss my capt and hit my vice.

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

        Softened the blow? He scored a hattrick 😆

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

          Did the penny drop after you hit “POST” ?

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

        I kept him in! And started him. Super sub.

    5. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Well hello mr wildcard, go on then.

    6. Halftime
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Any 5.5 worth a free transfer over Saint Maxim? Podence or Costa maybe?

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

        Surely someone from Leeds, Klich/Costa, they press like hell and will score.

      2. Dybala10
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Leeds

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

        Podence makes sense

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

        Costa looked great. Leeds will score and concede weekly.

    7. Flynny
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      clearly half my squad still to play but its been a disappointing start. Would you hit wildcard tonight and bring in dcl etc before price rises??

      Feel it could be time.....

      Mccarthy steer
      Taa shaw ayling vinagre feeguson
      Salah auba jrod asm biss
      Werner martial adams

      Thanks

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

        who all do you wanna get rid off that you are wc'ing?

        Adams + Auba + Vinagre are the ones you definitely want to get rid off, right?

      2. Warby84
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Aubameyang to Sterling

      3. Warby84
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Vinagre to Saiss -4 boom

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

          Auba to sterling.

          Can't afford vinagre to saiss - 4

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

        It is time

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

      Can Adams drop tonight?

      1. Warby84
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Unlikely tonight on -87

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

          Cheers mate

    9. Mweene
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Chances of KDB rising tonight?

      1. Warby84
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        On 90 so think it unlikely

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

        Slim but who the f knows

    10. Hey_Arnold
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Loving all the whiney Auba captain owners. Had Martial captain. Auba got an assist. Suck it up buttercups. It is a game. He will have a great season. Funniest outcome was Nkietah on for 10 minutes and getting max bps. System is screwed more than VAR.

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

        As someone who started super sub .... genius bonus point system!

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

      Auba and Bruno

      To

      KDB and Sterling

      Ughhh it will be hard not to take the hit

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

        Already have salah

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

          Could be ok, not sure I'd fold on Bruno just yet, but can understand why. One city boy for me at the minute wana see them play

    12. Hryszko
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Is WC'ing to this team a bad idea? So many players I want to bring in, if i wait i'm going to get priced out..

      Martinez
      Trent - Justin - Taylor
      Salah - KDB - Jrod - Podence
      Werner - DCL - Jimmy

      Steer - Lewis - Mitchell - Bissouma

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

        Looks good to me

      2. Warby84
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Hit the button and enjoy 7 days of tinkering

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

      Auba ➡ ??

      A) Salah
      B) Sterling (double up with KDB)

      1. Warby84
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        A

    14. FPL Kaka
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Just realised I can bring in Jesus, KDB and James on a -4 but would have to do it now because James set to go up

      Is it too much of a risk to do it now?

      1. BenDavies
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Definitely too much of a risk. Wait to see how they line up and how they play. Just take United as a warning

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

        Do you need to make all 3 moves right now to do it?

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

      I swear I almost never get a captain correct. Should probably start choosing my 2nd pick.

    16. Nightcrawler
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 11 days ago

      32 from 5 inc cap. Could be worse could be better.

      Need a tAA blank

      1. Trophé Mourinho
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 11 days ago

        35 from 6

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

        21 from 3

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

        39 from 6

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

          30 from Auba, DCL, Digne n bruno

    17. Ibra
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Am I missing anyone else than TAA in my WC team?

      McCarthy
      James - Saiss - Taylor
      Salah - KDB - Hames - Greenwood
      Werner - Jimenez - DCL

      4.0 - Justin - Mitchell - Bissouma

    18. Hryszko
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Would you rather have Zaha and Bamford, or Podence/Klich & Jiminez?

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

        B

    19. The Reptile
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Sorry for re-post
      Ings falling tonight, best replacement for the next few gws?
      Looking at Jimi but I could do with saving a bit for other transfers
      Help appreciated

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

        Jimi makes sense

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

        Depends if you have DCL

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

          Yes and Werner

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

      1ft 0ITB - Would you wildcard this lot?
      McCarthy* - Steer Replacement: Martinez
      TAA Davies** Ayling* Taylor Mitchell Potential replacements: Saiss, James, Keane etc
      Auba** Salah Alli** Soucek Bissouma Potential replacements: KDB, Sterling, Hamez, Zaha, Podence etc
      Werner Martial Adams Potential upgrades: DCL, Jimenez, Jesus
      (this isnt my planned WC team just some of the people I could bring in as replacements)
      4 outfield players that need addressing, some more urgently than others, could get away with a hit or two maybe but still not really content

      Thoughts?

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

        Oh god that format didnt work lmao

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

      Chances of Salah rising tonight?

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

        Don't know. At 97%. I' hoping most people will hold on to their big money transfer (Auba swap) till Salah plays tmrw.

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

          I think most of them wud transfer out Auba out of disappointment and get Salah IN tonight 🙂

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

            Your call mate!

    22. Drip Doctor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      FPL Statistics seems a bit all over the place at the moment. Players keep going down from close to 100%

      Can't see any double risers over the coming week.

    23. Pratik
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      What do people think of Bamford? I had heard that Bielsa only plays one striker up front, but surely Bamford > Rodri for the forseeable future.

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

        Judging by today ; apparently not.

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

      Apparently today was the most goals ever seen on a four-game #PL matchday and yet I dont have a single goal scorer, must be proper sh**e at this game 😆

    25. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Would you WC this? (Bearing in mind these rises making it difficult)

      McCarthy
      Justin - TAA - Davies
      ASM - Salah - Bruno - Auba
      Adams - Werner - Mitrovic
      _________________________
      Steer: Taylor: Bissouma: Ferguson

      Could make so many improvements.

      Cheers guys

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

      Bonus points are such a joke. Horrible system and designed to please the casuals.