Dugout Discussion

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.

Become a Member and get unrestricted access to our data and articles

Full-year memberships are now available for the price of £19.99. Monthly subscriptions also cost just £2.99.

Join now to get the following:

  • Plot your transfer strategies using the fully interactive Season Ticker.
  • Get projections for every Premier League player provided by the Rate My Team statistical model.
  • Use Rate My Team throughout the season to guide your selections and transfers.
  • Get access to over 150+ exclusive members articles over the season.
  • Analyse our OPTA-powered statistic tables specifically tailored for Fantasy Football Managers.
  • Use our exclusive tool to build custom stats tables from over 100 OPTA player and team stats.
  • Enjoy our brand NEW Flat-Track Bully feature which introduces an opposition filter to your tables.
  • View heatmaps and expected goals data for every player.
  • Use our powerful comparison tool to analyse players head-to-head.

ALREADY A USER? CLICK HERE TO UPGRADE YOUR FREE ACCOUNT

NEW TO SCOUT? CLICK HERE TO START A MEMBERSHIP ACCOUNT

Check your latest FPL rank LIVE on LiveFPL.net every Gameweek

1,778 Comments Post a Comment
  1. super zlatan
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 4 days ago

    Who would you ship between Auba or Bruno ?

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 4 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
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Auba

    3. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 4 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
      1 month, 4 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
        1 month, 4 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
          1 month, 4 days ago

          Not that I disagree, I shipped Auba.

          1. AK_FC
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 4 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
              1 month, 4 days ago

              Totally ; Bruno is a season keeper for pens alone.

    5. ...al
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Aubs to city boy

      easy

  2. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 4 days ago

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

    1. Slouch87
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 4 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
        1 month, 4 days ago

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

        1. Slouch87
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          Everyone didn't rush in.

        2. Nomar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 4 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
            1 month, 4 days ago

            We hope..

        3. liverpool01
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 4 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
        1 month, 4 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
          1 month, 4 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
            1 month, 4 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
              1 month, 4 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
                1 month, 4 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
            1 month, 4 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
    1 month, 4 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
    1 month, 4 days ago

    Captain

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

    1. Sarri-ball
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      B

    2. ...al
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      B all day

  5. mattk lfc
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 4 days ago

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

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Sterling the one with Kun out for a few GWs

      1. mattk lfc
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

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

    2. The Dance
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Massively overlooked when we all know what he can do

      1. mattk lfc
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        5% ownership compared to 32% is insane really

    3. ...al
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 4 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
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Gone Sterling.

  6. ZakyJ
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 4 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.
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Stopped reading at Pickford.

    2. Slouch87
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      No.

    3. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Pick-ford?

    4. The 12th Man
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Don’t waste an Everton spot on Pickford.

      Keane or Coleman better at 5m

    5. Tempestic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      No Jimenez?

    6. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 4 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
        1 month, 4 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
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Yea get Pickford out. Jesus man

  7. Fudgy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 4 days ago

    Aub to Salah done.

    1. Nomar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Wise move.

      1. Fudgy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Thanks 🙂

    2. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 4 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
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Yeah same so annoying

    3. Salt and Vinagre
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Same. Looks like a potential rise tonight.

  8. The Gambler.
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 4 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
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Very much so.

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

      1. The Gambler.
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

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

    2. Bubz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Softened the blow? He scored a hattrick 😆

      1. The Gambler.
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Did the penny drop after you hit “POST” ?

    3. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 4 days ago

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

  9. The Dance
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 4 days ago

    Well hello mr wildcard, go on then.

  10. Halftime
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 4 days ago

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

    1. Pratik
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

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

    2. Dybala10
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Leeds

    3. ...al
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Podence makes sense

    4. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Costa looked great. Leeds will score and concede weekly.

  11. Flynny
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 4 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
      1 month, 4 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
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Aubameyang to Sterling

    3. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Vinagre to Saiss -4 boom

      1. Flynny
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Auba to sterling.

        Can't afford vinagre to saiss - 4

    4. fantasyfog
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      It is time

  12. Pep Roulette
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 4 days ago

    Can Adams drop tonight?

    1. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Unlikely tonight on -87

      1. Pep Roulette
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Cheers mate

  13. Mweene
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 4 days ago

    Chances of KDB rising tonight?

    1. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      On 90 so think it unlikely

    2. ...al
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Slim but who the f knows

  14. Hey_Arnold
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 4 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
      1 month, 4 days ago

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

  15. Nightcrawler
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 4 days ago

    Auba and Bruno

    To

    KDB and Sterling

    Ughhh it will be hard not to take the hit

    1. Nightcrawler
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Already have salah

      1. ...al
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 4 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

  16. Hryszko
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 4 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
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Looks good to me

    2. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Hit the button and enjoy 7 days of tinkering

  17. PogBruno
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 4 days ago

    Auba ➡ ??

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

    1. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      A

  18. FPL Kaka
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 4 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
      1 month, 4 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
      1 month, 4 days ago

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

  19. AK_FC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 4 days ago

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

  20. Nightcrawler
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 4 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
      1 month, 4 days ago

      35 from 6

    2. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      21 from 3

    3. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      39 from 6

      1. PogBruno
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        30 from Auba, DCL, Digne n bruno

  21. Ibra
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 4 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

  22. Hryszko
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 4 days ago

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

    1. ...al
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      B

  23. The Reptile
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 4 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
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Jimi makes sense

    2. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Depends if you have DCL

      1. The Reptile
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Yes and Werner

  24. Tempestic
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 4 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
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Oh god that format didnt work lmao

  25. PogBruno
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 4 days ago

    Chances of Salah rising tonight?

    1. Pratik
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 4 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
        1 month, 4 days ago

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

        1. Pratik
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          Your call mate!

  26. Drip Doctor
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 4 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.

  27. Pratik
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 4 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
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Judging by today ; apparently not.

  28. Tempestic
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 4 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 😆

  29. The Dance
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 4 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

  30. Fudgy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 4 days ago

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