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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. mattk lfc
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    WC thoughts?
    TAA Digne Saiss
    Salah Sterling James Zaha Podence
    Jimenez DCL

    Steer - Taylor Mitchell Brewster

  2. St Pauli Walnuts
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Not bad at all. No Chelsea might be a risk but as they say, you can't have them all, Zaha is in my considerations, do you reckon he will continue to play OOP? Worry is Batsman goes up front with Ayew and Zaha goes back on the wing.

    I'm on a WC too, here is my current favoured draft:

    TAA / Digne / Saiss / Lamptey
    Salah / KDB / James
    Werner / Jimi / Mitro

    Button / Soucek / Mitchell / Bisoumma

    • 7 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago