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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. Berbs
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    An Auba blank will lead to more WCs. Brewster getting his move this week would be the nail for others too.

  2. Siva Mohan
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Auba captain fail!

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Injured?

      1. Cookie Kid
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        12 mins and no goal. Ridiculous

        1. Siva Mohan
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          and he is 350K per week

      2. Siva Mohan
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        no

        1. Flog the trog
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          11 minutes in. Shut up

  3. alexh87
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Thoughts on this WC?

    McCarthy Steer
    Saiss TAA Ayling Justin Mitchell
    KDB Salah Podence Zaha Hamez
    Bamford Werner DCL

    1. Scots Gooner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Looks good. If I pull the trigger mine will look something similar.

    2. The Gambler.
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Why McCarthy? They look awful. He looks awful. Leeds cant defend. Good otherwise.

      1. alexh87
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Yeah perhaps Martinez would be a better choice.

    3. bootsmanus
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Yea this looks good with this weekend’s points in mind. But that’s not how this game works...

    4. Danno - Emre Canada
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Hang on, there might be other players who score this weekend you might want to put in

      1. alexh87
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        I see what you are saying. But Palace, Leeds and Everton fixtures surely are worthy of investment.

        1. Danno - Emre Canada
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Palace can wait a couple of weeks eh

    5. Karhumies
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Worth considering: Ryan/Leno, Lewis, Klich, Jimenez, Jesus with Aguero out

      1. alexh87
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        That's why I like the idea of a 5.5 mid and a 7.0 mid. Zaha can become Barnes and Podence can become Klich, ASM or Diangana

        1. Karhumies
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          More likely you just grab a random 5.5 and stick with it until WC2 because using FTs on non premium players is rarely worth it. Klich has pens which is excellent for such a cheap player.

    6. Steinburg FC
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Leeds don't look like keeping a cs anytime soon and i wouldn't bench 5.5 every week. Don't fancy downgrading Zaha to Fit in Jimi?

    7. Zladan
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      That is so knee jerky.

      You’ve basically just picked anyone who has scored/assisted this week.

  4. DAZZ
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Bottomed. 2FT, is this a wildcard job?

    Mccarthy
    TAA Doherty Taylor
    Salah Auba ASM Son
    Werner Adams Wilson
    ( Nyland, Justin, Mitchell, Bissouma)

    Can easily afford Auba, Adams and Son > JRodriguez, DCL and KDB.

    1. asquishypotato
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Never ask a RMT mid game, especially when mid game during a 2 million captained Player.

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

      Nah, no need to wildcard. Do those three transfers and you're in good shape.

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Exactly this

    3. asquishypotato
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      But await tomorrow, Salah Werner Wilson ASM Son to go.

      Ridiculous to even consider it before half your team/most of your big hitters have played.

  5. Nightcrawler
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Wait what formation are ars playing now?

    Kolasinac playing like a left back and saka left winger

    1. Siva Mohan
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      4-3-3

  6. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Arsenal very poor so far. Fulham gave them way more possession without pressing

    1. Siva Mohan
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      change in formation due to injury is affecting

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

    West Ham look a lot better than last week

    1. Giggs Boson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Look a lot tighter at the back.

      I didn't think their attack was that poor against Newcastle...

    2. Nightcrawler
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Whu werebdecent firdt half last gamentoo

      1. Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Ugh need a delete button

        1. Giggs Boson
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Doesn't look much different from your usual crap.

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

            Haha

  8. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 7 days ago

    I can't even get my head around football

    I'm TERRIBLE at predicting it, usually the total opposite happens

    if I gambled I'd lose thousands

  9. Bossworld
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    That Zaha chap looks useful. Wonder if he's ever been an FPL option...

    1. Siva Mohan
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      it's his season..

  10. Tony Martial
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 7 days ago

    auba and united fail

  11. Gudjohnsen
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Auba blank incoming

  12. Nightcrawler
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Jarrod bowen following the example of other england players

  13. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Auba deeper than Saka on the left... big regrets

    1. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Season over.

  14. ViperStripes
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Tegardless of how Auba does this week it's Auba out to someone cheaper, probably J Rod from Everton

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Auba to Zaha for me

  15. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Auba deeper than the titanic

  16. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Auba fail looking locked in.

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

    I'm actually horrendous at fpl I've just realised. Have no idea what I'm doing.

    1. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 7 days ago

      haha same

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

        Huge wildcard fail and my rank is sinking into oblivion.

        1. Siva Mohan
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          oblivion .. love the movie

        2. Danno - Emre Canada
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Wha cha talkin bout Lewis?!?! you got 29 points from two players.....

    2. Giggs Boson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      None of us do really!

      I like this quote from DomWatts23:

      "Perhaps the most important source of FPL suffering is the illusion of control. Despite all the statistics anyone can possibly muster, the truth (however hard to hear it might be) is:

      You don’t know what’s going to happen in any of those football matches.

      It’s worth reading again, because this is vital. We really don’t know. We are guessing."

      https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/2020/09/17/how-mindfulness-can-help-your-fpl-decisions/

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

        That's very true

  18. Pedram
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Feels like i wasted my wildcard with the way this gameweek is going

    1. PocketZola
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      another one bites the dust for your comrades to boost their rank

    2. Nightcrawler
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Happy with mine sorted thebdefence out and got dcl in at least utd players are easy to offload if they continue this

  19. BenDavies
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Auba (C) fail

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

      Yep, he's straight out my team.

      1. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 7 days ago

        will haul v pool

    2. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Yes, game is over.

  20. Garlana
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Remember how bad auba was first half Vs Fulham? Have faith people.

  21. KGFC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Bowen looks so poor.

    Dunno why I have him 😥

    1. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      What are you talking about, he looks good

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

    Auba > Bruno

  23. Rolls-Royce
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Aublankmayang?

  24. Gudjohnsen
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Auba wasted in that position.

    Arsenal's best finisher far too wide.

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

      Agreed. Arteta is a piss poor manager.

  25. ivantys
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Auba such a fpl troll

      1. Gudjohnsen
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        This

    • HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Thoughts on this potential wc team ?

      Martinez 4.0
      Robertson Saiss Marcal Ferguson Mitchell
      Kdb Sterling James Podence 4.5
      Jesus Werner Dcl

      Exact cash

      1. Flynny
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        I like it! Hardcore city!

    • Firminoooo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Why isn’t Auba playing? Is he injured?

      1. JBG
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        I think Ozil took his spot.

    • Super Nashwan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Is anyone keeping martial?

      1. JBG
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        I am.. Have other problems in my team. Auba and Vinagre.

      2. Fred54
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Hell no.

    • ivantys
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Willian back to his usual form ridiculing his price rise

      • Pedram
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        That microphone is catching all the weird noises haha