Scout Notes

Arsenal’s FPL defenders offering greater value than attackers this season

Man United 0-1 Arsenal

  • Goals: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.7m)
  • Assists: Hector Bellerin (£5.0m)
  • Bonus Points: Bellerin x3, Gabriel x2 (£5.1m), Aubameyang x1

A penalty from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.7m) was enough for Arsenal to win a dour match at Manchester United that even a mythical football purist would have struggled to enjoy.

The Gabon international’s spot-kick, earned when Paul Pogba (£7.8m) fouled Hector Bellerín (£5.0m), handed the Gunners their first league win at Old Trafford in 14 years.

It also extended United’s winless run at home to four league games this season in a match that was heavy on the footballing history but light on pretty much everything else.

Gunner Be Tighter

It is a mark of this topsy-turvy season that Liverpool (15) have conceded the most goals and Arsenal (seven) the least.

Under Mikel Arteta, the Gunners are clearly much harder to beat. They are also much harder to love, especially in Fantasy terms.

Despite that impressive defensive stat, Sunday’s win was only their second clean sheet of the campaign, making it tricky for Fantasy Premier League managers to rely on a backline that’s clearly solid, just not solid enough.

But when they do shut down the opposition, the bonus point credentials of centre-half Gabriel (£5.1m) shine very brightly indeed. He earned his 11.4% ownership two extra points on Sunday.

All this defensive goodness has come during a tough opening run for the Gunners – they’ve faced Liverpool, both Manchester clubs and Leicester over the last five Gameweeks.

If they can kick on as their schedule eases, the returning Rob Holding (£4.4m) looks a potential bargain if he stays fit and in favour.

Arteta has already switched between a four and a five at the back this campaign, heightening the appeal of the team’s centre-halves.

Boring, Boring Arsenal

It is much harder to big up Arsenal’s attacking assets though.

Aubameyang is a great case in point. Boosted by his newly-acquired FPL status as a midfielder, he was owned by three million managers at the start of the season.

Six games, one goal and an assist later, his eight-point return at Old Trafford – his best score this campaign – was enjoyed by just over a million Fantasy bosses.

At least Aubameyang had something to show for his work, thanks to his penalty-taking responsibilities. 

Lone striker Alexandre Lacazette (£8.4m) had a miserable afternoon involving one penalty area touch and no shots, although he did lead the way – alongside Luke Shaw (£4.9m) – for chances created, with two.

With Aston Villa and Leeds up next for the Gunners, the prospect of goals looks good. But who’s going to score them?

United We Stand (Down)

As for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, the return of Anthony Martial (£8.7m) from suspension probably cannot come soon enough.

Since he was dismissed against Spurs, United have fallen apart in that Tottenham debacle, left it very late to beat Newcastle and have now emerged goalless and with one point from home games against Chelsea and Arsenal.

The United coach started with a diamond formation on Sunday, with Mason Greenwood (£7.2m) nominally playing up front alongside Marcus Rashford (£9.6m).

It was a move that Arteta referenced post-match.

“They played a really tricky formation with four midfielders and two that constantly strain your back four.” – Mikel Arteta

Whereas Solskjaer was rather less enthused by his own master plan.

“The formation is down to the opposition. It depends on the team you play against and how you execute that shape yourself. Of course, today we were too sloppy, too many passes went astray and the rotations weren’t there. Too many things can go wrong in a game of football that maybe went wrong for us.” – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Greenwood did at least work Bernd Leno (£5.0m) – one of three (regulation) saves for the Arsenal keeper.

But it was a mark of United’s toothlessness that Rashford had just three touches, and no shots, in the box.

In fact, the team’s major offensive weapon ended up being Harry Maguire (£5.4m), whose aerial threat led to a match-leading four attempts and five touches in the penalty area as United hoped for the best from a series of corners and crosses.

The best never came and the hope is currently drifting away.

United now have a mixed bag (eve WBA sou whu) to find some of both before Gameweek 12’s Manchester derby.

Manchester United XI (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; McTominay, Fred (Matic 62); Pogba, Fernandes (van de Beek 75), Greenwood (Cavani 75); Rashford. 

Arsenal XI (4-2-3-1): Leno; Bellerin, Holding, Gabriel, Tierney; Elneny, Partey; Saka, Willian (Maitland-Niles 86), Aubameyang (Mustafi 87); Lacazette (Nketiah 76).

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1,147 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Will J 256
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Ziyech or Rashford as a Pulisic replacement. Have 9.6 ITB.

    1. Ginola
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Hakim.

    2. Pukkipartyy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Ziyech

  2. Puyol Pants Up
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Woke up feeling quite happy has a Barnes and Dallas owner! Couldn't have gone better really

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      nice one

    2. George Agdgdgwngo
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Sweet

  3. Ginola
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Next GW, play:

    A. Robertson (mci)
    B. Watkins (ars)

    1. Pukkipartyy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      B

    2. wulfranian
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      a

    3. istanbul05
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      B

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

      A

    5. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Play both when possible

    6. Honourvolley
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      A

  4. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Ziyech or Zaha?

    1. Pukkipartyy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Both, but If other then Zieych.

    2. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Zaha next 4

  5. istanbul05
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Early thoughts on Cresswell & Bowen in for Robbo & Pulisic with 2 FTs?

    Martinez,
    Robbo, Chilwell, KWP,
    Salah, Son, Pulisic, Zaha, Grealish,
    Kane, DCL.

    Forster, Dallas, Brewster, 3.9.

    1. BeWater
        4 months, 3 days ago

        I would do it. Gives you a lot of money ITB!

      • Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 3 days ago

        Bowen only

    2. wulfranian
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Best pick?
      a)Coufal
      b)Justin
      c)Lascelles

      1. BeWater
          4 months, 3 days ago

          Coufal I think.

        • Pukkipartyy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 3 days ago

          A

        • Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 3 days ago

          A

        • wulfranian
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 3 days ago

          cheers

      2. BeWater
          4 months, 3 days ago

          Martinez McCarthy
          TAA Mitchell Doherty KWP Taylor
          Salah Son Barkley Podence Bruno
          Kane Mitro Brewster

          2FTs 0.3ITB

          I'm thinking Doherty to Creswell and Mitrovic to Che Adams. Any other ideas guys?

          1. Honourvolley
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            4 months, 3 days ago

            Doherty to Coufal and Mitro to DCL?

            Maybe just Doherty to Chilwell even

            1. BeWater
                4 months, 3 days ago

                Good suggestions. Cheers mate.

          2. Noah’s Ark
            • 8 Years
            4 months, 3 days ago

            I sold Barnes in gw6. Typical.

            1. wulfranian
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 3 days ago

              I sold him in gw5.For Grealish.

            2. HD7
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 3 days ago

              Sold Holding for Konsa before this GW

          3. mrtapio
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 3 days ago

            I think I need to get Vardy in my team now. He is hurting me bad! Got 2FT and 0.0itb

            How does this look: Brewster, Rodriguez, Robertson > Vardy, Mendy, Coufal + 0.4

            It will mean I go from 3-5-2 to 3-4-3.

            1. Totti
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 3 days ago

              i think wait on vardy till he finishes wolves and liverpool matches
              and get him against fulham gameweek 10

          4. Totti
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 3 days ago

            martinez 4.0
            reguilón saiss justin mitchel dunne
            salah son barnes foden burke
            kane jimenez calvert

            2 FT 2.8 itb

            feeling that my team struggling

            any suggestions guys what to do?

            need your help

            1. Ajax Hamsterdam
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 3 days ago

              jimmy to vardy and barnes to bowen?

              1. Totti
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 3 days ago

                and leave foden?
                and what about the defence

                1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                  • 6 Years
                  4 months, 3 days ago

                  i have foden and happy to keep him.

                  actually you could go jimmy to wilson and upgrade defence. maybe a better option

                  1. Totti
                    • 4 Years
                    4 months, 3 days ago

                    you're happy with foden!!!
                    probably he"ll play the CL match and benched against liver

                    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                      • 6 Years
                      4 months, 3 days ago

                      he's a 6.6 city attacker. thats enough said for me. plus fixtures are turning very soon. as i said happy to own him 🙂

            2. HD7
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 3 days ago

              Saiss and Jimi are next to be sold. I am doing Semedo to Coufal if no new injuries. Would have done Jimi to Antonio for a hit. But will probably wait now

              1. Totti
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 3 days ago

                why semedo?
                and leave barnes and foden?

          5. mataave
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 3 days ago

            What to do? Team has somehow ended up in a strange place. The obvious choice would be to get rid of Aurier. But is there a chance he’ll start against WBA?

            1.8m ITB / 1FT

            McCarthy / Meslier
            Aurier / Dias / Semedo / Lamptey / Mitchell
            Bale / Son / Grealish / Zaha / Jorginho
            Jimenez / Vardy / DCL

            All help appreciated

            1. BeWater
                4 months, 3 days ago

                You could wait until Thursday night to see if he starts in the Europa League. I have Doherty but I'm getting him out because I'm not sure if he'll start and he hasn't been great when he does.

            2. Bleh
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 3 days ago

              Repost.

              Thinking to maybe hold and do Trossard, Mitchell > Graelish, Kilman for free next week?

              Martinez
              TAA, Chilwell, Lamptey
              Salah, Son, J.Rod, Trossard
              Kane, DCL, Wilson

              Subs: Steer, KWP, Mitchell, Stephens
              1 FT, 1.5 ITB

              1. CRO KLOPP
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 3 days ago

                Just Grealish this week

                1. Bleh
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 3 days ago

                  Cheers, thinking to give Trossard one more go against Burnley (H) this week. Grealish has Arsenal (A).

                  1. CRO KLOPP
                    • 3 Years
                    4 months, 3 days ago

                    Saving ft is a better option

                    1. Bleh
                      • 4 Years
                      4 months, 3 days ago

                      Yep, will obviously monitor J.Rod and Lamptey injuries too but don’t think they’re serious.

            3. DA Minnion
              • 8 Years
              4 months, 3 days ago

              Thinking of getting Bellerin.
              Thoughts?

              1. CRO KLOPP
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 3 days ago

                Me too for Saiss

                1. Totti
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 3 days ago

                  why all want to sell saiss?

              2. jia you jia you
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 3 days ago

                Im getting him...prefer him over a WHU defender anyway

              3. Bleh
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 3 days ago

                I’m considering him yeah. Depends when my patience with TAA runs out 🙂

            4. jia you jia you
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 3 days ago

              Saiss + Pulisic to Bellerin + Grealish will bring me back to almost 4m in the bank = weird season!

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

                Does this make Trossard an OOP option?

                1. CRO KLOPP
                  • 3 Years
                  4 months, 3 days ago

                  Poo option

              2. Brosstan
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                4 months, 3 days ago

                Why was Connolly missing too?

                1. CRO KLOPP
                  • 3 Years
                  4 months, 3 days ago

                  Who cares

                  1. Brosstan
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    4 months, 3 days ago

                    He could be a great option if Maupay is dead

                    1. CRO KLOPP
                      • 3 Years
                      4 months, 3 days ago

                      Maybe,but I would rather pay extra for Wilson/ Bam

            5. Gudjohnsen
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 3 days ago

              Who would you rather have this gw, Ziyech or Zaha?

              1. FC Hakkebøf
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 3 days ago

                One week punt?

            6. Sun Jihai
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              4 months, 3 days ago

              A) Saiss + Foden => Coufal + Grealish
              B) Saiss + TAA + March => PVA + Bellerin + Grealish (-4)

              Intrigued by PVA having the best defender mins per xGI in the game and potentially being on pens

              1. Magic Zico
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                4 months, 3 days ago

                PVA is intriguing, is he going to be fit for next 4 is the mystery?

              2. Pukkipartyy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                4 months, 3 days ago

                B!

            7. Magic Zico
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 3 days ago

              Best chance of CS for GW8:
              A. CHE
              B. WHU
              C. ...
              D. ...

              1. Sun Jihai
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                4 months, 3 days ago

                C. TOT
                D. BHA

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

                Arsenal
                Brighton

                1. Magic Zico
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  4 months, 3 days ago

                  Grealish (ars)?

            8. George James
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 3 days ago

              Best move here?

              2FT 0.7itb

              Martinez • Steer
              Lamptey • James • Robbo • Coufal • Saiss
              Son • Salah • Podence • Foden • Bissouma
              Werner • Kane • DCL

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

                Saiss to Chilwell and save the other?

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

                  Or Foden to Grealish? You may be just short of either move

              2. George James
                • 6 Years
                4 months, 3 days ago

                0.1 off both 🙁

                1. CRO KLOPP
                  • 3 Years
                  4 months, 3 days ago

                  Saiss to Kilman,too much money in your defence

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

                  The below is good, then you’ll have some £s to play with over the international break

            9. Bennyboy1907
                4 months, 3 days ago

                Bellerin or Cresswell/Coufal?

                1. Magic Zico
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  4 months, 3 days ago

                  Creswell

                2. Bleh
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 3 days ago

                  Bellerin

                3. KAPTAIN KANE
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 3 days ago

                  Coufal

                4. Sun Jihai
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  4 months, 3 days ago

                  3 answers there!

                5. Camzy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  4 months, 3 days ago

                  Coufal.

                6. FC Hakkebøf
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 3 days ago

                  Coufal is a great budget enabler. I'm getting him mainly to free up cash for City assets

              • Pukkipartyy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                4 months, 3 days ago

                PVA or Creswell?
                I feel PVA has higher ceiling for sure. But is he 100% nailed?

                1. Magic Zico
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  4 months, 3 days ago

                  Just worry that PVA = Pulisic, high ceiling but easily crocked

                  1. Pukkipartyy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    4 months, 3 days ago

                    But PVA isnt so injury prone?

                    1. Magic Zico
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      4 months, 3 days ago

                      Where was he recently?

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

                  I need some fun in the game, so gone with Van Aanholt...

                  1. Magic Zico
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    4 months, 3 days ago

                    Get Cancelo rather, that's fun

                    1. FC Hakkebøf
                      • 4 Years
                      4 months, 3 days ago

                      Untill Mendy is back and Pep Roulette begins

                      1. Magic Zico
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        4 months, 3 days ago

                        Part of the fun, Kilman is waiting on the wing

              • CRO KLOPP
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 3 days ago

                What to do here with 2 FT and 3.0 itb (don't mind a hit too)

                Martinez
                TAA James Saiss
                Salah Son Grealish Podence
                Kane DCL Maupay
                (4.0 Burke Mitchell Dunne)

                1. George James
                  • 6 Years
                  4 months, 3 days ago

                  Maupay and saiss >> Chilwell and Wilson

                  Thoughts on my team few posts above mate?

                  1. CRO KLOPP
                    • 3 Years
                    4 months, 3 days ago

                    Thanks mate

                2. FC Hakkebøf
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 3 days ago

                  Monitor Maupay situation. If he looks set to play then I would definetely upgrade Podence and one of Dunne or Mitchell

                  1. CRO KLOPP
                    • 3 Years
                    4 months, 3 days ago

                    Yes, Maupay is the biggest dilema here

              • Frucke
                • 6 Years
                4 months, 3 days ago

                Maupay to werner/kane/vardy?

                1. Frucke
                  • 6 Years
                  4 months, 3 days ago

                  Or more pushing to get out robbo or taa?

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

                  Blimey how much ITB?

                  1. Frucke
                    • 6 Years
                    4 months, 3 days ago

                    2,5. 2 ft

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

                      One of the pool boys to Zouma and Maupay to Kane

                      1. Frucke
                        • 6 Years
                        4 months, 3 days ago

                        Have son. Double up even that fixtures turn?

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

                          Yes, Kane easy downgrade to anyone afterwards in one transfer

                          1. Frucke
                            • 6 Years
                            4 months, 3 days ago

                            True. Ty!!

                3. Magic Zico
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  4 months, 3 days ago

                  Wilson

                  1. Frucke
                    • 6 Years
                    4 months, 3 days ago

                    Hm maybe

              • jp1719
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 3 days ago

                On wildcard this week.

                Martinez (Matin)
                Chilwell Lamptey Digne (Kilman, Ferguson)
                Salah Son Grealish Zaha (Fornals)
                Vardy Ings Wilson

                GTG?

                1. Frucke
                  • 6 Years
                  4 months, 3 days ago

                  Ings injured?

                2. CRO KLOPP
                  • 3 Years
                  4 months, 3 days ago

                  Ings is injured

                3. KAPTAIN KANE
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 3 days ago

                  I really like this team, Ings could be injured however and I’d want Kane at least for this week against WBA

                4. Magic Zico
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  4 months, 3 days ago

                  Ings > DCL for great fixtures after MUN
                  Is Lamptey not injured?

              • Rondon9
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                4 months, 3 days ago

                Early thoughts on this team gents with 2FTs?

                Martinez
                Robbo TAA Semedo
                Salah Grealish Son Podence
                Kane DCL Bamford

                4m - Lamptey Mitchell Reed

                1.1m ITB

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

                  TAA & Podence to Chilwell & Ziyech (or Rodriguez if fit)

              • Rhodes your boat
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 3 days ago

                If you don’t have Kane yet are you bringing him in or hiding behind the sofa when he plays for the foreseeable?

                1. Deulofail
                  • 5 Years
                  4 months, 3 days ago

                  Sofa for now. Hopefully Bale takes away some goal-scoring responsibility and Kane'll be relying even more on pens. Wishful thinking, maybe.

                2. Frucke
                  • 6 Years
                  4 months, 3 days ago

                  Hiding

              • Labile
                • 2 Years
                4 months, 3 days ago

                Ings and Pulisic ➡️ Vardy and Ziyech -4?

              • Deulofail
                • 5 Years
                4 months, 3 days ago

                Would you do Greenwood (eve) to Grealish (ARS) this week for free or hold out for a week?

                1. Labile
                  • 2 Years
                  4 months, 3 days ago

                  Holdddd

                2. Reeker
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  4 months, 3 days ago

                  Save

                3. Totti
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 3 days ago

                  hold

                4. KAPTAIN KANE
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 3 days ago

                  I’d do it, Greenwood not nailed

              • michaelington
                • 11 Years
                4 months, 3 days ago

                Up to 2.2 million OR. Dizzy heights.

              • GrandTheftAmeobi
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                4 months, 3 days ago

                2 FT and £0 in the bank.

                McCarthy
                Robertson Trent Ayling
                Salah Son Zaha Rodriguez
                Kane Mitro DCL

                Steer; Mitchell, Vinagre, Bissouma

                My first thought is :

                Trent, Bissouma, Mitro to Zouma or Chilwell, Grealish, Brewster.

                Any thoughts? Who's everyone's preference in a Zouma or Chilwell choice? Thanks!