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. Holmes
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    13, 17, 14 in 3 of his away games.... 😮

    1. The Man Pastore
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      who?

      1. Dreams
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        Vardy

    2. Party time
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Doesn’t do home games these days

  2. pakornk
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    If you have TAA, would you bench him this week? (and play Dallas?)

    1. Buck The Trent
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Play

    2. Dodge13
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      No

  3. pakornk
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Bellerin or Cresswell?

    1. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Bellerin

    2. Dodge13
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Bellerin

    3. noone
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      I got Creswell before the price rise yesterday! He's on set pieces too and very good going forward

  4. UNDERWORLD7
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Hey guys, just thought I’d throw it out there......that if you were to build a FH team for this coming GW, what would it be? I’m having to do this to cancel out a huge disgusted rage hit, my own fault, but here we are.

    Not being lazy here by the way, I’ve made a team previous pages and put together below what I’ve come up with so far, but just looking for inspiration from you gents. Got around 103m as the budget.

    Fabianski
    Cresswell - Chillwell - Reguillon - Bellerin
    Formals - Ziyech - Salah - Son
    Werner - Kane
    __________________________________
    Forster: Elmeny: Braithewaite: Davis

    1.9 ITB

    It really would be awesome to wake up tomorrow to some teams or strong candidates you’s put together or mention to cheer me up after a horrible GW 🙁

    Please do help, send help haha. Cheers guys, and look forward to returning to this post tomorrow 🙂

    1. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Just really trying to attack those West Brom Fulham and Sheff utd fixtures as hard as I can.
      Thanks again guys, really hope to see some replies here 🙂 hope everyone is well.

    2. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 25 days ago

      You would get more traction posting this at a more active time but...

      Fabianski

      Lamptey - Chillwell - Reguilon (4.0, Kilman)

      Auba - Son - Ziyech - Bowen (Bissouma)

      Werner - Adams - Kane

      1.3ITB

  5. Eric Banternaaa
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Martínez Steer
    Chilwell Robertson Lamptey* Mitchel* Dunne*
    Salah Sterling Barnes Barkley Stephens*
    Jimi Ings* DCL

    Got 5 players who could easily not play ir I wouldn’t want playing this weekend; Lamptey Mitchel Dunne Stephens Ings

    Thoughts on Ings Jimi > Kane Wilson? Leaves 0 ITB. Then if I need to transfer one of the defenders out I can do later in the week.

    1. Eric Banternaaa
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Any thoughts please?

    2. Chelsea91
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Yes for Wilson

    3. Pavsboot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Not sure if I'd be getting Kane at this point if you've gone without. Feels like he could easily be a guy that people are moving out in 1-2 weeks for the next new thing (City/United mid maybe). Although in saying that you don't have Son so maybe it is the best move.

  6. LLoris
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Whos the one I should transfer in?
    A) Konsa
    B) Lamptey
    C) Coufal

    1. Mile Plankton
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      C

    2. Phil's Stamps
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      C

  7. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 25 days ago

    West Brom seems like the sort of fixture where Kane disappoints everyone in seasons past

    1. Pavsboot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Haha oh the memories. Still gotta captain him though (or Son I guess).

    2. Camino Aleatorio
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      I haven’t cash on WBA yet, I went ALL IN with Chelsea... then I was down 0-3 inside of 30 minutes

      Werner got nothing and R James got zero points due to goals conceded and a yellow.

      Logic says this a game were Spurs should blow them apart but you never know. Liverpool lost 0-1 to a dire, relegation bound Swansea a few years ago, that’s why EPL is interesting and maddening

  8. shiraz
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Have 2ft and 0.5 itb, with this lineup.

      McCarrhy Ryan
      Robbo PVA Saiss Lamptey Dunne
      Son Salah Raahford Grealish Anguissa
      DCL Maupay Jim

      Looking to use 1ft to get coufal for saiss, and roll over thw rest for ib. Keeping maupay, ryan for one more gw and see the situation. Will go for meslier if ryan really have been displaced by sanchez. Keeping jim till after gw 9. Good move?

    • davies
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Despite his goal, safe to do Barnes > Grealish still?

      Also Kane > Vardy looks good in GW10...

      1. Pavsboot
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        Yeah I would. Feels a bit point-chasey but Grealish has good form and 7-8 weeks of good fixtures.

        1. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 25 days ago

          He was nowhere for 90 mins...

    • JJeyy
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      A) Pulisic to Zaha (save an ft)

      B) Pulisic and Saiss to Rashford and Bellerin (free)

      1. Pavsboot
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        I'd do B. Can't see a route for Saiss back into the team in the short term at least so we might as well be moving him on.

      2. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 25 days ago

        Don’t know why you’d want Rashford

    • Pavsboot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Saiss and Jimi to Kilman and Werner for a -4 looks kind of tasty if I didn't have a niggling worry that Werner might cop a rest at some point.

      1. JJeyy
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        Prefer Vardy to Werner tbh

      2. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 25 days ago

        Should be rested midweek, let's see.

    • The Man Pastore
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Any news on Pulisic?

      1. Camino Aleatorio
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        Still the most physically fragile and brittle player in EPL

        ASM is trying to challenge him, however

    • Pad Randa (The OG)
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Stick or twist?

      Mendy
      Robbo - Chilwell - Saiss
      Salah - JRod - Zaha - Barnes - Pereira
      Kane - Jimi

      Martinez, Mitchell, Brewster, Dunne

      0 FT, 0.5 ITB

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 25 days ago

        Def needs some work done.

        1. Pad Randa (The OG)
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          Yeah, about 40 points' worth...

    • ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      RMT
      McCarthy*(Steer)
      TAA* Saiss* KWP(Justin*)(Mitchell*)
      Salah Son Grealish Hamez*(Bissouma)
      Kane Ings* Maupay*

      2FT's, 0.2 ITB

      I really want to use WC soon, If I use it next week then maybe I can sell Son and Kane also, so should I just take 2 punts this week and then WC next week? Or should I just take a hit maybe and save WC for the time being? Another possibility is to WC GW 10 with more fixture swings

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 25 days ago

        If you can make it to the IB I would

    • youneedmorecavaleiro
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Just realized that this gw was my first this season with a green arrow...

      1. Samir16
          3 months, 25 days ago

          this was my first red arrow lol. ended at just 39 since i had saiss, mitchell, maupay, james in my team, all didn't play plus martinez got the big 0 for me in goal too.

      2. 007 [RoboKlopp]
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        TAA, RJames, Saiss, Lamptey, Mitchell
        A. TAA -> Chilwell
        B. TAA, Saiss -> Robbo, Chilwell (-4)
        C. Saiss -> Zouma/Kilman
        Cheers.

      3. Sz21
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        5 red arrows in a row- 150k- 440k.
        Need to mix this team up a bit.
        What changes would you make? TAA, Jimenez out this week probably.

        McCarthy.
        TAA, Robbo, Ayling.
        Salah, Barkley, Podence, Son.
        Kane, Jimenez, DCL.
        Button, Justin, Mitchell, Bissouma.
        2ft, 0.7m ITB.

      4. Dreams
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        Hello Dz friends. How was the gameweek?
        Ryan Mccarthy
        TAA Robertson Saiss Kilman Justin
        Barnes Salah Son Fernandes Burke
        Jimenez Davis Watkins
        Time to Wildcard?

        1. Party time
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          My gw was a bucket full of turd as usual.

          No. Nice team. gtg

      5. Samir16
          3 months, 25 days ago

          on a WC right now.

          mendy/McCarthy
          Creswell, Zouma, Kilman, Dallas, Cancelo
          Ziyech, De Bruyne, Salah, Grealish, Fornals
          Kane, Wilson, Brewster

          0 ITB, any suggested changes?

          1. Party time
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 25 days ago

            gtg

            1. Samir16
                3 months, 25 days ago

                I'm torn apart on cancelo or bellerin. Bellerin will give me guaranteed starts in a team that has a more shaky defense than city but then cancelo has rotation risk with guardiola thats my only issue

                1. Flair
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  3 months, 25 days ago

                  If you have a quality 1st sub Cancelo could prove himself to be worth it

                  1. Fantasizer
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 25 days ago

                    but theres always the risk of cancelo being subbed on

                    1. Flair
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      3 months, 25 days ago

                      If you're that terrified pick Dias instead.

                  2. Samir16
                      3 months, 25 days ago

                      in that team there's definitely good subs. i feel like only 3-4 of those defenders will ever play in a gw for me so I'll always have a good sub coming on. other than brewster, the other 12 outfield players are good picks for 10 spots, but yeah cancelo subbing on would be the real issue

                  3. Party time
                    • 2 Years
                    3 months, 25 days ago

                    Yeah. It is tricky probably Bellerín

            2. Party time
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 25 days ago

              Trent is just a lucky fella in my team. So many times I want to pull the trigger but he survives the roulette yet again. I may as well keep, let’s see what he gives me back in return

            3. Fantasizer
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 25 days ago

              had brought in INGS and PULISIC on wildcard
              What to do with them?
              Any chances one of the two may be back for gw8?

              1. Samir16
                  3 months, 25 days ago

                  pulisic looks very unlikely. for ings they said the injury is not as bad as the initial assessment but not much has been said. for chelsea, wait for lampard to mention it at a champions league press conference and for ings just wait till deadline probably.

              2. Dr. Ante Pavlovic
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 25 days ago

                Mendy, Button
                Chilwell, Semedo, Reguilon, Justin, Branthwaite
                Salah, Son, Ziyech, James, Grealish
                DCL, Kane, Brewster

                What do you think? Semedo to Masuaku for a hit? I think that punt could easily work out.

                1. Party time
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 25 days ago

                  😆

                2. Samir16
                    3 months, 25 days ago

                    definitely not worth it, save the transfer since you're probably planning to move out one of the spurs players after the game against west brom right? you'll probably downgrade from son anyway so you could use the funds on a defensive upgrade

                3. Avery
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 25 days ago

                  Hey guys,

                  For this week only - would you play

                  Dallas (CRY Away)
                  or
                  Coufal (FUL Home)

                  Thanks, I'm kinda torn...

                  1. Flair
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    3 months, 25 days ago

                    Coufal, don't see Leeds cleaning

                4. pakornk
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 25 days ago

                  Captain Son or Vardy this gw?

                  1. Flair
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    3 months, 25 days ago

                    Son

                  2. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 25 days ago

                    Son

                5. Flair
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  3 months, 25 days ago

                  Walker is an interesting option, not very offensive though.

                6. Live Lad
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 25 days ago

                  Mahrez to someone for a hit?
                  (1) Ziyech
                  (2) Zaha
                  (3) Hames
                  (4) Fornels/ Bowen
                  Thanks.

                  1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 25 days ago

                    Not for a hit I think

                7. PogBruno
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 25 days ago

                  G2G?

                  Martinez
                  Robbo James Justin
                  Salah Sterling Rashford Son (c) Soucek
                  Ings DCL

                  - Kilman Brewster Ferguson

                  Brewster will come in for Ings if the former is not fit

                8. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 25 days ago

                  For next 2 weeks only
                  A) Werner+Justin/Bissouma
                  B) DCL+TAA

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

                    Werner

                  2. tinear
                    • 1 Year
                    3 months, 25 days ago

                    A

                    1. Bushwhacker
                      • 1 Year
                      3 months, 25 days ago

                      If rested midweek

                9. tinear
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 25 days ago

                  TAA, Zouma, Saiss, Mitchell, Ayling are my def. 1 ft who to ship for who? Or save and field TAA, Zouma, Ayling until Saiss confirmed not starting?

                  1. Lucky Z
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 25 days ago

                    Saiss to Coufal