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. Lucky Z
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Did you know how everyone will call Man City's reserve keeper James Trafford in 50 years? Old Trafford.

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

      Lol.
      I actually interviewed the guy a couple of months ago. Top,top lad and very humble.

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

        Here's the link if anyone interested to read it 😉

        https://www.talkballuk.com/featured/six-questions-james-trafford-of-manchester-city

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

          Nice

  2. Denver Omelette
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Who should i play next gw:
    A. Robertson vs ManCity(A)
    B. KWP vs Newcastle(H)

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

      A

    2. RIDZ
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      did you spend 7.0 to be a bench warmer?

      1. Denver Omelette
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Its only for next gw and its against city so...

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

      B

      Robbo owner and thinking of selling. Albeit they conceded two over the weekend, Sou look good defensively

  3. Wivanee
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Coufal or Cresswell?

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

      Cresswell is a straight swap value-wise from Saiss for me but I'm going Coufal, good value and miniscule ownership (0.7%).

  4. KingZZ
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Should i do this?

    Trent + Dunne - - > Chilwell + Bellerin (-4)

    My defense : TAA, Saiss*, Lamptey*, Mitchell*, Dunne*

    0.3 ITB

    1. ZAWAd25
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Just do Chilwell and wait for Lamptey news

  5. C_G
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Have 2 FTs, help pls

    Jimi & TAA ---> Vardy & Cresswell?

    Rest of team:

    Martinez Steer

    Zouma Mitchell Justin Lamptey

    Jorginho Salah Son Podence JRod

    Kane DCL

  6. Disturbed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Thoughts on this team? Worth a hit to do ward > zouma this gw?

    martinez
    robertson dallas lamptey
    salah son ziyech grealish zaha
    kane dcl

    forster kilman brewster ward

    1. The Big Cheese
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      No I don't think it is

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

      Never take a hit for a defender imo

      1. Disturbed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Agree with you on that. But would be a long term move and might not be able to afford it if i wait for another week.

        1. jamesjoseph2770
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          If it's a long term move, do it..

  7. The Big Cheese
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    I recall someone saying there might be some blanks in a few weeks time. Did I dream it?

    1. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Yeah

    2. Esalman
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Just an international break, if you consider it a blank.

  8. Lingard’s Shin Guards
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Ings, Pulisic, Foden -> Vardy, Zaha/Grealish, Ward-Prowse (-4)?

    1. what\'s my name
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      ings + puli -> vardy + grealish and keep foden doable?

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

      I guess go for Werner instead of Vardy and keep Foden maybe?
      Then possibly Werner to Vardy in 2 weeks

      1. ZAWAd25
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        I like this

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

    Do you guys fancy Werner to do well in the next 2 games?

    1. Esalman
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Yes. I'm afraid if I get rid he'll score a brace.

    2. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Not against teams that park the bus like SHU and NEW

  10. C_G
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Have 2 FTs, help pls!!

    Jimi & TAA ---> Vardy & Cresswell?

    Rest of team:

    Martinez Steer

    Zouma Mitchell Justin Lamptey

    Jorginho Salah Son Podence JRod

    Kane DCL

    1. Esalman
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Seems legit.

    2. ZAWAd25
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Solid moves

  11. ZAWAd25
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Is Zaha worth bringing in for a a (-4)?

    If not will have to start Mitchell or Taylor

    1. Esalman
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      I have him and not getting rid for at least next 4 fixtures. I'd rather take out Hames.

    2. jamesjoseph2770
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Who are you taking out??

      1. ZAWAd25
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        4.5 mid

  12. Esalman
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    To fund Brewster to Wilson I need to take a hit and get rid of one of the following.
    A. Robertson to Chilwell
    B. Reguilon to Ayling
    What should I do?

    1. RIDZ
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      B, Spurs fixtures for clean sheet looks tough.

      But I won't get Wilson with a hit for this gameweek personally, Saints are impressive.

    2. Ha.
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      A

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

      A

  13. as33
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Martinez
    Robbo, Chilwell, Kilman(KWP)
    Salah, Pulisic, Son, Zaha
    Kane, DCL, Watkins

    DCL> Vardy and Pulisic> Ward Prowse for free?

    1. jamesjoseph2770
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Pulisic to Hames,Grealish or Ziyech.. Don't take DCL out now.

  14. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Martinez
    TAA Semedo Kilman
    Salah Grealish Son Zaha
    Maupay Kane DCL

    Steer Bissouma Lamptey Dallas

    Pick 1:
    A. TAA -> Chilwell
    B. Maupay -> Wilson
    C. Roll FT.

    1. what\'s my name
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      A, im keeping Maupay he'll come good if not injured

    2. RIDZ
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      C and enjoy 2 FTs after ib

      Lamptey first on sub

    3. Ha.
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      B

    4. Party time
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      I did B. Just can’t overlook him. Long term pick for me

  15. Jones Kusi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    When to WC if you still got it?
    Ofc it depends on team but overall.

    1. sunzip14
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      In near future around GW 10 I guess. Fixtures turn good for City, Arsenal and bad for Everton, Wolves, Spurs, Southampton etc.

    2. Buck The Trent
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Maybe december

  16. sunzip14
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    I would like to sort my defense and have 2FTs currently. The current defense is:

    TAA, Lamptey, Justin, Taylor, Mitchell

    Ideally, would like to save a transfer for the international break. So, am I good doing just the one below or do both? Which looks good?

    A) Taylor/Justin?> Coufal
    B) TAA> Chilwell/Zouma?
    C) TAA+ any other> Any 2 defenders (Chilwell, Zouma, Creswell, Gabriel etc?)

    1. RIDZ
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      TAA to Zouma and you will have more money for 2 FTs.

      Leicester fixtures getting stronger, keep Justin.

      1. sunzip14
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Thank you. Is Justin's place safe for a foreseeable future?

  17. Hazardous1983
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Who to get rid of first

    Podecne bruno calvert or saiss. 1ft

    1.4 in bank

    1. RIDZ
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Saiss as Wolves fixtures looks weak

      1. sunzip14
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        This. And he might also have lost his place.

    2. Cancelo Culture
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      I’ve done Saiss to Kilman. Frees up 1m and won’t think twice about benching him in bad fixtures

  18. KingZZ
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Should i do this?

    Trent + Dunne - - > Chilwell + Bellerin (-4)

    My defense : TAA, Saiss, Lamptey*, Mitchell*, Dunne

    0.3m ITB

    1. Ha.
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      No hit

      TAA > Chilwell

      Lamptey should be ok

    2. RIDZ
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      -4 for defenders isn't wise imo. TAA to Chilwell and you may upgrade Mitchell/Dunne next gameweek

  19. Over Midwicket
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Lol Bamford 1.82 xG last night

    1. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Back to his best

    2. Party time
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      All fart but no poo

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

      Lol, sample size of 1.

  20. Jars458
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    I am thinking Fernandes to Zaha this week to allow for Saint-Maxim to Grealish for next week. Thoughts?

    1. Ha.
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      You want to get rid of Fernandes?

      1. Party time
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        It obviously doesn’t look like it

        1. Ha.
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Eh?

      2. Jars458
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Obivously if Zaha and Grealish will outscore Fernandes and Saint Maxim, yes.

        1. Ha.
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          I would just look to move ASM on. Fernandes has great fixtures and Martial is back.

  21. Inazuma X1
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    What should I do with my FT? Was thinking Sterling to KDB

    Martinez (Steele)
    Chilwell Kilman Lamptey (Mitchell Struijk)
    Salah Bruno Sterling Grealish Soucek
    Kane DCL (Brewster)

    1. Ha.
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Upgrade Kilman

      1. Inazuma X1
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Lol why should I do that

        1. Ha.
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Fixtures...and your other two defenders don’t play

          1. Inazuma X1
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            They will play but if they don't I have plans for that anyways after this GW

            1. Ha.
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 2 days ago

              Ok

    2. Chelsea91
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Save

  22. Party time
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Wilson(C) against Southampton ?

    1. Chelsea91
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Zaha or Kane for me

      1. Party time
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Nice options. Wilson has a good record against Southampton... could be another haul on the cards

        1. Chelsea91
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          think wilson will do better against Saints

          1. Party time
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            Yeah. Absolutely, he loves playing southampton 😆

    2. Ha.
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Bold. Do you not own any Spurs players?

      1. Party time
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Got Son & Salah but Wilson wears the armband

        1. Chelsea91
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Go for Son

          1. Party time
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            Yeah, I will capt Son this gw.
            Thanks buddy

            1. Chelsea91
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 2 days ago

              GL

              1. Party time
                • 2 Years
                4 months, 2 days ago

                GL

        2. Ha.
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          I must’ve missed the Salah transfer over the summer!

          1. Party time
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            Eh?

            1. Ha.
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 2 days ago

              Salah does not ply for Spurs

              1. Party time
                • 2 Years
                4 months, 2 days ago

                Yes. My bad but he is a captain option too

    3. Inazuma X1
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Will end up in tears just like your Jimenez (C) in GW7

      1. Party time
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Haha... You remember! Lmao...

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

      I like it. Southampton matches have been absolute goalfests with that very high line and Wilson can definitely score 1 or 2. I'd back Kane (C) myself but with Spurs' recent displays against a parked bus, if you like the opportunity go for it. Don't worry about cowards mocking you for the Jimmy (C) cap.

      1. Party time
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Thanks

        Yes you’re right but I think having Wilson as a differential is good enough. Son(C) is the safest option.

        GL

        1. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          4 months, 2 days ago

          GL mate

  23. Chelsea91
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Martinez
    Robbo,PVA,Chilwell
    Salah,Son,Grealish,Zaha
    DCL,Kane(c),Wilson

    Button Dallas,Romeu,Douglas

    0FT and 0ITB

    Good to go for GW 8?

  24. French Gooner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    “ Gabriel was pipped to the maximum bonus award by Bellerín, the *Frenchman’s* assist sealing the deal.”

    Please proof read before posting ?

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

    Is there anyway to cancel your transfer once you've confirmed? Just bought in Bellerin but I really wanted Cresswell.

    1. Chelsea91
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      no

    2. Chelsea91
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      The only way is Wildcard

    3. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 2 days ago

      You wish, then everyone could make unlimited transfers. No forunately.

  26. Ninjaa
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Current defence

    McCarthy 4m
    TAA Justin Saiss Davies 4m

    1ft Saiss to Zouma ?? 4m itb

    1. Chelsea91
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Yes

  27. Inazuma X1
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Is Balbuena nailed?

    1. Chelsea91
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      no

  28. iL PiStOlErO
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Mendy Steer
    TAA Justin Mitchell KWP Taylor
    Salah Sterling Son Romeu Bissouma
    Kane DCL Watkins

    0itb, 1ft

    Guys what to do with Raz? Sell and for who? Trent also bugs me but Raz looks like priority, city is not in form

    1. Chelsea91
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Sell

      1. iL PiStOlErO
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 2 days ago

        I will but trying to figure out how to upgrade team after that, could also do -4 cause will have nice amount of money, it all depends on who I sell him of course.

        1. Chelsea91
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Just do sterling to Zaha

    2. Bobby Digital
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Zaha or Grealish

  29. Bobby Digital
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    McCarthy Steer
    Dier Robbo Chilwell (Mitchell Douglas)
    Salah Son Barnes Podence (Bissouma)
    Werner Ings Mitrovic

    Would you do Ings to Vardy for free or some other transfer?

    1ft, 3.4m itb

  30. Inazuma X1
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    This GW all rides on Soucek.... hopefully he can bag a hattie!!