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Aubameyang and Lacazette start together as Arsenal travel to West Brom

Mikel Arteta has named both his main strikers in the starting XI as Arsenal travel to face West Bromwich Albion.

It is just the second time since Gameweek 13 that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.4m) and Alexandre Lacazette (£8.2m) have featured from the beginning together as the Gunners look to make it three wins on the bounce.

Bukayo Saka (£5.2m) has been a catalyst in Arteta’s recent mini-revival and he keeps his place in midfield, overcoming the knock he sustained last time out.

The defensive set-up has fluctuated between a back-four and back-three of late and it is the former of those two Arteta has settled with tonight.

The one constant among those chopping and changing of systems is Rob Holding (£4.5m), who starts for the 10th time in 11 Premier League matches.

At the third time of asking, Pablo Marí (£4.4m) joins the Englishman at centre-back with David Luiz (£5.4m) named on the bench.

West Bromwich Albion assets are predictably unpopular these days, not a single outfield player sitting in more than 1%. of Fantasy squads.

2.4% own Sam Johnstone (£4.5m), who has 66 saves this season, the second-highest at the time of writing.

But, as ever, the most fashionable Baggies player is non-playing goalkeeper David Button (£4.0m), owned by 4.4% worldwide.

West Bromwich Albion XI: Johnstone; Furlong, Ajayi, Ivanovic, O’Shea; Sawyers; Diangana, Gallagher, M Phillips, M Pereira; C Robinson.

Arsenal XI: Leno; Tierney, Mari, Holding, Bellerín; Saka, Xhaka, Ceballos; Aubameyang, Lacazette, Smith Rowe.

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1,321 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Nanoelektronicar
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 4 days ago

    One of the first drafts for FH, 4-4-2, weak bench, could be susceptible to after deadline postponements. Also, defence probably needs to be better, I could end up with none of the defenders playing. Stones and Dias don't need to be explained, Shaw created 12 chances in the last four, and Newcastle backline double up vs Sheffield United could be good.

    Darlow
    Dias Stones Shaw Yedlin
    Sterling Fernandes Rashford Son
    Kane Wilson

    Button Holding Brewster Bissouma

    1. tafrère
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 4 days ago

      Pretty good. I'm on a 3-5-52 myself :

      Darlow
      Cancelo Dias Wan-Bissaka
      KDB Bruno Son Grealish/Zaha Saka
      Kane Wilson

      1. Nanoelektronicar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 4 days ago

        Yes, I could do Kane or Rashford downgrade to upgrade elsewhere.

      2. Jrot94
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        7 months, 4 days ago

        I went Yedlin instead of darlow
        DDG instead of Awb
        Holding instead of cancelo

        Used that money to upgrade grealish / zaha to sterling. Seem mart no?

        1. Nanoelektronicar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          7 months, 4 days ago

          I'd want Cancelo, if he plays. There's big haul in him.

          1. Jrot94
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            7 months, 4 days ago

            With walker due to come back, just enough risk he gets his turn on the pep roulette...I’ll take holding/sterling over cancelo/grealish on a one week play (I think?)

    2. The Train Driver
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 4 days ago

      I like it!

      1. Nanoelektronicar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 4 days ago

        Appreciate it.

    3. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 4 days ago

      Looks decent.

      My current FH18 draft (chip not activated yet)
      0.8itb
      Darlow
      Holding Dias Cancelo
      Sterling Bruno Saka Son Rashford
      Kane Wilson
      (Martin Saiss Davis Mitchell)

      1. Nanoelektronicar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 4 days ago

        I could replicate that, strip the bench to the bone and upgrade Bissouma to Saka.

  2. The Train Driver
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 4 days ago

    Johnstone 1st save of plenty more hopefully...

    1. djman102
      • 12 Years
      7 months, 4 days ago

      +1 (+1+1+...)

  3. BenDavies
    • 8 Years
    7 months, 4 days ago

    1st save for Johnstone. Lovely

  4. Agger
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 4 days ago

    69 with Cancelo, Justin, Sterling, Mccarthy left.. Woooo sorry not sorry

    1. The Train Driver
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 4 days ago

      76 with Holding Johnstone and KDB. I'll beat u :p

    2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 4 days ago

      71 with Holding, KDB, Salah. Not expecting much.

    3. Vazza
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 4 days ago

      83 with KDB, Dias, Chilwell, Salah, Mane and Robbo to go.

      Will beat you both.

  5. BenDavies
    • 8 Years
    7 months, 4 days ago

    Arsenal look like pansies out there. Probably too cold for them. Can definitely see a clean sheet for WBA

    1. Jdpz
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 4 days ago

      Johnstone!!

  6. Vazza
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 4 days ago

    Anyone else here thinks Saka is overrated?

    1. Zilla
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 4 days ago

      He is good but a bit overrated yeah

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

      English and young at a big club = Extremely overhyped

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

        Big club?

        1. Original - Wolves Ay We
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          7 months, 4 days ago

          ??

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

            Arsenal joke

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

      He's alright. Not too much hype around him..

    4. Original - Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 4 days ago

      Flavour of the month

    5. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 4 days ago

      Definitely better than the other promising young English player - Lingard.

    6. Neves say Neves
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 4 days ago

      great talent but other young players are better than him and deserve more hype e.g. pedro neto

    7. cheekumz
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 4 days ago

      I think he's underrated if anything tbh.

  7. Deulofail
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 4 days ago

    Saka's gonna make it 4 returns from the 4 games I've owned him... at least!

    1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 4 days ago

      He will

  8. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 4 days ago

    Have had green arrows all year, you love to see it

    1. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 4 days ago

      LOL. That'll change in a month.

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

        That's the joke 😉

        Also, with a BGW and DGW to play you can bet it'll stay that way!

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

      Does that just mean you started with a terrible rank?

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

        Play on the fact it’s now 2021

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

        Why are people so dense lmao

  9. Hryszko
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 4 days ago

    So are most people FHing this week?

    1. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 4 days ago

      No. Will field 10 for a (-4) and save FH for 29

    2. Tcheco
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 4 days ago

      Seems like it. I'm taking a hit to put out 11

    3. OneJuan
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 4 days ago

      looking like it.

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

      Will put out 9 with 2FT and save the chip, may consider a -4 to get KdB in for Salah

    5. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 4 days ago

      Na, might take a hit to get 10 out

    6. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 4 days ago

      Na will play 9 or 10

    7. Original Pirate Material
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 4 days ago

      Nope, playing with 8. Those players will be representative of the main FH players but glad I’ll be saving FH for later in the year.

  10. OneJuan
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 4 days ago

    Looking to have this lot for GW18.

    Martinez,
    Cancelo, Dias, Kilman
    Rashford, Fernandes, Son, Grealish
    DCL, Kane

    1 FT and 1.8itb (Saving this to help bring salah back in in GW20 after BB in GW19)

    Save FH in GW18?
    Any other advice on who to bring in without damaging Salah return potential?

    1. OneJuan
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 4 days ago

      Sorry 0FT left now

    2. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 4 days ago

      Save FH

      1. OneJuan
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 4 days ago

        Thanks

  11. The Train Driver
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 4 days ago

    Johnstone 2nd save!

    1. Jdpz
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 4 days ago

      I have him. You too?

      1. The Train Driver
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 4 days ago

        Yeah, benched Martinez.

        1. Jdpz
          • 1 Year
          7 months, 4 days ago

          good decision

  12. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 4 days ago

    Johnstone, keep saving...

  13. BenDavies
    • 8 Years
    7 months, 4 days ago

    2nd save Johnstone....less than 10 minutes in

    1. Forever In Our Shadow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 4 days ago

      Not rally a good sign though. Save points is all he is getting.

  14. wulfrunian
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 4 days ago

    Second save from Sam!

    1. TwiggsJameson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 4 days ago

      Come on big Sam

  15. Bobby Digital
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 4 days ago

    Auba playing CB

  16. wulfrunian
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 4 days ago

    Fellow Johnstone owners we are crazy!I am going to watch a movie.I hope for 9 saves,penalty save and a cs.

    1. TwiggsJameson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 4 days ago

      You forgot the assist 🙂

  17. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 4 days ago

    Refreshing to see Arsenal youngsters like Saka and Smith-Rowe show the oldies (e.g. Auba) how to put in a shift and try to win the ball back.

  18. Vazza
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 4 days ago

    Is Bissouma suspended for the next PL game ?

    1. Nanoelektronicar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 4 days ago

      Yes, he actually is.

    2. Original - Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 4 days ago

      Yes

    3. Gobigorgohome
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 4 days ago

      yes

  19. jimmyabs1987
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 4 days ago

    Ok so quick vote:

    Who has chewed more pieces of gum on the touch line:

    A) Big Sam
    B) Fergie

    1. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 4 days ago

      Fergie

    2. Original Pirate Material
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 4 days ago

      Fergie.

      BFS has a pint of gravy every now and then instead.

  20. HaffNanner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 4 days ago

    Now that it looks like Mitchell might be back, I can get 8 starters for a hit this GW. Sound better than using FH?

    Robertson, Stephens, Vardy > Cancelo, KDB, Brewster (-4)

    0.1ITB 1FT
    Martinez
    Robertson, Dias, Coufal (Dallas, Mitchell)
    Salah, Fernandes, Grealish, Soucek (Stephens)
    Kane, Vardy, Bamford

    1. The Pesci challenge
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 4 days ago

      FH

    2. Original Pirate Material
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 4 days ago

      Dont waste it.

  21. Scots Gooner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 4 days ago

    Ederson or Martinez
    Stones / Holding / Dier
    KDB / Bruno / Son / Grealish
    Watkins / Brewster

    Can put this out with one free transfer.

    Its only 10 and not ideal (a few 2 pointers I imagine), but better to save the Free Hit. Right?

    1. Original Pirate Material
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 4 days ago

      Yes mate.

  22. Jdpz
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 4 days ago

    Auba fail

  23. Kasper the ghost keeper
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 4 days ago

    Bailey first choice ahead of Lindelof now?

    1. Kasper the ghost keeper
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 4 days ago

      *Bailly

      1. Booked4Dissent
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        7 months, 4 days ago

        Don’t think so (United fan)

  24. Deulofail
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 4 days ago

    Saka should have crossed instead of shot. Would have flown straight in

  25. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 4 days ago

    Hmm, I remember the 12M price tag on Auba...

    1. Original Pirate Material
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 4 days ago

      We all fell for it GW1.

  26. FantasyHero
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 4 days ago

    For gw 18:
    Rashford or sterling/kdb

    1. Lucky Z
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 4 days ago

      KDB, although Rash gives you additional 2.0

  27. Lucky Z
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 4 days ago

    Sanchez to, for free, no chips:

    A. De Gea
    B. Martinez

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 4 days ago

      B

    2. Neves say Neves
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 4 days ago

      b

  28. pundit of punts
    • 8 Years
    7 months, 4 days ago

    What do you think of this FH team for DGW 19?

    Ederson
    Ogbonna - Coufal - Dawson
    Salah - KDB - Bruno - Raphinha
    Aguero - Ings - Bamford

    If Aguero doesn’t look up to speed by then will change to Vardy

    Thoughts? 🙂

    1. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 12 Years
      7 months, 4 days ago

      Feast or train wreck.

      1. pundit of punts
        • 8 Years
        7 months, 4 days ago

        Sounds good then

    2. Gobigorgohome
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 4 days ago

      Dawson is a risk

      rest ok

      1. pundit of punts
        • 8 Years
        7 months, 4 days ago

        Cheers

  29. ClassiX
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 4 days ago

    Have to laugh at the commentator, referring to Auba: "You know what? All he needs is another couple of inches..."

  30. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 4 days ago

    Snow getting heavier at The Hawthorns.

    1. My blood is Blue
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 4 days ago

      And Teirney pnt pays off without even getting to 60 minutes. Juhu!