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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. ChelseaGuy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Dias Holding Son Rashy Wilson warrant a Free Hit in BGW18?

    1. BenDavies
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      yes

    2. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Yes

    3. Egg noodle
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Yeah

    4. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Arsenal have form and fixtures

    5. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Yeah I’d want at least 8

    6. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Mid Understood, yes

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

      Thanks all

  2. Make United Great Again
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Is that a Rob Holding assist I see? Keep that clean sheet lad

    1. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      It is! It is! Hope he keeps it for us!

    2. Bleh
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Hope so!

  3. BenDavies
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Need a West Brom goal and lots more Johnstone saves to get Johnstone a BAP

  4. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Bellerin YC

  5. Fudgy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Absolutely ridiculous conditions. Needs postponing and starting from scratch tomorrow.

    1. Hryszko
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      It's a bit of snow man haha.

      1. Keeptrying
        • 7 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        It's England though.
        E.g. half an inch of snow and public transport collapses.

    2. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Not that bad. Ground staff will work on the pitch at half time and it will be fine.

    3. Canadian Football
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      It is like a summer fixture for us Canadians!

    4. Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      man up

  6. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    I believe matches are usually abandoned for spectator purposes, so you should be able to relax this will continue

    1. Egg noodle
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      No. Hazard to players also can lead to cancellation. Although I don't know if it has ever happened after the game has begun.

      1. Patio Kev
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        It happened in the Forest Green vs Oldham game earlier today with no fans in the ground.

  7. OLEgend
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Is there any risk in activating freehit now or should I wait till the deadline day for more assurance?

    1. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Big risk

      1. OLEgend
        • 7 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        As in chances of games getting postponed???

        1. dunas_dog
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          8 months, 26 days ago

          Yes - high chance of players testing COVID positive and either they don’t play or games called off

          1. OLEgend
            • 7 Years
            8 months, 26 days ago

            Ok thanks.. Waiting till the last day is more safe I guess

    2. Gandalf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Only risk is if the whole season gets put on hold. Think v. unlikely that would happen though

      1. OLEgend
        • 7 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        Oh fine. I have only 4players this week so have to play FH anyways

        1. Gandalf
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          8 months, 26 days ago

          If fixtures put on hold then the gameweek fixtures would probably all change, but unlikely and free hit would be right with only 4 and lots of good teams etc.

          1. OLEgend
            • 7 Years
            8 months, 26 days ago

            So waiting is the best option I guess, have to play it anyways this week with only Bruno Kane Son DCL playing for me.. Worst case scenario is cancellation of 2-3 matches and FH getting wasted

    3. Messiah Hazard
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      If you have just hit a FH chip and not made any transfers, can you cancel it at a later date.

      1. THFC4LIFE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        Think you have to make moves to activate it

      2. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 12 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        no cancels

  8. Knock Down Your Aerial
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Johnstone letting me down for all players returning for me this GW.

  9. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Arsenal final translating those EL performances - brought about by playing the kids - on to the PL and reaping the rewards

    1. Van der Faart
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Arteta has done what Poch did to a certain extent. Brought in the hungry young players and dropped Willian and Pepe. Made sense all along to do it

  10. have you seen cyan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    We going to have endless Arsenal chat on here now like they won league, then next GW they will lose 0-3

    1. Egg noodle
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Already happening w.r t. Man United

  11. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Just saw a picture and the pitch looks perfect ?

  12. Ha.
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    A Holding goal would cap a magical weekend

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Yup!

  13. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 26 days ago

    McCarthy not seen in training pictures and people speculating that he’s injured. Should have played Forster over Meslier smh

    1. Egg noodle
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      I start Forster every week for a Martinez auto sub

    2. Whazza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Like Forster vs Pool was a lot better option..

    3. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Hmm would be okay with this if it doesn't end up with McCarthy 1 DGW game & Forster the other.

    4. Gandalf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Panicked when I saw this then remembered I have Forster!

    5. Bookkeeper
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      do you have the link to the training pictures?

    6. Jersey Boy
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      I have it on good authority that he’s had a positive test

  14. Dont_Win_Friends_With_Salah…
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Great that I transferred Holding in. Terrible that I benched him as I was only really thinking about next week.

    1. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      You don't bench defenders vs WBA. Or against Burnley, Palace, Newcastle, Fulham, and Sheff Utd.

      1. Dont_Win_Friends_With_Salah…
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        I played Dias, Robertson and Justin instead. Hindsight is a wonderful thing

        1. pundit of punts
          • 8 Years
          8 months, 26 days ago

          Should have played over Dias

          I did

      2. pundit of punts
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        This

    2. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      It was WBA though!

  15. Jon Walter's Hatty
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    In my day they played on a fully white pitch. Ball picked up snow when rolling and it still carried on

    1. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Must resist saying Ok Boomer

      1. Jon Walter's Hatty
        • 7 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        Youll be one one day

  16. S.Kuqi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Will the fpl points taken away if this game gets called off?

  17. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    My two potential FH players have scored... not sure it’s a good thing either

  18. Gemma817
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 26 days ago

    bench one for dgw 19
    A. Dallas
    B. Justin
    C. Creswell
    D. C Adams

    1. Ha.
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      B

    2. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      D

  19. Vazza
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Would you make the following move for a 4 point hit

    Curtis Jones => Smith Rowe

    1. Ha.
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      No

    2. Whazza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      You could FH him in 😉

      1. Vazza
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 26 days ago

        HA.

  20. zdrojo187
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    How it looks like...?
    FH Team

    Leno
    Stones,Mari,Yedlin
    Bruno,Sterling,De Bruyne,Son,Saka
    Kane,Wilson
    4.0,Kilman,Davis,3.8

    1. Sean
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Can you afford a United def over Yedlin? Apart from that it’ll look like every single free hit team

  21. Pringle
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Good evening. Regarding Kilman. Anybody have insight about when he is prefered and when he is not? Played 90 vs Manchester U and now benched against Brighton. Thanks!.

    1. Pukki Party
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Plays with 3 at the back, not with 2

    2. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      When Wolves play 5 at the back he usually plays. Today they played a back 4.

  22. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 26 days ago

    CS for Holding brings him up to 2 BPS which would be unreal

    1. Royal5
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Please don't jinx.

    2. Mr. O'Connell
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Will feel like 6 points lost instead of 4 when West Brom score then

      1. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 26 days ago

        Indeed it will. Maximum pain

    3. Bobby Digital
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Fingers crossed

  23. Meinhoff
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    People really have never seen football played on a snowy pitch wtf

  24. Keeptrying
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Some of the best snow games in the Bundesliga...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9KhY_SFFcI

  25. Sliver
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Does anyone know how fanteam subs work? My first sub had already been subbed in. And when Welbeck was a no-show it picked my 3rd sub (soucek) instead of my 2nd sub (cancelo). Will I just lose the points tomorrow when cancelo starts?

    1. Whazza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      If Cancelo plays he's on.

      1. Sliver
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        Figured... would've been jammy anyway to get soucek points. Cheers

  26. Tsssst
    • 10 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    No free hit, should I be wildcarding for BGW18 and bench boosting DGW19?

    1. Pukki Party
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Depends on team

    2. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Depending on how many you've already had and who they are

  27. pundit of punts
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    GTG for next gw? 🙂

    Martinez
    Dias - Dier - Holding
    KDB - Bruno - Son - Grealish - Saka
    Kane - Wilson

    No hits and no FH. Planned for this for a while now. FH in DGW 19.

    1. Whazza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Excellent, but who to captain?

      1. pundit of punts
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        KDB

        Bissouma out for Brighton and shipping goals for fun

    2. Sean
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Yep nice team

      1. pundit of punts
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        Cheers

    3. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Absolutely amazing team!

      1. pundit of punts
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        Hope it translates to points

        Cheers

        1. Sun Jihai
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          8 months, 26 days ago

          P.s do you not have Salah?

    4. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Nice one for BGW18, how does it look for GW20-22 fixtures?

      1. pundit of punts
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        I’ll just save FT in gw 20 and do Kane + Saka > Salah + Davis to get power 5 midfield back

  28. Patio Kev
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Can’t imagine the Baggies groundsman will be trying too hard to clear the snow and keep the game on.

    Big Sam’s probably told him to turn the undersoil heating off.

    1. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 26 days ago

      😆 you’re absolutely right

    2. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Big Sam probably told him to add a few ice cubes from the freezer 😆

  29. DAZZ
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Dias Stones
    Riedewald Son Bruno Grealish
    DCL Watkins

    Is this worthy of a freehit? 1FT could go Salah > KDB

    1. Buck The Trent
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Save

  30. Fudgy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 26 days ago

    I'm 0.1 off my free hit dream team because I let kdb drop in price on free hit 🙁

    1. Captain Vantastic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Season over?

    2. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Sell him for Sterling, problem solved.

    3. Pukki Party
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Create 10000 teams and ad a 4.0 gk, then sell him and wait for a drop. We'll all thank you later, ok?

      1. Pukki Party
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        Actually this will only work the week after teams are made

    4. Whazza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Lighting a candle for you right now, stay strong! 🙁

    5. badgerboy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      New year. Same Fudgy.

    6. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      If Nyland or Steer fell in price you might be ok