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Arsenal without three key players as Pogba returns to wide role for Man United

Arsenal are short of key personnel as they host Manchester United in Gameweek 21.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.3m) misses a second Premier League match in a row as he deals with an ongoing personal issue but the premium midfielder is not the only absentee.

Kieran Tierney (£5.4m) was to be assessed for the calf injury that kept him sidelined for the Southampton game ahead of Gameweek 21 and he misses out third time in Arsenal’s last four league matches.

That means a third successive start at left-back for Cédric Soares (£4.6m) while Ainsley Maitland-Niles (£4.6m) remains a substitute amid rumours of a departure during the January transfer window.

Bukayo Saka (£5.4m) might have been viewed as an alternative on the left-hand side of defence but he is the third big name missing from Arsenal’s latest team-sheet, left out with a sore hip.

With Saka and Aubameyang missing, Mikel Arteta turns to Nicolas Pépé (£7.6m) and Gabriel Martinelli (£4.9m) to staff the flanks of attacking midfield either side of Emile Smith Rowe (£4.5m), whose recovery from a muscle injury is even more welcome than usual in light of Arsenal’s latest injury news.

Thomas Partey (£4.9m) has also shrugged off his yellow flag for a knock and features in defensive midfield alongside Granit Xhaka (£5.2m).

Following the shock defeat to Sheffield United, Paul Pogba (£7.7m) returns to a wider role for Manchester United.

The Frenchman features on the left-hand side of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s front-three with Bruno Fernandes (£11.4m) in the middle and Marcus Rashford (£9.6m) on the right.

They sit behind Edinson Cavani (£7.9m) who earns a deserved recall up-front at the expense of Anthony Martial (£8.8m)

With Pogba higher up the pitch, Scott McTominay (£4.9m) and Fred (£5.3m) anchor the midfield while Luke Shaw (£4.8m) returns at left-back.

Arsenal v Manchester United line-ups

Arsenal XI: Leno; Cédric, Holding, D Luiz, Bellerín; Xhaka, Partey; Martinelli, Smith Rowe, Pépé; Lacazette.

Manchester United XI: De Gea; Shaw, Maguire, Lindelof, Wan-Bissaka; McTominay, Fred; Pogba, B Fernandes, Rashford; Cavani.

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  1. WVA
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Sold Rob Holding for Cancelo and he's outscored my entire team so far.
    Cancelo 0
    Stones 0
    Gundogan 3
    Bruno 3
    There is absolutely no skill in the game and this proves it.

    1. Samwise
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      I'd argue that takes a lot of skill, or lack of...

    2. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Laporte was getting healthy, Walker needed a game, I think it’s just simple rotation. You have to average the hauls with the blanks when it comes to city

      1. JONALDINHO
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 6 months ago

        Think about it logically. Why would you break up a centre back pairing doing so well. One thing City miss is consistency. Zinchenko playing over Cancelo was criminal too

        1. The Suspended One
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 year, 6 months ago

          Every manager rotates in certain weak games; this is a great fixture to do it. I’m sure they are expecting more of a challenge at Turf moor

        2. Kellz86
          • 4 Years
          1 year, 6 months ago

          Worked though

        3. St Pauli Walnuts
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 year, 6 months ago

          One thing City miss is consistency? They're the most consistent team in the league just now. They just equalled a record from the 19th century for 9 wins in a month. Unbelievable.

          Stones highly likely comes straight bak in against Burnley. As good as Cancelo is, he's much better on the right and Walker needed a game. Zinc actually had a good game, he is a reasonable squad player.

          it's a run of 6 league games of midweek/weekend games, there was always going to be some rotation.

      2. St Pauli Walnuts
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 6 months ago

        Or you can overreact and blame it all on bad luck rather than having a bit of common sense like you. Most grounded people would accept the fact that there's a mixture of skill and luck in this game. The SS and Brostans are the rather annoying exceptions.

    3. Samwise
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      The skill is knowing man city are likely to rotate therefore have an adequate bench or at least a full playing one...gundogan has done well recently, but surely won't excel every week and brunk has been off it for a number of weeks...

      Saying all that, I own them all too

      1. PompeyUpNorth!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 year, 6 months ago

        Agreed

      2. WVA
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 6 months ago

        I have a bench of playing players but they've all blanked too, it's all luck

        1. The Suspended One
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 year, 6 months ago

          Luck in one week; not over the aggregate.

          1. Kellz86
            • 4 Years
            1 year, 6 months ago

            This

  2. Daniel Jebbison
    • 13 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Damn why i didn't go Mane and went Sterling 🙁

    1. F_Ivanovic
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Some chance Mane is benched as well

  3. Salarrivederci
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    AWB in for Cancelo and Coufal in for Stones. Thank God Dias started.

    If Coufal returns a big 0, then I hope my Salah (C) and Mané returns some points! 😀

    1. The Senate
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      incoming 12 points for Coufal

    2. Clintymints
      • 13 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Thinking Stones + Cancelo > Dias + Chilwell

  4. Hooky
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Fish-Roe should've been left on

  5. Clintymints
    • 13 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Holdings baps from the bench

    Wehey

  6. jason_ni
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Ddg and awb home to shu get me 2 points.
    Bench both away to arsenal and they get 13 points.
    Couldn't make it up.

    1. MoSalad
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Lucky I get AWB off the bench

      1. jason_ni
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 6 months ago

        Some reason I put Cresswell ahead of him.. so I get Cresswell likely zero for cancelo.
        Meanwhile rivals get holdings 8 points.

  7. MoSalad
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Need Martinez, Grealish & Watkins’s blanks!

  8. The Suspended One
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Holding with a 45k rank swing from 3rd bench position

    Jam

  9. TheDragon
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Adams -> DCL -4 not looking quite so bad now (still pretty bad)

  10. Bobby Digital
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Keep faith in Rash or take out for Salah?

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Why on Earth would you have Rashford over Salah???

  11. nerd_is_the_werd
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Knew it, should've captained Decordova-Reid, I am such an idiot.

    1. Samwise
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      People always overlook the obvious... He was clearly the best captain this week

  12. Albrightondknight
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    AWB will hold the baps even with a yellow ?

    1. Kellz86
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      BPs are accurate I believe so yea

  13. F_Ivanovic
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Think holding has been my best transfer in this season in 16 for Lamptey. 5 CS, 6 bonus points + 1 assist.

  14. hullcityfan
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    21 from 5

    1. TheDragon
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      That’s v good (serious)

    2. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      26 (-4) from 5 (6 counting C)

    3. Kellz86
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      18 from 4

  15. Bushwhacker
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Wow my bore draw prediction came true. Shocked. Two garbage teams.

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Really went out on a limb there didn’t you

  16. Scots Gooner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    I sold Holding for Digne. Congrats me.

    1. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Clap clap gif

    2. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Almost did the same, instead I took Wilson out for Kane and then Kane out for Donkey.

  17. BeWater
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Matt Lowton got 2 goals in the 2012/13 season and hasn't scored since. Come on Matty lad, time to get back on the goal trail.

  18. PompeyUpNorth!
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Jamal Lewis off the bench for me third sub with 11 and I’m taking it!!!
    I rarely have a spawny sub, but it feels good... lol

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      My cup opponent also.. UGH

      1. PompeyUpNorth!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 year, 6 months ago

        Nightmare

  19. The Senate
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Just like against Liverpool, United drop 2 points due to poor finishing and one worldie save. Shame no one else will be able to challenge City this year

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Liverpool right in it and couldn’t possibly do any worse. United was never a title contender

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 6 months ago

        Liverpool can’t compete without defenders

    2. Bushwhacker
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Got a point, should be happy

    3. jammie26
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Arsenal had more chances to win the game imo.

  20. Kellz86
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    18 from 4 feeling like a haul this week

  21. Eh, just one more thing ...
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Took Holden out for Digne for a -4 .... dear god will I never learn ... eh, no it would seem. Never take a hit for a defender!

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Thought Digne was a winger ...

    2. Samwise
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      At least you didn't sell gme at 40

      1. The Suspended One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 6 months ago

        Lol

  22. TheDragon
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Everyone hating their weeks but remember it is all relative.

    The only players who have hauled who anyone could own are Dias (8), Wilson (13) and Holding (8)

    So the key to success this gameweek so far is not to have had too many players play yet

    1. Samwise
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      I wonder what percent of teams have 3 playing subs

      1. PompeyUpNorth!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 year, 6 months ago

        I have.. (I hope)

      2. St Pauli Walnuts
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 6 months ago

        Unfortunate week for Mitchell not to start, doh. Owning Stones and Cancelo means I'll be a defender down.

    2. Bushwhacker
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Holding off the bench for Stones is my saving grace

  23. The Big Fella
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Nowhere to hide for Odegaard owners

    1. TheDragon
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Nowhere to hide for anyone who plays this game