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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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970 Comments Post a Comment
  1. lordkippe
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    11 from 2 included captain.

    1. FPL.team
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      6 from 5 including captain.

      1. Amey
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        1 from 5 including ©
        Beat that

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          0 from 4

        2. aleksaa2
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          -3 from cancelo, stones, dcl, gundogan, mitchell and kane

  2. Joey Tribbiani
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Cancelo, Sterling, Kane and Mitchell, will be fielding 10 players max, wow

      1. Rhodes your boat
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Similar but stones instead of cancelo

    • Inazuma X1
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      **** OFF PEP

      1. JohnnyRev7
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        He's got 3pts in reality so doesn't care about fantasy. Harsh but fair.

      2. Tango74
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Why you blaming pep

          We all know about pep
          Roulette

      3. BenDavies
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        So Mitchell and Stones miss out on guaranteed clean sheets. FPL is so cruel.

        1. El Presidente
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 16 days ago

          And Cancelo

      4. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Christ.... cup opponent with Sterling TC, Bruno VC. Also has Wilson.

      5. Gudjohnsen
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Sterling C, Salah VC

        How should I feel?
        Will get Soucek from the bench for Sterling.

        1. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Rough that the 11m asset didn’t start, glad he didn't come on.

        2. Royal5
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Lucky?

      6. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Up the Arse!

        1. tiger
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Wrong site?

        2. Amey
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Yup
          Nothing like beating a raised Arse 😆

          1. Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            😮

        3. Jafooli
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Pics?

      7. Ady87
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        No Saka gets me Wilson points and puts me top of my ML, so so jammy!

      8. Joey Tribbiani
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Sterling cappers whos your VC?
          Son here

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Same

          2. HonestBlatter
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Cancelo

            1. Joey Tribbiani
                3 months, 16 days ago

                omfg

              • Little Red Lacazette
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 16 days ago

                oh my

            2. DannyDrinkVodka
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 16 days ago

              Salah, I’m pumped

              1. UNDERWORLD7
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 16 days ago

                I wouldn’t be after so many blanks

            3. Gudjohnsen
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 16 days ago

              Salah

            4. fedolefan
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 16 days ago

              Grealish

            5. The Knights Template
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 16 days ago

              Bruno

            6. Bobby Digital
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 16 days ago

              Son

            7. Arlo2103
                3 months, 16 days ago

                Tielemans

            8. THFC4LIFE
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 16 days ago

              Adams and Holding auto subs for Cancelo and Mitchel, who you got?

              1. Slitherene
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 16 days ago

                Holding on for Cancelo

            9. COK3Y5MURF
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 16 days ago

              If you captained a 5m player, you deserve the blank. Needs to cost at least 9m

              1. UNDERWORLD7
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 16 days ago

                Not true, like, even at all

                1. KAPTAIN KANE
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 16 days ago

                  He knows that, he’s fishing

              2. THFC4LIFE
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 16 days ago

                What about a 5.6m player?

              3. Niho992
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 16 days ago

                imagine C defensive midfielder, casuals deserved punishment

              4. MattysFantasyFooty
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 16 days ago

                Worst take I’ve ever seen on here

              5. Do I Not Like Orange
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 16 days ago

                Problem wasn't captaining them today, it was not captaining them earlier over trash like Salah.

              6. fusen
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 16 days ago

                You joke, but what 5m player has historically always come through and performed? The 9m+ players are that cost because they have previous proof of constantly performing.

                1. Do I Not Like Orange
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 16 days ago

                  Yeah, but the most expensive player in the game has blanked 5 or 6 in a row now, and one of the other top players couldn't even get a CS point at home to Sheffield Utd. The premiums are as much of a gamble as anyone at this point.

            10. THFC4LIFE
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 16 days ago

              Whos playing fantasy five?

              What’s your team?

              1. BenDavies
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 16 days ago

                Cavani Wood Soucek Raphinha Dier

                1. THFC4LIFE
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 16 days ago

                  Decent! Good luck.

                  Pogba Pope Soucek Harrison Bale

              2. JohnnyRev7
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 16 days ago

                A random choice of players who won't exceed their targets. I don't really put much thought into it as the odds of winning are so low.

                Pogba Havertz Raphinha
                Soucek Bergwijn

                1. THFC4LIFE
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 16 days ago

                  Bet your fun to live with! Jesus Christ!

                  1. JohnnyRev7
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    Thanks. I always try to look on the bright side of life.

              3. waltzingmatildas
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 16 days ago

                Pogba mee Harrison soucek son.
                It's a bit of fun, but failed at the 1st or second player each week so far!

                1. THFC4LIFE
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 16 days ago

                  Lol. My first week. Good luck

            11. Pedram
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 16 days ago

              Save us Bruno(vc)

            12. diesel001
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 16 days ago

              Fernandes blank needed now. All those Sterling(c) and Cancelo(c) who have Bruno(vc) pushes Bruno EO over 100%.

              1. Pedram
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 16 days ago

                Go away

            13. Inazuma X1
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 16 days ago

              This start to the GW is so frustrating.

            14. Little Red Lacazette
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 16 days ago

              At least Dias put a smile on my face.

            15. Bounce
                3 months, 16 days ago

                GW ruined! Anyone worse than 18 from 4???

                1. The Train Driver
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 16 days ago

                  That's a monster score today..

                  11 - 8 from 4 here 😀

                2. MrBoombastic
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 16 days ago

                  You know full well that's an ok score...why bother

                3. MattysFantasyFooty
                  • 7 Years
                  3 months, 16 days ago

                  Ban

                4. Van der Faart
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 16 days ago

                  12(-8) from 2 including captain

                5. THFC4LIFE
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 16 days ago

                  Probably a few worse than that lol

              • RAFA THE GAFFA
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 16 days ago

                Cup opponent has Wilson! Bitter sweet 🙂

                1. KAPTAIN KANE
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 16 days ago

                  Mine does too

                  1. KAPTAIN KANE
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    And Dias

                    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      3 months, 16 days ago

                      Sounds like a good player 😉

                      1. KAPTAIN KANE
                        • 4 Years
                        3 months, 16 days ago

                        Rank more than 1m

                        1. RAFA THE GAFFA
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 5 Years
                          3 months, 16 days ago

                          Is that good this season? Haha!

                2. Baines on Toast...
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  3 months, 16 days ago

                  He is a great set and forget striker. Goal involvement galore.

                  1. RAFA THE GAFFA
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    Yep, will be my next investment

              • Van der Faart
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 16 days ago

                Hope this is 0-0. Holding in for Cancelo, rival has Bruno Vc for Sterling no show.

              • Slitherene
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 16 days ago

                What is your template rating?

                Mine is 21!

                1. MattysFantasyFooty
                  • 7 Years
                  3 months, 16 days ago

                  72 probably explains why I barely move up or down in rank

                2. Bobby Digital
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 16 days ago

                  41

                3. THFC4LIFE
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 16 days ago

                  74

              • Baines on Toast...
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 16 days ago

                Ended up bringing DCL in for a hit for Kane, but at least I still played Wilson. 😀

              • BenDavies
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 16 days ago

                I truly hope everyone who bigged up Gundogan is happy. Real happy.

                1. Treadstone
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 16 days ago

                  I'm happy with my 17 pts from 2 gameweeks for 5.5 and happy for him to continue as my fifth mid.

              • onceuponatyne
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 16 days ago

                Cancelo cap with DCL as vice... Not been a good weekend.

              • Pukkipartyy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 16 days ago

                Did Gundo play CDM today?

                1. Bobby Digital
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 16 days ago

                  CM box to box

                2. Rainer
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 16 days ago

                  No.

                  1. Pukkipartyy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    Good to know. Thanks!

              • fusen
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 16 days ago

                - Top 10 captains choices from multiple leagues -

                FFS League

                Top 10 Captain Picks

                3 Sterling
                2 Gündogan
                1 Fernandes
                1 Cancelo
                1 Foden
                1 Son
                1 Salah
                1 Digne

                FPL Black box

                Top 10 Captain Picks

                5 Salah
                2 Calvert-Lewin
                1 Gündogan
                1 Son
                1 Sterling

                Overall in the World

                Top 10 Captain Picks

                6 Salah
                2 Sterling
                1 Fernandes
                1 Gündogan

                Clearly Gundo was not the choice for people who want to cement their place. Always captain a (historical) heavy hitter never a wiser choice?

                1. gogs67
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    Comes down to the echo chamber of this place, you see it regularly, certain picks gaining momentum and they just aren't getting the same attention in the wider game

                2. 1justlookin
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  3 months, 16 days ago

                  Really need to start listening to myself more and not think emotionally. Decided to bring in gundogan this morning for a hit when I decided not to last night.

                  1. Tango74
                      3 months, 16 days ago

                      You right you need to make own decisions ang not use social media.

                      As when it fails you blame social media

                    • fusen
                      • 9 Years
                      3 months, 16 days ago

                      Depending on what rank you are and what your main rivals (however you qualify that) did, it made complete sense to use Gundo as cover in case he kept his unrealistic scoring rate going.

                      This game is about percentage chances of things happening. Gundo with his sudden massive ownership could have really hurt if you didn't get him.

                    • JohnnyRev7
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      3 months, 16 days ago

                      Best to do the hit(s) at night when drunk. If they fail you'll be able to justify it to yourself due to the alcohol.

                    • Indpush
                      • 3 Years
                      3 months, 16 days ago

                      Should have listened to yourself last night and ignored yourself this morning.

                  2. g40steve
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    Another bullet header please Harry 🙂

                  3. AMBELLINA PRISE
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    I have

                    Cancelo
                    Stones
                    Sterling
                    Saka

                    How can this be possible?!?

                    1. Niho992
                      • 2 Years
                      3 months, 16 days ago

                      too many players with S

                  4. The Train Driver
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    Cancelo (C) next gw locked in...

                  5. Stimps
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    Brought in DCL (c) and Cancelo for a hit... Ugh