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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. lordkippe
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 19 days ago

    11 from 2 included captain.

    1. FPL.team
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 19 days ago

      6 from 5 including captain.

      1. Amey
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 19 days ago

        1 from 5 including ©
        Beat that

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          8 months, 19 days ago

          0 from 4

        2. aleksaa2
          • 5 Years
          8 months, 19 days ago

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

  2. Joey Tribbiani
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 19 days ago

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

    1. Rhodes your boat
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 19 days ago

      Similar but stones instead of cancelo

  3. Inazuma X1
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 19 days ago

    **** OFF PEP

    1. JohnnyRev7
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 19 days ago

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

    2. Tango74
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 19 days ago

      Why you blaming pep

      We all know about pep
      Roulette

  4. BenDavies
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 19 days ago

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

    1. El Presidente
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 19 days ago

      And Cancelo

  5. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 19 days ago

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

  6. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 19 days ago

    Sterling C, Salah VC

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

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 19 days ago

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

    2. Royal5
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 19 days ago

      Lucky?

  7. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 19 days ago

    Up the Arse!

    1. tiger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 19 days ago

      Wrong site?

    2. Amey
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 19 days ago

      Yup
      Nothing like beating a raised Arse 😆

      1. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 19 days ago

        😮

    3. Jafooli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 19 days ago

      Pics?

  8. Ady87
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 19 days ago

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

  9. Joey Tribbiani
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 19 days ago

    Sterling cappers whos your VC?
    Son here

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 19 days ago

      Same

    2. HonestBlatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 19 days ago

      Cancelo

      1. Joey Tribbiani
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 19 days ago

        omfg

      2. Little Red Lacazette
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 19 days ago

        oh my

    3. DannyDrinkVodka
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 19 days ago

      Salah, I’m pumped

      1. Salah’s Sonnet
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 19 days ago

        I wouldn’t be after so many blanks

    4. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 19 days ago

      Salah

    5. fedolefan
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 19 days ago

      Grealish

    6. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 19 days ago

      Bruno

    7. Bobby Digital
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 19 days ago

      Son

    8. Arlo2103
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 19 days ago

      Tielemans

  10. THFC4LIFE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 19 days ago

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

    1. Slitherene
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 19 days ago

      Holding on for Cancelo

  11. Cok3y5murf
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 19 days ago

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

    1. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 19 days ago

      Not true, like, even at all

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 19 days ago

        He knows that, he’s fishing

    2. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 19 days ago

      What about a 5.6m player?

    3. Niho992
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 19 days ago

      imagine C defensive midfielder, casuals deserved punishment

    4. MattysFantasyFooty
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 19 days ago

      Worst take I’ve ever seen on here

    5. Do I Not Like Orange
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 19 days ago

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

    6. fusen
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 19 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
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 19 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.

  12. THFC4LIFE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 19 days ago

    Whos playing fantasy five?

    What’s your team?

    1. BenDavies
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 19 days ago

      Cavani Wood Soucek Raphinha Dier

      1. THFC4LIFE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 19 days ago

        Decent! Good luck.

        Pogba Pope Soucek Harrison Bale

    2. JohnnyRev7
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 19 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
        8 months, 19 days ago

        Bet your fun to live with! Jesus Christ!

        1. JohnnyRev7
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          8 months, 19 days ago

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

    3. waltzingmatildas
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 19 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
        8 months, 19 days ago

        Lol. My first week. Good luck

  13. Pedram
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 19 days ago

    Save us Bruno(vc)

  14. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 19 days ago

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

    1. Pedram
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 19 days ago

      Go away

  15. Inazuma X1
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 19 days ago

    This start to the GW is so frustrating.

  16. Little Red Lacazette
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 19 days ago

    At least Dias put a smile on my face.

  17. Bounce
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 19 days ago

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

    1. The Train Driver
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 19 days ago

      That's a monster score today..

      11 - 8 from 4 here 😀

    2. MrBoombastic
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 19 days ago

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

    3. MattysFantasyFooty
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 19 days ago

      Ban

    4. Van der Faart
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 19 days ago

      12(-8) from 2 including captain

    5. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 19 days ago

      Probably a few worse than that lol

  18. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 19 days ago

    Cup opponent has Wilson! Bitter sweet 🙂

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 19 days ago

      Mine does too

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 19 days ago

        And Dias

        1. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          8 months, 19 days ago

          Sounds like a good player 😉

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            8 months, 19 days ago

            Rank more than 1m

            1. RAFA THE GAFFA
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              8 months, 19 days ago

              Is that good this season? Haha!

    2. Baines on Toast...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 19 days ago

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

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 19 days ago

        Yep, will be my next investment

  19. Van der Faart
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 19 days ago

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

  20. Slitherene
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 19 days ago

    What is your template rating?

    Mine is 21!

    1. MattysFantasyFooty
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 19 days ago

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

    2. Bobby Digital
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 19 days ago

      41

    3. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 19 days ago

      74

  21. Baines on Toast...
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    8 months, 19 days ago

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

  22. BenDavies
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 19 days ago

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

    1. Treadstone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 19 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.

  23. onceuponatyne
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 19 days ago

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

  24. Pukkipartyy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 19 days ago

    Did Gundo play CDM today?

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 19 days ago

      CM box to box

    2. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 19 days ago

      No.

      1. Pukkipartyy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 19 days ago

        Good to know. Thanks!

  25. fusen
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 19 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
        8 months, 19 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
      8 months, 19 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
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 19 days ago

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

        As when it fails you blame social media

      2. fusen
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 19 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.

      3. JohnnyRev7
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        8 months, 19 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.

      4. Indpush
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 19 days ago

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

    3. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 19 days ago

      Another bullet header please Harry 🙂

    4. AMBELLINA PRISE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      8 months, 19 days ago

      I have

      Cancelo
      Stones
      Sterling
      Saka

      How can this be possible?!?

      1. Niho992
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 19 days ago

        too many players with S

    5. The Train Driver
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 19 days ago

      Cancelo (C) next gw locked in...

    6. Stimps
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 19 days ago

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