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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. Peter Ouch
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Everyone has blanked and you know who's gonna score

    Bam bam

    1. Gobigorgohome
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      he will come on for Sterling so ok

    2. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      I'll take it

    3. The Senate
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      I'd probably have sold him if it wasn't for the Kane injury

    4. Hybrid.power
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Coming on for Saka for me

    5. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Salah, Grealish, Ings, soucek, Antonio,Watkins, Salah and Mané all yet to play.

      1. Kellz86
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        Salah and his brother Salah?

  2. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Pepe has no end product

  3. Gobigorgohome
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    esr subbed

    1. Deulofail
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      lol

  4. Deulofail
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    A single Smith Rowe contribution would feel like Dreamland this week

  5. Milkman Bruno
      4 months, 21 days ago

      One for the watchlist

    • Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Stones, Cancelo, Sterling and Mitchell causing the following autosubs (in top10k, but similar numbers for top 1M):

      Players off bench:
      Coufal 30.7%
      Dallas 17.9%
      Soucek 12.9%
      Holding 11.2%
      Cresswell 10.9%

      Vice captains subbing for Raheem:
      Salah 9.7%
      Son 5.3%
      Bruno 4.6%
      DCL 4.1%

      1. ivantys
          4 months, 21 days ago

          Holding jams

          1. F_Ivanovic
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 21 days ago

            Last on my bench but coming on because of Mitchell and Cancelo 🙂

        • Milkman Bruno
            4 months, 21 days ago

            Here I thought my Salah captain choice was differential this gw

          • Sun Jihai
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            4 months, 21 days ago

            Jammy Soucek haul incoming

        • ...al
          • 12 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          It’s Ødegaard

          Nice. Looking forward to this

        • tbos83
            4 months, 21 days ago

            Does Maguire YC mean he's out next game?

            1. djman102
              • 12 Years
              4 months, 21 days ago

              No. Past 19 games

              1. tbos83
                  4 months, 21 days ago

                  Phew!

              2. ivantys
                  4 months, 21 days ago

                  No, need 10 yellows for a ban now.

              3. MoSalad
                • 7 Years
                4 months, 21 days ago

                Changed this week ESR & Rashy —-> (B)arnes & Zaha could work out well tomorrow!

                1. The Suspended One
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  4 months, 21 days ago

                  Read the room my guy

              4. RAFA THE GAFFA
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                4 months, 21 days ago

                The BAPs from this game 😆

                1. Bobby Digital
                  • 3 Years
                  4 months, 21 days ago

                  Coinflip

              5. Daniel Jebbison
                • 11 Years
                4 months, 21 days ago

                Come ooooon Bruno!!!!

                Still time for goal and assist combo

              6. djoker_nole
                  4 months, 21 days ago

                  The absolute state of Bruno

                • Totalfootball
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 21 days ago

                  Is it just me or can everyone see SOLSkjAER Is a FCIn NOOB .

                  1. Milkman Bruno
                      4 months, 21 days ago

                      What’s he done wrong today?

                  2. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    4 months, 21 days ago

                    Would love it if Bamford and Dallas hauled after being sold in droves

                    1. MoSalad
                      • 7 Years
                      4 months, 21 days ago

                      I’d take it

                  3. Woy_is_back
                    • 3 Years
                    4 months, 21 days ago

                    Cs for CP and City, stones and Mitchell on bench ffs

                  4. ivantys
                      4 months, 21 days ago

                      Arsenal's FKs are so useless

                    • Gobigorgohome
                      • 9 Years
                      4 months, 21 days ago

                      my only hope is Barnes(C)

                      1. MoSalad
                        • 7 Years
                        4 months, 21 days ago

                        Same

                    • Deulofail
                      • 5 Years
                      4 months, 21 days ago

                      Oh Xhaka get fecked. Receive the ball. 180. Pass to Luiz. What's the point?

                      1. Deulofail
                        • 5 Years
                        4 months, 21 days ago

                        If you stand still for 1 second to assess your options you would have made 10 times more progress.

                    • Jindaljain
                      • 6 Years
                      4 months, 21 days ago

                      Those were the Days these players never made us Sad with Fantasy Gameweeks Miguel michu,Bale,Suarez, sturridge,RVP,Rooney,Hazard,Mata,Santi Cazorla,Yaya toure,Aguero,Eriksen,Diego costa

                      1. Kellz86
                        • 3 Years
                        4 months, 21 days ago

                        Michu never made you sad? Michu had a few strong runs but ended up in the abyss

                      2. Gobigorgohome
                        • 9 Years
                        4 months, 21 days ago

                        exactly

                        i finished Top 1K those seasons
                        🙁

                        now 1 million 🙁

                    • hullcityfan
                      • 6 Years
                      4 months, 21 days ago

                      One more save for 2 bonus David

                    • Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
                      • 9 Years
                      4 months, 21 days ago

                      Cedric's freekick soares above the top bar

                      1. MoSalad
                        • 7 Years
                        4 months, 21 days ago

                        Oh dear

                    • BenDavies
                      • 8 Years
                      4 months, 21 days ago

                      Southampton goal is so, so important tonight.

                      1. MoSalad
                        • 7 Years
                        4 months, 21 days ago

                        Agreed

                      2. ivantys
                          4 months, 21 days ago

                          They are hopeless in attack, 2 goals in last 6

                        • Jindaljain
                          • 6 Years
                          4 months, 21 days ago

                          Inga might score 2

                          1. Jindaljain
                            • 6 Years
                            4 months, 21 days ago

                            # INGS

                      3. MoSalad
                        • 7 Years
                        4 months, 21 days ago

                        Cavani wasting a Donkey assist!

                      4. Rainer
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        4 months, 21 days ago

                        AWB Big BAPs boost.

                      5. The Suspended One
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        4 months, 21 days ago

                        Lmfao Rashford @ 44 doing toe taps in front of the open goal surrounded by Arsenal players behind him; what a stillframe that would be

                      6. Homer21
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        4 months, 21 days ago

                        50% of the goals scored today were split between West Brom and Fulham, who knew?

                        1. Sam-not-so-wise
                          • 2 Years
                          4 months, 21 days ago

                          The day is young

                      7. ...al
                        • 12 Years
                        4 months, 21 days ago

                        Those Holding baps just flashed before my eyes

                      8. BrockLanders
                        • 6 Years
                        4 months, 21 days ago

                        I would like an Odegaard goal

                      9. BeaversWithAttitude
                        • 2 Years
                        4 months, 21 days ago

                        That Cavani is really athletic for an old dude!

                      10. Daniel Jebbison
                        • 11 Years
                        4 months, 21 days ago

                        Come ooooon Brunooooo. Score the winner

                        1. abhirup780
                          • 6 Years
                          4 months, 21 days ago

                          You captained him?

                          1. Daniel Jebbison
                            • 11 Years
                            4 months, 21 days ago

                            Ofcourse i did