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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
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 27 days ago

    Everyone has blanked and you know who's gonna score

    Bam bam

    1. Gobigorgohome
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 27 days ago

      he will come on for Sterling so ok

    2. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 27 days ago

      I'll take it

    3. The Senate
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 27 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
      7 months, 27 days ago

      Coming on for Saka for me

    5. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 27 days ago

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

      1. Kellz86
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 27 days ago

        Salah and his brother Salah?

  2. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 27 days ago

    Pepe has no end product

  3. Gobigorgohome
    • 10 Years
    7 months, 27 days ago

    esr subbed

    1. Deulofail
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 27 days ago

      lol

  4. Deulofail
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 27 days ago

    A single Smith Rowe contribution would feel like Dreamland this week

  5. Milkman Bruno
    7 months, 27 days ago

    One for the watchlist

  6. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 27 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
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 27 days ago

      Holding jams

      1. F_Ivanovic
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 27 days ago

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

    2. Milkman Bruno
      7 months, 27 days ago

      Here I thought my Salah captain choice was differential this gw

    3. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 27 days ago

      Jammy Soucek haul incoming

  7. Clintymints
    • 12 Years
    7 months, 27 days ago

    It’s Ødegaard

    Nice. Looking forward to this

  8. tbos83
    7 months, 27 days ago

    Does Maguire YC mean he's out next game?

    1. djman102
      • 12 Years
      7 months, 27 days ago

      No. Past 19 games

      1. tbos83
        7 months, 27 days ago

        Phew!

    2. ivantys
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 27 days ago

      No, need 10 yellows for a ban now.

  9. MoSalad
    • 8 Years
    7 months, 27 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
      7 months, 27 days ago

      Read the room my guy

  10. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 27 days ago

    The BAPs from this game 😆

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 27 days ago

      Coinflip

  11. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    7 months, 27 days ago

    Come ooooon Bruno!!!!

    Still time for goal and assist combo

  12. djoker_nole
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 27 days ago

    The absolute state of Bruno

  13. Totalfootball
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 27 days ago

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

    1. Milkman Bruno
      7 months, 27 days ago

      What’s he done wrong today?

  14. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 27 days ago

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

    1. MoSalad
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 27 days ago

      I’d take it

  15. Woy_is_back
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 27 days ago

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

  16. ivantys
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 27 days ago

    Arsenal's FKs are so useless

  17. Gobigorgohome
    • 10 Years
    7 months, 27 days ago

    my only hope is Barnes(C)

    1. MoSalad
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 27 days ago

      Same

  18. Deulofail
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 27 days ago

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

    1. Deulofail
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 27 days ago

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

  19. Jindaljain
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 27 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
      7 months, 27 days ago

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

    2. Gobigorgohome
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 27 days ago

      exactly

      i finished Top 1K those seasons
      🙁

      now 1 million 🙁

  20. hullcityfan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    7 months, 27 days ago

    One more save for 2 bonus David

  21. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 27 days ago

    Cedric's freekick soares above the top bar

    1. MoSalad
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 27 days ago

      Oh dear

  22. BenDavies
    • 8 Years
    7 months, 27 days ago

    Southampton goal is so, so important tonight.

    1. MoSalad
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 27 days ago

      Agreed

    2. ivantys
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 27 days ago

      They are hopeless in attack, 2 goals in last 6

    3. Jindaljain
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 27 days ago

      Inga might score 2

      1. Jindaljain
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 27 days ago

        # INGS

  23. MoSalad
    • 8 Years
    7 months, 27 days ago

    Cavani wasting a Donkey assist!

  24. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 27 days ago

    AWB Big BAPs boost.

  25. The Suspended One
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    7 months, 27 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

  26. Homer21
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 27 days ago

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

    1. Sam-not-so-wise
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 27 days ago

      The day is young

  27. Clintymints
    • 12 Years
    7 months, 27 days ago

    Those Holding baps just flashed before my eyes

  28. BrockLanders
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 27 days ago

    I would like an Odegaard goal

  29. BeaversWithAttitude
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 27 days ago

    That Cavani is really athletic for an old dude!

  30. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    7 months, 27 days ago

    Come ooooon Brunooooo. Score the winner

    1. abhirup780
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 27 days ago

      You captained him?

      1. Daniel Jebbison
        • 12 Years
        7 months, 27 days ago

        Ofcourse i did