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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. MoSalad
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    AWB on for 8 pts off the bench, my man!!!

    1. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Yes, but annoying long last minutes...

      1. MoSalad
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Indeed! Hold.....

  2. how now brown cow
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Just 1 assist in 5 games for bruno now.

    All the big guns are flagging.

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Yep.

      West Brom.
      West Ham etc...

      Forget premiums

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

    Maguire seriously endangered his opponent there...

  4. The Senate
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Maguire looks quite crocked. welp. hello again Europa League!

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      The luck was never going to last.

  5. Milkman Bruno
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Disappointing...

    • Gobigorgohome
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      That Cavani look to Luiz

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

        Your place or mine...?

    • Deulofail
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Luiz MotM from Nevilee for:

      1. The clean sheet
      2. The celebration for blocking the freekick

      Brilliant 🙄

      1. Milkman Bruno
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Gary is as thick as two short planks

        • ...al
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          I do love seeing defenders cheer a good block/challenge 😆

      2. how now brown cow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Laca off nketiah on

      3. Gudjohnsen
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Time to find a new hobby.

        1. Gobigorgohome
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          SO MUCHHHH THIS

      4. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        I do not like the look of Werner pointing at me in the first page of FPL like he is a legend yet we know he is a fraud.

      5. Daniel - Maquire or Hendo?
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Come oooon Bruno my captain

      6. SH1M1
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Another snooze felt involving United

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Festival of felt

      7. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Can’t believe Bruno was ever compared to KDB, he has nothing outstanding to his game.

        Portuguese Lallana with a temper who takes pens.

        1. djoker_nole
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Only Utd fans compared him to KDB

            1. BrockLanders
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              Not in the same universe as KDB

            2. Daniel - Maquire or Hendo?
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              Portuguese Lalana hahaha... Havertz is German Lamela too 🙂

          • ...al
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            He scored one point more than KdB in Fifa which is outrageous

        2. JIMMY764
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          I’d love to know how much time I’ve spent watching grown men roll around on the floor today. That Eve v New game was off the charts.

        3. Deulofail
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Odegaard - Nketiah winner would go down smoothly

          1. how now brown cow
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Your optimism is impressive today.

            1. Deulofail
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              Haha 🙂

        4. Revival
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Cup opponent has Bellerin + AWB
          🙁

          1. Deulofail
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            As if owning Bellerin instead of Tierney should be rewarded. Damn you FPL gods!

            1. ivantys
                3 months, 9 days ago

                Tierney's done nothing, one good game vs WBA who are shipping goals that's all.

                1. Deulofail
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 9 days ago

                  Due to an injury, and prior to that, playing as a CB.

          2. Daniel - Maquire or Hendo?
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Captain oh Captain my captain

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

            Salah hattrick needed to save this GW

            1. F_Ivanovic
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              yes please (C)

              1. Sam-not-so-wise
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 9 days ago

                He been saving it for this week

            2. Milkman Bruno
                3 months, 9 days ago

                Yip

            3. DMP
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              After Sterling(C) and Stones fail, here’s Bruno(VC) nas ESR for the rescue with amazing 6 points.

              What a week.

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

              Hold that 2 Baps Holding!!

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

              Holding coming in for Cancelo hold those bonus!!!

            6. Milkman Bruno
                3 months, 9 days ago

                Fernandez has been awful again. That cross wtf...

              • Gobigorgohome
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 9 days ago

                BRUNO FAIL

                at least my rival cap him

              • JONALDINHO
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 9 days ago

                Bruno’s a tidy player don’t get me wrong but I don’t understand people who compare him to the likes of KDB, Silva, Prime Ozil and Prime Coutinho.

              • KGFC
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 9 days ago

                Holdinggggggggggggggggggg!

              • how now brown cow
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 9 days ago

                Wonder if bruno needs a rest.

              • Daniel - Maquire or Hendo?
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 9 days ago

                Bruno captain blank 🙁

              • The Frenchie
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 9 days ago

                Holding first on the bench to replace Stones.. Not that bad, at all.

              • Gobigorgohome
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 9 days ago

                Cavani and Luiz are friends

              • The Suspended One
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 9 days ago

                Final bps?