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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. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 16 days ago

    Why no injury update on Saka yesterday?

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

      Mind games why tell your opponents your best player is out..

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

      Key player, can’t just reveal that info.

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

      Saka away with a hip injury

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

      Hip pain, Arteta

  2. BenDavies
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 16 days ago

    Another gameweek that constitutes me limping my way towards GW25 wildcard...

    1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      Absolutely the same here. Soul destroying.

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

      Don't shoot me for asking a basic question but what's the reason for a gw25 WC?

      1. Mika-eel
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        Possible double game week in 26.

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

    So Dias is still a better pick than Cancelo... what’s new?

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      Pierogi

      No sorry

      Pereira

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

        Hmm fancy some...

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

      Not when both start...

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

        Dias starting every week is out scoring him though, that’s the point

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

          Dias benched next game with Stones-Laporte starting.

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

            Dias is too good to bench. Especially away to Burnley who can give anyone a good go there.

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

              That tackle was goal saving one !
              He's awesome. Probably will win City the prem

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

          Not really, depends on your bench as well as long as he doesn't come on when he doesn't start. Also there is the ceiling and captaincy factor, I captained Cancelo and got 34 points last GW, don't think I'd ever captain Dias.

          Both are good assets in a good fixture run.

    3. Egg noodle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      Captain Hindsight is here fellas

      1. Ibralicious
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        That’s a solid username for me to switch to

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

        Watch for the Jesus transfers as he’s benched for Burnley

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

      Just get both

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

    I'm far more upset at missing out on Mitchell & Cancelo CS than captaining Gundo. Considering my next preferences were DCL and Cancelo, it almost feels like a win.

    1. Inazuma X1
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      Same

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

    Oh yes, just to cap off a good day my Cup opponent has Wilson!! 🙁

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      How have they navigated the rounds so far?

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

        Beaten some players heavily including someone in top 100k by 40 points!

        Mane C, Pogba, Ziyech, Bruno, Antonio & more to go.

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

    Come on Rob Holding. Let's get a 15 pointer.

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

      This!

    2. wulfrunian
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      Holding vs ManUts.I feel for you.

  7. Egg noodle
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 16 days ago

    I have Robbo TAA Salah Cresswell Coufal Soucek.

    1-1 Fornals Firmino incoming.

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

    Expecting Harry to start and score a hattrick tomorrow how this gw is going.

  9. Ajax Hamsterdam
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 16 days ago

    someone who has gone totally under the radar and performed wonders is perreira for west brom.

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

      He has, was considering for the easy games. On pens as well. Too late now...

    2. pundit of punts
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      Eyeing him up as a BB enabler

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

      Brought him in this week. Guys a beast.
      Yeah I'm bragging. I'm in 1.6m position so one of the only good decisions I've made all year so let me have this one...

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        well done 🙂

      2. BenDavies
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        well done mate

    4. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      I started the season with him, was terrible

    5. Al Moon Yeah
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      Interestingly, one of my rivals on a -20 just brought him in this week. I suppose it mitigates half of the hits.

    6. Egg noodle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      It's because he scored 1 goal in the entire first half of the season

  10. dunas_dog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 16 days ago

    Arteta saying Saka out with injury

  11. SHOOTER MCGINN
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 16 days ago

    Maguire off the bench and now against Bruno captain in the cup. 0-0 please

  12. grooveymatt65
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 16 days ago

    anyone here like me with with Sterling C, Son VC and Smith Rowe coming off the bench?

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

      Yep, except Soucek off the bench.

    2. pundit of punts
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      Sterling(c) Son (vc)

      Wilson coming off the bench

      1. grooveymatt65
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        so i sold wilson for DCL 🙁

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

      Yup,same. Along with Coucal and AWB.

  13. Chhana
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 16 days ago

    be careful what you wish for, it just might come true 🙂 After Newcastle game, i wished no show from one of my players to get Wilson points, now i got 4, Sterling C, Cancelo VC, Stones, Saka

    1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      Well at least you get Wilson

    2. DGW Sane TC Fail....
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      unlucky 🙁

  14. MoSalad
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 16 days ago

    Took out Rashford & ESR this week guaranteed points for them then.

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

      Always the way

  15. JIMMY764
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 16 days ago

    Should probably play Soucek over Foden next week? Foden benching inbound?

    1. MoSalad
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      Think he will be benched probably along with others who played the 90. Never know with Pep though.

      1. JIMMY764
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        Tough to predict. All depends on if he wants to play an out-and-out striker against Burnley. I think if Jesus starts, Mahrez + Sterling start. Will try to see if any pattern has emerged in regard to type of opposition and Jesus / no Jesus.

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

    So the exciting KDB-Kun hybrid didn't had a single shot in todays game.

  17. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 16 days ago

    Should have captained Son.

  18. Super Saints
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 16 days ago

    6 points from Cancelo Stones and Gundo(C), KWP and Coufal are my defenders on the bench so won't even make 11 players this week, another huge red arrow incoming and absolutely nothing I could have done about it

    1. Sloane426
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 16 days ago

      Lol

  19. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 16 days ago

    A very late 'professional' watch in case anyone is interested:

    Fabio Borges: -4 hit, Soucek + Coufal to Cancelo + Gundogan, Salah (c)
    https://fantasy.premierleague.com/entry/440328/event/21

    Magnus Carlsen: Bamford to DCL, Sterling (c), DCL (vc)
    https://fantasy.premierleague.com/entry/76862/event/21

    Ville Ronka: Taylor to Cancelo, Sterling (c), Salah (vc)
    https://fantasy.premierleague.com/entry/617620/event/21

    Jay Egersdorff: -8 hit, Taylor + ESR + Kane to Cancelo + Son + DCL, Gundogan (c)
    https://fantasy.premierleague.com/entry/259780/event/21

    Mark Sutherns: Rodrigo to DCL, Gundogan (c)
    https://fantasy.premierleague.com/entry/194/event/21

    Lateriser: -4 hit (-28 in hits over last 7 GWs), Rashford + Bamford to HBarnes + DCL, HBarnes (c)
    https://fantasy.premierleague.com/entry/55085/event/21

    Jan Sienkiewicz: -4 hit, Foden + Kane to Watkins + Sterling, Bruno (c)
    https://fantasy.premierleague.com/entry/3904/event/21

    Darren Wiles: Dallas to TAA, Salah (c)
    https://fantasy.premierleague.com/entry/1331101/event/20

    Ola Hovde (OR #1 for last 11 GWs): save FT, Salah (c)
    https://fantasy.premierleague.com/entry/4865323/event/20

    Salah going to go big then it looks like!

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

      Experts pros my @rrse.....

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

      Fudgy?

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

      A lot of Salah C’s intersting, I went Barnes this week fingers crossed.

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

      Ouch for Lateriser.

    5. Harper (Dallas Season Keepe…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      Weird that Jan Sienkiewicz would take a hit to get Sterling then not captain him.

      1. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        The weird thing is he wrote up Sterling as his choice in the captain sensible article and didn't even mention Bruno.

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

        He said on twitter that he thought he had, had some screenshots where he was, but when it updated it was on Bruno....

    6. Crunchie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      Interesting. Made the Gundo trap as well. Oh well Captaincy this week was very difficult

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

      Petition to add Fudgy to pro watch

  20. tafrère
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 16 days ago

    I hate it when your gameweek is bad not because your players peform badly but just because they didn't play.

    1. MoSalad
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      Indeed two clean sheets lost.

    2. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      no luck from the bench?

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

        Coufal and Cresswell in for Cancelo and Stones. No cover for Saka.

        1. MoSalad
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 16 days ago

          Similar to me AWB, BamBam & Coufal in for Cancelo, Stones & Sterling

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

            At least you have hopes with AWB and Bamford.

  21. MoSalad
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 16 days ago

    Donkey Wan Bissaka off the bench, he’s due a goal!!

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

      For Arsenal.

      1. MoSalad
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        Probably!

  22. DMP
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 16 days ago

    Bruno Fernandes (VC) Dallas and ESR for the rescue as part of the City fail with Sterling(C) and Stones on the bench.

    1. DMP
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      On paper, not so bad as it appeared earlier.

  23. Hybrid.power
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 16 days ago

    Anyone else at the point of not caring about FPL? So you end up taking more risks than usual because you don't care? But then you get annoyed because those risks don't work out?

    1. Podge
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      I’m in a monthly league so ignoring my overall position from now on and gonna try maximize a month where I start well

      1. Hybrid.power
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        Not a bad plan

    2. TorresMagic™
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 12 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      Seems you care.

      1. Hybrid.power
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        Therein lies the paradox

    3. Stejson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 16 days ago

      It has for sure become a chore this year when previously it had been fun

      1. Hybrid.power
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        It's my least favourite season after 10 years of playing

  24. Podge
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 16 days ago

    After 2 disastrous transfers last week (Trent and raphina out) I was going to do rashford to Gundogan today but slept past the deadline.
    Surely a rashford hat trick incoming 🙂

  25. tafrère
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 16 days ago

    Wilson is the one who's gonna save my gameweek lol. So strange.

  26. JJO
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 16 days ago

    All those lucky fakers with VC hauls i can feel it

    1. Podge
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      Salah 20 pointer coming

  27. Mpakalis
      4 months, 16 days ago

      What is this..
      Sterling (C) benched
      Mitchell benched
      Saiss out
      Saka out
      Cancelo benched..

      1. Podge
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        Unlucky is what that is

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

        How is the bench?

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

      3 clean sheets lost from benchings and a captain fail. Great start to the week...

    • Nomar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      Dear FPL gods,

      Whatever it is I have done to clearly mightily pee you off, I am genuinely sorry.

      I know not what I have done to so offend thee, but it is clear that whatever it is has angered thee greatly for thou hast smote my team weekly with your wrath and vengeance.

      If you could see your way to some sort of forgiveness for my pennance I would be eternally grateful.

      I’m not even asking for a great captain haul, such as you gave me in GW11 with KdB, but anything small, an assist, goal, or bonus point at this stage would be gratefully accepted. Just some form of a return, please, so I can remember what it’s like to get more than 3 points from my captain choice.

      Much obliged.

      Nomar.

      1. The VAR Team
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 16 days ago

        We will consider giving him a penalty

      2. Lord.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        You forgot to say Amen

    • TheDragon
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      Gundogan (c)

      Terrible outcome but still the correct decision.

      You might get lucky captaining someone else this week but if you captained Gundogan you can be content that you made a good choice.

      Make good choices all season you’ll get a good rank

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

        this

      2. Nomar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        See above.

        I take no consolation from a tenth captain blank in a row.