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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. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Bruno tackled then hit someone? Bruno red?

    1. The Senate
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      no chance. If that's a red xhaka wouldn't be on the pitch

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Love the glasses work so well

      2. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        I'm not watching the game, so I'm asking what happened.

    2. Homer21
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Nah

  2. Bubz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Rashford is an incredibly annoying player to own

    1. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      He's too busy being Prime Minister. Needs to get his priorities right

      1. Lets jump straight into it.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        If the prime minister was being prime minister, he wouldn't have to.

    2. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      The last week in my team he is ...

      1. Bubz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Yeah quite possibly same

    3. CABAYE4
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Seems to love being miles offside lately.

  3. Wicked Weapon
      3 months, 8 days ago

      No shows : Cancelo, Stones, Saka

      Bench : Coufal, Justin, Bamford

      Gundo(C) Bruno(VC)

      I'll be happy with anything near about 40 points.

      1. Forgetmeknot
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Excellent bench stepping in though

      2. Weasel Boy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Same

        Gundo (c) fail also.

      3. F_Ivanovic
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        I'd be happy with 30 points.

      4. Tambling5
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        With stones Cancelo and Sterling C, Digne and DCL vc, and One sub Mitchell, my target is 25-30.

    • Deulofail
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Annoying when strikers take 'sighters', speculative shots from miles out at the beginning of the get. Should have practiced during the week, mate, this is the real thing. Choose the best option and pop it to Martinelli in space, you twonk wonker.

      1. Ginkapo FPL
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Or tease the keeper by pretending until they are completely rattled

    • Alex_thekid
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Is it time to give up on double city def with rottation more likely now for any of them appart from Dias??

      1. Bubz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Dias will have his time too

        1. CABAYE4
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          18/18 starts so far.

      2. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        I literally just got double city def

      3. Weasel Boy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Dias Ederson are the only 2 nailed

        1. Tambling5
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Could easily be Stones and Laporte next week.

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

            Laporte looked rubbish no forward runs unlike Stones, he also missed 2 headers

      4. Baines on Toast...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        I’ve had Dias and Cancelo For awhile and I think this is the way to go.

        1. toerag
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Dias is only one nailed tho

        2. Alex_thekid
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          I have had them both for 5 gws now but i dont know if i should lose 1 for Taa now hes back in form & Liv
          Or should you still keep them both if you have 2 back up def on the bench?

        3. toerag
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          i caped cancelo!! 😆

    • Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      How have people got that lucky with Sterling captain?

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 8 days ago

        If they had Wilson as VC?

      2. KAALI_DAAL
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Most have Salah vice I think?

        • KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          One good thing about Sterling is when he’s benched he very rarely comes on

          1. Lord.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            You saw what happened in GW18.

      3. The Senate
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        FREDDDDD skims the post

        1. The Senate
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          saved*

      4. BeaversWithAttitude
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Nice one, Leno!

      5. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Bruno has not been performing for a while, sloppy

      6. tiger
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Partey picks out Pepe perfectly, poor pass by Pepe ( repeat quickly)

        1. Old Man
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Good alliteration.

        2. Tambling5
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Do you need a pee?

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

            Yes, I will have a P please Bob

      7. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 8 days ago

        One rule for United ; everyone else ..

        1. Homer21
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Zzzzzzzz

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

        Tommy got the runs.

      9. Shultan
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Constantly making wrong decisions week in/week out?
        Wilson>DCL with FT
        Gundo (C) Son VC
        Benched bamford, played Rash
        Obviously don't know 3 will pan out

        but on paper all decision above seemed logical but itss just not working for this year & stuck at 1mil
        Know its only a game but would be nice to something right@

      10. Alex_thekid
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        I got lucky with Cancelo(c) &
        Son (vc) Targett sou first on the bench Soucek & Coufal 2nd & 3rd.

        Would you do Bamford & Soucek to
        Mane & 4.5 fodder have Gundo 5th mid. Antonio & Watkins up front so i dont have to bench him or a striker every gw??
        Son Salah Bruno Gundo other mids
        I dont want a benching headache every gw

        1. toerag
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          soucek has ful and shu next 2

        2. toerag
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          mane bha and city

      11. greggles
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Well I rose by 900,000 places in the past two game weeks.

        Cancelo, Stones, Saka benched. Gundogan captain fail. DCL transfer fail.

        Back down to Earth.

        1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Welcome to the club mate

        2. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Kind of same here

        3. Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 8 days ago

          This

        4. toerag
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          9 pts up to now. magic 😆

      12. Gudjohnsen
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Saka, DCL, Digne, Mitchell, Sterling (C), Cancelo and Stones owner.

        Swallows own vomit.

        1. JONALDINHO
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          I thought Cancelo, Stones and Mitchell was bad. That’s tufff

        2. Scots Gooner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Better than swallowing someone else's.

        3. Deulofail
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Similar here

          Saka, DCL, Richarlison, Mitchell, Gundo (C), Cancelo and Stones

          1. Deulofail
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            Also Tierney 🙁

        4. Homer21
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          D'oh!

        5. Tambling5
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          I'm the same except, DCL (vc), but not got Saka. Hoping that 25 points may be scrambled somehow.

      13. Deulofail
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Gary Neville wants some Immodium

        1. Deulofail
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          If he pops it in his bottom, will he stop talking?

          1. Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            😀

        2. badgerboy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Needs some vocal Immodium.

      14. toerag
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        F@(%ING PEP

        SMH 🙄 😆

      15. The Senate
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Pepe buys a free kick

        1. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 8 days ago

          LOL ; just stop

      16. Esalman
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Only positive so far this GW is the Brewster 2 pointer.

        1. Deulofail
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          How I long for Brewster 2-pters. Biggest regret, selling him

        2. Gudjohnsen
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          That´s a haul this gw.

        3. KAALI_DAAL
            3 months, 8 days ago

            This is one of those GWs where every penny counts.

        4. Pedram
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Bruno getting any chances so far?

          1. KAALI_DAAL
              3 months, 8 days ago

              Yeah. Chances of him being told to bugger off by Lindelof.

            • Bushwhacker
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 8 days ago

              Chance of being sent off

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

              Slow game

            • The Senate
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              possibly the closest chance of the game just now.

          2. KAALI_DAAL
              3 months, 8 days ago

              League leader captained Grealish.

              He knew something wrong was gonna happen at City. What even?

              1. Shultan
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 8 days ago

                Same last week mine captained gundo whilst almost everyone else bruno! Some people are getting all the decisions rights

            • Uncle Gamst
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              You know when you have been Pepped!

              Cancelo, Stones & Gundo (C) = 6 points

              Mitchell (0) & Coufal (LIV) waiting on the bench

              Kane & Bissouma > DCL & Salah -4

              My cup match hangs by a thread, but at least I played Wilson

              1. THE KING CANTONA
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 8 days ago

                Raz (C), Cancelo (VC), stones, Mitchell, Saka.

                Kane to DCL (-4)

                1. Uncle Gamst
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 8 days ago

                  Ouch

              2. toerag
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 8 days ago

                😆 😆 😆 ahh well... this fekcing game

            • Magic Zico
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              ESR is good

              1. KAALI_DAAL
                  3 months, 8 days ago

                  So is MRI

                  1. toerag
                    • 10 Years
                    3 months, 8 days ago

                    REM not bad

                    1. Pipermaru
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      3 months, 8 days ago

                      BDSM anyone?

              2. Deulofail
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 8 days ago

                I wonder if Pepe's going to come onto his l-

                Goalkick

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

                Wanmiss

              4. KAALI_DAAL
                  3 months, 8 days ago

                  Did Raphinha to Sterling this GW.

                  Feeling like I betrayed Raphinha after his haul. Won't feel bad if he hauls again this GW. I deserve that. How ungrateful am I.

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

                    Yes you do

                • RAFA THE GAFFA
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 8 days ago

                  Thoughts on Ruben Dias perma Captain??

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

                    I feel this should be a hot topic also

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

                    12-18 recently would soon add up

                  3. KAALI_DAAL
                      3 months, 8 days ago

                      Count me in

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

                    Bruno close

                    1. Zladan
                      • 3 Years
                      3 months, 8 days ago

                      David Luiz turned inside out there lol

                  5. dark91
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 8 days ago

                    Bruno wastes Pogba assist