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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
    3 months, 5 days ago

    4 points from 8 players any good?

    1. KAALI_DAAL
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Take a guess. 50% chance you'll be wrong.

      • Dannyb
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        This week it probably is.

      • toerag
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        9 from 4 here!!

      • DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        8 from 3 including captain.

      • LC1
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        V good

    2. Sgt Frank Drebin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      That was a really nice clearence from Martinelli

    3. BobB
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      McTominay has the tom-tits

      1. KAALI_DAAL
          3 months, 5 days ago

          McTits would be on menu if McDonald's was a strip club.

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

        Who can beat me?

        Not playing:

        Sterling
        Cancelo
        Stones
        McGoldrick
        Mitchell

        I think I've won.

        9 players at best.

        And this kind of things ofcourse are not happening when Soucek is first on the bench, like last time.

        Now I wish went with the first plan to get Mane.

        Anyone beating me with more players missing?

        1. Gudjohnsen
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Me

          I got Stones, Cancelo, Saka, Mitchell and Sterling

      3. Bubz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Rashford is unbelievably bad

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

        Martial coming on for Tommy

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

        Get McTom off he is just a passenger

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

        Holy sht, Luiz, retire already

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

        Tony coming on

      8. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Mctominay off with a tummy ache

      9. Hybrid.power
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Lindelof laughing at me from the bench

      10. BobB
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Away dressing room toilet getting a pounding right now

      11. Zladan
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Martial on.

        Arsenal 3 points secured.

      12. Shark Team
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Bruno wasnt going to be in my team if KDB and Kane were fit

      13. wolvesmad
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Love how Fantasy Football Scout abbreviates to ffs

        1. KAALI_DAAL
            3 months, 5 days ago

            Some say it was deliberate

        2. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          ESR is a lovely player.

          Croyden David Silva*

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

          Need Salah to go mental tomorrow to save my gw.

          1. KAALI_DAAL
              3 months, 5 days ago

              Salah vice?

              1. Gudjohnsen
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 5 days ago

                Yeah Sterling C

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

            Now that's an interesting substitution

            1. Rainer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 5 days ago

              McTomminay needed a shite, Martial is shite...

              Perfect sub.

              1. KAALI_DAAL
                  3 months, 5 days ago

                  Harsh

                • dark91
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 5 days ago

                  I shouldn't laugh but I did 😀

            2. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 5 days ago

              Do we think Mitchell starts the next game now he’s been rested?

              1. Steve The Spud
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 5 days ago

                unfortunately with him out the team they’ve won and cleaned so I would assume woy sticks with the same team but could be wrong, anyone’s guess

                1. KAPTAIN KANE
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 5 days ago

                  Keep thinking Mitchell could be good on the right

              2. Rainer
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 5 days ago

                I’d be doubtful Roy would change a CS defence.

                Mitchell should be a 0 or 90 player though so worth starting, imo.

                1. KAPTAIN KANE
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 5 days ago

                  Good point

            3. Super Saints
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 5 days ago

              The player my rival is getting off his bench for Cancelo has outscored my entire team so far, Bobby bloody Reid FFS what are the chances of him scoring the week my rival plays four at the back with Mitchell and Cancelo and they both get 0 minutes!!??

            4. jdp219
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 5 days ago

              Good god. Does nothing for weeks, so I did Wilson > DCL (-4).

              Figures.

            5. Right In The Stanchion
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 5 days ago

              United going for the win. Arsenal depleted.

              Arteta needs to make some changes ASAP

            6. Steve The Spud
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 5 days ago

              14 from 8 🙂

              1. Steve The Spud
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 5 days ago

                (Sorry for brag)

            7. fcsaltyballs
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 5 days ago

              9 from 5 inc (c) here, awful

              1. JONALDINHO
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 5 days ago

                8 from 5(C) here

            8. Bubz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 5 days ago

              God I hate you Rashford

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

              Rashford, what are you doing??

            10. The Senate
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 5 days ago

              SHOOT RASHY FFS

            11. Z
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 5 days ago

              I dont wanna be rude....but Rash is complete TRASH.

              Cant belive that some ppl have him in their team

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

              Show yourself, Moderator!

            13. GGMU
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 5 days ago

              WTF was Rashford doing???