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

    Will Rashford ever do anything, useless useless player

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

      Give it a rest mrs potatoe head

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

        Well said

  2. TwiggsJameson
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    0-0 will do me just fine....

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

      No need a Fred and chaka goals.

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

    big header from Luiz that. Leno was beaten

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

    What are people usually going to do after so disappointing GW like this (I know it's not over yet)?
    A. Stick with the current team
    B. Seek bandwagons and rage transfers
    C. Overthink then take last minute hits

    1. Amey
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      A

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

      I am slowly bringing in differentials.

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

      One bad gameweek. Nothing

      Several bad gameweek then consider a shakeup

      1. Lazaretti
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Same way here. +Trying to save FT to be able to mini WC with 2FT.

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

      I've B a couple of times this year and amazingly it's turned out well every time but it's definitely the worst gamble!

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

      Not even look at transfers until Tuesday.
      To much happening to rush transfers

    6. The Mighty Hippo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Most likely C

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

    Half Time

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

    Honestly I must have been smoking crack when I brought Rashford in

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

      Be careful, it's very morish

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

      He seems to have forgotten how to play football

      1. Jimmy Boy
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Looks completely not bothered, no emotion whatsoever when he misplaces a pass or shot

        1. Tommy Tynans Left Shin Pad
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          His mind is on other stuff, as dictated by his management company

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

            Bollox

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

      Watch out for McNaulty.

  7. Jimmy Boy
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Why is Rashford not shooting there, something wrong with him atm

  8. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Luiz header saved a probable Bruno goal. Would have been a disaster if it went in.

  9. Naby K8a
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    That Rashford chance highlights how UTD miss a comfortable RW. Salah buries that or even a Sancho who was heavily sought after.

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

      Diallo perhaps?

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

    Currently on 12pts with 4 to play

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

      Oh I took a hit. 8pts! 😆

    2. Eddie - Back to Square Owen
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Swings and roundabouts eh?

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

        What goes around, goes around

        1. Pep Roulette
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Lol

  11. Flynny
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Muck-Tummy-nay

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

      This is good

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

      Bravo

    3. Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Excellent

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

    Come ooooon Bruno

  13. It’s gonna Ben Mee
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Why is everyone useless now?

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

      Just one of those gameweeks

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

      Great, I can let my wife know it's not just me

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

        JK I don't have a wife and it is just me

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

          I suspect so

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

            You're a hoot

  14. Niho992
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    but but Rashford is most expensive player in the world hahaha. What a terrible football player also stupid as f

    1. Old Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      He'll score in the second half - I sold him this week

      1. Niho992
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Even if he score he is still terrible and massively overrated by english media

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

    United absolutely dominant since Pogba moved central, Arsenal can’t get out. Only a matter of time...

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Before nap?

  16. Jindaljain
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Last 5-6 Gameweeks were disasters

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

      17, 18 went OK then it all went very very badly for me

  17. Bushwhacker
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Two midtable quality teams playing out a bore draw. Who could have seen this coming?!?!

  18. SilentLemonMan
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Do we know what teams are playing in the blank gameweek?

      Only have free hit left but tempted to use it in the DGW.

      1. Hooky
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Isnt this week a blank game week? Seems like it

    • Jindaljain
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Captains not working from last 10 gameweeks

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

        Are you sure you're turned double points on in the settings?

        1. Jindaljain
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Lol that's nice

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

      No mention of the Bruno tackle at ht

      1. Niho992
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        He should get 2 or 3 RC this season already

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

        Until now. Top work Bemba.

      3. jammie26
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Should have been a yellow imo.

        • Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Cleary officials hce no intention of taking action against the golden boy.

      4. DonBenzema
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Kane and Rashford replacements?

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

            DCL and Wilson?

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

            Based on this week, I would say Delap and Wickam

        • Gudjohnsen
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          So Everton are crap?

          1. Hooky
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            They were today

        • jammie26
            3 months, 5 days ago

            I'm certain of another green arrow this week with all the carnage surrounding me.

          • BenDavies
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            Wish I had a wife...

            1. Tommy Tynans Left Shin Pad
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 5 days ago

              Nahhhh!

            2. jammie26
                3 months, 5 days ago

                You can have mine.

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

                  you'd be lost without her mate...

              • Jon Walter's Hatty
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 5 days ago

                Careful what you wish for

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

                  why, it's great to have someone in your life

                  1. tomasjj
                    • 6 Years
                    3 months, 5 days ago

                    I hear you, mate.
                    It gets lonely at times.
                    However, it is worse to be in a bad relationship than being single.

              • Scots Gooner
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 5 days ago

                Overrated

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

                  easy to say when you have one...

                  1. UNDERWORLD7
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 5 days ago

                    it really isn't lol

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

                I have a dragon.

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

                Simp

              • Old Man
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 5 days ago

                I'm very fortunate - I have the best.

                1. The Suspended One
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 5 days ago

                  Is she forcing you to write this? Blink three times if you need help!

                  1. Old Man
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 5 days ago

                    lol - I showed her this thread and she laughed. Called me a daft bu****. 😀

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

              Clear now what Bruno's plan is, go to ground at the slightest of touches in positions where you can take direct free kicks.

              We seen this before with Payet.

              Smart or cheating?

              1. Eddie - Back to Square Owen
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 5 days ago

                Smart cheating

              2. Bushwhacker
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 5 days ago

                And assault other players with his innocent face on.

              3. jammie26
                  3 months, 5 days ago

                  Cheating smart

                • Deulofail
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 5 days ago

                  Charting.
                  Ass opposed to what McTominay's doing.
                  Sharting.

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

                Will Salah do anything tomorrow?

                1. Jon Walter's Hatty
                  • 7 Years
                  3 months, 5 days ago

                  Yes he will flap about wide with the odd dribble into a defender

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

                Can't wait til we know the doubles and I can wildcard the garbage I've brought in the past few weeks.

                1. jammie26
                    3 months, 5 days ago

                    So you can bring in some more garbage?

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

                      Garbage playing two games in GW26

                2. Tommy Tynans Left Shin Pad
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 5 days ago

                  Very tempted to get rid of Bruno. Teams have worked out how to nullify him. Unless he gets a pen, he won't set the world alight (in FPL terms). He's a good player

                  1. Tommy Tynans Left Shin Pad
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 5 days ago

                    ...but not absolute dogs rollix like some think

                  2. jammie26
                      3 months, 5 days ago

                      I disagree.. Great player imo.

                    • I Must Break You
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      3 months, 5 days ago

                      Yes, he's garbage. Rank among all players, including forwards:

                      Chances created... #2 (behind Grealish)
                      Touches in the box... #1
                      Shots on target... #1

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

                    Should have started DDG instead of Martinez.

                    No way Arsenal score in this game.

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

                      People say this at the end of every half that a team hasn't scored. Things change, it could easily happen. The first half isn't usually a great indicator. Especially when teams are conserving energy during a busy schedule.

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

                        My bad, Willian on. Arsenal have no chance.

                  4. Da Rude Sandstorm
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    3 months, 5 days ago

                    Currently on 16pts including Bruno and AWB with 5 to play incl Son VC, (Sterling C) Wilson is saving me, nearly sold him and Bamford but Kane got injured, so I got lucky, almost captained DCL