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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. Jindaljain
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 1 hour ago

    Seriously DCL should be sorry to his all fantasy managers.took a hit for Him and sterling

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 1 hour ago

      Drinks should be on him.

      Or milky bars at least?

    2. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 1 hour ago

      The hype on here was on top

    3. Jindaljain
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 1 hour ago

      Need a Drink or smoke some weed

    4. Treadstone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 1 hour ago

      The hype on here was ridiculous...just kept reminding myself that he hadn't scored a league goal since gameweek 11.

  2. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 1 hour ago

    Wilson haul was a big surprise.

    Should I just get rid off Digne for TAA?

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 1 hour ago

      Nah

    2. Mid budget coach
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 1 hour ago

      He will haul again next game week then blank for a long time. He does well against everton and crystal

  3. AC/DC AFC
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 1 hour ago

    There's clearly a Rashford backlash because he's got the nerve to say school kids shouldn't go hungry.

    I'd take a long hard look at yourself and around you if you're in that camp of wanting some school kids to go hungry.

    It's pretty basic stuff.

    1. jammie26
      8 months, 1 hour ago

      I just think he's a rubbish footballer

    2. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 1 hour ago

      There’s Rashford backlash because he’s another overhyped English player

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 1 hour ago

        Overhyped where?

        If you're not interested on the English Premier League why play this game?

        He's a player who came out of relative poverty with a single mum to play premier league football for his home town club on merit with 51 goals in 162 league appearances and is doing well.

        1. Ron_Swanson
          • 11 Years
          8 months, 1 hour ago

          I don't see the correlation here

          1. AC/DC AFC
            • 6 Years
            8 months, 1 hour ago

            If you're playing a game based on the English Premier League there's bound to be some passion from fans of clubs and local players.

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

      The parents spend the food on cigarettes, drugs and alcohol

      1. Salah’s Sonnet
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 1 hour ago

        So true, so very true

      2. Sgt Frank Drebin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 1 hour ago

        Yeah but that's not the children fault you know

      3. AC/DC AFC
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 1 hour ago

        They must do.

        Finders crispy pancakes all round

      4. Reeker
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 1 hour ago

        Not the kids fault

    4. Deulofail
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 1 hour ago

      People take anything from footballer's lives outside of football to explain why they aren't good at football. Fans don't have much to go on and are often not too smart, or otherwise, joking. Bellerin should stick to fashion, for example. lololol

    5. Shultan
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 1 hour ago

      No one is saying they want kids to go hungry

  4. JONALDINHO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 1 hour ago

    9 from 6 + captain. Anyone better?

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 1 hour ago

      10 from 5, but it includes a -8!

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 1 hour ago

        This!

    2. Homer21
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 1 hour ago

      Is that even possible?

    3. jammie26
      8 months, 1 hour ago

      That is pretty bad!

    4. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 1 hour ago

      9 from 3 with - 8.
      =1.

      (not including Cancelo or. Stones just yet).

    5. aborg
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 1 hour ago

      1 from 1 as none of my players played yet except for Bruno at the moment 🙂

      1. Rhodes your boat
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 1 hour ago

        Same aha! Stones Mitchell sterling c no shows

  5. Bookkeeper
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 1 hour ago

    Willian on. Feel sorry for Arsenal fans

    1. Deulofail
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 1 hour ago

      🙁

    2. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 1 hour ago

      Gunnasouras was sacked to make way for him

      1. Al Moon Yeah
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 1 hour ago

        Sacking Gunnasouras made me hate the Arsenal boardroom with even more passion now.

    3. Jindaljain
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 1 hour ago

      Are there any arsenal fans alive on earth?

      1. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 1 hour ago

        AFTV?

  6. Doctor Evil
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 1 hour ago

    -2 with 6 to play. Going to drop from 18k like a rock

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 1 hour ago

      Still in a good position

    2. Milkman Bruno
      8 months, 1 hour ago

      How big of a hit had you taken?

    3. Sam-not-so-wise
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 1 hour ago

      That's impressive

  7. BenDavies
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 1 hour ago

    Why are PL games so tragically boring now?

    1. Bookkeeper
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 1 hour ago

      Been the case for last few weeks. Players are tired, fixtures thick and fast

    2. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 1 hour ago

      Start of the season was fun. So much promise of goalfests

  8. Egg noodle
    • 11 Years
    8 months, 1 hour ago

    Willian is on. The 'season keeper' at the start of the season. Lol

  9. Debauchy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 1 hour ago

    Willian you Waste

  10. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 1 hour ago

    Willian with a crap finish

  11. Bookkeeper
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 1 hour ago

    That's Willian for you gents.

  12. dark91
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 1 hour ago

    Can't imagine how Arsenal fans feel every time they see Willian on the pitch putting no more than 50% effort

  13. Salah’s Sonnet
    • 10 Years
    8 months, 1 hour ago

    Lol willian

  14. Londongeezaa
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 1 hour ago

    Is it possible to pick players from different countries?

    1. Sam-not-so-wise
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 1 hour ago

      Yea

  15. Deulofail
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 1 hour ago

    Bring Martinelli on

  16. Shark Team
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 1 hour ago

    Sell Bruno asap

  17. Ha.
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 1 hour ago

    Anyone on double figures yet!

    1. Deulofail
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 1 hour ago

      10 more minutes

      1. Ha.
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 1 hour ago

        Show off

    2. Jindaljain
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 1 hour ago

      That might be a highest score

    3. Milkman Bruno
      8 months, 1 hour ago

      17 from 6 currently...

    4. mikey
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 1 hour ago

      3 from 1

    5. jammie26
      8 months, 1 hour ago

      15 from 3, easy this game.

  18. Sam-not-so-wise
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 1 hour ago

    Guess the Average score this week?

    1. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 1 hour ago

      24

    2. Milkman Bruno
      8 months, 1 hour ago

      Liverpool players will push up the average unfortunately

      1. Sam-not-so-wise
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 1 hour ago

        Thankfully I went for Salah VC... Had cancrllo c

        1. Milkman Bruno
          8 months, 1 hour ago

          I have Salah as my C and Sterling VC. Salah is my only Liverpool player though.

    3. Kroneek
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 1 hour ago

      33

    4. Camino Aleatorio
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 1 hour ago

      39

  19. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 1 hour ago

    Crap game

    1. Sam-not-so-wise
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 1 hour ago

      Don't swear!

      1. Ha.
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 1 hour ago

        Username checks out

        1. Sam-not-so-wise
          • 2 Years
          8 months, 1 hour ago

          As does yours

  20. nerd_is_the_werd
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 1 hour ago

    everyone has failed

    1. Deulofail
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 1 hour ago

      It's like global warming all over again

    2. Jindaljain
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 1 hour ago

      Like coronavirus

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

      humanity needs a restart

  21. MoSalad
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 1 hour ago

    Donkey WB of course gets his first YC when looking good for bonus points for once!

  22. Niho992
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 1 hour ago

    Seems like someone paid 5 dollar to powerfull witch doctor in Zambia for Bruno too

  23. Deulofail
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 1 hour ago

    Apparently Cavani is an expert of "forward movement".

    You mean, like, walking and running?

  24. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    8 months, 1 hour ago

    Come oooon Bruno my captain!!! Not lucky vice but pure captain

  25. Deulofail
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 1 hour ago

    Bring Martinelli on!

  26. Do I Not Like Orange
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 1 hour ago

    Relying on my Villa lads to rescue my GW for the 3rd time in a row.

  27. George Agdgdgwngo
    • 12 Years
    8 months, 1 hour ago

    Any news on Kane?

    1. Jindaljain
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 1 hour ago

      Give him some.rest.dude even if he is in our FPL team give some sympathy to his knees

      1. George Agdgdgwngo
        • 12 Years
        8 months, 1 hour ago

        It’s his ankles

        1. Jindaljain
          • 6 Years
          8 months, 1 hour ago

          Oops sorry

          1. George Agdgdgwngo
            • 12 Years
            8 months, 1 hour ago

            Muppet

    2. Camino Aleatorio
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 1 hour ago

      He should wear more armor on those valuable ankles of his.

      High tops.

  28. Al Moon Yeah
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 1 hour ago

    This is well and truly Andy's season. Can't put a foot wrong. Even with a benched Cancelo he's still going to get Holding cleansheet and possible baps.

  29. acidicleo
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 1 hour ago

    Ouch...
    My 3 starting defenders no show..
    stones cancelo and Mitchell..

    To rub it in both teams got CS...

    Is it time to sell Stones??

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 1 hour ago

      Ditto

      Not yet

    2. jammie26
      8 months, 1 hour ago

      Stones will be back next game. Why sell now?

  30. Gobigorgohome
    • 10 Years
    8 months, 1 hour ago

    Cavani miss open net

    1. Jindaljain
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 1 hour ago

      Isn't he is married?

      1. Ben White saved my life
        • 7 Years
        8 months, 1 hour ago

        Anything to Capri?