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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
    3 months, 16 days ago

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

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

      Drinks should be on him.

      Or milky bars at least?

    2. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      The hype on here was on top

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

      Need a Drink or smoke some weed

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

    Wilson haul was a big surprise.

    Should I just get rid off Digne for TAA?

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

      Nah

    2. Mid budget coach
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 16 days 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
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 16 days 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
        3 months, 16 days ago

        I just think he's a rubbish footballer

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

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

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 16 days 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
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            I don't see the correlation here

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

      • FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        The parents spend the food on cigarettes, drugs and alcohol

        1. UNDERWORLD7
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          So true, so very true

        2. Sgt Frank Drebin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Yeah but that's not the children fault you know

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

          They must do.

          Finders crispy pancakes all round

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

          Not the kids fault

      • Deulofail
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 16 days 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

      • Shultan
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        No one is saying they want kids to go hungry

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

      9 from 6 + captain. Anyone better?

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

        10 from 5, but it includes a -8!

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

          This!

      2. Homer21
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Is that even possible?

      3. jammie26
          3 months, 16 days ago

          That is pretty bad!

        • AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          9 from 3 with - 8.
          =1.

          (not including Cancelo or. Stones just yet).

        • aborg
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

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

          1. Rhodes your boat
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Same aha! Stones Mitchell sterling c no shows

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

        Willian on. Feel sorry for Arsenal fans

        1. Deulofail
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          🙁

        2. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Gunnasouras was sacked to make way for him

          1. Al Moon Yeah
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

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

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

          Are there any arsenal fans alive on earth?

          1. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            AFTV?

      5. Doctor Evil
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

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

        1. Gudjohnsen
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Still in a good position

        2. Milkman Bruno
            3 months, 16 days ago

            How big of a hit had you taken?

          • Sam-not-so-wise
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            That's impressive

        3. BenDavies
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Why are PL games so tragically boring now?

          1. Bookkeeper
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

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

          2. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

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

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

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

        5. Debauchy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Willian you Waste

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

          Willian with a crap finish

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

          That's Willian for you gents.

        8. dark91
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

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

        9. UNDERWORLD7
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Lol willian

        10. Londongeezaa
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Is it possible to pick players from different countries?

          1. Sam-not-so-wise
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Yea

        11. Deulofail
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Bring Martinelli on

        12. Shark Team
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Sell Bruno asap

        13. Ha.
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Anyone on double figures yet!

          1. Deulofail
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            10 more minutes

            1. Ha.
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 16 days ago

              Show off

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

            That might be a highest score

          3. Milkman Bruno
              3 months, 16 days ago

              17 from 6 currently...

            • mikey
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 16 days ago

              3 from 1

            • jammie26
                3 months, 16 days ago

                15 from 3, easy this game.

            • Sam-not-so-wise
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 16 days ago

              Guess the Average score this week?

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

                24

              2. Milkman Bruno
                  3 months, 16 days ago

                  Liverpool players will push up the average unfortunately

                  1. Sam-not-so-wise
                    • 2 Years
                    3 months, 16 days ago

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

                    1. Milkman Bruno
                        3 months, 16 days ago

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

                  2. Kroneek
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    33

                  3. Camino Aleatorio
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    39

                • Gudjohnsen
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 16 days ago

                  Crap game

                  1. Sam-not-so-wise
                    • 2 Years
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    Don't swear!

                    1. Ha.
                      • 5 Years
                      3 months, 16 days ago

                      Username checks out

                      1. Sam-not-so-wise
                        • 2 Years
                        3 months, 16 days ago

                        As does yours

                • nerd_is_the_werd
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 16 days ago

                  everyone has failed

                  1. Deulofail
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    It's like global warming all over again

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

                    Like coronavirus

                  3. tiger
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    humanity needs a restart

                • MoSalad
                  • 7 Years
                  3 months, 16 days ago

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

                • Niho992
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 16 days ago

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

                • Deulofail
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 16 days ago

                  Apparently Cavani is an expert of "forward movement".

                  You mean, like, walking and running?

                • Daniel Jebbison
                  • 11 Years
                  3 months, 16 days ago

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

                • Deulofail
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 16 days ago

                  Bring Martinelli on!

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

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

                • George Agdgdgwngo
                  • 11 Years
                  3 months, 16 days ago

                  Any news on Kane?

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

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

                    1. George Agdgdgwngo
                      • 11 Years
                      3 months, 16 days ago

                      It’s his ankles

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

                        Oops sorry

                        1. George Agdgdgwngo
                          • 11 Years
                          3 months, 16 days ago

                          Muppet

                  2. Camino Aleatorio
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    3 months, 16 days ago

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

                    High tops.

                • Al Moon Yeah
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 16 days 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.

                • acidicleo
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 16 days 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
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    Ditto

                    Not yet

                  2. jammie26
                      3 months, 16 days ago

                      Stones will be back next game. Why sell now?

                  3. Gobigorgohome
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    Cavani miss open net

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

                      Isn't he is married?

                      1. A Kun & Mateta
                        • 7 Years
                        3 months, 16 days ago

                        Anything to Capri?