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

    My entire starting def didn’t play 1 min

    1. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Mitchell Stones Cancelo?

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

        Yessir

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

      That's what the subs are for.

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

        For all 3...?

    3. jammie26
        3 months, 8 days ago

        That's quite funny!

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

        Sold Wilson also

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

          Are you Me? From another dimension?

          Same here

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

            Face it; We suck

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

      When you week hinges on Ollie Watkins, you know you’re in trouble 🙁

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

        He'll do well

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

        Yeah same as.

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

        There are some cats here whose weekend was Callum Wilson

        Random stuff happens

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

      Players I owned more than 3 GWs who managed to derail my season so far: Ryan, Werner and Rashford!

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

      Two of the boringest teams in the prem! Give me Newcastle any day 😀

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

        Haha yeah the team with one exciting player

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

          Wilson and Saint Max walk into your team 😉

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

            St max can’t even walk into his own team

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

              He’s had covid you muppet

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

              He’d walk into Chelsea’s team too with all those foreign flops

          2. how now brown cow
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            Auba and joelinton on a par this season.

    7. Sack The Glazers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      united are going to lose this 1-0

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

        Hopefully.Maguire own goal would be nice.

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

      I must be the only one here who isn’t fussed by that ESM chap at all.

      The only decent thing about him is he wears his socks like Scholes and Grealish.

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

        ESM ESR REM SRM

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

        I think you are. He's not only good as an individual, but he takes a large proportion of the respononsibility for improving this Arsenal team. Fans at Huddersfield loved him, too, on the whole. You probably haven't seen enough of him, if that's your opinion

      3. George Agdgdgwngo
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        He’s class on grass

      4. jammie26
          3 months, 8 days ago

          I haven't seen much of him but looks good to me.

        • Roy Hudd
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          At the risk of him doing something in this next 20 mins.... I agree, he's very very average. People got/getting way too carried away by him.

        • ...al
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Quite like him and he has decent potential. If he’s this decent this young hopefully he can develop

        • F_Ivanovic
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          He's 4.5m playing in a strong mid table team as a 10. What's not to like?

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

        Sold wilson>DCL
        Captained gundo

        Bamford benched so expecting a brace

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

        Huge hauls for Bruno and Gundo as it stands.

      7. ALI_G
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        In the old days this game was blood an thunder - now it's more pus and drizzle

        1. mynameisq
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          And that's just mctominay

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

          Sequels always disappoint

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

            Apart from American Pie 2 ?

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

            Umm Terminator 2...

        3. how now brown cow
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Used to be unmissable didnt it? Oh well

        4. Kellz86
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          That 7-2 will always be a classic

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

            8-2

            1. Scholes Out Forever
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              When Ashley Young became a legend

              1. alsybach
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 8 days ago

                Debbie does Dallas 2

        5. ...al
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          It was more Ferguson vs Wenger

      8. Kaneyonero
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Looking like a bgw

      9. Sack The Glazers
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        is pogba playing?

      10. Salan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Laca post

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

          Bar*

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

          What did he say?

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

        Holding loves a bap, absolute bargain at 4.5

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

        Lacazette shot off target.

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

        United’s luck is endless.

      14. hullcityfan
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        DDG save point, finally!

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

        DDG hauling from my bench.

        1. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Dgw left over ?

      16. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        3 - Wan-Bissaka (28)
        2 - Holding (27)
        1 - Maguire, Shaw (26)

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

          To soon TM too soon

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

        Of course my rival has DDG and Holding!

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

          Lol... right there with him!

        2. BrockLanders
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Typical

        3. ...al
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Still time for a 1-1

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

        It's tough watching a match when you want it to end nowt-nowt! de Gea in net, Holding coming off the bench...

        1. jammie26
            3 months, 8 days ago

            Are you Gudjohnsens rival?

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

              Haha, no. But somebody out there probably hates me.

        2. BrockLanders
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Kane to Wilson for free.

          No brainer yeah?

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

            Easy transfer, he’s going up tonight

          2. jammie26
              3 months, 8 days ago

              Nope.

            • how now brown cow
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              Depends if he goes another 7 games before scoring again.

              1. BrockLanders
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 8 days ago

                This is true. Owned him for 3 GW's earlier in the season and he was utterly useless

                1. how now brown cow
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 8 days ago

                  He was great for me. Ultimately though newcastle create so little you need to be patient.

                  They're arent many great options at the minute

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

                    He didn’t touch the ball in the opponent’s half for 3 matches

            • OneJuan
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              Looks like it. What about DCL to Antonio?

            • ...al
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              Not for me

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

            Easy United clean sheet.

            1. how now brown cow
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              Yep. Declare 0-0 now and put something decent on.

          4. BrockLanders
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            14 here with 5. Any use?

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

              green arrow

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

                Massive green

          5. Bobby Digital
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            Holding hooold!

          6. Gobigorgohome
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            My rival has DDG AWB Holding and Wilson of the bench with for Sterling Cap and his VC is Dias

            WTF

            and I have Digne DCL and Gundogan

            1. BrockLanders
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              Some people's luck is breathtaking

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

                and Kilman coming on for Cancelo for me
                RIP me

          7. ...al
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            Suddenly interested in Holding

            HOLD

          8. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            ⚽ Team News 📰
            SOUTHAMPTON : McCarthy, Bertrand, Bednarek, Stephens, Romeu, Walcott, Diallo, Ward-Prowse, Armstrong, Redmond, Ings.
            Subs: Forster, Long, Adams, Djenepo, Valery, Ramsay, N’Lundulu, Jankewitz, Watts.

            ASTON VILLA : Martinez, Cash, Konsa, Mings, Luiz, McGinn, Grealish, Watkins, Traore, Targett, Barkley.
            Subs: Heaton, Taylor, Trezeguet, Nakamba, El Ghazi, Engels, Sanson, Elmohamady, Davis.

            1. ...al
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              Would like a 1 pt from Davis

            2. Bobby Digital
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              Targett striker? 😛

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

              Adams benched?!!
              Can't catch a break this GW with all this benching

              1. aborg
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 8 days ago

                Me too....my full bench is already coming on and now don’t have anyone left to come on for Adams !! Wtf?!?

            4. AC/DC AFC
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              The Grealish show?

              Or 1.1

            5. PompeyUpNorth!
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              Thank you

            6. Milkman Bruno
                3 months, 8 days ago

                Save me Grealish

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

              Need -1 from Bamford to break even on my hit

              DCL + Richarlison - 4 = 0
              Martial + Bamford = 1 + ?

              Get a yellow and help me out Tony!

            8. Bobby
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              Has this been the worst week for fpl? Can't remember when we last had so many template players either rested or doing nothing?

              1. AC/DC AFC
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 8 days ago

                Game week 16 wasn't a bundle of fun either

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

              Adams better come on to block points.

              1. djman102
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 8 days ago

                Who still has players left on their bench?

              2. THL33
                  3 months, 8 days ago

                  Nasty, would love lewis' 11 points, but got no chance I think