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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
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Who will be the New arseinal manager?

    1. Deulofail
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      The next printing of Arteta

    2. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      David Luiz

    3. Jindaljain
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      I want samir Nasri to manage

  2. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    What a GW. A given that Watkins blanks and Martinez hauls

  3. Scholes Out Forever
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Lol even Adam’s is benched

    1. Deulofail
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Robertson captained Adams.

      1. Deulofail
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Sold Mane and VC on Firmino

    2. ivantys
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Manager also finally realized he's useless

  4. how now brown cow
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    This season should be really exciting given the league table, but most of the games are rubbish.

    1. Sack The Glazers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      This

    2. Clintymints
      • 12 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Schedule is sucking the fitness out of the players

      1. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Yet managers refuse to use subs.

    3. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Had the same thought, but nobody has been good at the same time, every team inconsistent AF

  5. MoSalad
    • 8 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    For once feel good about transfers removing Rashy he’s dreadful.

  6. Jindaljain
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    No El Ghazi and here is another haul from Grealish

  7. Super Saints
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    I sold Holding FFS this will be the worst gameweek of my life, Cancelo Stones Gundo cap, Bruno and KWP Coufal off the bench lol

  8. BeaversWithAttitude
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    C'mon... just 14 more minutes of the same, please!

  9. Kellz86
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    YC flying

  10. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    11 from 6 so far including captain, what a haul!

    1. MoSalad
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Nailed it, think everyone struggling tbf.

      1. Clintymints
        • 12 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Yea everyone’s goosed

        Nbd

  11. BrockLanders
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Who the hell should I get for Kane??

    Own Richarlson and Antonio

    Options are so limited. Bamford or Watkins or risk Werner on the assumption Tuchel gets him ticking again..

    1. Jindaljain
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Antonio

      1. Kellz86
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Banderas?

    2. Kellz86
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      How many FT? If you have 2 I’d opt for a strong 5 mid and put Brewster for the bench

    3. ivantys
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Just get Wilson

  12. Gobigorgohome
    • 10 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    well the only good thing is Fernandez blank

    Rival capped hik

  13. Jindaljain
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    What happened to Bruno?

    1. Clintymints
      • 12 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Not great in big games is the rumour

      Also don’t wana cap him with Pogba in the pitch

      1. Jindaljain
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Just like El Ghazi playing with Grealish

    2. Salan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Exhausted

  14. Homer21
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    It's a hard watch

  15. Lovren an elevator
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Adams benched...should I be concerned as an owner?

    1. Jindaljain
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Yes

      1. Lovren an elevator
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Is he just not that nailed anymore then? I notice he hasn't scored for like 10 gameweeks now

  16. The Senate
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Lacazette does a Kane on Pogba. Not sure what the ref has given

    1. dark91
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Not exactly the cheap Kane move. It was Pogba jumping from behind

  17. CloudSky
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Holding must have had 15 head clearances today.

    1. Super Saints
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      He will be man of the match and get max baps, I sold him for Cancelo

      1. CloudSky
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        He's getting in for my Cancelo.

  18. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 11 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Rashford has played the pr game well

    Sure enough there will be a lack of criticism of his performances

    1. Homer21
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Lol

  19. BeWater
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 20 days ago

    What the hell was that Rashie.

  20. Bubz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Cant wait to transfer out that waste of space

    1. Super Saints
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Which one? I have Cancelo Stones Dallas KWP that all need to gi

      1. Bubz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Rashford

    2. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Bruno?

  21. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    This is so exciting

    1. Homer21
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Because your paint has already dried?

  22. Salan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Rashford too bad

  23. The Senate
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    rashford cleanie banked. time to sell for Mo I think

  24. Gobigorgohome
    • 10 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Bruno looks off form

  25. Cruyff Turn
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Does Maguire miss the next game because of yellow?

    1. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 20 days ago

      No

    2. The Senate
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      no

  26. FantasyTony
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Rashford clean sheet locked

  27. Shatner's Bassoon
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Must be a few folk out there with Leno/Holding, Shaw/Maguire/WB, Dias, Jesus, Wilson in their squad counting their lucky stars.

    1. Kellz86
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Leno here

    2. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Maguire and holding off the bench for Cancelo and stones here but also own rash, laca and Bruno lol

    3. Utopsis
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Holding on for Cancelo

  28. Kellz86
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Rashford CS banked, mega haul this week

  29. ivantys
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Pepe ruins Bellerin's 12 points haul

  30. Hybrid.power
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Lindelof on bench as I didn't think he would even play. Started Holding though which is nice