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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, 8 days ago

    Who will be the New arseinal manager?

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

      The next printing of Arteta

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

      David Luiz

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

      I want samir Nasri to manage

  2. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

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

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

    Lol even Adam’s is benched

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

      Robertson captained Adams.

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

        Sold Mane and VC on Firmino

    2. ivantys
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Manager also finally realized he's useless

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

        This

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

        Schedule is sucking the fitness out of the players

        1. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Yet managers refuse to use subs.

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

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

    4. MoSalad
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

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

    5. Jindaljain
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      No El Ghazi and here is another haul from Grealish

    6. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 8 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

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

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

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

      YC flying

    9. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

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

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

        Nailed it, think everyone struggling tbf.

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

          Yea everyone’s goosed

          Nbd

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

        Antonio

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

          Banderas?

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

          Just get Wilson

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

        well the only good thing is Fernandez blank

        Rival capped hik

      5. Jindaljain
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        What happened to Bruno?

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

            Just like El Ghazi playing with Grealish

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

          Exhausted

      6. Homer21
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        It's a hard watch

      7. Lovren an elevator
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

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

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

          Yes

          1. Lovren an elevator
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

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

      8. The Senate
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

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

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

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

      9. CloudSky
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Holding must have had 15 head clearances today.

        1. Super Saints
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

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

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

            He's getting in for my Cancelo.

      10. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 8 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
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Lol

      11. BeWater
          3 months, 8 days ago

          What the hell was that Rashie.

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

          Cant wait to transfer out that waste of space

          1. Super Saints
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

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

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

              Rashford

          2. Little Red Lacazette
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            Bruno?

        • Gudjohnsen
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          This is so exciting

          1. Homer21
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            Because your paint has already dried?

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

          Rashford too bad

        • The Senate
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          rashford cleanie banked. time to sell for Mo I think

        • Gobigorgohome
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Bruno looks off form

        • Cruyff Turn
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Does Maguire miss the next game because of yellow?

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

            No

          2. The Senate
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            no

        • FantasyTony
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Rashford clean sheet locked

        • Shatner's Bassoon
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 8 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
            3 months, 8 days ago

            Leno here

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

            Holding on for Cancelo

        • Kellz86
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Rashford CS banked, mega haul this week

        • ivantys
            3 months, 8 days ago

            Pepe ruins Bellerin's 12 points haul

          • Hybrid.power
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

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