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Saka starts for Arsenal as Aubameyang returns on the bench

Arsenal’s personnel crisis already appears to be easing following Mikel Arteta’s latest team-sheet.

Ahead of a trip to Wolves, Bukayo Saka (£5.4m) returns to the Gunners’ attacking-midfield trio following his Gameweek 21 absence.

The versatile budget option looks to be on the left-hand side of that though, with Nicolas Pépé (£7.6m) featuring on the right-hand side.

But Saka is not the only key returnee for Arsenal, who welcome Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.3m) back to the matchday squad on their bench.

The Gabonese international has been away dealing with personal issues recently but is finally available again.

If he is to feature at all tonight, it will be as a substitute, the same detail handed to Martin Ødegaard (£6.0m) and Gabriel Martinelli (£4.9m).

Wolves look to be in a back-three once again with yet another start for Max Kilman (£4.0m) alongside Conor Coady (£4.8m) and Willy Boly (£5.4m).

It is a 3-4-3 formation that features Pedro Neto (£5.8m) as a left wing-back allowing Nelson Semedo (£5.3m) to return to the right-hand side.

Willian José (£7.0m) earns his second successive Premier League start at the apex of Wolves’ front-three while Daniel Podence (£5.3m) and Adama Traoré (£6.0m) are set to provide the width.

Sam Allardyce hands a first start to his new forward Mbaye Diagne (£6.0m) alongside Callum Robinson (£5.4m) while Matheus Pereira (£5.6m) is on the flanks of midfield again.

And Sheffield United line-up exactly as expected with Billy Sharp (£5.5m) and David McGoldrick (£5.2m) chosen to lead the 3-5-2 line tonight.

Gameweek 22 Starting Line-ups

Sheffield Utd XI (3-5-2): Ramsdale; Ampadu, Egan, Basham; Bogle, Fleck, Norwood, Lundstram, Baldock; Sharp, McGoldrick.

West Bromwich Albion XI (4-4-1-1): Johnstone; C Townsend, Ajayi, Bartley, O’Shea; M Pereira, Snodgrass, Livermore, M Phillips; Diagne; C Robinson.

Wolves XI (3-4-3): Patrício; Kilman, Coady, Boly; Neto, Moutinho, Neves, Semedo; Podence, Willian, A Traoré.

Arsenal XI (4-2-3-1): Leno; Cedric, Holding, D Luiz, Bellerín; Xhaka, Partey; Saka, Smith Rowe, Pépé; Lacazette.

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  1. Brakos2k
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    9 months, 29 days ago

    Come on Holding!... and that's all...

  2. brianutd-why always we? 20
    • 10 Years
    9 months, 29 days ago

    Utd to win the league

    1. Arteta
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      Unlikely. Bruno can't carry them for so long.

    2. jammie26
        9 months, 29 days ago

        Zero chance.

      • borat
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        In your dreams maybe

      • Jimmers
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        ,,,,...in the next 10 years

      • Debauchy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        Is this a question ?

    3. Inazuma X1
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      Professional watch done?

        1. Inazuma X1
          • 4 Years
          9 months, 29 days ago

          Cheers

    4. Little Red Lacazette
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      Having 2 FTs feels nice. Been a while.

    5. Ray In Bruges.
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      Accidentally captained DCL....here's hoping for a brace

      1. Fudgy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        I benched him so definitely a brace

      2. Limbo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        Captain last week - so 100%

    6. Dthinger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      My cup opponent and I have 7 of the same players including the same captain. It's going to be interesting.

      Me -vs- them:
      Leno -vs- Ederson
      AWB -vs- Shaw
      Son -vs- Maddison
      DCL -vs- Antonio

      Who do you think will come out on top?

      1. PartyPooper
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        That will be close. My money's on you...

        1. Dthinger
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          9 months, 29 days ago

          woo!

      2. Echoes
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 29 days ago

        If you're going to progress in the cup, I'm gonna have a decent week too, as I have an Arsenal defender, and DCL and Son

      3. Aj Royals
        • 12 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        So close and going to be an exciting contest...

      4. Ejaaz11
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        i would rather have your opponents team...

        1. Dthinger
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          9 months, 29 days ago

          Yeah, Maddison and Ederson are the ones I'm worried about, but Antonio could hurt me too.

      5. WE GO FOR IT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        Epxect 6 for both keepers
        Shaw attacking potential higher but I doubt he'll get something. So, that's a tie again.
        Maddison over Son this week. Can't see Spurs scoring vs Chelsea, who will dominate the ball. Without Kane, Spurs will struggle.
        DCL over Antonio. Leeds should concede and DCL might finally get his goal. Antonio can do well vs Villa who aren't as good as back as they look.

        It comes down to how Fulham vs Leicester and Villa vs West Ham go for me. I think he might edge it. But if DCL gets a hattrick, you could be in with a shout. He's your main man I feel.

        1. Dthinger
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          9 months, 29 days ago

          Or not

    7. wulfrunian
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      Ballsy move from Gnu to bench Dcl!

      1. Debauchy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        I say silly

        1. wulfrunian
          • 5 Years
          9 months, 29 days ago

          So many good options in his team.I don't blame him but i would bench Gundogan.

    8. Dybala10
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      Everyone else set-up their team for the next GW as soon as the game updates?

      Sad, I know but I love it...

      1. Monklane
        • 12 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        of course

      2. Fudgy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        Yes of course , I do it instantly

      3. wulfrunian
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        I never never do that.

      4. Little Red Lacazette
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        Always

      5. Levi's 501
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 29 days ago

        Yep just done, undecided who to start out of Soucek and Watkins though.

      6. Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        Of course. Some potentially tough decisions as below though

      7. Free Hat
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        Yes. First thing after watching rival teams.

        And for that reason I dont understand people forgetting deadlines... Just set your team and cpt now. No problem then.

      8. Limbo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        Always. Free from the shackles of shite displays and 1 pt cameos. All is rosey.

    9. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      Tricky... feels like I’ve gotta bench Stones next week, given I have Dallas(CRY) and Coufal(ful) on the bench...

      Cancelo Digne my other two defenders, both of whom also have tough fixtures but are probably attacking enough to warrant a start

      1. Dybala10
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        Yep I'm considering benched Stones and Dias for both of those two.

      2. Free Hat
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        Yeah Stones probably with Cancelo Dallas Chilwell/or Alonso starting.

        Fulham I can see scoring so Coufal bench as well.

      3. Limbo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        I'm playing Stones/Cancelo + Coufal ful

        (bench Justin wol & kilman WOL).

        If I had Dallas that might swing it, but only just. Can't see many CS's so then looking at threat. Stones/Cancelo both look like they could be invovled every game (they play).

    10. pundit of punts
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      Captaincy looks tricky next gw

      Maybe Bruno at home to Everton but I don’t think that fixture has good points potential.

      What’s everyone thinking?

      1. ajay_kl +42
        • 10 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        Son, Bamford or Bruno

      2. Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        Son for me atm

      3. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • 11 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        Mourinho sacked after another bore fest vs Chelsea then Son unleashed vs WBA

      4. JONALDINHO
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        Bruno or Son/Kane if he’s back

      5. wulfrunian
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        Son

      6. Levi's 501
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 29 days ago

        Yeah tricky, on Son atm with Bruno vice.

      7. Dybala10
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        Bruno for me due to options but he is due a haul!

      8. Jon Walter's Hatty
        • 8 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        Beast

      9. WE GO FOR IT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        Currently on Salah. I feel Liverpool will get the win. Might change to Son if Kane is back or Liverpool don't look good vs Brighton.

      10. Free Hat
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        Son. But form of spurs put me off.

        Otherwise Bruno.

        1. Here's Tom with the We…
          • 10 Years
          9 months, 29 days ago

          Son or maybe even Bamford.

      11. Little Red Lacazette
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        Son as of right now.

      12. Tambling5
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        As someone who picked Sterling last week, I thought I'd repeat the mistake today. I am a definition of insanity.

        1. Tambling5
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          9 months, 29 days ago

          Ah! Wrong gameweek! Sorry.

    11. Little Red Lacazette
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      Hey, Lateriser finally sold Werner.

      1. Echoes
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 29 days ago

        No one is essential, I guess

      2. John Nerdelbaum
        • 9 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        He's only had him a few weeks

      3. Free Hat
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        I expect a brace from Werner now!

    12. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      Martinez(ARS) or Areola(WHU) next week (assuming I don’t burn a FT on downgrading Areola since I have 2FT)?

    13. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      Who was much maligned coming into this week like Bamford and Dallas were last week?

      Stage is set for their hauls. Son? Gundo? DCL/Digne?

      1. ajay_kl +42
        • 10 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        Surely it is gotta be time for DCL says a hopeful owner

      2. John Nerdelbaum
        • 9 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        Gundo was much malinged?

    14. Fudgy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      Adnan benched Son :O

      Wish I did now, got talked out of it ffs

      1. Fudgy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        https://fantasy.premierleague.com/entry/33/event/22/

        His link. One of the best in the world

        1. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          9 months, 29 days ago

          Even the best makes wrong decision now and then 😉

          1. Fudgy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            9 months, 29 days ago

            True he benched Bamford last gw

        2. Camino Aleatorio
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          9 months, 29 days ago

          Why is this dude copying MY team?

          Wonder if Dias is going to play. Stones got a rest on the weekend.

          Son on the bench just makes sense, there is nothing wrong with Son, it's the TH midfield

      2. WE GO FOR IT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        Risky move but it could work. Without Kane, Spurs look toothless but Son is Son. There's a reason he overperforms his XG. If Spurs get him the ball a few times near Chelsea's penalty area, he can get a goal.

        1. Fudgy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          9 months, 29 days ago

          Yeah I know. I have the exact same midfield and attack and went for DCL

          1. WE GO FOR IT
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            9 months, 29 days ago

            That's a risky bet. Leeds concede tons of chances. The only good thing is Everton have been poor. So, if they continue their form, that could be a good decision. I hope it's wrong though, having started him!

            1. Fudgy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              9 months, 29 days ago

              I know. I wish I benched son but kept changing it and got scared

    15. TheDragon
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      A 1-0 Wolves win too much to ask for?

      1. Dybala10
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        Holding own goal and Saka off at 59 mins would be lovely.

      2. Debauchy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        yes

    16. yakirh
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      Who is your bus captain for GW 23?

      1. Flynny
        • 6 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        Bruno?
        Antonio?

      2. Camino Aleatorio
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        bruno

        vice captain is wildcard

        What if Kane pulls a Wolverine and comes back early...then Kane - Son is a possibility

      3. Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        Son C Antonio VC for me currently

      4. Jordan.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        bamford

    17. Flynny
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      Just looking at the weekend fixtures and huge benching headaches with city players at  lpool???

      Who to start?.

      A....soucek at fulham
      B....gundog at lpool

      Pick 3 defenders from:

      1...cancelo
      2....dias
      3.....rudiger and Sheffield
      4....dallas v Palace
      5....coufal at Fulham

      Guess I'd play 1, 3 and 4??

      Thanks

      1. Here's Tom with the We…
        • 10 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        Yeah I’d play 1,3 and 4.

      2. Eh, just one more thing ...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        B .... 1,4,5

    18. Free Hat
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      Who are you rooting for tonight:

      Sheffield or Wbrom...?

      I hate Sam so easy Sheffield for me.

      1. Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        Baggies cost me CS points last week for Areola, so Blades

      2. WE GO FOR IT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        Sheffield should win unless Pereira does really well.

      3. ajay_kl +42
        • 10 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        I started Johnstone over McCarthy so hoping for 0-0 with Johnstone saving a pen (yeah I know he is getting me 1-2pts)

        1. Debauchy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          9 months, 29 days ago

          same but who cares want Sheffield to win

    19. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      Hoping for 1-1s with OGs here

    20. Debauchy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      Predictions ?

      Sheffield U 2 WBR 1
      Wolves 1 Arse 2

      1. WE GO FOR IT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        Sheffield 2-1 West Brom
        Wolves 1-1 Arsenal

    21. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      Would love a Son haul on Thursday

      1. Debauchy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        aye

      2. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        Son has averaged 11.9 points per game after having net transfers out this this season (with only a single blank and that was when he only had 7k transfers out) compared to 4.2 in GWs with net transfers in!

    22. Lovren an elevator
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      Random one...is James Rodriguez on pens when he's playing?

      1. Flynny
        • 6 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        Gylfi is I think

      2. Whazza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        Richarlison was on them at the start of the season (when siggy wasn't playing I think)

    23. Flynny
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      Who to start at weekend?

      A....gundog at lpool

      B...soucek at Fulham?

      Thanks

      1. Lovren an elevator
        • 6 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        Gundog is undroppable if you have him.

      2. Debauchy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        Gundo

      3. Camino Aleatorio
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        Liverpool Defense is not a lock-down defense without VVD...they are playing with guys that would be in the Championship or Training-Only at CD.

        You should prolly play Gundo

        Soucek should also play versus Fulham

        You have some good options it seems

        1. Flynny
          • 6 Years
          9 months, 29 days ago

          Yeah would need to bench one of greenish Watkins or Antonio...

      4. WE GO FOR IT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        Gundo

    24. Plagued by indecision
      • 11 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      Strong bench paid off last week with Bamford. Justin and Saka sitting there now. Watching through my fingers.

      1. MoSalad
        • 8 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        Nearly a dreadful start.

    25. MoSalad
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      Saka smashed the post, should of scored!

    26. The Train Driver
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      Saka woodwork 1st min

    27. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      Gosh, just seen this autosub combo last week:

      Player out Player in
      Cancelo Wilson
      Stones Wan-Bissaka
      Saka Bamford

      https://fantasy.premierleague.com/entry/762547/event/21/

      34 points!

      1. MoSalad
        • 8 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        I got 24 off my bench last week. AWB, BamBam & Coufal.

    28. casual69
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      any idea on kevin de bruyne return?

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        Secret Santa could surprise many

    29. Chucky
      • 7 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      Jonny sins CS and pen save needed..

      1. Chucky
        • 7 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        johnstone*

      2. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 11 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        No idea who this Johnny sins character

        Will look him up later whilst I am doing the online shopping with my family

        1. Chucky
          • 7 Years
          9 months, 29 days ago

          😛

    30. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 11 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      Saka is looking amazing here

      1. Debauchy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        and yes