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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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1,150 Comments Post a Comment
  1. ClassiX
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    SOUTHAMPTON TEAM NEWS
    Team to play Southampton: McCarthy, Ramsay, Stephens, Bednarek, Bertrand, Ward-Prowse, Jankewitz, Djenepo, Amstrong, Adams, Ings
    Subs: Lewis, Forster, Redmond, N'Lundulu, Ferry, Finnigan, Tchaptchet, Watts, Chauke

    MAN UTD TEAM NEWS
    Team to play Southampton: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Fred, McTominay, Fernandes, Rashford, Greenwood, Cavani
    Subs: Henderson, Bailly, Pogba, Martial, James, Telles, Matic, Williams, Van de Beek

    CRYSTAL PALACE TEAM NEWS
    Team to play Newcastle: Guaita, Van Aanholt, Clyne, Dann, Cahill, Milivojevic, Riedewald, Ayew, Eze, Zaha, Batshuayi.
    Subs: Butland, Kouyate, Townsend, Mateta, Benteke, Mitchell, Kelly.

    NEWCASTLE TEAM NEWS
    Team to play Crystal Palace: Darlow, Manquillo, Lewis, Clark, Schar, Hayden, Shelvey, Hendrick, Almiron, Fraser, Wilson.
    Subs: Dubravka, Dummett, M Longstaff, Carroll, Joelinton, Saint-Maximin, Krafth, Anderson.

    1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      No pogba, could be good for bruno

      1. JONALDINHO
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Not sure as there still playing 4231

    2. Camino Aleatorio
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Should have Capped Bruno!

      No Evil-One damning the team!

    3. Pipermaru
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Tchaptchet is my favourite surname from now on, for any player, ever.

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

    Pogba benched ccmon Bruno

  3. JONALDINHO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    Please don’t tell me people started Johnstone over Martinez

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

      i started him over McCarthy, probably selling Johnstone to Martinez soon though

      1. Custard Gannet
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Same here

    2. Firminoooo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Yeah. Thats right. Kill me now.

    3. Pipermaru
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Makes perfect sense, one have conceded over 50 goals already making almost no saves, the other only 20 plus lot of saves and bonus.

    4. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Tried that Joke last week getting rid when I get a spare FT

  4. WE GO FOR IT
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    Pogba benched. Good news for Bruno owners, or cappers I should say as EO is quite high for most rank tiers.

  5. Niho992
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    Johnstone is useless

  6. Jindaljain
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    No Pogba let's Go Bruno

  7. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 10 days ago

    Arsenal still getting down the flanks with NO ONE in the middle now that my beloved laca wagon has gone off, fraudeta!

    1. The Ilfordian
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      It’s a very negative decision. Laca would’ve been important for scoring on the break with the more defensive set up.

  8. ivantys
      4 months, 10 days ago

      SHU to pull off the biggest escape?

    • Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Soton side looks pretty weak. Bruno (c) could work well.

    • DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Holding and johnstone in scout picks. Bad start.

    • Sir Alex Telles.
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Sheffield needed that Bogle goal Bigly.

    • Bookkeeper
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      only hope now is a penalty save for the crap bag Johnstone

    • TheDragon
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      If these results stay the same and Laca’s assist gets removed we can all be happy 🙂

    • Mork calling Orson
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Arteta must save a fortune on hats and umbrellas - no way is any rain getting through that impenetrable barnet.

      1. Deulofail
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Poor rain 🙁

        1. Mork calling Orson
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 10 days ago

          *Pour

    • Jindaljain
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Kunduli?

    • Inazuma X1
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Brunooooooo (C) lets go!

      1. Sid1891
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Yup
        Pogba not playing may help

    • Jindaljain
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Lundulu ??

      1. Whazza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        bless you

    • MoSalad
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Johnstone can redeem himself with another few saves and stealing 1 bap!

    • ivantys
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Looks like Mitchell is finished.

      • Deulofail
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Looks to me like it should have been another Wolves pen. Borderline at best

        1. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 10 days ago

          If he'd gone down on the first challenge its a penalty.

      • Lindelol
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Come on DDG, AWB and Bruno!!!!

      • Jindaljain
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        BRUNO BRACE GOALS & AWB BRACE ASSISTS

      • Hybrid.power
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Lindelof plays again. Second sub here. Grrree

      • gooberman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Negative Bruce again not starting Saint Maximin. One of the reasons I brought Wilson in is because I was anticipating Saint Maximin starting to give them more attacking threat. Looks like I'm relying on Wilson scoring their only chance of the game again!

        1. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 10 days ago

          Think he's still worried about post COVID fitness.

          1. gooberman
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            4 months, 10 days ago

            But he's on the bench so must be fit. I'm sure Bruce was quoted as saying he will start as well. At least Fraser is playing who Wilson tends to do well with.

        2. Whazza
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 10 days ago

          Weird you say that as ASM didn't start last game and Wilson killed it

        3. WE GO FOR IT
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 10 days ago

          He did well vs Everton. ASM will come on and should start eventually. So, Wilson is a good pick!

          1. gooberman
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            4 months, 10 days ago

            I'm still happy with the Wilson pick. I Iove the guy. He did amazing for me when I had him earlier in the season. Just would have preferred it if ASM was starting as he gives them an attacking edge.

      • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        auba coming on

        1. Camino Aleatorio
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 10 days ago

          For Pepe hopefully, not my Dogg!

          Not for my Dogg!

          Not for my Saka!

        2. Sid1891
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 10 days ago

          Ma ML vetran capped Auba
          What a waste...

      • MoSalad
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Newcy v Palace goal fest would be unpredictable but so lovely!

        1. Milkman Bruno
            4 months, 10 days ago

            Zaha is my only player today so I hope so!

          • Jindaljain
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 10 days ago

            0-0

        2. Sun Jihai
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 10 days ago

          Kayne Ramsay at right back for Soton with no KWP. First PL appearance since 2018.

        3. Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 10 days ago

          Bruno C and the trashman

          Lego!

        4. Milkman Bruno
            4 months, 10 days ago

            Mitchell my next priority.

            1. Camino Aleatorio
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 10 days ago

              The Gameweek is young.

              There is a reason Mitchell has been rotting on my bench for 22 weeks, there is always another problem to solve

              1. Milkman Bruno
                  4 months, 10 days ago

                  Currently no other problem and I will have 2ft’s so hopefully that’s the worst of my worries come the end of the gameweek!

            2. Camino Aleatorio
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 10 days ago

              My 2 SAKA points locked In and tucked away!

              Thanks David Luiz!