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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. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    8 months, 18 days ago

    That Southampton lineup screams Bruno haul. Didn't really consider him for captain. Hope he does nothing.

    1. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 18 days ago

      Salah's turn to show his FPL quality last week. Bruno's this week.

      Over the last two matches (i.e. since KWP being out), Soton have conceded 5 big chances (only BUR + CPL worse). Brighton in the same time period have conceded zero (the only team to do so).

      1. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        8 months, 18 days ago

        I know that Brighton were good but didn't know that Southampton were that bad.

        I didn't cap Salah either. Cancelo (c) here!

        1. Inazuma X1
          • 4 Years
          8 months, 18 days ago

          I read the Southampton forums just before the deadline and they were talking about damage limitation lol

          Had my armband on Bruno since the start though

        2. Sun Jihai
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          8 months, 18 days ago

          Like that pick. Should be very high CS chance + good attacking return prospects.

  2. Inazuma X1
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 18 days ago

    Imagine not capping Bruno against a depleted Southampton side (especially in the mid)

    1. Begbie.
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 18 days ago

      Imagine not capping Salah against a poor Brighton team at Anfield.

      1. Begbie.
        • 7 Years
        8 months, 18 days ago

        Bruno is due a pen though 😉

      2. Inazuma X1
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 18 days ago

        Poor? lol Brighton are a good defensive side.

        1. Begbie.
          • 7 Years
          8 months, 18 days ago

          They aren't really. They're fairly open defensively due to the way they try and play. Besides, they've conceded more than Southampton have and Salah is a bigger goal threat than Bruno is.

          1. Inazuma X1
            • 4 Years
            8 months, 18 days ago

            They conceded many goals when Ryan was playing. Sanchez playing = different side.

          2. Inazuma X1
            • 4 Years
            8 months, 18 days ago

            And Salah is bigger goal threat =/= FPL points.

            Bruno has 8+ double digit hauls
            Salah has around 5

      3. TomSaints
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 18 days ago

        Poor? One of the best defences in the league over last 5 games and just shut out spurs.

        1. Begbie.
          • 7 Years
          8 months, 18 days ago

          Shutting out a Kaneless Spurs is nothing special.

      4. Slitherene
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 18 days ago

        1 goal conceded in the last 4 ain't that poor.

    2. Deulofail
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 18 days ago

      Don't have to

    3. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 18 days ago

      I am

      Had it on him all week (ie yesterday) but then caved and got Mo in as C

    4. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 18 days ago

      Southampton are quite capable of beating United.

      1. Inazuma X1
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 18 days ago

        Not with that starting XI

        1. Begbie.
          • 7 Years
          8 months, 18 days ago

          Still more quality in that team than the Sheffield United team that beat United last week.

          1. Inazuma X1
            • 4 Years
            8 months, 18 days ago

            SHU played not our strongest side

  3. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 18 days ago

    How did Johnstone make the Scout Picks?

    John Stones typo perhaps?

    1. wulfrunian
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 18 days ago

      4 points atm.

  4. Big_Andy_GAWA
    • 10 Years
    8 months, 18 days ago

    4 saves for S.J...

  5. as33
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 18 days ago

    What happen to Lacazette? is he injured?

    1. Milkman Bruno
        8 months, 18 days ago

        Tactical over red card

      • Inazuma X1
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 18 days ago

        Tactical. Red for Luiz so Laca off Gabriel on

    2. MoSalad
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 18 days ago

      Johnstone hold that 1 bap...!

      1. Big_Andy_GAWA
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 18 days ago

        I'd take another couple of saves and 5 points total...

    3. Stormbringer22
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 18 days ago

      Chaps, am I correct in saying that we will know the DGW26 fixtures with certainty ahead of GW24?

      1. Ⓙⓐⓡⓥⓘⓢⓗ CMIUK
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 18 days ago

        Possibly, but not certainly

        1. Stormbringer22
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          8 months, 18 days ago

          Thank you

    4. TomSaints
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 18 days ago

      So that settles fixture v form.

      Terrible team = no points

      If you can’t even keep A clean sheet v SU

      1. Deulofail
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 18 days ago

        Doesn't settle anything

        1. TomSaints
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          8 months, 18 days ago

          In what way? You get what you pay for in goal.

          Martinez back next week

          1. Deulofail
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            8 months, 18 days ago

            In the way that nothing has changed. But you're welcome to change your approach based on one game

    5. Party time
        8 months, 18 days ago

        Bruno haul imminent

      • Camino Aleatorio
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 18 days ago

        Auba on the Pitch...Arteta is trying to rescue the point

        1. The Ilfordian
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          8 months, 18 days ago

          Should’ve put Laca back on

      • Big_Andy_GAWA
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 18 days ago

        Sheffield United fighting for their lives here...

      • Milkman Bruno
          8 months, 18 days ago

          My team is not looking great for next week with Cancelo, Gundo, Sterling and Salah in one game and 3 Everton against United.

          1. Steve The Spud
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            8 months, 18 days ago

            Triple Everton?

            1. Milkman Bruno
                8 months, 18 days ago

                Yep...

            2. ivantys
              • 1 Year
              8 months, 18 days ago

              Yeah, next week's cup game in danger lol

          2. Jindaljain
            • 6 Years
            8 months, 18 days ago

            No MO no Captain lets go

          3. Steve The Spud
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            8 months, 18 days ago

            Saints only 2 CS away this season

            Burnley in gw 3 and Fulham

            1. TomSaints
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              8 months, 18 days ago

              I’m dreading this gamr

              1. Steve The Spud
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                8 months, 18 days ago

                They’ve conceded a lot of chances over the last 2

            2. Warby84
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              8 months, 18 days ago

              Sheffield United all over again!!

          4. Jindaljain
            • 6 Years
            8 months, 18 days ago

            Wan bissaka chances of scoring goal

            1. Milkman Bruno
                8 months, 18 days ago

                Aaron 1 or 2 %

                1. Jindaljain
                  • 6 Years
                  8 months, 18 days ago

                  He will score today

            2. Sun Jihai
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              8 months, 18 days ago

              Brewster coming on for a match winner

              1. The Ilfordian
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                8 months, 18 days ago

                Oh thanks, I needed a laugh

            3. Deulofail
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              8 months, 18 days ago

              This is not fun

              1. Hybrid.power
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                8 months, 18 days ago

                When has FPL even been about fun?

                1. Deulofail
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  8 months, 18 days ago

                  Not talking about fpl 🙁

            4. Top Lad Dakes.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              8 months, 18 days ago

              Cmon Blades!!!!

            5. Top Lad Dakes.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              8 months, 18 days ago

              Bruno G+A and blanks for all other high owned would be good

            6. Forza Papac
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              8 months, 18 days ago

              Thought Willian Jose was a stick-on to join Ollie Watkins, Ben White and Luke Shaw as a full-name-only player.

            7. Sun Jihai
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              8 months, 18 days ago

              Sheff Utd goal!

              1. Sun Jihai
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                8 months, 18 days ago

                Billy Sharp!

            8. AC/DC AFC
              • 6 Years
              8 months, 18 days ago

              2.1 Sheffield United

            9. ivantys
              • 1 Year
              8 months, 18 days ago

              Blades lead

            10. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
              • 11 Years
              8 months, 18 days ago

              OMG Sharp

            11. Rash
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              8 months, 18 days ago

              Looking forward to binning Johnstone on wildcard

            12. TheDragon
              • 3 Years
              8 months, 18 days ago

              Congrats Johnstone owners

              2 points is a huge haul for him compared to his usual performances so you should be delighted

            13. MoSalad
              • 8 Years
              8 months, 18 days ago

              Johnstone dreams in tatters!! Back on the bench for a while.

            14. Rainer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              8 months, 18 days ago

              Johnstones haul cut in half.

              1. Party time
                  8 months, 18 days ago

                  A sharp cut

              2. Ze_Austin
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                8 months, 18 days ago

                Son C

                1. Deulofail
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  8 months, 18 days ago

                  Rude. Seems a nice guy to me

              3. Top Lad Dakes.
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                8 months, 18 days ago

                BILLYYYY UP THE BLADES