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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. DycheDycheBaby
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Omg what!! Hahaha. Hahahahaa

    1. DycheDycheBaby
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Come on Wolves...punish them!!

  2. Hooky
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Leno idiot

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Unreal . . .

  3. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Rival brought in Leno this week and I’m not even kidding

    1. KGFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Enjoy the jam

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

    If Mane starts against Brighton I’ll be pissed I didn’t captain Bruno. He’s pretty much guaranteed to haul tonight

  5. Sco
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Grealish and Watkins against Runarsson next game... tasty.

    1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      could be ryan although he's not exactly great either

    2. Pad Randa (The OG)
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Ryan, surely?

      1. Sco
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Maybe but why isn't he on the bench tonight? He's crap too though so either way looking good for a Villa haul.

    3. ivantys
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Ryan's even tastier

      • Salan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Should seriously consider to buy in Grealish / Watkins in gw23 now, if still not have yet.

    4. Pariße
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      This is not a goal scoring opportunity.

      1. mynameisq
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Yeah the keeper coming flying out missing the ball with the wolves attacker first to an open goal is not a goal scoring opportunity

        1. Pariße
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Up to interpretation. In this case, you just delete Leno from that situation. Leno is still there but played illegally.

          1. jason_ni
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            What? So ignore the fact that there is literally noone between traore and an open goal?

            He could have just dribbled the ball into the empty goal.

            1. Pariße
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              There is Leno.

              1. jason_ni
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 9 days ago

                There wasn't, leno stopped the ball going through illegally(with no one between him and the goal)
                At that point its an easy red.

          2. mynameisq
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Yeah but why give the benefit to the guy cheating with a handball, I'm not deleting him from the scenario, technically he deleted himself bar his hands, which is cheating

      2. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Of course it is, he's clean through.

    5. Whazza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      RED card, no debate.

      1. mynameisq
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Ask parisse

        1. Whazza
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          I don't argue with blind people

        2. Pariße
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          hehe

      2. Pariße
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        You'll have to clarify the rules here. This is debatable since the attacker does not even have the ball.

        1. mynameisq
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Okay, imagine Leno doesn't handball it and completely missed the ball. What would have happened?

          1. Old Man
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            The ball would have gone close to going straight in - not exactly sure.

          2. Milkman Bruno
              3 months, 9 days ago

              Traore would have ran through and tapped it into an open net hence it was denying a goal scoring opportunity.

            • Pariße
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              Then it hits him into his abs 😀

        2. tomasjj
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Harsh.

      3. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Two of the most bizarre reds ever in a game.

        1. Deulofail
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Haven't been following Luiz' career then?

      4. hullcityfan
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        One of the funniest red cards I’ve seen in a while

        1. Freshy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Luiz RC is commonplace

      5. Original Pirate Material
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Sam Johnstone get out of my team.

        Cursed me since that BB in 19.

        1. Custard Gannet
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Join the club

        2. ALI_G
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          In what universe is a WBA keeper a good pick this season?

          1. Original Pirate Material
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Sam Allardyce’s universe.

          2. jason_ni
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Was he not the scouts pick? Or am I making that up?

        3. J ⚒ Salah & Vinagre
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Same lol

        4. HuttonDressedasLahm
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          It’s fine, I have Sanchez to fall back on 🙄

          1. fedolefan
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Lucky you. 14 points in the last two.

      6. Hooky
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        At least they have Martinez on the bench

      7. JBG
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Hahaha hilarious.

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

        Mat Ryan 4.2m!

        1. CRO KLOPP
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          If he was free,I would not get him

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

            😀

          2. Milkman Bruno
              3 months, 9 days ago

              Tbf Gabriel will be playing ahead of Luiz now!

        2. Salarrivederci
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Did not watch the Luiz RC, but please tell me it was less horrible than Lenos!

          1. tomasjj
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            It was unnecessary imo.
            Leno (lol) looked to have it covered as luiz clipped the heel of the wolves attacker deliberately.

            1. NATSTER
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              Unnecessary at all.

          2. Deulofail
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Both embarrassing. Luiz' looks less embarrassing but should be more embarrassed imo

        3. NATSTER
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Hahaha.. it's a week that I chose to start Leno over Martinez because the CS odds suggest Arsenal having a better chance for CS.

        4. Party time
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Someone in my ML with Leno starting. RIP buddy

          1. Lindelol
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            same saw one in my ML

        5. Make United Great Again
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          LOOOOOOOOOOOL

          1. Make Arrows Green Again
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Er, hi

          2. STEP rOVERS
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Don’t all regulars will leave with all the loling 🙂

          1. Lindelol
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            wow

        6. Buck The Trent
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Leno out for 1 or 3 matches?

          1. Whazza
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            One ofc, learn the rules.

            1. Ibralicious
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              Sounds like a salty Arsenal supporter.

              1. Sco
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 9 days ago

                Or a Leno owner lol

                1. Ibralicious
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 9 days ago

                  Why would someone own Leno on this game

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

                Nope, just sick of people tonight not knowing the basics of the beautiful game.

                1. Ibralicious
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 9 days ago

                  Mate, your commercialized game has lost all of its "beautiful" since VAR was introduced. No one can keep track of the countless, useless rules...

                  1. Whazza
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    3 months, 9 days ago

                    😆 it's not rocket science, one match ban if the red is for a professional foul

            2. EmreCan Hustle
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              What's wrong with you?

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

              Angry person is quite angry.

          2. Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            1, not dangerous.

          3. Buck The Trent
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Didn’t watch the match

            1. Whazza
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              Ah didn't realise, sorry I was harsh.

        7. Al Moon Yeah
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Oh, well, benching Son this week for ESR was a critical error. Fancied Arsenal to turn up, they did, but you can't anticipate two red cards to kill the game. Was worth a try because this will probably be the only time I ever bench Son again. Expecting him to fully punish me now. But I'm not ashamed I took the risk.

        8. Joey Tribbiani
            3 months, 9 days ago

            50/50 call on goalkeeper, played Leno ffs

          • hullcityfan
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Holding next to get sent off?

            1. Lindelol
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              THIS!!

          • EmreCan Hustle
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Did not see the incident. Was Leno's red genuine or harsh?

            1. Sco
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              Genuine.

            2. Krafty Werks
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              Gen and i'm a Gunner.

              1. EmreCan Hustle
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 9 days ago

                So am I 🙁

            3. Party time
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              Genuine even though I did not see it

            4. ClassiX
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              In line with the rules of the game

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

            Partey off for Runarsson. Saka stays on.

          • Bookkeeper
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            WBA is the team to target, Son (c) next GW

            1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              west brom will be thinking the same about spurs

          • Fer Fuch's Ake
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Would be funny if Arsenal keeps 3 successive clean sheets now, including vs MC

          • dshv
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Mccarthy to Martinez
            Robertoson to targett
            Gundogan to grealish

            Which 2 ?

            1. Sco
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              Martinez and Grealish.

          • Steve The Spud
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Think I will just take my 4 points from laca, sell him and quietly leave

            1. Pariße
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              No need tbh. Up to that first red they dominanted.

          • Pad Randa (The OG)
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            And here I was wondering what to spend one of my two transfers on. Get into my team, Nicky.

          • MoSalad
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Runnarsson haul incoming