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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. Zombie League - uw9o5d
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 17 hours ago

    Rival bench boosted in our H2H league because he's 3 points behind and facing me this week.

    He took a hit to bring in Leno for Steer lol

  2. Sid1891
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 17 hours ago

    Mike Dean at his best tonight

    1. DycheDycheBaby
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 17 hours ago

      Omg. Poor Saints.
      And don't tell me Lee Mason is doing VAR!!

    2. Debauchy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 17 hours ago

      Mike Dean's best has always been the worst he's a total idiot

      1. Sid1891
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 17 hours ago

        I will never debate that 🙂

  3. CRO KLOPP
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 17 hours ago

    Did Leno took himself out from his fpl team this week?

    1. mynameisq
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 17 hours ago

      Robertson did and his PayPal activity shows £5 transferred to Zambia

      1. CRO KLOPP
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 17 hours ago

        🙂

  4. ivantys
      6 months, 17 hours ago

      Wolves struggling to score against 9 men lol

    • KAALI_DAAL
        6 months, 17 hours ago

        Forgot about this GWs deadline. 🙁

        1. Zombie League - uw9o5d
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 17 hours ago

          Ah well. In the bright side there's another deadline on Saturday AND you have 2 free transfers!

      • Shultan
        • 5 Years
        6 months, 17 hours ago

        Finally sold rashford this week after weeks of nothing, so fully expecting him to hit a purple patch starting today

        1. Baps hunter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 17 hours ago

          Thx in advance 😉

      • Oggle22
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 17 hours ago

        Why oh why did I go holding over Konsa defo gunna come back to bite me when he scores tomorrow

        1. Tonyawesome69
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 17 hours ago

          Because Arsenal had a high CS probability

          GW22 clean sheet probability

          MCI: 55%
          LIV: 47%
          SHU: 43%
          MUN: 41%
          ARS: 37%
          LEI: 36%
          CHE: 32%
          CPL: 32%
          NEW: 31%
          AVL: 28%
          WOL: 27%
          LEE: 25%
          WBA: 25%
          TOT: 25%
          EVE: 22%
          FUL: 22%
          WHU: 21%
          SOU: 14%
          BHA: 13%
          BUR: 10%

      • Ibralicious
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 17 hours ago

        This is a full-on coup at the moment at Arsenal. Can't even blame Arteta when players are trying to be sent off the pitch every other game. No discipline at all, you've got to think Arteta's days are numbered now.

        1. Threat Level Midnight
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 17 hours ago

          Stay off the weed

          1. Ibralicious
            • 6 Years
            6 months, 17 hours ago

            Stats don't lie old man

        2. Deulofail
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          6 months, 17 hours ago

          No you haven't. You're clueless, sorry.

          1. Ginkapo FPL
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            6 months, 17 hours ago

            Nobody seems to be making runs anymore

          2. Ibralicious
            • 6 Years
            6 months, 17 hours ago

            Premier League red cards since Mikel Arteta took charge of Arsenal:

            9 - Arsenal
            8
            7
            6
            5
            4
            3 - nine teams

            There are historic levels to this disciplinary shambles. 😀

        3. Pariße
          • 6 Years
          6 months, 17 hours ago

          Laughable.They are the most in-form team in the Premier League. Can't blame him for this match.

          1. Threat Level Midnight
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            6 months, 17 hours ago

            Most in form? City say hello

          2. Ibralicious
            • 6 Years
            6 months, 17 hours ago

            He's lost the dressing room, mate. They decide when to play and when to head for an early shower. Disgusting scenes

        4. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
          • 11 Years
          6 months, 17 hours ago

          Have you been sleeping for the last month? 😆

          1. Ibralicious
            • 6 Years
            6 months, 17 hours ago

            Yupp, as mentioned above, PL red cards since Mikel Arteta took charge of Arsenal:

            9 - Arsenal
            8
            7
            6
            5
            4
            3 - nine teams

            Surely they need to be fined for the threat they pose to opposition players at this point, even beyond Arteta's dismissal.

      • panda07
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        6 months, 17 hours ago

        Why did Arsenal sell Martinez when he is clearly a better keeper than Leno?

        1. Bushwhacker
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 17 hours ago

          Two great keepers to be honest . . not seen Leno do anything stupid like that before.

        2. FPL_Hazards
          • 8 Years
          6 months, 17 hours ago

          Martinez sat on bench for 10 years and told them he’s offski

          1. panda07
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            6 months, 17 hours ago

            He was highly rated there and he showed how good he is last season. They should have made him their number 1 to make him stay.

        3. STEP rOVERS
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          6 months, 17 hours ago

          Martinez moved to better team

          1. panda07
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            6 months, 17 hours ago

            He joined a team that had narrowly avoided relegation and left a team that had won the FA cup and had a decent second half to last season

      • Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 17 hours ago

        Just came on. What went on with Leno?

        1. Bushwhacker
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 17 hours ago

          Totally mistimed coming out of his box and punched it away.

        2. KGFC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          6 months, 17 hours ago

          Brain fart

        3. Slitherene
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 17 hours ago

          Wanted to join Luiz in FIFA 21

      • Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 17 hours ago

        Never understood why people were playing Johnstone ahead of Martinez. You would think they learned from GW21

        1. Little Red Lacazette
          • 4 Years
          6 months, 17 hours ago

          Johnstone's last CS was in GW 10.

        2. TheDragon
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 17 hours ago

          I have both and played Martinez

          However, in their defence if you own Johnstone and won’t play him against Sheff Utd then you shouldn’t own him

          1. TheDragon
            • 3 Years
            6 months, 17 hours ago

            I bought him for bench boost that never happened and so am stuck with him for now

            1. Tonyawesome69
              • 2 Years
              6 months, 17 hours ago

              Yup I done the same but I haven't played him ahead of Martinez.

        3. The Train Driver
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          6 months, 17 hours ago

          These hindsight comments that pop up now and then. More annoying than the lol@.

        4. Bushwhacker
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 17 hours ago

          Martinez has yet to play and also get sent off?

      • Bookkeeper
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 17 hours ago

        Will that Lacca assist be removed?

      • CRO KLOPP
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 17 hours ago

        Johnstone and Holding in scout picks,next in line is Maguire

      • ivantys
          6 months, 17 hours ago

          Wolves so boring, sitting back not pushing for another goal

          1. Ginkapo FPL
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            6 months, 17 hours ago

            Theyve got three points in the bag. No reason to exert themselves

          2. Bushwhacker
            • 2 Years
            6 months, 17 hours ago

            Win is the most important, not the GD

        • Royal5
          • 9 Years
          6 months, 17 hours ago

          Boring fpl day. And now I guess I have to hope for a Bruno blank? Guess a decent % captained.

        • pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 17 hours ago

          Ings fixtures suddenly look quite fancy

        • Deulofail
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          6 months, 17 hours ago

          For anyone who's never seen Runarsson play for Arsenal yet, this is already by far his best performance fyi

        • The Train Driver
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          6 months, 17 hours ago

          Leno wanted to join Luiz in the shower before the rest of the teammates arrive 😉

          1. Sid1891
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            6 months, 17 hours ago

            That explains why Klopp runs to the dressing room first at half time

            1. The Train Driver
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              6 months, 17 hours ago

              Must be a German thing 😀

          2. Pasqualinho
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 12 Years
            6 months, 17 hours ago

            But give him half an hour so he’s finished with the shampoo.

            1. Deulofail
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              6 months, 17 hours ago

              Hahaha just waiting for jim Davidson to arrive on th his thread now

          3. Deulofail
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            6 months, 17 hours ago

            Is this joke more nuanced than 'Leno is gay lol'. Got your number

        • Pariße
          • 6 Years
          6 months, 17 hours ago

          All of this because Mike Dean didn't show up, he's done it again.

        • Whazza
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          6 months, 17 hours ago

          Luiz suspended is actually good for Arsenal. Liability 🙂

          1. Deulofail
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            6 months, 17 hours ago

            Not if it lost them 3 points. Gabriel would have been back in the XI soon enough

            1. Whazza
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              6 months, 17 hours ago

              Not following you.. "not if it lost them 3 points"?

        • FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
          • 8 Years
          6 months, 17 hours ago

          Why isn't Mat Ryan on the bench?

          1. Whazza
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            6 months, 17 hours ago

            Hip problem

        • ivantys
            6 months, 17 hours ago

            Wolves' fullbacks must be the most useless ones in the league.

          • Bury94
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            6 months, 17 hours ago

            Playing Holding over Creswell turned out to be a great decision

          • Tonyawesome69
            • 2 Years
            6 months, 17 hours ago

            If Spurs still have Kane out injured and you don't have Son, anyone considering Grealish (vs arsenal) as a cap pick for 23?

            1. Sid1891
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              6 months, 17 hours ago

              Depends on Utd form and Bruno
              If they play well and he scores he is my c next week

              1. Tonyawesome69
                • 2 Years
                6 months, 17 hours ago

                Pickford back at the weekend would be ideal

            2. Milkman Bruno
                6 months, 17 hours ago

                Him or Zaha

              • Dannyb
                • 4 Years
                6 months, 17 hours ago

                Nope, Antonio or Bamford for me.

                1. Tonyawesome69
                  • 2 Years
                  6 months, 17 hours ago

                  I have captaincy on Antonio and VC on Bruno

              • Tonyawesome69
                • 2 Years
                6 months, 17 hours ago

                Just realised its the early KO on Saturday. Puts me off him now haha

              • Bushwhacker
                • 2 Years
                6 months, 17 hours ago

                LOL

            3. Milkman Bruno
                6 months, 17 hours ago

                I feel like Neto has been around awhile and he is only 20... We will see him at a big club soon I reckon.

                1. Duke Silver ☑
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  6 months, 17 hours ago

                  Couldn't believe it when the commentator said he's 20! Thought he was like 27 😆

              • denial
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 12 Years
                6 months, 17 hours ago

                Persevering with Johnstone and Mccarthy has been very silly. Must get Martinez back.

                1. Il Capitano
                    6 months, 17 hours ago

                    It's been a nightmare, no keeper cleanie since GW16

                2. TOPCAT1960
                  • 4 Years
                  6 months, 17 hours ago

                  Of course B. Fernandez is going to haul tonight, I did not give him the armband. Just the way this season is going.

                  1. Whazza
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    6 months, 17 hours ago

                    I think 80% of the top 10k captained Salah mate. Correct decision, outcome can be whatever

                3. markus808
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  6 months, 17 hours ago

                  Damn, Brewster blank?

                  1. Dannyb
                    • 4 Years
                    6 months, 17 hours ago

                    You're joking? I thought he was gonna haul.

                  2. Bushwhacker
                    • 2 Years
                    6 months, 17 hours ago

                    And worse Wilder wins without him meaning stays benched.

                  3. Duke Silver ☑
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    6 months, 17 hours ago

                    As opposed to...?

                  4. ALI_G
                    • 3 Years
                    6 months, 17 hours ago

                    who would have expected that eh 🙂

                4. Milkman Bruno
                    6 months, 17 hours ago

                    Jose was good tonight for Wolves