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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. MIDIMAN2010
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 17 days ago

    Palace fixtures look next over the next 6/7.
    Tempted by Zaha /Eze punt.
    Anyone else?

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 17 days ago

      Nope.

    2. Captain Vantastic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 17 days ago

      Nope.

    3. Dannyb
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 17 days ago

      Brought Zaha in this week, I'm sure I will be rage transferring him out within the next few.

    4. mynameisq
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 17 days ago

      Yeah zaha for sure

    5. panda07
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 17 days ago

      Was very tempted to do Son to Zaha this week.

    6. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 17 days ago

      Not for me

    7. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 17 days ago

      Check Zaha points per minute compared to KdB 🙂

      1. Inazuma X1
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 17 days ago

        What are they?

      2. Inazuma X1
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 17 days ago

        And I just realised Zaha is not OOP anymore

  2. mynameisq
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 17 days ago

    Wolves are so crap that in both scenarios had arsenal just let them score and kept the player on the pitch I still think they'd easily have won 3 or 4-2

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 17 days ago

      They were very poor for 45 minutes.

      1. Pariße
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 17 days ago

        They were poor for the 2nd 45 minutes too, considering they let Arsenal create chances with two players down.

  3. Ibralicious
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 17 days ago

    Even the recorded crowd singing "You're sacked in the morning." 😀

    Love to see it. Need to make an All or Nothing Docummetnary on Arsenal for all the banter behind the scenes, would shatter viewership records

    1. Dannyb
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 17 days ago

      Hosted be DT

      1. Deulofail
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 17 days ago

        Please no

      2. mynameisq
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 17 days ago

        He's only human after all

    2. Debauchy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 17 days ago

      What tf you talking about , no clue

      1. Ibralicious
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 17 days ago

        Sorry for offending your club. Been a long, rough few years for Arsenal supporters :/

        1. STEP rOVERS
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 17 days ago

          Wenger back in!

          1. Party time
              4 months, 17 days ago

              Lampard is available

      2. Pariße
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 17 days ago

        You have a strange thought process. Before you started with the Arteta out rant over several pages, your opening sentence was: Can't really blame Arteta for that.

        1. Ibralicious
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 17 days ago

          Well, what can I say. You are getting my live, unfiltered, ever-changing reaction to watching this collapse unfold 😀

    3. Tsparkes10
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 17 days ago

      Get in the blades 🙂 starting Johnstone worked

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

        Masterclass.

      2. Boxwoods
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 17 days ago

        Worked an absolute treat. Congrats to you and your Blades!

    4. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 17 days ago

      West Brom -34 GD. Wowza!

      1. Jon Walter's Hatty
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 17 days ago

        Son C next week

    5. fedolefan
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 17 days ago

      Wow Runnarsson is trash

    6. threeputt
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 17 days ago

      Been wondering where Smith Rowe was, just spotted him lol

      1. threeputt
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 17 days ago

        perhaps not, I thought he was in goal !

      2. Pompel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 17 days ago

        Was hesitant selling him, was the right call it turns out

    7. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 17 days ago

      Sheff Utd now level with Derby's PL points record 🙂

    8. Heiro
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 17 days ago

      Thoughts on Chelsea?
      If Tammy starts again, he might be s good punt fit s few weeks. Decent fixtures...

      1. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 17 days ago

        I'm most interested in the defenders

      2. Whazza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 17 days ago

        Rotation nation
        Rudiger looks crazy value if he keeps playing

      3. WE GO FOR IT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 17 days ago

        Would prefer a defender. James/Chilwell/Alonso would be gold but I doubt any of them is nailed. Rudiger might and I might just take a punt on him next week. Mendy if you want a GK who is not Martinez. Attackers are just not worth it atm imo. Anyone could start!

        1. Heiro
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          4 months, 17 days ago

          Yeh I'm just trying to get away from the Calvert Lewin/Watkins/Antonio/Bamford wagon and try to get a headstart on a player.

    9. Bookkeeper
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 17 days ago

      Johnstone to who?
      a) martinez
      b) mendy
      c) mcCarthy

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

        a

      2. Sid1891
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 17 days ago

        A

      3. Party time
          4 months, 17 days ago

          A

        • WE GO FOR IT
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 17 days ago

          Martinez is the set and forget option. Mendy could be a decent punt.

        • rubberdignerapids
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 17 days ago

          B depending on the eyetest on the next game for me

      4. ALI_G
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 17 days ago

        Are all the pundits going to say what a great job Arteta is doing? Could be as low as 12th by tomorrow

        1. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 17 days ago

          Like OGS they had a run of luck . . . and it just ran out.

          1. Deulofail
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 17 days ago

            Lol they were doing well before Luiz was sent off.

          2. Pariße
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 17 days ago

            That's one way to put it. They do look good but unprecedented misfortune kicked in for 45 minutes today.

        2. Deulofail
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 17 days ago

          The league table is still highly variable week to week

        3. Party time
            4 months, 17 days ago

            Arteta is not the Messiah

            Just a gel hair fraud

          • fedolefan
            • 7 Years
            4 months, 17 days ago

            He probably would have been sacked. That third rate Chelsea team managed to concede 3 goals to them when they were on the ropes and that kept him in the job.

        4. deathcabofdevil
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 17 days ago

          Wolves time-wasting 11v9 really shows their standards. Surprised they've been top-flight till now.

          1. Bushwhacker
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 17 days ago

            Low in confidence ; need the points ; haven't recovered from losing their three best players.

            1. deathcabofdevil
              • 7 Years
              4 months, 17 days ago

              So just cheat and get the three points ?
              The way they surround the referees like beggars at every opportunity.

        5. Duke Silver ☑
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 17 days ago

          😆 the Arsenal keeper doesn't know what's going on

        6. Sun Jihai
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 17 days ago

          Feel like I escaped as a non-Saka owner tonight!

          1. Chrisitis
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            4 months, 17 days ago

            Leeds soon coming up

            1. Sun Jihai
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              4 months, 17 days ago

              Might be back in my team by then 🙂

        7. Whazza
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 17 days ago

          Arsenal back to being... Well... Arsenal 😆

          1. Debauchy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            4 months, 17 days ago

            And ? can you offer something more substantive

            1. Whazza
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              4 months, 17 days ago

              I don't think I'm allowed to say that word on here

          2. deathcabofdevil
            • 7 Years
            4 months, 17 days ago

            Would still be a notch above the club you support.

            1. Whazza
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              4 months, 17 days ago

              Nice one mate, really hurt

        8. deathcabofdevil
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 17 days ago

          Moutinho celebrating winning 11v9 as if he won the WC final. Elite mentality.

          1. Bushwhacker
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 17 days ago

            3 points vital. Why the hate?

            1. Ibralicious
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 17 days ago

              Arsenal supporters mightily triggered by Arteta atm it seems 😀

              1. Debauchy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                4 months, 17 days ago

                If we lose against Sheffield United I will be triggered until then keep trying mate

              2. deathcabofdevil
                • 7 Years
                4 months, 17 days ago

                Bit rich coming from a Man Utd fan ? How many trophyless years so far again ?

                1. STEP rOVERS
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  4 months, 17 days ago

                  Toxic. Are you 5?

        9. Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 17 days ago

          Arsenal - wow cant even beat Wolves

          1. Debauchy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            4 months, 17 days ago

            kids being kids

        10. wulfrunian
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 17 days ago

          Huge wins.

        11. Mr. O'Connell
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 17 days ago

          Rob Holding is still a god to me

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

            All time Grav

        12. mynameisq
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 17 days ago

          Level of British punditry

          *Referee explains it's a red because Luiz didn't attempt to play the ball*

          Hoddle and Rio "defenders are gonna think they're better off smashing into the attacker"

          ????!!?????

          1. Deulofail
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 17 days ago

            They choose the wrong footballers to be pundits. There's a slim number woth the intelligence to understand and communicate about football tbf

            1. mynameisq
              • 7 Years
              4 months, 17 days ago

              True true, they're not all terrible and not always but makes me laugh how they've played and managed at the elite level and can't grasp the basics sometimes

          2. Milkman Bruno
              4 months, 17 days ago

              I think the point they were trying to make was that if Luiz thought he couldn’t win the ball he still should clear the player out but make it look like he attempted the ball and just take a yellow.

              I agree though, the majority of the pundits are idiots and don’t understand the rules anymore.

              1. mynameisq
                • 7 Years
                4 months, 17 days ago

                Yeah I get what they're saying, it's just a really dumb point because it would still be a penalty lol, surely first option is always try to get the ball cleanly, if that goes wrong then obviously that's the better option than blatantly fouling someone- aka the rule is good and should work, barring luiz level iq

                1. Milkman Bruno
                    4 months, 17 days ago

                    Yes I agree. From a defending point of view, the best option would be to play the ball if you have a chance of winning it. Next best would be to head towards the goal for the off chance you can clear from line or the ball come backs off the post etc. Keeper could still make a save too. Rio and Hoddle run me the wrong way.

            • Deulofail
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 17 days ago

              Lol Rio is confused by the rules so doesn't want them to change because it would be confusing

            • ivantys
                4 months, 17 days ago

                It seemed like both sides agreed to the 2-1 scoreline after the second red. Totally looked like a training match afterwards.

              • TheDragon
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 17 days ago

                Johnstone owners happy with their haul?

                You’d have take. 2 points before the game surely...?

                1. wulfrunian
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 17 days ago

                  With his 2 points i have a 10k rise from 108k to 98k.

              • Adetro
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                4 months, 17 days ago

                Did anyone field any players in those matches?

                1. Podge
                  • 10 Years
                  4 months, 17 days ago

                  Not a one

                2. Milkman Bruno
                    4 months, 17 days ago

                    Nope. Just Zaha to come for me.

                  • Heiro
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    4 months, 17 days ago

                    A large % played Holding including me

                    1. Old Man
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      4 months, 17 days ago

                      Who could have predicted
                      Luiz getting sent off (oh alright, quite possibly)
                      Leno getting sent off?
                      Holding not a bad shout this week in theory, just not in practice.

                3. Whazza
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  4 months, 17 days ago

                  What a great signing Pepe turned out to be for 70M

                  1. Deulofail
                    • 5 Years
                    4 months, 17 days ago

                    Had a good first half. His best half in the PL perhaps. Get with the correct narrative mate

                    1. Whazza
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      4 months, 17 days ago

                      Agree! Love the the occasional wonder goal

                  2. Heiro
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    4 months, 17 days ago

                    Better value than Danny Drinkwater, torres, falcao twice. He scored a decent goal today.

                    1. Whazza
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      4 months, 17 days ago

                      Very nice goal indeed, would be really happy with him if I was an Arsenal fan

                      1. Heiro
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 11 Years
                        4 months, 17 days ago

                        Def not really happy with him but maybe he's a slow starter. Also arsenal are hardly s good side at the moment. Scraping results and I'm an Arsenal fan.

                        1. Whazza
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          4 months, 17 days ago

                          Maybe one day he will carry Arsenal to silverware

                4. Bookkeeper
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 17 days ago

                  FPL aren't seriously going to give Lacca that assist? took 3 touches from Wolves players after he passed it to Pepe

                5. hullcityfan
                  • 6 Years
                  4 months, 17 days ago

                  May do Salah -> Son this week given the respective fixtures. Don't think I can risk going without Son(c) against that WBA team.

                  1. Milkman Bruno
                      4 months, 17 days ago

                      Must must win game for pool though?

                    • mynameisq
                      • 7 Years
                      4 months, 17 days ago

                      Son didn't do too much Vs this team earlier in the season, I'm sure he played

                  2. AMBELLINA PRISE
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    4 months, 17 days ago

                    Saka owner here... what in the actual fook?

                    1. mynameisq
                      • 7 Years
                      4 months, 17 days ago

                      Wasn't his day, but long term be happy you own him

                      1. AMBELLINA PRISE
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        4 months, 17 days ago

                        I know man, I am just bummed that he hit the post in the first minute. He is an exceptional player.

                    2. Milkman Bruno
                        4 months, 17 days ago

                        He looked good

                    3. Debauchy
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      4 months, 17 days ago

                      So what take it on the chin true supporters never waver , FGS Arsenal supporters know where we are at We have no illusions.

                    4. Whazza
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      4 months, 17 days ago

                      Who would have thought Aston Villa(!) would have more points than Arsenal with three games in hand season 🙂