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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. Yome
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Weird that Gabriel is not playing, Luiz is a liability

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

      He was flavour of the month

    2. Random Name
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      I don't know why Arteta insists on playing that stain

      1. Yome
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Gabriel was immense before his injury but apparently there is something about him playing a number of games to avoid arsenal paying monies to his old club...

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

        He had a bad first game back and stubborn Arteta wants to prove something about Luiz. He should be heavily criticised for it, unless he can give a very good reason, imo

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

    What an awful use of VAR again. Pen yes. Red nope.

  3. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Not watching the game.

    Saka looking good or bad?

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

      Brilliant. Had a goal ruled out.

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

      Looking so good

    3. jimmy.floyd
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Very good

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

      Goal ruled out by VAR (Laca offiside) and a post in the 2nd minute.

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

    Never change, David Luiz. How do you even get in a professional last man situation when you're 1-0 up against a team who can't score?

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

      🙁

  5. hullcityfan
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Wonder who gets sacrificed at half time - Pepe you would think but could be Saka

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

      ESR?

    2. Jordan.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      pepe

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

      Saka/ESR/ Partey

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

    Useless fecking Luiz.

  7. Jordan.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    luiz is shite of course,but how in the hell has saka come away with nothing,jeez.

  8. wulfrunian
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    That was harsh.No red card.

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

      Clean through, stopped goal being scored. . . guaranteed red card.

      1. Utopsis
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 3 days ago

        100%

  9. Inazuma X1
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Wait thats not even a pen lmfao

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

      Eh? Clipped him, took him out - penalty, red card. Clear as day.

      1. robredo10
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Not if double jeopardy was removed

        1. Utopsis
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 3 days ago

          It was removed not banned. He didn't attempt to play the ball, red card

  10. Pariße
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    This seems very unfair, Arsenal have been a much much better side, and got a double penalty from one situation.

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

      Football says hi

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

        Comedian

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

      Not unfair, utterly stupid by Luiz.

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

        He wasn't even making a challenge. Quite unlucky.

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

          What was he doing then . . .off to the pub?

        2. Utopsis
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 3 days ago

          Luiz knew EXACTLY what he was doing there

    3. Qaiss
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Unfair on people like Partey, Saka, Pepe who are running this game and then that idiot ruins it. That’s what’s unfair imo.

  11. It’s gonna Ben Mee
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Luiz being Luiz

  12. Davros
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Perfect results just stay like this for another 45

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

    No fist pump today!!!

    1. Jon Walter's Hatty
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Only pump he will use is the one piping water to the showers

  14. Milkman Bruno
      3 months, 3 days ago

      I thought they changed the rule so last man outside the box was a red but inside was only a yellow because they were to receive a penalty?

      Also, the Luiz hate is harsh, he doesn’t clip him intentionally the players foot hits his knee.

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

        The rule applies only if a player challenges for a ball while denying a goalscoring opportunity, then it's only a yellow. Shirt pulling, challenges from the back etc. are still reds.

        1. robredo10
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          Ah, interesting. Thanks for clarifying!

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

            I oughta know this by now. Luiz managed to avoid getting only a yellow on three occasions after that rule was already in effect. A modern genius.

        2. Milkman Bruno
            3 months, 3 days ago

            Yeah just heard the half time report, strange rule.

          • Utopsis
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 3 days ago

            Thank you sir

        3. Milkman Bruno
            3 months, 3 days ago

            Because Luiz did not play the ball and clipped the player it’s a red. However, if he tried to play the ball and clipped the ball it would have been a yellow. What a stupid rule, wow.

          • Deulofail
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 3 days ago

            Ridiculous mate. Luiz should know he has to go forthe ball. Otherwise avoid the situation by defending. Sorry, but he's supposed to be earning a salary as a footballer

        4. Davros
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          That was awful from Luiz but not a red imo

          1. dshv
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 3 days ago

            That was neccesery

            1. Davros
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 3 days ago

              Why? The penalty was necessary but not the red- not intentional imo

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

                😆 He was late AF, he knew what he was doing

                1. Milkman Bruno
                    3 months, 3 days ago

                    No he really was trying not to touch the player.

                    1. Utopsis
                      • 1 Year
                      3 months, 3 days ago

                      Not a chance, he absolutely meant to touch him whilst making it look like he didn't meant to touch him

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

                      Yawn

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

              Never a red card

            3. ivantys
                3 months, 3 days ago

                Clear red, last man, clear goal scoring opportunity lol.

                1. Davros
                  • 11 Years
                  3 months, 3 days ago

                  At least VAR hasn’t removed all the fun of disagreeing on forums

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

                  Yup absolutely has to be red.

                  1. ivantys
                      3 months, 3 days ago

                      Not sure why ppl are debating over this. It's a red even when outside the penalty box.

              • Random Name
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 3 days ago

                problem with Arsenal is that they don't have the player to give David Luiz the half time abuse he deserves

                1. GenerationalTalent
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 3 days ago

                  I don’t really think he deserves abuse for that. I just can’t see how that’s a red tbh

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

                    Tried learning the rules?

                    1. GenerationalTalent
                      • 3 Years
                      3 months, 3 days ago

                      Nah not really. It’s all become too confusing for me mate

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

                        🙂 fair enough

                  2. Random Name
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 3 days ago

                    It's his 3rd red for Arsenal and 6th pen conceded. Leads both categories in that time frame by a distance. Disgraceful player

              • Ha.
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 3 days ago

                Such a liability

                Holding, time for a goal son

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

                Luiz is more frustrating because he actually looks decent most of the time

              • Jon Walter's Hatty
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 3 days ago

                Good from Podence just held that pass long enough

              • Free Hat
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 3 days ago

                Not much on the ball, but Jose Willian seems like a proper footballer.

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

                  one to monitor

              • Lindelol
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 3 days ago

                Benched DDG for Johnstone last GW - DDG CS
                Benched Johnstone for DDG this GW - Obvious Johnstone CS

                1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 3 days ago

                  I did the same with DDG and Areola last two game weeks mate!!! It sooooo annoying!!!!

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

                    Really Really Annoying!!

                2. Ejaaz11
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 3 days ago

                  same here... hopefully sheffield united bust the clean sheet in the second half

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

                    And What if Henderson starts ahead of DDG - I might need Johnstone CS in that case though 😀

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

                @JonathanShrager: I am told that Greenwood starts for #MUFC tonight

                1. Jon Walter's Hatty
                  • 7 Years
                  3 months, 3 days ago

                  Rashford chucked i reckon

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

                    Martial/Cavani I reckon

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

                  Hopefully martial or rashford dropped. Being off form and not scoring is fine, the way they are playing is genuinely a disgrace, look like they've dragged in two fellas from the local park

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

                    Actually, those two fellas from the park would surely work harder

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

                    Rashford still seems to offer something even when not playing well (most times). But Martial just doesn't seem bothered. Every time his position is under threat, he seems to slag off. Not a good sign. Happened with Ibram then Lukaku and now Cavani.

              • mynameisq
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 3 days ago

                So it is a red card as per the rules

                Didn't attempt to play the ball

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

                  No debate

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

                    Tbf before it was clarified I would have thought no red because of double jeopardy but as they said that only applies if you try to play the ball, not if you clumsily run into someone and trip them

                2. Utopsis
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 3 days ago

                  Correct

              • Firminoooo
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 3 days ago

                Hooooooold Johnstone...and one more save.

              • The VAR Team
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 3 days ago

                Arsenal, the Chelsea retirement club, the Aston Villa talent factory, the Real Madrid midfielder comeback resort

              • Fudgy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 3 days ago

                Johnstone owners rewarded for their patience

                1. ivantys
                    3 months, 3 days ago

                    They deserved it for picking the keeper from the worst defence in the league.

                  • MoSalad
                    • 7 Years
                    3 months, 3 days ago

                    Long way to go!

                  • 1912 F.A Cup Winners
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 3 days ago

                    Why wasn’t it the case when I had him mate?? Haha, 3 games I played him for(Palace, Newcastle were 2 of them) he scored 0,2,0!!!! Haha

                  • JustPark
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 3 days ago

                    Surely you meant Matt Philips.

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

                  Peter Walton spot on for the first time in his punditry career

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

                  It's not even a debate, clear red.

                  1. Milkman Bruno
                      3 months, 3 days ago

                      If Luiz had slid for the ball missed it and completely took the player out, it would only have been a yellow.

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

                        Yeah? But he didn't?

                        1. Milkman Bruno
                            3 months, 3 days ago

                            I know, I was just clarifying the rule.

                      2. AC/DC AFC
                        • 5 Years
                        3 months, 3 days ago

                        It's clearly a debate. See above and across international media right now

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

                          It's a debate, until you learn the rules. Then why continue arguing, it's literally been clarified now

                          So it's not an incorrect decisions, it's the rule itself people don't like

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

                        Never a red card but because it is Luiz, the ref had no option

                    • GenerationalTalent
                      • 3 Years
                      3 months, 3 days ago

                      I know I’m biased as an arsenal fan, but I genuinely can’t comprehend hows that’s a red

                      1. Gudjohnsen
                        • 4 Years
                        3 months, 3 days ago

                        Agreed and I am a LFC fan.

                      2. Random Name
                        • 5 Years
                        3 months, 3 days ago

                        David Luiz deserves to get sent off for giving away the 6th pen of his Arsenal career alone. fool

                      3. Utopsis
                        • 1 Year
                        3 months, 3 days ago

                        Letter of the law - no attempt to play the ball, professional foul, last man, red card (and double jeopardy).

                      4. ivantys
                          3 months, 3 days ago

                          It will only not be a red if there are defenders near the ball or the player. It's a red even when outside the box.

                      5. Davros
                        • 11 Years
                        3 months, 3 days ago

                        Almost a year ago today against Chelsea Luiz did the same thing (penalty and red card). However, this time it’s different as it was accidental
                        https://arsenal.news/2020/01/21/double-jeopardy-rule-explained-the-reason-david-luiz-was-sent-off-for-arsenal-against-chelsea/

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

                          Accidental doesn't matter, playing the ball or going for it matters

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

                          He's supposed to be in charge of his own limbs. He put himself in that position intentionally, in theory

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

                          Must have had a reminder in his cell