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Bielsa reshuffles in Phillips’ absence as Aubameyang and Odegaard make Arsenal XI

The third of four Premier League matches to take place on Sunday sees Arsenal play host to Leeds United at the Emirates.

Kick-off in north London is at 16:30 GMT.

The visitors are without influential midfielder Kalvin Phillips (£4.9m) for this encounter, with the England international missing out with a calf injury.

Jamie Shackleton (£4.8m) comes in for Phillips in Marcelo Bielsa’s only change from Gameweek 23.

That alteration prompts a wider tactical reshuffle, however, with the Leeds boss confirming ahead of kick-off that Pascal Struijk (£3.9m) would fill in for Phillips in midfield.

Luke Ayling (£4.4m) will move across to centre-half as a result, with Shackleton deployed at right-back.

The Arsenal team news is no less interesting as captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.3m) returns to the starting XI for the first time since Gameweek 19.

Real Madrid loanee Martin Odegaard (£6.0m) is also promoted to Mikel Arteta’s line-up and makes his first start for the Gunners.

David Luiz (£5.4m) and Bernd Leno (£5.0m) are back after suspension, with Dani Ceballos (£4.7m) replacing the injured Thomas Partey (£4.9m) in midfield.

Mat Ryan (£4.2m), Alexandre Lacazette (£8.3m), Nicolas Pepe (£7.6m) and Rob Holding (£4.6m) all drop to the bench.


Arsenal XI: Leno, Bellerin, Luiz, Gabriel, Cedric, Xhaka, Ceballos, Saka, Smith-Rowe, Odegaard, Aubameyang.

Leeds United XI: Meslier, Ayling, Cooper, Struijk, Alioski, Dallas, Klich, Shackleton, Harrison, Raphinha, Bamford.

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  1. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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    • 12 Years
    5 months, 21 days ago

    Last Man Standing Update (737 teams)

    Current safety score = 58
    Top score = 106
    LMS average = 75.97 (-0.85) = 75.12
    Players played = 3.93/ 12.16
    Captains played = 3.8%

    https://www.livefpl.net/LMS

  2. EVILFUK
    • 11 Years
    5 months, 21 days ago

    Come on Bamford brace!

    1. Qaiss
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      So greedy

    2. toerag
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      wouldnt mind it.
      and 2 at the other end to stop dallas rising again

      1. EVILFUK
        • 11 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        Leeds will definitely concede.

        1. UNDERWORLD7
          • 10 Years
          5 months, 21 days ago

          nah

          1. Bushwhacker
            • 2 Years
            5 months, 21 days ago

            Pretty rare that they don’t

            1. Bushwhacker
              • 2 Years
              5 months, 21 days ago

              And there it is

              1. toerag
                • 11 Years
                5 months, 21 days ago

                lol

  3. ⭐ ABHISHEK - THE CURIOUS …
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    5 months, 21 days ago

    This will be Leeds United’s first league trip to the Emirates Stadium, and interestingly, they have a 50% win rate from inaugural PL away H2Hs at new stadia completed since 1992 (W4, D2, L2). However, two of the last three (D1, L2) yielded defeat by a 3+ goal margin to-nil, including their 3-0 loss in North London (vs Tottenham) to start 2021.

  4. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 21 days ago

    Now the audition to see if Raphinha or Harrison will make it to the team.

    1. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      i dont think i can get a Leeds midfielder in and it terrifies me.

      Dont see how i can sell any of Salah, Bruno, Gundo, Rashford, Barnes for a hit this GW

      1. UNDERWORLD7
        • 10 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        not for a hit but Rashford would be being booted out in a heartbeat for me

        1. Scholes Out Forever
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          5 months, 21 days ago

          Rash playing against Newcastle though

          Could be good

      2. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        I have Salah, Bruno, Gundo, Son, Bissouma

        It is easy for me, Bizz goes.

  5. BeWater
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 21 days ago

    Any other Raphinha owners out here? What are we hoping for? An assist and no injury will do me!

  6. Coaly
    • 8 Years
    5 months, 21 days ago

    Is Kilman finished as an option?

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      Bit like Mitchell, don’t think worth holding as you need players not bench warmers

    2. THE KING CANTONA
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      Struijk is a short term options who covers CDM and CB roles.

  7. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 21 days ago

    D Luiz red card in waiting

  8. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 21 days ago

    Last time Leeds played Arsenal in the PL was at Highbury in 2005. Leeds lost 5-0. Thierry Henry scored four goals.

    Thierry Henry = PL legend.

    1. EVILFUK
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      I feel this one will be 3-3!

  9. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 21 days ago

    Which of these moves would you do to fund Kane?
    A) Grealish to Raphinha
    B) DCL to Brewster

    1. EVILFUK
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      A because you'll still need that bench.

    2. JIMMY764
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      a

    3. Atletico Junior
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      A

    4. toerag
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      a

    5. Sid1891
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      C something else

  10. Atletico Junior
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    5 months, 21 days ago

    Any suggestions for this team?

    Martinez (Forster)

    Cancelo - Coufal - Targett - Mee - Dallas

    Salah - Bruno - Sterling - Gundo - Anguissa

    Ings - Kane - Watkins

    0.3 itb

    1. JIMMY764
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      Needs Bam/Raph

  11. JIMMY764
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 21 days ago

    Bottomed on previous article. WC options.

    A) Kane Salah Madds/Grealish
    B) Kane Son Madds/Grealish
    C) DCL Salah Son

  12. toerag
    • 11 Years
    5 months, 21 days ago

    time to get rid of salah???

    1. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 12 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      7 points a game recently not enough?

      1. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
        • 11 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        Against to strong defenses too.

      2. toerag
        • 11 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        i know, i know we have been spoiled

      3. Releasebreaks
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        Problem is that i dont see him as my captain for at least 5 next fixtures

        Too many dgw on the radar and different better choices

        1. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 12 Years
          5 months, 21 days ago

          Yeah, some want Son + Kane and he will be the bank.

      4. Egg noodle
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        Got 19 from Gundo

        1. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 12 Years
          5 months, 21 days ago

          Can have both.

    2. toerag
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      and he can score penalties

  13. Optimus.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    5 months, 21 days ago

    8 players played, 8 returns, 95 points.. Every dog has its day

    1. toerag
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      nice
      83 with 8 to play here

    2. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      8, 7, 84

      It's Cavani.

      1. toerag
        • 11 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        That's Numberwang!!

    3. elchilangles
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      justin to lowton worked out well!

      1. toerag
        • 11 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        i went tark 🙄

      2. Optimus.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        Lucked out. Couldn't afford Mee or Tark so I went with Lowton

    4. UNDERWORLD7
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      nice, 90 with 9 to play inc captain here

    5. Amey
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      Wasn't the day for triple of my dogs I guess 😆

    6. Herman Toothrot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      103, 9 to play

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        Linked team says 45

        1. Tokyo Locomotive
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 21 days ago

          You've ruined him there

  14. Releasebreaks
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 21 days ago

    Toying with playing WC next week then BB on gw26,

    All drafts without Salah, the team looks so strong. Dont know what to do, maybe is time for Salah to go

    1. toerag
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      im thinking same

    2. Freshy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      KDB placeholder

      1. toerag
        • 11 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        thank you. a good reason to keep then

      2. Releasebreaks
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        When is kdb returning ?

        1. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          5 months, 21 days ago

          Pep says he's close

        2. toerag
          • 11 Years
          5 months, 21 days ago

          not yet apparently. not much noise of him training.
          Kun is back for a few weeks tho,
          until he pulls his hamstring running around like a madman

          1. Andy_Social
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            5 months, 21 days ago

            City Xtra
            @City_Xtra
            ·
            4h
            Pep Guardiola on Kevin De Bruyne’s return to #ManCity training: “The doctors told me maybe next week, maybe if he can start training with the team, that is good news for us. He has a good recovery with injury problems, [although] it can go bad at the same time...”

            1. toerag
              • 11 Years
              5 months, 21 days ago

              ty

  15. evilfish
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 21 days ago

    C'mon Leeds, show us what you can do against lower league opposition.

  16. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 21 days ago

    Could Raphinha match Grealish over the next 4-5 weeks?

    1. UNDERWORLD7
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      yep easily

    2. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      Yes

    3. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      Depends on the yet-to-be-arranged DGWs

    4. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      Oh yes

  17. Danstoke82
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 21 days ago

    Thinking the same

  18. bitm2007
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 21 days ago

    The way results are going City will have as big a lead in March as Pool did last year when we went into lockdown.

    1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      And without buying var for a season

      1. toerag
        • 11 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        😆

      2. Bushwhacker
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        Idiot

    2. toerag
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      i cant get over it. such a change from early season

      1. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        Pep learnt to adapt his tactics faster than any other manager

        1. toerag
          • 11 Years
          5 months, 21 days ago

          my game has come on all through City's improvement. must make me more interested

          1. toerag
            • 11 Years
            5 months, 21 days ago

            gone from last to 2nd in about 13 weeks

            1. toerag
              • 11 Years
              5 months, 21 days ago

              10 weeks

        2. Bushwhacker
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 21 days ago

          Pep has the squad to do it

    3. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      $1bn squad should get you that when nobody else can field a first XI most weeks

  19. el polako
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 21 days ago

    Is it save to press WC button now ?
    Plan is WC and then BB in 26 but can't get mu head around today for some reason.

    1. Amey
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      Relax ... Wait for Fixture scheduling 100%

    2. Egg noodle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      The potential fixtures currently exist only in Ben Crellin's imagination.

    3. The Ilfordian
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      So many uncertainties. I think I’ll do mine tonight. But keeping an eye on fixtures that might be added for next two/three weeks. Think key for me is what i do with Leeds players in GW 26. Thinking having 2 and leaving one in for 26

  20. Lucky Z
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 21 days ago

    Martinez • Forster
    Stones • Dallas • Targett • Coufal • White
    Salah • Bruno • Son • Gundo • Raphinha
    Kane • Vardy • Bamford

    Can WC to this team. Thoughts?

    Dias/Struijk/Mee/Sterling/Grealish/DCL/Brrewster to
    Stones/Coufal/White/Salah/Raphinha/Kane/Vardy

  21. ⭐ ABHISHEK - THE CURIOUS …
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    5 months, 21 days ago

    Looking like 0-0 1st half ... not more than 1 goal for sure

    1. Hazz
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      Not a very hot take

  22. UNDERWORLD7
    • 10 Years
    5 months, 21 days ago

    Peoplewho are WC'ing building for BB, not think BB usage before the WC is better? Means you don't have to clear bench deadwood and leaving points benched all the more!
    Pleased i used it this GW ready to pour funds into max 11 next GW.

  23. Ajax Hamsterdam
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 21 days ago

    would you use fh on gw29?

  24. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 21 days ago

    Could this pay off?

    Foden > Raphinha ft
    Watkins > Ings -4
    Mitchell > Stones/Cancelo -8

    1. GlasgowFF
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      With want Ings

      1. GlasgowFF
        • 10 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        Wouldn't want Ings

  25. GlasgowFF
    • 10 Years
    5 months, 21 days ago

    A wee Bamford goal with a Dallas assist without be sweet like chocolate.

  26. Hazz
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 21 days ago

    Bamford close!

    1. JIMMY764
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      close?

      1. Hazz
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        Yeah, header on goal.

        1. JIMMY764
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 21 days ago

          I sense a little overexcitement lol

  27. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 21 days ago

    Bamford goal close

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      Weak header at goalkeeper ..

  28. _Ninja_
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    5 months, 21 days ago

    Auba goal

  29. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 11 Years
    5 months, 21 days ago

    Auba bandwagon

  30. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 21 days ago

    Auba G