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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. tambourineman
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

    ESR off Willian on

    1. Vazza
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Hmmm..

  2. Deulofail
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

    I would say that my gf captained Auba but I'd be lying because we broke up yesterday

    1. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Soz Deulo :/

      1. Deulofail
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 19 days ago

        It's okay, I have another one 🙂

        1. Silecro
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 19 days ago

          Good thinking, cant celebrate valentine with both of them

        2. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 19 days ago

          Digital girlfriends don't count.

          She's got 15 guys including u!

          1. Deulofail
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            5 months, 19 days ago

            That's funny mate! I wish I was joking too!

    2. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      So you didn't have to get a St. Valentine's card or flowers?

      1. Deulofail
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 19 days ago

        I made a personalised sexy UV light Jenga for her for Christmas so I was just hoping to play that as her treat

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 19 days ago

          She dumped you?

          1. Deulofail
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            5 months, 19 days ago

            In the end, yeah. Dragged on a bit, so a relief it's over. But I'm still very sad about it.

            1. AC/DC AFC
              • 5 Years
              5 months, 19 days ago

              Good luck.

              Sharing is a release too.

    3. CRO KLOPP
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      I thought you were gay

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 19 days ago

        Are you disappointed or hopeful in any way?

      2. Deulofail
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 19 days ago

        I mean... This is a homophobic comment. Got your number.

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 19 days ago

          It's not homophobic stating a sexual preference either way.

          1. Deulofail
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            5 months, 19 days ago

            Think about the presumptions he has to make to judge me in this way, then the purpose of him commenting this anyway.

            1. CRO KLOPP
              • 3 Years
              5 months, 19 days ago

              It was a joke,not presumption

        2. CRO KLOPP
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 19 days ago

          I would told you to call me,but you are not in EU anymore,so it's expensive

          1. Deulofail
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            5 months, 19 days ago

            I'm in the Netherlands

            1. CRO KLOPP
              • 3 Years
              5 months, 19 days ago

              Call me then,Great football nation btw

              1. AC/DC AFC
                • 5 Years
                5 months, 19 days ago

                Total football.

  3. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

    Willian looks like he just got out of bed.

    1. Big_Andy_GAWA
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Lol.

  4. FFSbet.com
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

    Holding rested on rotation risk?

    1. Inazuma X1
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Rested

  5. AC/DC AFC
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

    Imagine the scenes on here if DCL is in the starting 11?

    1. RamboRN
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      You've said it now...

    2. GoonerSteve
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      I've benched him for Bamford. That would be painful.

    3. Scots Gooner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      I'll be so pissed

  6. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

    *Checks Aubameyang's fixtures.

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Tough next 6

      1. BENOIT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 19 days ago

        This

      2. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        5 months, 19 days ago

        Yeah no. Maybe in GW29 though. He'll have a game and then a nice run until the end.

      3. Reedy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        5 months, 19 days ago

        *Tough next 5

    2. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      *Sees City and Lei and backs away

    3. Inazuma X1
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      This was an obvious result with Kalvin not playing. Auba will not play Leeds every week xD

      1. Big_Andy_GAWA
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 19 days ago

        11 million or so and can be benched. Not to mention he plays for unreliable Arsenal. No thanks.

    4. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      *Checks Aubameyang’s manager*

  7. Scots Gooner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

    Why in gods name does Willian continue to get game time?

    1. JohnnyRev7
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      To justify his 200k per week. I'm sure Arteta feels obligated to justify his decision as manager to bring him in in the first place.

  8. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

    Bellerin first touch of a baby elephant

  9. DandyDon
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

    Ironically cheering Meslier save to then find out it was offside! have we ever had 4 goals conceded and no saves before by a keeper?

    1. tambourineman
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Guaita shipped 7 to Liverpool without a save

  10. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

    Digne and Areola later on. Kinda want a Digne haul but also kinda want a Areola haul to start clawing back those Martinez points lost on my bench.

    0-0?

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Are you sure Digne will start?

    2. DandyDon
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Digne and Richarlison for me. Sunday is not going well so far so I’d expect you to get some Areola points

  11. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 19 days ago

    Checking Leeds fixtures. Seeing that I have double Villa attack against them in 26. Lovely.

  12. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

    Someone in my league has a BB of:

    Ederson, Lowton, Struijk (+Soucek)

    ... fair play!

    1. Big_Andy_GAWA
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Who is the second last one? The guy who scored for Leeds, is that...?

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 19 days ago

        Yes

    2. The Ilfordian
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Wow! Great FPLing!

    3. Hybrid.power
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Damn

    4. CRO KLOPP
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      You could put Gundo on the bench on BB

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 19 days ago

        Regardless the first XI still kinda makes sense:

        https://fantasy.premierleague.com/entry/2386331/event/24

    5. bench boost for every gamew…
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      That is one of the best i have heard of. Already above 30 and with 3 games left

  13. Danstoke82
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

    Hi all these moves yay or nay?

    DCL + Grealish > Ings + Raphinha -4

    Already own Bamford and Dallas for DGW25

    1. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Wait to see re DCL fitness

      1. Danstoke82
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 19 days ago

        Cheers!

    2. DandyDon
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      You are in better shape than me with Meslier rather than Dallas. Yes I’d do those two moves, I will be doing similar

      1. Danstoke82
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 19 days ago

        Cheers!

  14. Bookkeeper
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

    Another attacking return in this for Raph

  15. Dele
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

    Can’t wait to jump on Raph this week.

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Reported.

    2. Danstoke82
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Who are you dropping for him?

      1. Big_Andy_GAWA
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 19 days ago

        Soucek to him for me, I think.

  16. Don Kloppeone
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

    Bamford reverse bandwagon incoming

  17. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

    Rapha close

  18. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 19 days ago

    Raphinha dangerous.

  19. Fudgy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 19 days ago

    Can't believe I bench boosted with Bamford away to arsenal lol

  20. Random Name
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

    I could watch this Saka, Odegaard, ESR trio all day long

    1. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 12 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      That's why you are in the stand.

    2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      You could put three traffic cones up against Leeds & they’d score for fun

  21. Inazuma X1
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

    Raphinha is sooo good. Better than Bamford

    1. bench boost for every gamew…
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Not really the same kind of players? But yep, raph is good. Bamford a different kind and good at what he does too.

  22. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

    4 goals from Arsenal and only 1 assist from Saka.

    Not been involved at all?

  23. dshv
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

    Would you do grealish to raph or long term grealish is more good?

    (Bamford, dallas owner)

    1. Danstoke82
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Was wondering this myself as an tempted to make the move

  24. marcos11
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Better combo on a wildcard?

      a) Ings and Grealish
      b) Watkins and Son

      1. ivantys
          5 months, 19 days ago

          Prefer B

      2. _Ninja_
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        5 months, 19 days ago

        Costa goal

      3. Danstoke82
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 19 days ago

        4-2! Game on

      4. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        5 months, 19 days ago

        Arsenal gonna Arse

      5. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 19 days ago

        TC chip for when Leeds visit Man City

      6. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 19 days ago

        There is something here for Leeds