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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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1,089 Comments Post a Comment
  1. AC/DC AFC
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 8 days ago

    4 2 Leeds crew

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 8 days ago

      I actually love the way they go gung ho

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 8 days ago

        Saw them in 12 home games they had Strachan, Eric Cantona, Speed, Dorigo, Chapman etc win the league title in 1992.

  2. Bookkeeper
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 8 days ago

    Raph assisting the assister

  3. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 8 days ago

    Costa G

  4. DandyDon
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 8 days ago

    Cmon Leeds!

  5. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 8 days ago

    Leeds back in it

  6. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 8 days ago

    Bamford not involved?

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 8 days ago

      Passenger

      1. Majestic Chanka
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 8 days ago

        Like Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence in a Sci Fi movie

  7. DycheDycheBaby
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 8 days ago

    Oh hello!

  8. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 8 days ago

    Leeds are so, so fun. Wind in their sails now!

  9. Fudgy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 8 days ago

    Leeds are back

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 8 days ago

      They were finished and revived quicker than your season week-after week.

    2. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 8 days ago

      I don’t think you have any right to write that ...

  10. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 8 days ago

    Pointless goal. Rapha points denied!

  11. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 8 days ago

    Is Bamford playing?

    1. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 8 days ago

      Looking forward to getting my tasty autosub points for his no show

  12. Inazuma X1
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 8 days ago

    Game on!

  13. ivantys
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 8 days ago

    Useless second goal

  14. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 8 days ago

    Need some returns Patrick

  15. Hybrid.power
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    7 months, 8 days ago

    Come on Bamf

  16. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 8 days ago

    This would be hilarious if Arsenal let a 4 goal lead go.

  17. JONALDINHO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 8 days ago

    Leeds games are the best thing about the Prem this year

  18. Mr. O'Connell
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 8 days ago

    Nicely set up for a Huggins winner

  19. GROBARI
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 8 days ago

    COSSSTTTTAAAA,ITS GOOD FOR MY FPL TEAM
    -nobody ever

    1. Dthinger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 8 days ago

      It’s good for me as my rival has Leno in goal

  20. DropkickMurphys
    7 months, 8 days ago

    Bamford captained himself again this week lol.

    1. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 12 Years
      7 months, 8 days ago

      What rank is he?

  21. Sailboats
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 8 days ago

    comeback is real?

  22. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 8 days ago

    Please bottle this Arsenal.

  23. Henning
    • 7 Years
    7 months, 8 days ago

    Yes or No

    Kane and Raphinha in for Son and Antonio?

    1. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 12 Years
      7 months, 8 days ago

      Is Son injured?

      1. Henning
        • 7 Years
        7 months, 8 days ago

        Nah, just tempted to get Raphinha in for dgw.

        1. Henning
          • 7 Years
          7 months, 8 days ago

          Hmmm didnt now that.

  24. _Ninja_
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    7 months, 8 days ago

    Raphinha down

    1. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 8 days ago

      and back up..

  25. Knock Down Your Aerial
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 8 days ago

    Raph in fro -4next qeek?

  26. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    7 months, 8 days ago

    Just watch Arsenal bottle this. Would be so typical. Newcastle 4-4 all over again.

    RIP Tiote.

  27. Scots Gooner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 8 days ago

    Not this again...

    1. Egg noodle
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 8 days ago

      LOL

  28. Please Answer Me
    • 7 Years
    7 months, 8 days ago

    Who has a better dgw Leeds or Southampton?

    1. Egg noodle
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 8 days ago

      Get (Raphinha or Bamford) and Ings

    2. Yes Ndidi
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 8 days ago

      With Meslier & McCarthy I've been asking myself this all week.

  29. OneJuan
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 8 days ago

    I have Lacazette and Bamf...loving the game but not my (non) haul...

  30. JohnnyRev7
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    7 months, 8 days ago

    Are ARS gonna bottle it now?

    Stayed tuned kids for the next episode of: "WTF? How did that happen?"