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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. Skloppy Kops
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    When arw we expecting confirmation for the DGW26? I am still unsure before hitting the WC button.

    1. Knock Down Your Aerial
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      This week likely.

  2. OptimusBlack
    • 8 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    Saka looks like 14 years old

    1. Nedvěd11
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Yes and Meslier 15

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

    Bam almost

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

      Almost?

    2. AzzaroMax99
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Very unlucky.

  4. DandyDon
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    Meslier beaten for 6th time today (two onto the woodwork) without making a save!

  5. The Train Driver
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    Saka and KDB, been so unlucky with these two guys this season. Should be on so many more points...

    1. Slitherene
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      I've been unlucky with Werner, Watkins, Jesus, Ings & Barnes this season.

      1. The Train Driver
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 5 days ago

        I owned Werner for a long time, don't consider myself unlucky, he's just been bad...

  6. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 5 days ago

    Antonio has not been spotted in the training pics released today.

    1. mixology
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      yikes

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

      He’s tired ; not injured

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

        Maybe he needs to stop looking at screens before bedtime. Could also avoid caffeine after lunch and get some regular excercise during the day

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

      I will take Saka points then ic no show tomorrow

    4. Lazaretti
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      He is resting. Fatigue Moyes said.

    5. Chrisitis
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Damn

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

      I have Coufal first sub. Not the end of the world if he's a no-show.

      1. The Train Driver
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 5 days ago

        Same.

    7. Thunderbahçe
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      I have Targett as first sub for Antonio so OK by me if he doesn't play

    8. The Train Driver
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      My pal saw him at a spa...

    9. Bookkeeper
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      This is bad news

    10. Inazuma X1
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      He will train tomorrow, Moyes said

      1. Bookkeeper
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 5 days ago

        Physio at West Ham benched him in his FPL team

        1. Inazuma X1
          • 4 Years
          7 months, 5 days ago

          Physio is Moyes?

    11. Tango74
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 5 days ago

      On West Ham official Arabic site they have photo but people saying it’s fake

      1. Inazuma X1
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 5 days ago

        Link?

  7. Slitherene
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    2 FT, 5.2 ITB

    Martinez | Forster
    Cancelo Maguire Lowton
    Bruno Rashford Grealish Gundogan
    Jesus Ings Wilson*
    ¦ Saka Coufal Holding

    Wilson -> Bamford tonight or wait?

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

      Neither going anywhere are they?

      1. Slitherene
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 5 days ago

        Wilson might fall & Bamford might rise?

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

    Cedric diggery

    1. LSK
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Captain. Seeker. Prefect. Gone but never forgotten.

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

    86 minutes and we have a save!

  10. ivantys
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 5 days ago

    Only 2 halves is not enough for this game need another half.

  11. Random Name
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    Willian has got something on Arteta, there's no other possible explanation for these late useless sub appearances

    1. The Train Driver
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Trying to sell maybe?

      1. The Train Driver
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 5 days ago

        Not a good tactic tho', the more he plays the more the price drops...

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

      Maybe they want to sell him in the summer for 1m instead of cancelling his contract.

  12. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    Holding on.

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

      No Laca cameo. Now Coufal can do his stuff from the bench!

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

        Thank god

    2. Skloppy Kops
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      To hold the score

    3. M00N
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Massive 1 point addition to my bench boost.

      1. Skloppy Kops
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 5 days ago

        Same as Luiz and all other def to be honest..lol

    4. Says
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      gripping tightly

  13. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    A lot of the mid table 6 pointers have been better than normal this season, this one another.

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

      Arsenal to finish in top 5!

      1. Bookkeeper
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 5 days ago

        Failure, should be top 4 with the money they spent and squad size they have

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

          Top 5 includes top 4 mate

      2. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 5 days ago

        In the London league!

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

          😆

  14. 1justlookin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    Anyone holding off from playing their WC in GW 25 & playing it in GW 26 instead?

    1. Jinswick
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Yep

    2. Mr. O'Connell
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      GW26 is for Charlie Wyke triple captain

    3. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Yeah. My team is fairly well set for GW25.

      However WC26 means no TC that week. So it either gets played in 25, or one of the upcoming weeks.

      1. Mr. O'Connell
        • 9 Years
        7 months, 5 days ago

        There will be more doubles to come.

    4. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      TC Kane 26 assuming DGW ...

    5. LSK
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Would do but need to get rid of this bench boost.

  15. AC/DC AFC
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    What's the prediction for Man City at Everton on Wednesday evening?

    I think the fact that Everton are about to play is a distinct advantage for Man City this week.

    Fulham have it harder which plays into the Burnley double!

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Harder game than Spurs for sure.

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

      City already have a massive advantage as they’ll rotate a $1bn squad. Easy pickings.

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

      City will win and not concede

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

      1-3 city

    5. Inazuma X1
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      City without Gundo/KDB could be a 0-0 draw

    6. Qaiss
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      1-0 City

  16. Chrisitis
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    Any chance dcl starts vs city?

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

      Yeah possibly.

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

      Yup

      1. Chrisitis
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        7 months, 5 days ago

        Thanks
        Preparing for a antonio noshow

    3. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Yes. Ancelotti said they hope to have him for the City game.

  17. MoSalad
    • 8 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    Everton v Fulham goal fest & an Areola penalty save required!

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

      Digne hat trick

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

        I’d be okay with a hattrick of assists. Don’t want to be greedy

        1. MoSalad
          • 8 Years
          7 months, 5 days ago

          To Richarl

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

      Haha, yes this. Can you make that happen?

      1. MoSalad
        • 8 Years
        7 months, 5 days ago

        Last time I called a Stones brace it happened so who knows!

    3. 4Rsenal_1886
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      0-0 needed with plenty of Areola saves

    4. Pompel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Just the latter will be fine , thanks. Need to make up for Martinez 12-pointer staring at me from bench

      1. MoSalad
        • 8 Years
        7 months, 5 days ago

        Johnstone, Coufal, AWB & Bamford my bench so not too bad so far.

        1. Big_Andy_GAWA
          • 10 Years
          7 months, 5 days ago

          Richarlison with 5...

  18. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    Does Sterling start on wednesday?

    It´s very important for me sinse rivals captained Gundogan and Bruno.

    1. Oooo Matron
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      I'd hope so!

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

      Maybe. Maybe not. My captain too ; bad gamble

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

      If gundo is out which I think he will be then I think he starts

    4. MoSalad
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      If Gundo is out, even more higher probability, it’s a tough game so I’d expect so.

      1. Big_Andy_GAWA
        • 10 Years
        7 months, 5 days ago

        I'd expect him to. Only played 57 mins in cup game, so fingers crossed...

  19. _Ninja_
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    Dallas yc

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

      Lucky that wasn’t red

    2. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Haha.

  20. Oooo Matron
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    Any thoughts here? Thinking Grealish to Raphina..

    Martinez
    Cancelo Dallas Mee
    Grealish Fernandes Sterling Salah Son
    Bamford Watkins

    Subs: Dias, Dawson, Brewster

  21. 1justlookin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    Just reference my post above, if you play your WC in GW 26, when you planning to Bench Boost?

  22. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    Dallas -1

    Scenes if Dias doesn’t play.

  23. 4Rsenal_1886
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    Dallas -1

  24. The Train Driver
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    Why was Holding benched? By far the best CB in Arsenal...

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

      Europa league on Thursday

    2. Inazuma X1
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Rested for Europa

    3. JIMMY764
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Who knows. Might not have been feeling 100%.

  25. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    Dallas minus 1. Thankfully on my bench.

  26. The Train Driver
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    Dallas owners loving this game...

    1. Mr. O'Connell
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      From 2nd position on my bench, yes. Will probably scare a few off him next week.

      1. Big_Andy_GAWA
        • 10 Years
        7 months, 5 days ago

        Second on my bench, too.

    2. Wılly
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Turns out a benched Che Adams was a better choice than OOP Dallas

  27. Fred54
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    Dallas -1, no doubt a few played him.

  28. Marcin the Pole
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    What's the general strategy for those with 2nd WC but no FH remaining? I'm very unsure on how to approach it.

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

      BB24 WC25. Will have 29 in mind. Hopefully the villa spurs game lands in 29, will be fine then.

    2. OneDennisBergkamp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      build for BGW29, then WC in GW30

      but this presumes you need to WC in GW30 (as your side is poor from the blanks) i don't think it will be that clear as the BGW29 fixtures look like a bunch of stalemates anyway.

      if i had FH still i wouldn't even bother using it in BGW29

    3. KDB United
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Mark put up a strategy on fpl black box where you can see how he is dealing with it. Check Mark team reveal fpl box on YouTube.

    4. Marcin the Pole
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Cheers all - seems there are a few potential options

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

    Dallas YC.

    Antonio better play.

    1. GOTHAM City F.C.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      This, even if he blanks thats a 3 point swing.

    2. FFSbet.com
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Same,when you think it cant be worse

      1. Chrisitis
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        7 months, 5 days ago

        Dias will play, youre safe

  30. OneDennisBergkamp
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    went Robinson over Lowton from the differential article, Robinson not even playing, gutted 🙁