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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. Eh, just one more thing ...
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 7 days ago

    Shambolic Leeds. Feast or famine sadly.

    1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 7 days ago

      More famine to come over the coming months

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

    These Arsenal goals aren't even that bad for anyone's rank since so many have Leeds defenders.

    Encore! Encore!

    1. MoSalad
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 7 days ago

      Aubem 0.02% EO haha!

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

        I genuinely nearly brought him in for a -4 and then wildcard this week. Chose to make no transfers. Ah well.

      2. William.gallant
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 7 days ago

        Brought him in for soucek 3/4 weeks ago which has still cost me more than I’ve gained this week

    2. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 7 days ago

      Need those Dallas -1s before I bring him in next week.

  3. Coaly
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 7 days ago

    Is Kane essential or would Ings + another upgrade be better?

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 7 days ago

      Kane and Ings

      1. Coaly
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 7 days ago

        Not helpful

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

      Think it's essential to have one of Son or Kane. Whether both are necessary I'm not sure - for me it depends on what you lose by bringing Kane in.

      Personally it would mean I forego Ings and would likely have to take a hit, which I'm not overly comfortable with.

  4. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 7 days ago

    Could still end 3-3, 4-3, or 3-4. Classical Leeds.

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

      Absolutely 0 chance they score

    2. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 7 days ago

      They have been awful going forwards

  5. Super Saints
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 7 days ago

    Any news on Digne or Antonio? Need them both to miss out so both will play and score probably

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

      Way more likely to play.

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

    Argh - wish I'd played Coufal over Bamford now.

    1. aleksaa2
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 7 days ago

      I'm still far from convinced in our CS.

    2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 7 days ago

      Was my plan. Till I got two players flagged.

  7. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 months, 7 days ago

    HT: Arsenal (1.75) 3-0 (0.15) Leeds

  8. AMBELLINA PRISE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 months, 7 days ago

    To all of you who said Leeds will beat Arsenal, I would suggest spending your time with another sport. Tennis perhaps?

    1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 7 days ago

      Water polo is my recommendation.

      1. AMBELLINA PRISE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 months, 7 days ago

        Not bad!

    2. Slouch87
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 7 days ago

      OK Mr Hindsight.

      1. AMBELLINA PRISE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 months, 7 days ago

        I actually have a bet on Arsenal. And Saka in my team.

        1. Slouch87
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 7 days ago

          You must be a millionaire. In that case with the source ability to predict the future.

    3. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 7 days ago

      Leeds can beat anyone. So can Arsenal.

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

      Thought they’d lose today but still fancied bamford to knick somthing against Luiz and Meslier to rack up some saves...

      1. AMBELLINA PRISE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 months, 7 days ago

        Bamford may still score. I benched him though

      1. AMBELLINA PRISE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 months, 7 days ago

        It's me alright. Gundo's run is something you will never see in football again. Arsenal beating Leeds is elementary

        1. ‘Tis the Season
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 7 days ago

          credibility gone..that wasn't long.

          1. AMBELLINA PRISE
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            4 months, 7 days ago

            Ok

    5. Vazza
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 7 days ago

      Badminton as Mr Mourinho once recommended

      1. AMBELLINA PRISE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 months, 7 days ago

        He did? When?

    6. Amey
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 7 days ago

      You could have waited for second half tbh.

      1. AMBELLINA PRISE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 months, 7 days ago

        Trust me it will only get worse in second half

        1. AMBELLINA PRISE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          4 months, 7 days ago

          SAY WHAT?

    7. Lord.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 7 days ago

      Arsenal have demonstrated that they are capable of losing to anyone.

      1. AMBELLINA PRISE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 months, 7 days ago

        Say what?

  9. Weasel Boy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 7 days ago

    Is Gundo ok or still crocked?

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 7 days ago

      Wait and see ; nothing serious

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

        Cool

  10. Fudgy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 7 days ago

    Leeds will burn everyone next week. Absolutely shocking side.

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 7 days ago

      One bad half and booom

    2. The 12th Man
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 7 days ago

      They do this though. Get whacked one week then whack someone else the following.

  11. Dark Side Of The Loon!
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 7 days ago

    7 played, all 7 returned. And now I have Bamford in this game.

  12. mynameisq
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 7 days ago

    Will enjoy people writing off and potentially getting rid of Leeds players again, no idea why some of you expect them to be prime Barca week in week out

    1. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 7 days ago

      People have short minds

    2. aleksaa2
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 7 days ago

      Because the players in your team have no right to blank apparently...

    3. Egg noodle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 7 days ago

      Don't be silly, nobody is expecting them to be prime barca.

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

    Double Leeds owner. Sigh. Meslier particularly annoying as his dreadful performance may lead to him being dropped for double gameweek next week. 3 conceded and 0 saves so far!

  14. DropkickMurphys
      4 months, 7 days ago

      Has anyone seen the contact for sure in the second penalty? Couldn’t see clearly but that one didn’t look so convincing either to me.

      1. DropkickMurphys
          4 months, 7 days ago

          They didn’t even show all the angles for it. Unlike the first one which was shown from at least 5 different angles.

        • Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 7 days ago

          Yup, he slid through him

      2. JONALDINHO
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 7 days ago

        Any idea how long Phillips is out for?

      3. jimmy.floyd
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 7 days ago

        Any news on Gundogan?

        1. Egg noodle
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          4 months, 7 days ago

          Pep news conference before next game

        2. Vazza
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 7 days ago

          In my opinion, he’ll be rested against Everton and play against Arsenal provided his injury isn’t too bad

      4. Stupendous
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 7 days ago

        Laca isnt coming on is he?

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

          After Auba gets his hatty, yes will come on.

          1. Stupendous
            • 8 Years
            4 months, 7 days ago

            Neeeeeeeeed his 1 pt cameo

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

          Hope not. Doesn’t seem like they need extra strikers so would guess not

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

          I think he'll get some time on the pitch

        4. Dark Side Of The Loon!
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 7 days ago

          He will

      5. Vazza
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 7 days ago

        Dear Mr Struijk

        I regret to inform you that you have been demoted back to the bench as my star player Robertson deserves a place in the starting XI.

        To be frank, you are not even fit to tie Robertson’s shoe laces.

        Vazza

      6. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 7 days ago

        Leeds are missing Kilvin Philips

        1. Slouch87
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 7 days ago

          Kalvin's brother ?

      7. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 7 days ago

        4 goals in his last 2 starts for Auba, wonder if he’ll get back in form

        1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 7 days ago

          Form is temporary...

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

          With the amount of money sitting idle in the bank, I'd definitely be tempted by him if the fixtures were a bit better.

        3. TheTruth
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 7 days ago

          Maybe He’ll realise Aubmeyang is a stricker.....not a winger.

      8. Herman Toothrot
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 7 days ago

        Lookman hatrick would be appreciated later.

        1. The 12th Man
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 7 days ago

          No thankyou.

      9. Egg noodle
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 7 days ago

        Meslier owners must really hate Martinez

      10. Oooo Matron
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 7 days ago

        Would you WC this team:

        Martinez
        Mee Cancelo Dallas
        Grealish Fernandes Sterling Salah Son
        Bamford Watkins

        Subs: Button, Dias, Dawson, Brewster

        To this (Bench Boost in 26):

        Martinez/Sanchez
        Dunk Cancelo Dallas Vestergaard Shaw
        Raphina Fernandes Sterling Gundogan Son
        Bamford Kane Ings

        1. Vazza
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 7 days ago

          What’s your exit plan.? You’re going to have too much money on the bench after you BB

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

            Good question. I'm struggling to work out when I'll be able to use my Bench Boost otherwise. Might be a slow sell of of players like Ings & Sanchez with a view to upgrading defence over the long term.

            1. Vazza
              • 1 Year
              4 months, 7 days ago

              The way I see it is, if you’re going to take multiple hits to strengthen your first XI, the value of you BBing would be diminished

          2. Slouch87
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 7 days ago

            He won't need one. Easy with some FT's to reallocate the cash.

        2. PP6
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 7 days ago

          Wouldn’t bench boost with two Leeds remove both or one

      11. The 12th Man
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 7 days ago

        Think I’m doing Antonio > Ings and forgetting Bamford until 29.

      12. wulfrunian
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 7 days ago

        Do you think it's worth to keep Raphinha for the long term?

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

          ... Everyone was asking who to sell for him 5 mins ago?

          1. Slouch87
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 7 days ago

            A few were. I wouldn't say everyone.

          2. Egg noodle
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            4 months, 7 days ago

            True. I'm also reconsidering buying him for a hit now.

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

              I would have to get him for a hit too.

      13. TheTruth
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 7 days ago

        Will Arteta start playing Aubmeyang where he is supposed to be played now please.

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

          Silly it's taken so long for a manager to play him in his strongest position.

      14. Nightcrawler
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 7 days ago

        Will be tough to decide between Bamford and Ings for Cap

        Both teams shocking defensively

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

          Bamford with two haulable games, Ings with one.

        2. Vazza
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 7 days ago

          Haha!! When Fernandes outscores both in his single game, you’ll have nowhere to hide mate

          1. Nightcrawler
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 7 days ago

            Like hes outscoring gundogan this week?

            1. Vazza
              • 1 Year
              4 months, 7 days ago

              Form is temporary, class is permanent

      15. Bartowski
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 7 days ago

        Bit out of the loop, who is supposedly getting a double in 26? Ta

        1. Egg noodle
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          4 months, 7 days ago

          Majority of teams. We will know before the coming GW deadline.

          1. Bartowski
            • 10 Years
            4 months, 7 days ago

            Well that's all I really need to know as mulling BB next week. Thanks

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

          Google Ben Crellin and go to his Twitter

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

        What do you think is best front 3 for next few game weeks?

        Watkins Bamford Kane?

        1. Egg noodle
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          4 months, 7 days ago

          Ings Kane certainly. 3rd depends on fixtures.

        2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 7 days ago

          Depends on doubles getting confirmed.

        3. PP6
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 7 days ago

          Kane Ings Watkins

          We all writing off Vardy and DCL tho

        4. Super Saints
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 7 days ago

          Kane Vardy Ings but unaffordable really

      17. George Agdgdgwngo
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 7 days ago

        Wc sorted. Don’t trust the saints defence. Any suggestions?

        No bb, FH29

        Martinez, Fabri
        Alioksi, stones, cancelo, targett, dunne
        Salah, son, Bruno, grealish, Gundo
        Kane, Ings, bamford

        1. Super Saints
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 7 days ago

          Maddison over Son and upgrade defense?

        2. TheTruth
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 7 days ago

          Gundo injured