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

    Leeds 3-3 Southampton seems like it'll be the order of the day next GW.

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

      Leeds will go on a goal drought now I'd assume

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • 11 Years
        7 months, 5 days ago

        Yep, just like GW21

  2. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 11 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    Auba hatty

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

    Looking like another brace of blanks for my strikers this week, really struggled to get consistent points from those positions this season

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

    Auba hatty

  5. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 11 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    Embarrassing defending

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

    X3 Auba

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

    Auba goal

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

    4 nil

  9. Danstoke82
    • 7 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    Leeds getting torn about. Auba hatty

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

    Time for Lacazette to come on.

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

    Oh dear

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

    Maybe I'll just get Neto lol.

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

    Ings (TC)

  14. 4Rsenal_1886
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    Auba x3

  15. The 12th Man
    • 8 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    Should have gone Auba TC! Agh

  16. JohnnyRev7
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    "Ladies and gentlemen, here is a DGW25 platform announcement:

    The Southampton Express failed to leave the station today. The Leeds Bullet Train has also failed and been shunted back into the sidings. Passengers are advised to not board either DGW25 train due to technical failures. And leaves on the rails. And the wrong kind of snow.

    We thank you for your patience and understanding."

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

      So Leeds & Southampton have blue-balled owners about their DGW twice now?

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

      They are cheap transport with 2 rides

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

    Auba is back!!!

  18. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
    • 8 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    A guy actually has Auba in my ML. He might catch me if Auba scores another 200 goals

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

    Huge bench boost fail ffs. Idiot Bamford clown

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

      Can you just stop moaning for once. Even when you're having a fantastic week you're unbearable.

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

        ?

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

    When it’s your day someone shanks a shot straight onto your head for a tap in lol

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

    Ffs Leeds lol

  22. HuttonDressedasLahm
    • 11 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    Auba 20 pointer

    1. HuttonDressedasLahm
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      **21

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

    Auba hat trick!

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

    GW2 Sellers shocked, stunned and punished!

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

      o/

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

      Lol

  25. Pariße
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    genius pass by rowe

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

    Raphina, good hit!

  27. Danstoke82
    • 7 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    Genuine question is the following worth a -4?

    DCL > Ings?

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

      Genuine question, do you think Ings will outscore DCL by at least 5 points?

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

        Think DCL is worth keeping for the dgw, better fixtures

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

    Damn. I would have played ESR ahead of Son if they were equally likely to start. Worried about a rest for ESR

  29. BeaversWithAttitude
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    C'mon, Leeds, get in! At this rate I'll be selling Bamford before the double game week!

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

      Ergh.

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

    Costa is a dud.