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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. Nightcrawler
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Aubameyang now has more goals than Mane this season lol

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

      Whoa

    2. TomSaints
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      That’s a mental stat

  2. RamaJama
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Regret getting Dallas for the dgw

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

      Yep not gonna get him now no chance epic fail player

    2. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Yep

    3. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      I'm waiting for that deadline.

  3. Bookkeeper
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Cmon Raph

  4. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Cmon Bamford. Just one goal.

    1. dshv
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Need

  5. Big_Andy_GAWA
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    They give an assist for that 4th Arsenal goal, yet they don't award Pieters with one yesterday for Burnley's first. Hmmmm... :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

    1. Big_Andy_GAWA
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      🙄 🙄 **

    2. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Joking?

      1. Big_Andy_GAWA
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Nope. He did assist it, but it was an attempt at goal. Pieters looked up and crossed to the two players in the box. At the time he looked up and made the cross, Gud was making the back post run. He collected the ball and scored. Baffles me big time!!

        1. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 1 day ago

          Double Palace deflection.

        2. TorresMagic™
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 12 Years
          4 months, 1 day ago

          Pinball between defenders?

        3. Scholes Out Forever
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 1 day ago

          Um that’s not how assists work... the ball bounced off two defenders in two different directions

          1. Big_Andy_GAWA
            • 9 Years
            4 months, 1 day ago

            Never saw that at all. But cheers for clarifying.

    3. TorresMagic™
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 12 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Slight difference.

      1. Big_Andy_GAWA
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        There's a difference in the two incidents - absolutely. I am still baffled and confused as to why they wouldn't give Pieters' one, I really am...

        1. TorresMagic™
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 12 Years
          4 months, 1 day ago

          Only owners are baffled.

          1. Big_Andy_GAWA
            • 9 Years
            4 months, 1 day ago

            Was watching on my phone, but never saw any reflections off defenders. Perhaps need to watch it again!! Cheers guys for your input.. 😎

  6. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    No Kalvin Phillips is massive if he misses the DGW.

    Get 3rd Leeds player, Raphinha, in?

    Captain Bamford? It made sense to captain a City player vs Bruno this GW but Leeds can’t be trusted...

    1. Sif
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Wolves & Saints both look leaky.
      Leeds might be looking to respond to this drubbing

    2. Big_Andy_GAWA
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      I have owned no Leeds player other than Dallas this season. I am convinced that Raphy and Bamford will fail to produce if I bring them in. Lol.

    3. CRO KLOPP
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Repairing question mark button on keyboard?

  7. Hiddenpaw
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    There we go. That’s my GW1 captain outperforming Salah as predicted ... 23 gameweeks late!

  8. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Hope Bamford captained Auba. Only goals he's getting today.

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      True this.

      So far.

  9. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    That's Auba's first hat-trick in the PL. That's surprising to me. And as a midfielder in FPL. 21 point haul if the score holds.

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Is anyone going to complain he wasn't tipped when they asked for advice?

      Someone did yesterday, about Gundogan.

      Can you imagine the silence as most are on him anyhow. To be fair I didn't see the questions, but apparently this forum let him down!

  10. Danno - Emre Canada
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Someone was bigging up getting Auba and captaining, I wonder if they did....

    1. Qaiss
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      That was me. Nah. Such a shame. But glad Arsenal are winning.

      1. Danno - Emre Canada
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Oh mateeeee

        1. Qaiss
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 1 day ago

          I had eyed it up for weeks and then didn’t go through with it, why? The DGW blinded me. 🙁

  11. Fudgy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Anyone who watches championship knows Leeds do this. Leeds are falling apart again. Time to jump off assets.

    1. Original Pirate Material
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      After next week.

    2. jammie26
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Have they not do this numerous times already though this season?

      • Deulofail
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        That's what I thought when sold Bamford before he got 2 goals and 3 assists in 3 games

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

          Ouch

    3. Bounce
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Aubama-who?

        Aubama-what?

        AUBAMA-BLUDCLART-YANG!

      • Nightcrawler
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Arsenal have conceded the fewest goals this season After City

        Bamford starters deservedly punished

      • Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Alioski -1 banked.

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

          Dallas back to LB.

      • $hahriyar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Next article here: Is aubameyang a viable fantasy option again!!!! Lmao

      • Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Antonio better play. I have Dallas 1st on bench.

        1. Deulofail
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 1 day ago

          Sold him for Ings. Hoping for a 1 pointer!

        2. DannyDrinkVodka
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 1 day ago

          Sold him for DCL lol

      • dshv
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Auba is on his way to replace salah on my team !!!

        1. ivantys
            4 months, 1 day ago

            Not playing Leeds every week.

          • $hahriyar
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            4 months, 1 day ago

            Oh god

          • svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
            • 11 Years
            4 months, 1 day ago

            Ok. I wouldn't.

        2. $hahriyar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          4 months, 1 day ago

          Wildcards this week. Have three Leeds players on the bench

        3. Little Red Lacazette
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 1 day ago

          Alioski off. Huggins coming in to give everyone on his team a hug.

          1. Disturbed
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            4 months, 1 day ago

            Good thing he’s not called Cummins

            1. Little Red Lacazette
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 1 day ago

              You are Disturbed.

              1. Disturbed
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                4 months, 1 day ago

                You are little red lacazette

        4. Don Kloppeone
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 1 day ago

          At least I’m getting some tasty autosub points for Bamford’s no show

          😛

        5. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 1 day ago

          Bamfhina, just 1 return please 😉

        6. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 1 day ago

          Leeds v Southampton will end 3-3

        7. BeWater
            4 months, 1 day ago

            100% of Aleksandar Mitrovic's goals this season have come against Leeds.

          • Fudgy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 1 day ago

            I'll take a Bamford assist followed by an own goal

          • g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 1 day ago

            Pascal G

          • Finding Timo
              4 months, 1 day ago

              Hi is bowen to Raphinha Still a good transfer ?

            • Rainer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 1 day ago

              Nice Strike.

              Raphinha A

            • Fred54
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 1 day ago

              Raphina assist, get in!

              1. AC/DC AFC
                • 5 Years
                4 months, 1 day ago

                Points for some.

            • CRO KLOPP
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 1 day ago

              What a Struijk

            • AC/DC AFC
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 1 day ago

              Leeds back in business?!

              1. AC/DC AFC
                • 5 Years
                4 months, 1 day ago

                Bullet header.