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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
    7 months, 14 days ago

    Aubameyang now has more goals than Mane this season lol

    1. Scots Gooner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 14 days ago

      Whoa

    2. TomSaints
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 14 days ago

      That’s a mental stat

  2. RamaJama
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 14 days ago

    Regret getting Dallas for the dgw

    1. Fudgy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 14 days ago

      Yep not gonna get him now no chance epic fail player

    2. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 14 days ago

      Yep

    3. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 14 days ago

      I'm waiting for that deadline.

  3. Bookkeeper
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 14 days ago

    Cmon Raph

  4. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    7 months, 14 days ago

    Cmon Bamford. Just one goal.

    1. dshv
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 14 days ago

      Need

  5. Big_Andy_GAWA
    • 10 Years
    7 months, 14 days 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
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 14 days ago

      🙄 🙄 **

    2. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 14 days ago

      Joking?

      1. Big_Andy_GAWA
        • 10 Years
        7 months, 14 days 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
          • 5 Years
          7 months, 14 days ago

          Double Palace deflection.

        2. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 12 Years
          7 months, 14 days ago

          Pinball between defenders?

        3. Scholes Out Forever
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          7 months, 14 days ago

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

          1. Big_Andy_GAWA
            • 10 Years
            7 months, 14 days ago

            Never saw that at all. But cheers for clarifying.

    3. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 12 Years
      7 months, 14 days ago

      Slight difference.

      1. Big_Andy_GAWA
        • 10 Years
        7 months, 14 days 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™ - 6dcode
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 12 Years
          7 months, 14 days ago

          Only owners are baffled.

          1. Big_Andy_GAWA
            • 10 Years
            7 months, 14 days 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
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 14 days 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
      7 months, 14 days ago

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

    2. Big_Andy_GAWA
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 14 days 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
      7 months, 14 days ago

      Repairing question mark button on keyboard?

  7. Hiddenpaw
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 14 days ago

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

  8. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 14 days ago

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

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 14 days ago

      True this.

      So far.

  9. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    7 months, 14 days 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
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 14 days 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
    7 months, 14 days ago

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

    1. Qaiss
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 14 days ago

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

      1. Danno - Emre Canada
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 14 days ago

        Oh mateeeee

        1. Qaiss
          • 5 Years
          7 months, 14 days 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
    7 months, 14 days ago

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

    1. Knock Down Your Aerial
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 14 days ago

      After next week.

    2. jammie26
      7 months, 14 days ago

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

    3. Deulofail
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 14 days 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
        7 months, 14 days ago

        Ouch

  12. Bounce
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 14 days ago

    Aubama-who?

    Aubama-what?

    AUBAMA-BLUDCLART-YANG!

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

    Arsenal have conceded the fewest goals this season After City

    Bamford starters deservedly punished

  14. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 14 days ago

    Alioski -1 banked.

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 14 days ago

      Dallas back to LB.

  15. $hahriyar
    • 11 Years
    7 months, 14 days ago

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

  16. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 14 days ago

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

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

      Sold him for Ings. Hoping for a 1 pointer!

    2. DannyDrinkVodka
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 14 days ago

      Sold him for DCL lol

  17. dshv
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 14 days ago

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

    1. ivantys
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 14 days ago

      Not playing Leeds every week.

    2. $hahriyar
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 14 days ago

      Oh god

    3. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 14 days ago

      Ok. I wouldn't.

  18. $hahriyar
    • 11 Years
    7 months, 14 days ago

    Wildcards this week. Have three Leeds players on the bench

  19. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 14 days ago

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

    1. Disturbed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 14 days ago

      Good thing he’s not called Cummins

      1. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 14 days ago

        You are Disturbed.

        1. Disturbed
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          7 months, 14 days ago

          You are little red lacazette

  20. Don Kloppeone
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 14 days ago

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

    😛

  21. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 14 days ago

    Bamfhina, just 1 return please 😉

  22. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
    • 8 Years
    7 months, 14 days ago

    Leeds v Southampton will end 3-3

  23. BeWater
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 14 days ago

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

  24. Fudgy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 14 days ago

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

  25. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 14 days ago

    Pascal G

  26. Finding Timo
    7 months, 14 days ago

    Hi is bowen to Raphinha Still a good transfer ?

  27. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 14 days ago

    Nice Strike.

    Raphinha A

  28. Fred54
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 14 days ago

    Raphina assist, get in!

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 14 days ago

      Points for some.

  29. CRO KLOPP
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 14 days ago

    What a Struijk

  30. AC/DC AFC
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 14 days ago

    Leeds back in business?!

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 14 days ago

      Bullet header.