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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. Bookkeeper
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    Yessss Raph

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

    Arsenal CS kaput

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

    Struijk, come back my old 3.9 friend !

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

    Auba CS gone!

  5. BeWater
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 5 days ago

    Raphinha you beauty.

  6. Bounce
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 5 days ago

    THE BLACK PANTHER IS BACK

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

    He was due tbf.

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

    Lightning doesn’t Struijk twice

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

    Ffs that's not Bamford

    1. Cilly Bonnolly
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Looks like him though, to be fair.

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

    Pope, McCarthy
    Cancelo, Dias, Dallas, Coufal, Lowton
    Salah, Bruno, Son, Grealish, Gundo
    DCL, Bamford, Antonio

    Salah, DCL > Auba, Ings (-4)?

  11. Champions League Varane
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    3.9 god

  12. DannyDrinkVodka
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    Half an hour for Bamford to do something for the sake of his FPL team....he’s got ample motivation

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

    Dammit, got Raphinha a week early but benched this week. Bamford playing.

    Oof

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

    Raphinha back on the menu

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

    Yes Raphinha!

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

      It's typical Leeds but not like the boring, boring Arsenal of yesteryear...

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

    Struijk 3.9M, interesting

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

    Ah so Raph can still be bought.

  18. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    My 3.9 gem for next week scores!

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

      Are you actually considering him? He's not going to score every week..

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 5 days ago

        Yes but for Mitchell, purely budget based

    2. Bounce
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Why would you even wildcard? Your team is amazing lol.

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 5 days ago

        Thanks - I need to find a way to Kane as well as take advantage of 25 double

  19. Cilly Bonnolly
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    A week early Raphinha.

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

    Willian coming on 🙁

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

    We are often too focused on the better form teams, short/long term picks, who’s on the DGW, etc.

    Sometimes, we forget about Arsenal.

  22. Jon Snow
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    Secret agent Willian coming on, 5-4 definitely on the cards

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

    Did Magnus Carlsen start Struijk?

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

      I haven't seen his team.
      Where is he placed?

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

        57k. Struijk last on his bench!

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

          How can you search and find his team?

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

      buried deep on his bench. won't come on

    3. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      TC chip for when Leeds visit Man City 😎

  24. Silecro
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    Ralf entering his essential status yet again

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

      He's worth it for gw25.

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

    Struijk finally getting one of 4 headers in from past two games

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

    Arsenal taking the piss, Willian coming on.

  27. Bury94
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    Ricardo Pereira on the WC is a tempting punt

  28. tomasjj
    • 7 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    I got that lad, 2nd on my bench.

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

    Hopefully get some rises from owning Raphinha already at least.

    Cmon Bamford, one goal would do

  30. Messiah Hazard
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    Struijk on my bench 🙁