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Saka, Aubameyang return to Arsenal starting XI but Smith Rowe absent from squad

Having been handed breathers in Gameweek 26, both Bukayo Saka (£5.2m) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.3m) return to Mikel Arteta’s starting line-up in Gameweek 27.

Martin Odegaard (£5.9m) is set to take up the No 10 role for the Gunners, with Emile Smith Rowe (£4.3m) absent from the matchday squad after picking up a hip problem during the 3-1 win at Leicester in GW26.

“Emile had some discomfort still in the week, he wasn’t ready. Hopefully it’s not too much. But I think Martin is adapting really well to the team.” – Mikel Arteta speaking ahead of kick off

Hector Bellerin (£5.1m) remains on the bench as Calum Chambers (£4.5m) replaces another absentee in Cedric (£4.6m) at right-back.

Pepe (£7.6m), Alexandre Lacazette (£8.1m) and Mohamed Elneny (£4.2m) also drop out of the Arsenal XI. The latter is replaced in midfield by Thomas Partey (£4.9m).

“We have to rotate. I want to maintain everybody in top form.” – Arteta

Kieran Tierney (£5.2m) continues his injury return by keeping his left-back spot, with both Pablo Mari (£4.4m) and David Luiz (£5.4m) also remaining in defence.

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For Burnley, Chris Wood (£6.2m) and Matej Vydra (£4.8m) continue up front in the absence of the injured Ashley Barnes (£6.0m).

Sean Dyche’s steady backline of Charlie Taylor (£4.4m) Ben Mee (£5.1m) James Tarkowski (£5.3m) and Matt Lowton (£4.5m) will once again guard goalkeeper Nick Pope (£5.6m).

Johann Berg Gudmundsson (£5.4m) is back from the treatment table to start at right midfield, while Robbie Brady (£5.0m) is also available from the bench. Jack Cork (£5.0m) misses out with a hamstring injury.

Burnley XI (4-4-2): Pope; Taylor, Mee, Tarkowski, Lowton; McNeil, Westwood, Brownhill, Gudmundsson; Wood, Vydra.

Arsenal XI (4-2-3-1): Leno; Tierney, Mari, David Luiz, Chambers; Xhaka, Partey; Willian, Odegaard, Saka; Aubameyang.

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  1. seewhyaxe
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 28 days ago

    wow xhaka.

    i thought this was literally a guaranteed cleansheet for Arsenal.. almost got Tierney in

  2. Jafooli
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 28 days ago

    SHU vs SOU - why does the PL insist on spoiling us like this. Can hardly wait for KO.

    1. Milkman Bruno
        4 months, 28 days ago

        Some of us have 2 players in that game! 😉

        1. Jafooli
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 28 days ago

          😮

          Didn’t even realise their players were available on FPL....

          1. FPL Pillars
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 28 days ago

            Saw some guy get 150 on BB and had Two Sheff, under rated 😛

            1. Jafooli
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              4 months, 28 days ago

              Da faq....who were the two?

              1. FPL Pillars
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 28 days ago

                Ramsdale and Ampadu

      • FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        Some have Ings (c)

    2. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      Please start Ings (praying)

      1. Milkman Bruno
          4 months, 28 days ago

          I really really need him and Minamino to start.

        • Old Man
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          4 months, 28 days ago

          Why would he not?

          1. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
            • 8 Years
            4 months, 28 days ago

            Last time the manager saved him for the more difficult game in a DGW

            1. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 28 days ago

              This

      2. PogChamp
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        Tierney and Leno fail. Back to normal after my Richarlison haul.

      3. Jafooli
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        If you could live in any US state, which would it be?

        1. PepTalk
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 28 days ago

          Did a 3 month trip with friends and would have to say Oregon. Beautiful area. Nevada was also memorable for slightly different reasons

          1. Jafooli
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            4 months, 28 days ago

            Yeah, Oregano has beautiful scenery....

            1. Optimus.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              4 months, 28 days ago

              I don't have much thyme for oregano

              1. Jafooli
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                4 months, 28 days ago

                😉

          2. Sack The Glazers
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 28 days ago

            Live in Texas, but would love to live in Idaho

        2. Firminoooo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 28 days ago

          Hawaii

          1. Jafooli
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            4 months, 28 days ago

            Yeah, reckon this would be my choice, with a holiday home in Alaska....

            1. Firminoooo
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 28 days ago

              The best of two worlds.

        3. Holmes
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 28 days ago

          LA Galaxy

          1. Jafooli
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            4 months, 28 days ago

            California is good to visit, not to live....

            1. el polako
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 28 days ago

              Yeah, too woke for my taste.

        4. el polako
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 28 days ago

          In NY state of mind.

        5. TomSaints
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 28 days ago

          New Hampshire

        6. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 28 days ago

          Area 51

          1. el polako
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 28 days ago

            That where Fudgy is from.

        7. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 28 days ago

          Did a tour of New England a few years ago and Vermont was lovely!!! Cape Cod very special too!!

        8. Old Man
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          4 months, 28 days ago

          Somewhere where the scenery is wonderful, including the women.

          1. el polako
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 28 days ago

            Try Poland old man.

          2. Jafooli
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            4 months, 28 days ago

            In which case, it’s Scotland for you Old Man...

            1. Crunchie
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 28 days ago

              I would love to live in Scotland in the summer. I like Florida in the winter. Play alot of golf

          3. Old Man
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            4 months, 28 days ago

            I'm too old (and otherwise committed) to do much about it these days, but it would be a sad in a man's life when he has to stop looking. 😀

        9. kennethrhcp
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          4 months, 28 days ago

          Cali

          Either sausalito or carmel

          1. Jafooli
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            4 months, 28 days ago

            Once drove from SF to San Diego along Pacific Highway One - epic

            1. PepTalk
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 28 days ago

              Yep that's a top notch drive. Big Sur...

              1. Jafooli
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                4 months, 28 days ago

                In a rented convertible.....mad times...

              2. kennethrhcp
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                4 months, 28 days ago

                We thought big sur was a huge let down 😮

                Had a class dodge challenger and loved driving it

            2. kennethrhcp
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              4 months, 28 days ago

              Its amazing alright. We did 20nights West Coast and 3 nights ny on honeymoon

              Drove from San Francisco to San Diego and into vegas

              The little towns are lovely

              1. Jafooli
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                4 months, 28 days ago

                We went down into Mexico after SD, got a bit wild 😆

                1. kennethrhcp
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  4 months, 28 days ago

                  Nice!!!

                  Lovely drive down pch

        10. jbenny1107
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 28 days ago

          Depends on how you want to live. Northeast has horrible winters. Southeast has bad humidity and insects. Northwest is overcast a lot. Southwest is dry. We travelled the country and chose Colorado because of the outdoor lifestyle and more sunny days than Florida (300+ days).

          1. Jafooli
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            4 months, 28 days ago

            Colorado is definitely a good choice...

      4. TomSaints
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        Saka not a great punt so far!

        1. Gudjohnsen
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 28 days ago

          Awful

        2. el polako
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 28 days ago

          Involved and close in 1st half.

          1. tomasjj
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 28 days ago

            this

      5. Stand By Mee
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        My FFS Cup opponent has almost the same team as mine, except for 3 players:

        My team
        Dias, Targett, Son

        Opponent
        Cancelo, Digne, Watkins

        Both captain Gundogan

        Who do you think will win?

        1. Holmes
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 28 days ago

          I guess, it will be a draw unless Son gets something

        2. Ain't No Holebas Girl
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 28 days ago

          Hopefully you because I have the same 3 and none of the others. You'd think Son would make the difference but could come down to which City defender plays twice.

        3. Max City
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 28 days ago

          I have Cancelo Dias Watkins and Son.. So it probably would be a draw (laugh)

      6. Jafooli
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        Looking forward to the KdB interview with Oprah tomorrow.....

      7. Gudjohnsen
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        Nothing happening in the game?

        Not watching

        1. Holmes
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 28 days ago

          Number of pages here is a good indication

        2. Jafooli
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 28 days ago

          Why do you think we’re discussing US States and other shiiite 😉

      8. Holmes
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        Taylor off

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 28 days ago

          That was 7 mins ago fit anyone watching

          Others are:
          Gudmundsson > Brady
          Willian > Pepe

          Also Pieters YC.

      9. Kai
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        Wood's hip is worth how many bps?

      10. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        For those not reflecting on Liverpool scoring 1 goal at Anfield in the last few 10 hours.

        Here's another perspective..

        https://twitter.com/SwearingSport/status/1368196462195138569?s=19

        1. Jafooli
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 28 days ago

          😛

      11. tomasjj
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        Didn't know Burnley were a team of divers trying to get other sent off.

      12. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        Anything from FPL Rockstar about Southampton lineup? Ings etc?

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 28 days ago

          Only posts about teams we care about these days!

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 28 days ago

            Ings could be massive this week! 6% EO for a nailed DGW striker is unheard of

      13. Gudjohnsen
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        Saka got a yc?

        Should have just benched him.

        Big mistake from me.

        1. FPL Pillars
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 28 days ago

          Yeah he took “touch and go” Charlie out

      14. Daniel Jebbison
        • 12 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        Early thoughts on Werner and Barnes in next week for Salah and DCL?

        It will mean Chelsea triple up for me. Maybe I am biased because I am Chelsea fan but the Leeds game is tempting

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 28 days ago

          You're a fellow Chelsea fan. You know we can predict the lineup bar Mount) 😀

          Ashley Barnes? Or someone else?

        2. el polako
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 28 days ago

          Got Mount, Werner and Mendy on my WC this week - will either be ahead of the curve or fall of the cliff....

      15. Royal5
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        Laca screaming like he got shot

        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          4 months, 28 days ago

          Snap - talk about a hypochondriac

          He's a grown man FFS

      16. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        Lacazette should be booked for screaming like that

        Absolute disgrace, what was he thinking?!

        1. Royal5
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 28 days ago

          So soft. Embarrassing.

          1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            4 months, 28 days ago

            Arteta needs to have a word - totally unacceptable

      17. hullcityfan
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        Forster!

        11 pointer incoming.

        1. Mr. O'Connell
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 28 days ago

          For sure. On my bench.

      18. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        SHEFF UTD TEAM NEWS

        Team to play Southampton: Ramsdale, Baldock, Bryan, Ampadu, Stevens, Bogle, Norwood, Lundstram, Fleck, Brewster, McGoldrick.

        Subs: Foderingham, Lowe, Ndiaye, Maguire, Osborn, Mousset, Sharp, McBurnie, Burke.

        SOUTHAMPTON TEAM NEWS

        Team to play Sheff Utd: Forster,Walker-Peters, Bednarek, Vestergaard, Bertrand, Diallo, Ward-Prowse, Minamino, Armstrong, Ings, Tella.

        Subs: McCarthy, Stephens, Salisu, Chauke, Jankewitz, Djenepo, Redmond, Adams, N’Lundulu.

        1. Forza
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 28 days ago

          Thanks. The timing of McCarthy being dropped is so annoying - it should have been done a long time ago or not at all.

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 28 days ago

            True, at least he played the first double!

        2. Werner Brothers
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 28 days ago

          Maguire on the bench!

        3. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          4 months, 28 days ago

          Remember when Mousset was a bandwagon on here

          That was funny

      19. Holmes
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        Ings starts

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 28 days ago

          Phew!

      20. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        Could have an ARS penalty any second.

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 28 days ago

          No penalty. Tight one.

          1. tomasjj
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 28 days ago

            Clear handball.
            You wonder why VAR is there when it is not used in such cases.

      21. sunzip14
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        Forster starts!

        1. sunzip14
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 28 days ago

          DDG being the other one, it was a nervous wait. I just want him to match Martinez

        2. F_Ivanovic
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 28 days ago

          Pretty hilarious how I took out Forster on my WC in 25

          1. F_Ivanovic
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 28 days ago

            For McCarthey I meant to add

      22. THFC4LIFE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        Forster as main keeper on GW31 WC if he keeps his place

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 28 days ago

          Only if SOU keep CSs.

          1. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 28 days ago

            Bar 30-32, Saints have awful fixtures from a defensive perspective.

      23. JONALDINHO
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        If that’s not a pen thats ok but they need consistency. I don’t want to see another team getting a pen for a similar situation. Unfortunately it will happen

      24. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        no penalty? wtf

        1. Jafooli
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 28 days ago

          O*G

      25. F_Ivanovic
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        How on earth wasn't that a penalty?

      26. DycheDycheBaby
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        Never a pen!! 🙂

      27. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        KWP back = Ings haul confirmed

      28. Pariße
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        That should’ve been a pen. Unnatural position, far away from the body, and preventing a dangerous attack.