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

    unbelievable that

    1. Hi I'm Jose
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 14 days ago

      Totay agree

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

      *Geoff

    3. Holmes
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 14 days ago

      OMG upgraded to unbelievable :O

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

    The officiating and implementation of VAR in this league is absolutely horrific

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

    Urgh Che Adams epitomises my stinking season.

    Always someone else I need to ship out. Those who I ship out go on scoring runs and those i keep become a shell

    1. Holmes
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 14 days ago

      Those are the players that should be gone for hit as soon as possible

  4. Milkman Bruno
      7 months, 14 days ago

      Ings and Minamino let’s go! Come on saints

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

        Pope won’t be happy....

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

      No Holding and No McCarthy so far 🙂

      Pope and Dallas on the bench

      1. F_Ivanovic
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 14 days ago

        Glad I benched McCarthey. If he somehow comes back in for the City game it'd have been a diaster.

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

      Wood WTF

      Should have a brace.

    • tiger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 14 days ago

      Wood almost in again

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

        😛 😉

      2. Forza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 14 days ago

        He's really attacking the box with power.

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

      So those of us that gambled on McC starting now worried Forster has a Weston and is back in the team from the City rout haha

    • Max City
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 14 days ago

      So how's ARS this afternoon?

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

        Wasted some chances first half.

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

        Shocking

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

      Pepe huge miss.
      Wastes Tierney assist.

    • Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 14 days ago

      Pepe

      Enough said

    • jason_ni
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 14 days ago

      "Vydra and wood, combining like two players in those positions would love to do".

      Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner for sports commentary piece of the year.

    • Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 14 days ago

      Oh dear Pepe

    • Royal5
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 14 days ago

      Pepe 😆

    • LSP
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 14 days ago

      Pepe doing Pepe things

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

      Argh Pepe

    • Van der Faart
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 14 days ago

      72 million. LOL

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

      penalty arsenal

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 14 days ago

        OMg

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

      Pieters RC.
      Need to check VAR.

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

        That was a brilliant block tbh. Should be overruled IMO

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

          Will be no penalty

    • ivantys
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 14 days ago

      Should be shoulder

    • Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 14 days ago

      Saka to Grealish?

    • Maddamotha
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 14 days ago

      Thats the shoulder! Not red!

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

      Red card. Pieters.

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

        Hit his shoulder?

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

          Rescinded.

    • Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 14 days ago

      Clearly shoulder.

    • jason_ni
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 14 days ago

      Never ever a pen..

    • Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 14 days ago

      Surprised Marriner didn't send Mee off 😉

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

      what the....

    • KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 14 days ago

      Shocking, Pope denied a penalty save and 3 BAPs

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

      50:50s not working again.
      A) Salah and Saka
      B) Aubameyang and Rafinha

      Obviously went A...

    • kennethrhcp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 14 days ago

      If you can be offside by that part of the body... Great block