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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
    3 months, 19 days ago

    unbelievable that

    1. Hi I'm Jose
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Totay agree

    2. Jafooli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      *Geoff

    3. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      OMG upgraded to unbelievable :O

  2. Scots Gooner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 19 days ago

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

  3. TomSaints
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 19 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
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

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

  4. Milkman Bruno
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Ings and Minamino let’s go! Come on saints

      1. Jafooli
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        Pope won’t be happy....

    • TNB
        3 months, 19 days ago

        No Holding and No McCarthy so far 🙂

        Pope and Dallas on the bench

        1. F_Ivanovic
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 19 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
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        Wood WTF

        Should have a brace.

      • tiger
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        Wood almost in again

        1. Jafooli
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          😛 😉

        2. Forza
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          He's really attacking the box with power.

      • Danno - Emre Canada
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 19 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
        3 months, 19 days ago

        So how's ARS this afternoon?

        1. Gudjohnsen
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          Wasted some chances first half.

        2. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          Shocking

      • Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        Pepe huge miss.
        Wastes Tierney assist.

      • Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        Pepe

        Enough said

      • jason_ni
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 19 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
        3 months, 19 days ago

        Oh dear Pepe

      • Royal5
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        Pepe 😆

      • LSP
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        Pepe doing Pepe things

      • Danno - Emre Canada
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        Argh Pepe

      • Van der Faart
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        72 million. LOL

      • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        penalty arsenal

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          OMg

      • Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        Pieters RC.
        Need to check VAR.

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          That was a brilliant block tbh. Should be overruled IMO

          1. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 19 days ago

            Will be no penalty

      • ivantys
          3 months, 19 days ago

          Should be shoulder

        • Gudjohnsen
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          Saka to Grealish?

        • Maddamotha
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          Thats the shoulder! Not red!

        • AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          Red card. Pieters.

          1. AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 19 days ago

            Hit his shoulder?

            1. AC/DC AFC
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 19 days ago

              Rescinded.

        • Duke Silver ☑
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          Clearly shoulder.

        • jason_ni
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          Never ever a pen..

        • Duke Silver ☑
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          Surprised Marriner didn't send Mee off 😉

        • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          what the....

        • KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          Shocking, Pope denied a penalty save and 3 BAPs

        • TomSaints
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

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

          Obviously went A...

        • kennethrhcp
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

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