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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. CloudSky
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 25 days ago

    If they can apparently score with that part, they can defend with it too.

  2. Van der Faart
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 25 days ago

    Never a penalty

  3. DycheDycheBaby
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 25 days ago

    Mariner are you having a laugh mate !! 🙂

  4. Maarrrr17
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 25 days ago

    So what's the card for?

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 25 days ago

      Overturned.

      1. Maarrrr17
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 25 days ago

        Yeah but the yellow after??

        1. ZAMUNDA
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 25 days ago

          An earlier foul at 71'

        2. panda07
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 25 days ago

          He took the yellow out by mistake when he was rescinding the red.

  5. Jon Walter's Hatty
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 25 days ago

    VAR doing a great job

  6. EDUARDO DA SILVA
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 25 days ago

    Are there any dumber refs than english?

  7. Il Capitano
      4 months, 25 days ago

      Quiet cameo from Pieters then

      1. Old Man
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 25 days ago

        😀

    • Scots Gooner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 25 days ago

      Just give me my Auba penalty

    • Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 25 days ago

      McGregor like shoulder strike

    • DropkickMurphys
        4 months, 25 days ago

        Totally wrong decision. Wasn’t a handball

      • DycheDycheBaby
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 25 days ago

        quality defending Erik!

      • jason_ni
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 25 days ago

        1st time in a long time var has been useful for something..

      • KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 25 days ago

        With Jota bringing himself in, do we think he takes one of Salah/Mane’s spots or plays in addition to?

        1. BobbyDoesNotLook
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 25 days ago

          Probably in place for. They all have played huge minutes and UCL still on.

      • AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 25 days ago

        VAR works again... Shocker!

        1. jason_ni
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 25 days ago

          Var in that instance, it works perfectly.

          Its when you are talking mm on offsides, and the decision of when to stop the action to draw the lines(critical to making the decison) and where the lines are drawn are all up to human interpretation, and you can get a different decision between 2 operators is where I have a problem with it. And not even talking about the fps for the video feed.

      • Royal5
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 25 days ago

        VAR works

      • ivantys
          4 months, 25 days ago

          How is there a yellow when there's no pen?

          1. DropkickMurphys
              4 months, 25 days ago

              Soooo stupid lol

            • Maarrrr17
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 25 days ago

              This.
              So if he gets a yellow again, is he off? What the hell is going on.

            • kennethrhcp
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              4 months, 25 days ago

              What?

              1. kennethrhcp
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                4 months, 25 days ago

                There was no yellow?

            • ZAMUNDA
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 25 days ago

              The yellow card is for an earlier foul

              1. ivantys
                  4 months, 25 days ago

                  Oh I see, makes sense now

              2. Royal5
                • 9 Years
                4 months, 25 days ago

                He pulled up the wrong card

              3. tomasjj
                • 6 Years
                4 months, 25 days ago

                Could be for dissent?

              4. BobbyDoesNotLook
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 25 days ago

                It was for previous challenge.

              5. KAPTAIN KANE
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 25 days ago

                Probably for descent

                1. mojoindojo
                  • 7 Years
                  4 months, 25 days ago

                  into madness..

              6. Guba
                • 5 Years
                4 months, 25 days ago

                He meant to get the red card out, to show it was rescinded. He got a yellow from previous.

              7. JJO
                • 8 Years
                4 months, 25 days ago

                He accidentally showed it
                He meant to show RC is overturned

              8. Nomar
                • 11 Years
                4 months, 25 days ago

                Wierd but he was retracting the red card.

            • Steve The Spud
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              4 months, 25 days ago

              Nowhere to hide for pieters cappers

              1. FPL Pillars
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 25 days ago

                I am here and proud

              2. The Ilfordian
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 25 days ago

                Captain hindsight! Seemed the obvious choice before the gameweek

              3. Old Man
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                4 months, 25 days ago

                Funny how that nth expression has entered FFS lingo.

              4. Nomar
                • 11 Years
                4 months, 25 days ago

                Plenty of places for them to hide considering he never got sent off after all.

                1. Steve The Spud
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  4 months, 25 days ago

                  Everywhere to hide !

            • KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 25 days ago

              Pope pen save incoming

            • tomasjj
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 25 days ago

              Correct decision on the red card, but Arsenal should be away here.

            • BobbyDoesNotLook
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 25 days ago

              Thank god I got Martinez in and Mccarthy on bench.

            • seewhyaxe
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 25 days ago

              exciting 10-15mins

            • Guba
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 25 days ago

              Thank god for VAR here, does show why we need it. Penalty and red card would have been horrendous.

              1. tomasjj
                • 6 Years
                4 months, 25 days ago

                VAR nowhere to be seen on the previous handball in the Burnley box though.

                It is the inconsistency that riles the most.

            • F_Ivanovic
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 25 days ago

              Should be happy with Aubameyang's goal but to think what could have been.

              1. kennethrhcp
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                4 months, 25 days ago

                Like no goal and benched?

            • Dthinger
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 25 days ago

              I’m going to regret starting Jorginho instead of Brewster aren’t I?

              1. KAPTAIN KANE
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 25 days ago

                I would regret owning either

                1. Dthinger
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 25 days ago

                  That is a fair point

              2. TheDragon
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 25 days ago

                No

              3. Twisted Saltergater
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 12 Years
                4 months, 25 days ago

                Penalty incoming

            • KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 25 days ago

              Perfect game for non owners

              1. TheDragon
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 25 days ago

                That’s everyone though

                1. KAPTAIN KANE
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 25 days ago

                  I’m sure there’s some Pope/Lowton/Saka owners somewhere

              2. PLerix
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 25 days ago

                I brought in Auba this morning. Think a lot did?

                1. KAPTAIN KANE
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 25 days ago

                  Great punt, you deserve it

              3. Top Dog
                • 11 Years
                4 months, 25 days ago

                Other than the goal from one of the most popular Arsenal
                assets!!

                1. KAPTAIN KANE
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 25 days ago

                  7.5% ownership

            • French Gooner
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              4 months, 25 days ago

              Best league in the world they said.

              Clearly not for refs and VAR - what an absolute joke

              1. Van der Faart
                • 9 Years
                4 months, 25 days ago

                Where has VAR failed today?

                1. Scots Gooner
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 25 days ago

                  The clear as day handball penalty they said was a 'natural position' despite being extended feet from his body?

                  Natural position for a ballet dancer perhaps. Or a tree.

                  1. jason_ni
                    • 5 Years
                    4 months, 25 days ago

                    Not sure if you expect footballers to run like they are in river dance?

                    1. Scots Gooner
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      4 months, 25 days ago

                      He wasn't running? He was backing off from Pepe in the penalty area, with his arms out wide.

                      1. jason_ni
                        • 5 Years
                        4 months, 25 days ago

                        Change run to move then.
                        I know you are an arsenal fan, so may be biased, but for me having played football and the lowest level possible, its a natural movement.

                        Never mind how close the ball was, he didn't have a chance to react.
                        An extra half m away, and he moves his arm to the ball different story.

                        1. French Gooner
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          4 months, 25 days ago

                          “Me having played football” - mate if you played football you know that’s a pen all day long, at under 12 junior football or final of the World Cup.

                          Arm in an unnatural position denying a clear goal scoring opportunity.

                          What is done is done, doesn’t change the fact we gave away a goal and missed couple of sitters

                        2. Scots Gooner
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          4 months, 25 days ago

                          As an Arsenal fan, I could easily be accused of bias. That's a handball. It's not even remotely indefinite.

                          Have you watched any football this season? Have you seen the handball calls made via VAR? Have you seen some of the disallowed goals attributed to handball?

                          The officials don't even know what a handball is any more. There is no consistency whatsoever.

                2. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 25 days ago

                  Blatant first penalty vs Pieters

            • Jon Walter's Hatty
              • 7 Years
              4 months, 25 days ago

              If VAR system worked for obvious calls like a minute ago and checked for daylight between attacker and defender on offsides rather than millimetres that would do me.

              1. kennethrhcp
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                4 months, 25 days ago

                Agreed!

                All the ppl saying we need the technology with all the money at stake can surely see now its ruined the enjoyment

                1. Keeptrying
                  • 7 Years
                  4 months, 25 days ago

                  It is not the technology ruining though. It is the people not being able to apply it properly.

                  1. jason_ni
                    • 5 Years
                    4 months, 25 days ago

                    There is no way to know the precise moment to pause the action with the fps in use.
                    Its all personal opinion. That is an issue when you are talking mm.

                    Var can be useful, as in todays non pen, but on alot of offsides it doesn't help itself.

                    The whole drawing lines from armpits is another farce.

                    1. Keeptrying
                      • 7 Years
                      4 months, 25 days ago

                      I still think it is more a question of educating referees better and providing better guidelines, as well as maybe selecting better referees if that is possible.

                      You wouldn't blame an x-ray for example if the doctors
                      A) don't spot something is wrong
                      B) spot something but due to lack of know-how etc. say don't worry, it is nothing

                      1. jason_ni
                        • 5 Years
                        4 months, 25 days ago

                        No amount of education will allow for the correct decision on when to pause for every check, its always human decision, and the current camera fps are not up to it, and when you have these mm offsides disallowed, that's a problem.

                        1. Keeptrying
                          • 7 Years
                          4 months, 25 days ago

                          I see what you mean, but it is still a matter of how to apply available technology. Bring in a challenge system maybe as in other sports (tennis, cricket come to mind).

                  2. Jon Walter's Hatty
                    • 7 Years
                    4 months, 25 days ago

                    I agree as VAR is just another ref and on subjective decisions they are no better than going with the original ref. Some decisions on a football pitch are 100pc subjective and should be left to the ref on the pitch to try and apply the laws he should know as part of his job

              2. Hulk Smash
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                4 months, 25 days ago

                What counts as daylight though? If your arm is stretched out behind you so there is no daylight between it and your opponent, but there is clear daylight between the players' legs or abdomens, would that count as offside or not?

                1. Jon Walter's Hatty
                  • 7 Years
                  4 months, 25 days ago

                  Id just use torsos not arms or legs like they do in sprint photo finishes. I just prefer any benefit to go to the attacker

                  1. Hulk Smash
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    4 months, 25 days ago

                    Something definitely needs doing though I agree. But I don't trust the authorities to get it right at all.

                    1. jason_ni
                      • 5 Years
                      4 months, 25 days ago

                      Torso will still be ambiguous.. go with the feet, at least its easier to pinpoint!

            • Gudjohnsen
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 25 days ago

              Awful start to the gw as a Saka owner.

              1. Van der Faart
                • 9 Years
                4 months, 25 days ago

                This

              2. The Ilfordian
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 25 days ago

                Yes, seemed sensible at the time. Good for the BGW though and fixtures beyond (maybe a sneeky one past Spurs

              3. jason_ni
                • 5 Years
                4 months, 25 days ago

                Saka was pretty unlucky.. but that always seem the case for him, owned him a number of weeks, and was always close and no cigar.. el is a different story.

            • Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              4 months, 25 days ago

              WTF just happened in Burnleys penalty box

            • seewhyaxe
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 25 days ago

              what a chain of events