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Saka passed fit to feature as Aubameyang keeps his place in Arsenal starting XI

The two remaining Blank Gameweek 29 fixtures take place today, starting with West Ham United v Arsenal.

Kick-off at the London Stadium is at 15:00 GMT.

It’s mostly positive news on the teamsheet front concerning the most-owned Fantasy Premier League assets on show.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.5m) was omitted for disciplinary reasons in the north London derby last weekend but he returned to the Arsenal starting XI in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday and keeps his place this afternoon.

The Gabon international looks set to be deployed on the right flank in east London, with Alexandre Lacazette (£8.2m) still leading the line.

Aubameyang is one of three players who are recalled to Mikel Arteta’s line-up after missing out against Tottenham Hotspur, with Pablo Mari (£4.4m) and Callum Chambers (£4.5m) returning to the defence.

Emile Smith Rowe (£4.2m), Gabriel (£4.9m) and Cedric Soares (£4.6m) are all benched.

Willian (£7.5m) misses out through injury but Bukayo Saka (£5.3m) has made a swift return from the hamstring strain that forced him off at half-time of the win over Spurs.

There are two changes for the Hammers from the side that were beaten by Manchester United last week.

Club captain Mark Noble (£4.5m) and young defender Ben Johnson (£3.9m) are benched, as loanee Jesse Lingard (£6.1m) and Said Benrahma (£6.0m) return to David Moyes’ starting XI.

Pablo Fornals (£5.9m) is still sidelined.

Having operated in a more conservative wing-back system last weekend, West Ham look to be back in a 4-2-3-1 this afternoon.

Lingard and Aubameyang were both transferred in by over half a million Fantasy managers ahead of the Gameweek 29 deadline.


West Ham United XI: Fabianski, Coufal, Dawson, Diop, Cresswell, Rice, Soucek, Bowen, Lingard, Benrahma, Antonio.

Arsenal XI: Leno, Chambers, Mari, Luiz, Tierney, Partey, Xhaka, Saka, Odegaard, Aubameyang, Lacazette.

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2,005 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Werner Bros
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Would you WC GW30 or wait till 31? Team below still looks strong for 30 without WC.

    Martinez Areola
    Cancelo Dias Dallas Targett Lowton
    Bruno Son Bale Gundo Lingard
    Kane Bamford Watkins

    1. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      I think you've answered your own question mate 😉

      1. Werner Bros
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        I know... I think I'm thinking out loud more than anything!

    2. Salan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      I will not WC gw30. More funny that, I guess many can even plan BB in this gw30 by their current team, if they still have BB.

      1. Salan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        play*

        1. Thomas Magnum
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Baring injury I’m BB in 30 as it’ll be the last time I have a strong bench and will WC in 31, will go cheap bench on and put all my finds in the starting 11/12

      2. Werner Bros
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Good point. I do have a bit of a benching headache this week. BB already used though. 31 is definitely looking the better option for WC though.

    3. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      I think so many templates picks have a good GW30 fixture, that you can't get by without it that week.

      Also, due to the 'template' picks having these good fixtures, you could be punished moving away from some of them - in GW30 anyway.

      1. Werner Bros
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        V. good point. I'm going to stick then, in hindsight not even sure why I considered 30

    4. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      31 at the earliest.

      Hang on till fixtures are announced if possible.

      1. Werner Bros
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Which fixtures. The remaining doubles?

  2. Bookkeeper
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    No Son this evening

    1. Mr. O'Connell
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Lies

      1. Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        It's looking a bit cloudy out there. Maybe he's right.

    2. TomSaints
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Excellent. Villa 2-0 win

    3. Old Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Not good for Harry(c)

    4. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Pretty nice here, summer slowly starting.

      1. Pep bites Kun
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Spring? 🙂

    5. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Yes Sun sets at 6:30

    6. Thomas Magnum
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      3am here, moon putting on a good performance thus far

      1. Eh, just one more thing ...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Yup ... moon is pretty consistent performer ...

  3. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Tierney, Cresswell, Odegaard assists needed to save my GW

    1. Salan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Doubtful, but Cresswell may have a goal here. Arsenal looks bad in defence, no focus at all.

  4. Klip Klopp
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Probably time to pull the WC trigger now right?

    Martinez
    Cancelo / Reguillon / Dallas
    Aubameyang / Son* / Bruno / Gundo
    Bamford* / Richarlson / Kane

    Bench: Foster, Smith-Rowe, Coufal, Douglas**

    I still have WC, BB and TC

    1. Thomas Magnum
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      What’s the rush? All your players all seem to have good fixtures this week, Son and Bamford should both be back to fitness and have great fixtures, could surely just use transfers

  5. Isca Extremadura
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    And he refused to buy a recognised striker..

    1. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      I completely agree with this.

    2. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Instead, Moyes recognised Lingard - was- a striker.

    3. RogDog_jimmy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 22 days ago

      When we play 3 attacking mids plus Antonio is works out so well!

  6. GE
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Auba instead of Lingard went well...

    1. DannyDrinkVodka
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 22 days ago

      I made the same mistake.....

    2. Salan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      I never consider Arsenal players.

  7. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Big half coming up need odegard lingard and Auba to stay Very quiet

  8. boc610
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    arsenal are like a typical season of game of thrones. couple of absolutely brilliant episodes, some bang average ones and a fair few duds.

    1. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      The only difference is that as seasons went be there was less and less pusssies in Game of Thrones, can't say the same about Gunners.

      1. Old Man
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        fewer, not less

        1. el polako
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Thank you old man, every day is a school day.

          1. Old Man
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            apologies - it's just one of those things that gets to me. Use fewer for entities that can be counted in integers, such as oranges or foxy babes .... less for things like sugar, fog or good play from Newcastle defenders.

            1. The Suspended One
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              Irregardless ...

            2. el polako
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              No offence taken, didn't meant to sound sarcastic either.

              Didn't have English at school, self learner here so don't mind when people correct me.

              1. Old Man
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 22 days ago

                In which case you have done very well and I feel guilty for correcting you - keep up the good work! 😀

    2. Stejson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 22 days ago

      And lots of t*ts to look at

      1. The Suspended One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        I’m looking at a couple boobs on the pitch atm

  9. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    An Auba goal would be nice. Better late than never mate 😀

  10. Isca Extremadura
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Fair play to Moyes,
    Attractive team to watch & well organised

    1. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Think a fair bit depends on Lingard judging from the United game.

      Home and away and much weaker opposition this week but still think Lingard in this form takes them up a level.

      1. Thomas Magnum
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Also it seemed against United west ham played not to lose, this week they’re taking on the game and want to win it

    2. Pep bites Kun
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Yep fair play - good to see

  11. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    I wish I could have 15 Messi Lingard's.

  12. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 22 days ago

    We all hope Arteta stays forever. The fans sure seem to 😆

    JLingz doing the business!! Time to move to a new and welcoming home

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      But he won the Fa cuuuuuup

  13. Nanoelektronicar
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Who to bench next week: Gundo or Lingard?

    1. Fantasydreamer
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Just thinking the exact same thing...

    2. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Pep might help but I wouldn’t bench Gundo anyweek.

    3. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      It's very possible that Pep will take this decision out of your hands. 😆

    4. keefyefc
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Who are your forwards ?

  14. Thomas Magnum
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    What do we think will happen with Lingard after this season, did West Ham loan him with the option to buy? Or will he get a good look at the United 11 now or somewhere else altogether

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Not the second one...

  15. Revival
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Stick Auba centrally upfront and he might actually score. Enough of sticking him out on the right or left side.

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Better on the left, he’s just not up for it

  16. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Laca almost.

    1. Thomas Magnum
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      What a start that would’ve been

      1. Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        If he'd gone down, would've been a pen.

        1. Tango74
            1 month, 22 days ago

            I’ve got lacca too

    2. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Is someone able to kindly confirm if this Twitter account is reliable please?

      https://twitter.com/hotspurrelated/status/1373550861109059585?s=21

      Thanks

      1. TomSaints
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        That would be annoying. 5 points off the bench though

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          I have Lingard first on it!

          1. TomSaints
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            Hope he’s out then!

      2. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Just ask yourself why a Spurs account would have ITK information about the Aston Villa line-up.

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Could be generally in the know I guess

        2. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          An all knowing ITK?!

      3. Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Don't worry mate. You're having one of those seasons so he's guaranteed to miss out 😀

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Haha let’s see!

      4. The Suspended One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        This is not news.. he’s out.

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Cheers mate

      5. The Senate
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        sourced from the mirror, so not really good information, he may or may not start

    3. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Coufail in for a long 45 minutes.

    4. TomSaints
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      More goals here.

      I’m calling 4-4

    5. DAZZ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Auba just isnt involved whatsoever. Laca + Saka look most like scoring

      1. JBG
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        They should have sold Auba when they could for big money and invest wisely. But that's basically what Arsenal have failed to do for years now.

      2. TomSaints
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Can’t be bothered to look up stats but Aubameyang has always been like this. Difference is his crazy clinical finishing which has dissapeared

        1. The Suspended One
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Yeah his conversation rate was always really high

        2. DAZZ
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Yeah and the fact he’s pushed out wide left really doesn’t help his cause, but if he was up top im sure things would be different for him

      1. Thomas Magnum
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Owners probably will refuse to pay...

    6. Forever In Our Shadow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Mid table Arsenal. Looking every bit the part.

    7. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      No Bruno for United.

      Rested or an issue?

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        If it was an issue he wouldn't be in the squad.

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Fair play.

          Just saw the starting 11 at first.

      2. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Dropped probably.

      3. Fred54
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        The decision to sell before Man City looks a good one now.

    8. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Is Auba on pens if Laca's on the pitch?

      1. DAZZ
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Yes Auba is the penalty taker.

    9. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Ended ups with an ok BB of 18 in GW26 but a bench of Ederson Stones Antonio Cresswell just doesn't look right next week.

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Play cresswell and bench one city asset imo

        1. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Martinez Dallas Konsa Shaw is rest of defence.

          Tough one between the premium defenders. Could just lose Konsa and be happy with just Martinez I guess

    10. DannyDrinkVodka
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 22 days ago

      At least I won’t be losing any sleep over whether or not I should keep Aubameyang on my team

    11. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Soucek red check?

      1. tiger
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        try saying that quickly 5 times...

    12. JBG
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Wtf ref.... No reason to blow the whistle there.??

      1. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Jon Moss things.

    13. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Auba to Salah or KDB?

      1. JBG
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Kdb

      2. Thomas Magnum
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Most likely Salah for me, don’t think I can look at a KDB 1 or 0 pointer at this late stage in the season

    14. The Train Driver
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Mistake after mistake and Moss still gets to ref games. Wish I had a job security like that.

      1. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Crash a train to test it?

      2. Old Man
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        He's appalling isn't he?!

      3. Thomas Magnum
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Really makes you wonder why one would blow the whistle there on a 2-2