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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. Hybrid.power
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    7 months, 1 day ago

    Just in, how's Odegaard looking? Bad punt?

    1. Cruyff Turn
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 1 day ago

      Assisting the assister.

    2. DandyDon
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 1 day ago

      yep. almost went there myself but went cheap on smith rowe who can become bench fodder at least

    3. DAZZ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 1 day ago

      FPL wise terrible. Football wise he’s unreal. Running the show

    4. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 1 day ago

      Good footballer. Not so much for FPL right now.

    5. Royal5
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 1 day ago

      Playing very well

      1. Hybrid.power
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        7 months, 1 day ago

        Damn. Thanks guys!

    6. mynameisq
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 1 day ago

      I disagree with most of these comments, he's been in the box his shots have got blocked, and he's been close to assist too. Hasn't gone for him but he is threatening

  2. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 1 day ago

    Not that I can complain having Antonio & Lingard already, but those two just then...

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 1 day ago

      Feels like an equalizer is coming

  3. Neevesy
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 1 day ago

    Antoninoooooo

  4. DandyDon
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 1 day ago

    come on Smith Rowe!

  5. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    7 months, 1 day ago

    That's a real sitter from Antonio.

    1. G-Whizz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 1 day ago

      I dunno, looks more difficult than I first thought when I watch the replay.

      Part of me thinks he was lucky to get anything on that ball that was fizzed across but at the same time having done so, can see he's disappointed he's missed...

    2. Nomar
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 1 day ago

      Easier to score than miss, that one.

      1. The VAR Team
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 1 day ago

        Not if you can only reach it by the tip of your boot

  6. Pukki Party
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 1 day ago

    Any chance Dier plays left wing in Sons place tonight?

    1. HonestBlatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 1 day ago

      I wish...no hope...

  7. DAZZ
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    7 months, 1 day ago

    Lingard and antonio could have had 5Gs and 5assists between them, unbelievable

    1. Hy liverpool
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 1 day ago

      No

      1. Fred54
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 1 day ago

        Yes

  8. The Suspended One
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    7 months, 1 day ago

    Laca talent showing us what he can(‘t) do

    1. Bram
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      7 months, 1 day ago

      ...and he scores

  9. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 1 day ago

    Jon Moss is going to find any reason to give Arsenal a pen in the last 10 minutes.

    1. mynameisq
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 1 day ago

      He'll make the decision that means he doesn't have to run

    2. Fred54
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 1 day ago

      Probably for that foul on Bergkamp he watched on YouTube last night.

  10. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 1 day ago

    Lingard close

  11. The VAR Team
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 1 day ago

    Was that a big chance missed from Antonio, given he was at full stretch?

  12. Hy liverpool
    • 7 Years
    7 months, 1 day ago

    Lingarowz

  13. pingissimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 1 day ago

    Gaaaaah

    Great game but a painful FPL watch

  14. Jindaljain
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 1 day ago

    Lingardo

  15. _Ninja_
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    7 months, 1 day ago

    Auba off

  16. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 11 Years
    7 months, 1 day ago

    Auba with his usual 2 points

  17. G-Whizz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 1 day ago

    Auba off
    Martinelli on

  18. sunzip14
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 1 day ago

    Auba sub

  19. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 1 day ago

    Auba sighting.

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 1 day ago

      Failed punt

  20. _Ninja_
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    7 months, 1 day ago

    3 3 laca

  21. Firminoooo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 1 day ago

    I’m watching Magnus playing a big Chess tournament on TV. He is watching the West-Ham game while playing fantastic. He almost fell of his chair on both own- goal. Even the TV comentators laughing about it.

  22. tambourineman
    • 7 Years
    7 months, 1 day ago

    3-3 Laca

  23. sunzip14
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 1 day ago

    3-3

  24. tiger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 1 day ago

    LacaGoal Pepe Ass

  25. Hy liverpool
    • 7 Years
    7 months, 1 day ago

    Laca g

  26. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 1 day ago

    Yess

  27. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 1 day ago

    Good night Auba. Waste of a transfer.

  28. Super Saints
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 1 day ago

    I have 11 players this week with no hits, my rivals with 8 and 9 players who are on -4's are both outscoring me, of course I picked Auba!

  29. Mile Plankton
    • 8 Years
    7 months, 1 day ago

    Odegaard assisting the assiter again.

  30. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 1 day ago

    Auba YC?

    Involved in celebrations...