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West Ham v Arsenal team news: Nketiah starts, White out, Martinelli recalled

There’s one more Premier League match still to come on Sunday and it sees Arsenal attempt to regain their top-four spot at West Ham United.

Kick-off in east London is at 16:30 BST.

We were expecting plenty of alterations from David Moyes given that this match falls in the middle of a two-legged Europa League semi-final against Eintracht Frankfurt and while he has made five changes from Thursday, the rotation wasn’t as widespread as perhaps we initially thought.

Lukasz Fabianski returns in goal in place of Alphonse Areola as expected, while Vladimir Coufal, Ryan Fredericks, Mark Noble and Said Benrahma start instead of Ben Johnson, the suspended Craig Dawson, Tomas Soucek and Michail Antonio.

Kurt Zouma, who made a shock early return from injury in midweek, starts his second match in less than 72 hours at the heart of the Hammers’ defence.

West Ham aren’t the only team dealing with upheaval at centre-half.

Arsenal are missing the influential Ben White today, with the stopper not risked because of a tight hamstring.

Cedric Soares and Emile Smith Rowe also drop out, as Takehiro Tomiyasu, Rob Holding and Gabriel Martinelli come in for the Gunners.

Eddie Nketiah gets the nod up front for the fourth match in a row, meanwhile.

GAMEWEEK 35 LINE-UPS

West Ham United XI: Fabianski, Coufal, Zouma, Fredericks, Cresswell, Noble, Rice, Benrahma, Fornals, Lanzini, Bowen.

Subs: Yarmolenko, Antonio, Vlasic, Areola, Diop, Masuaku, Soucek, Kral, Alese.

Arsenal XI: Ramsdale, Tomiyasu, Holding, Gabriel, Tavares, Xhaka, Elneny, Odegaard, Saka, Martinelli, Nketiah.

Subs: Leno, Lacazette, Smith Rowe, Cedric, Pepe, Sambi Lokonga, Oulad M’hand, Swanson, Kirk.

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1,102 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Nightf0x
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Thinking of FHing in gw38, dont like the 37 doubles as most of the teams arent playing for anything

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      I'm planning the same thing

    2. OptimusBlack
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Good Point

    3. Indpush
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Same

  2. Catastrophe
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Advice greatly appreciated! On BB, 2FT, 1.4 ITB.

    Pope, Foster
    Cancelo, James, Robertson, Matip, White
    Salah, Son, Coutinho, Kulusevski, Saka
    Watkins, Pukki, Broja

    A) White, Pope & Broja -> Laporte, Schmeichel & Nketiah
    B) James & Pope -> Laporte & Ederson
    C) Pope & Broja -> Ederson & Nketiah
    D) Something else

    Thinking A, as they are my 3 weakest players!

    Cheers

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      C

  3. Nightf0x
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    BB36 active

    Foster schmikl - taylor laporte cancelo alonso taa - salah son mount cout madds - nketiah mateta toney, cout taylor -4 to:

    A) saka 4.8def. (holgate)
    B) gordon 6.9def. (james rudi vvd)
    C) mateta cout -4 to richar gordon
    D) + mateta -8 to richar gordon 4.7def.

  4. waltzingmatildas
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Mount to Foden for a -4?

    1. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      If you expect Mount to miss the Leeds game due to fa cup final then might be worth it.

  5. mox81
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    TC gw36, do we think Salah or KDB? At least they've both had a rest this weekend!

    1. Bleh
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      I would go with Salah to be safe-er!

  6. rozzo
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Would you free hit this?

    Sa
    TAA Robertson Cancelo Laporte James
    Son Kulu Mount Saka
    Kane

    Foster Dennis Ramsey Broja

    1ft
    1.4 itb
    1fh
    13k rank

    Think i need Salah and KDB to protect my rank, although going without Salah last few weeks has got me to 13k to begin with if that makes sense

    Cheers

    1. Cantonesque
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Maybe. If as is very likely Liverpool get to champion league final Robertson will probably get rested, and may well get rested even if they lose that, considering what else they have to play for (I put Tsimikas first bench in my bus team free hit). James looking a bit of an iffy asset now (I may keep on FH but only because guy chasing me in ML has him). Spurs triple doesn't seem well balanced for the GW36 fixtures. Sa is probably the last keeper you would pick this week if you had a FH and some of the more appealing ones are cheaper too (Pickford, Schmeichel).

      So looks like you could get to Salah + KDB, who should start both. Although maybe wait till after CL semis to pull trigger.

  7. King Kohli
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Who are the best 3 Man City players on a FH?

    1. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Cancelo KDB Foden

      1. OptimusBlack
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        This

    2. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Cancelo KDB Jesus

      1. Royal5
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Can't see Jesus playing both

        1. Royal5
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          *starting

    3. Bleh
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      So many good options, all at risk of rotation too. I would just go with what works best for your team.

      1. Indpush
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        This. I'm considering Robo, Trash and Trash out for Laporte, Dias and Tsmikis (Already have Cancelo). Using BB36. Cost a -4

  8. PartyTime
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Saka probably fit for the dgw.

      Arteta on Saka, Tomiyasu, and White’s fitness…
      “Ben got injured against Manchester United, he felt a muscular problem and we checked him, and we will have to access him in the next few days to see how he is. Bukayo was fine, he was really fatigued and he has been through a little injury as well. Tomiyasu has just that he had been out for so long and could not continue”.

      (www.arsenal.com)

      1. Bleh
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Cheers, have White and looking to move him on. Saka looks good for the next few.

    • Bleh
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Who to make way for a MCI mid?

      A. Maddison
      B. Mount
      C. Kulu
      D. None of the above, go triple def or Jesus instead

      1. JBG
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        A might be out for a little while. Look for injury update.

        1. Bleh
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Will do, cheers!

    • Bleh
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Kane, Broja, Doherty, White > Jesus, Nketiah, Laporte, VVD (-8)

      Yay or nay?

      Would leave me with this (on BB):

      Ramsdale*, Dubravka
      TAA*, VVD*, Cancelo*, Laporte*, Alonso*
      Salah*, Saka*, Maddison*, Kulu*, Mount*
      Jesus*, Nketiah*, Pukki*

    • Sturridge Wars
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Which option?

      A) Pickford, Gordon & Cancelo
      B) Ederson, Gordon & Gabriel

      1. JBG
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        A because of Cancelo