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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. NateDog
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Hold Marti!

  2. La Roja
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Saka subbed

    1. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Bank the 4 pointer

  3. waltzingmatildas
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    BB in 36 and need some money to upgrade Doherty and Broja.
    Best move?
    A) Mount to Gordon (get Cash, Richarlison)
    B) Mount to Gordon (get Laporte, Toney)
    B) Martinelli to Gordon (get Davies, Dennis)

    1. waltzingmatildas
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      B or C could have Nketiah

    2. NABIL - FPL otai
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      A

      1. waltzingmatildas
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Cheers

  4. RN - Lyon Fan
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    nice one nketiah, standing his ground

    1. RN - Lyon Fan
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      rice in tears

    2. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Not so nice for his owners 🙁

  5. The Ilfordian
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    So it turns out I had the right players but not necessarily in the right order. Gabriel and Dubravka seemed like sensible benchers while vice cap’n Son is smirking at cap Salah. Oh well, roll on GW36 FH

    1. I Must Break You
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Thanks for letting us know

      1. The Ilfordian
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        You’re welcome, I’ll keep you updated

      2. Luggy10
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Smart arse aren't you.

  6. dshv
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Thank you nketiah 1 is better than 2

  7. EDUARDO DA SILVA
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Rice idiot

  8. Deulofail
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Rice to Arsenal not looking100% anymore

    1. RN - Lyon Fan
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      dont want him especially for anything close to 100m

      Hes not worth 15m

      1. Old Man
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Real Madrid fans want him

      2. Deulofail
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        I'm sure Arsenal would easily pay 50m if it were on the table

      3. I Must Break You
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        You're entitled to your opinion of course, but that last statement is decidedly false

    2. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Why would he want to go to Arsenal ?

      1. Deulofail
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Probably to challenge for trophies in the next 3-5 years

        1. el polako
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          So, why Arsenal ?
          With his potential he can do better and be actually winning meaningful trophies.

          1. Deulofail
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Arsenal's on the up. Young, quality players. I'm not saying he would prefer it there, but it's not a bad option for him. My OP was an obvious joke, no?

            1. el polako
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 6 days ago

              Lost on me, sorry brother.

  9. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    5 YCs in my team this game week. Come on fellas...

    1. Pukki Party
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      At least you have players who showed up

    2. Karhumies
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Same here. Every YC in a different match as well.

    3. Lets Talk About 19 Baby
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      My worst season for years, this game week sums it up perfectly.
      6 x yellow cards from 11 players, after playing my wildcard last week. No show for Captain De Bruyne vice Mane. 27 pts for the gameweek. Can’t wait for this season to end.

  10. Dynamic Duos
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Well that wasn't to damaging 4.19 loss , hopefully Toney makes that up

  11. Deulofail
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Lokonga. Give back your wages for the week.

  12. XX SMICER XX
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    My Young punt has failed. What 4.7m defender is best for next two gameweeks?

    1. Chilli Heatwave
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Defo need to start? Could punt with chambers but risk of konsa coming back

      1. XX SMICER XX
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Yes unfortunately, BB this week.

        Very slim pickings right now, looking at Royal, Fofana or Tarvares

        1. Chilli Heatwave
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          I would probably go Tavares

    2. Karhumies
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Holgate at 4.2?

      1. XX SMICER XX
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        He is the player I got rid of for Young! I thought he would be the one to drop out for Mina!

        1. Karhumies
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Guehi has great DGW37 with decent SGW36. You might get 2 points less from your BB36 compared to picking a DGW36 defenser, but the extra DGW37 fixture should more than make up for it?

          1. XX SMICER XX
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Good shout, something I will consider.
            Thanks all

  13. balint84
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Nketiah + White

    Save them or get Dennis + Fofana?

    1. Chilli Heatwave
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Keep definitely

  14. Not again Shirley
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Nketiah for Dennis or Foden for Havertz?

    Current team:

    Alison

    Cancelo James Laporte

    Salah Saka Odegaard Havertz Coutinho

    Kane Dennis

    Too much arsenal my main worry with Eddie.

  15. Arteta
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Massive 3 points.

    1. NABIL - FPL otai
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Definitely.

      Btw, hopefully you have moved on from FH34 🙂

  16. NABIL - FPL otai
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    James to Laporte with my FT (0 itb) will give me this team for DGW36 (no BB, only 1 FH left):

    Kasper
    TAA Robbo Cancelo Laporte Cash
    Salah Saka Son
    Watkins Nketiah

    (Pope Martinelli Gordon Weghorst)

    Anything worth a hit?

    1. Chilli Heatwave
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Nope good to go, I think robbo could potentially be rested for one game imo so tempted to change him to VVD, but definitely not worth a hit.

      1. NABIL - FPL otai
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Thanks man. Yep hopefully Martinelli and/or Gordon can step up for the potential absentees

  17. KAPTAIN KANE’S SON
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Is Nketiah nailed now?

    1. KAPTAIN KANE’S SON
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Might have to take a cheeky punt in the DGW if so!

    2. Dynamic Duos
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      He looked so good today

    3. Scots Gooner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Think he is. Laca not much competition and Eddie hasn’t done much wrong thus far

      1. KAPTAIN KANE’S SON
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Thanks both

    4. Ospina Colada
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Yeah he is showing that he has everything Arsenal need to see out the last few games of the season.

  18. Echoes
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Think I've gone the wrong side of the FH36+BB37 vs BB36+FH37 decision. Still feel I can get the best out of the first combo, but having rolled my FT this week, will need a few hits to do the second combo now. Really should've stuck to the initial plan, done Havertz -> Foden and gone with the first pair.

    1. Echoes
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 6 days ago

      *second = first

    2. I Must Break You
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Yeah you should just give up now

  19. DavidBW
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Great win for Arsenal.

    By this time next Sunday they should be 5 points clear with 3 to play. Including Spurs away.

    Don’t bottle it now.

  20. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Big 3 points, arsenal as good as finished 4th now

    1. La Roja
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Far from it. Spurs could easily beat them and arsenal could drop more points

    2. fedolefan
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      What sort of mind games are these when Arsenal still have to play Spurs. Arsenal can lose to absolutely anyone.

    3. The Polymath
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Do you believe in flying pigs?

    4. Scots Gooner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Newcastle away is a tricky fixture. Leeds and Everton fighting for survival. Plus, NLD can go either way.

      Isn’t over yet I fear.

  21. RN - Lyon Fan
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Why did West Ham play such a strong squad 4 days before their biggest game in 20 years? I'm rooting for them in europa but today's lineup was dumb

    1. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Hate Spurs!

    2. Deulofail
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      They probably want to play in Europa League next season

  22. JONALDINHO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    55 pts with Toney to go. Could’ve been 73 if I didn’t cap Salah over Son. Will take it though

    1. I Must Break You
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Thanks for letting us know

  23. fedolefan
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Great win as an Arsenal fan. No Arsenal in my team but rival has triple Arsenal, so a 7 point return from 3, I'll live with.

  24. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    3 - Gabriel (33)
    2 - Holding (28)
    1 - Martinelli (22)

    Coufal (21)
    Fabianski (18)

  25. dabber7
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 6 days ago

    3 Chelsea 34 66
    4 Arsenal 34 63
    5 Spurs 34 61

    Could it become twitchy for Chelsea?

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      We'll make it difficult for ourselves as we always do, but Leeds, Wolves & Watford within those that remain. Plus Spurs/Arsneal have to play each other.

      1. dabber7
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Can Tuchel afford to rotate against Leeds now?

    2. Fish up a tree
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Chelsea need a 6 points from 4 games

      1. dabber7
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Yes, it is very unlikely but to be fair, they've only taken 4 points from their last 4 games and they looked awful when they got three of those 4 points at home to a heavily rotated West Ham.

  26. The Polymath
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Can't wait for this rubbish FPL season to be over!

    1. DavidBW
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Boohhhooo

  27. wulfrunian
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Except from Kane who is the best forward for gw38?

    1. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Jesus
      Maybe Vardy!

      1. wulfrunian
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        cheers but i can't gamble on Vardy/Jesus in the last gw!

        1. Sun Jihai
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Yeah they are more punts and Vardy vs. Soton nostalgia!
          As someone else said Toney, though will be a must win game for Leeds so could be close rather than an on the beach goalfest

          1. wulfrunian
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Agreed

    2. I Must Break You
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Toney, Jesus come to mind. Vardy if he's starting by then

      1. wulfrunian
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        cheers

  28. DAZZ
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Considering Son > KDB -4, chasing, is it wise?

  29. Dynamic Duos
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Pickford, Richarlison and Nketiah get ready to join the dynamic duos

  30. It’s gonna Ben Mee
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    North London derby will be intense.

    Cue 0-0

    1. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Probably as I have zero defenders from either team!

    2. NABIL - FPL otai
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      No way