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The best Arsenal players to consider for a Blank Gameweek 18 Free Hit squad

There is a host of Arsenal options to consider for Blank Gameweek 18 over the coming days.

Considering the Gunners’ offer impressive form, an appealing fixture but only one match in Double Gameweek 19, they are prime candidates for Fantasy Premier League managers playing their Free Hit chip.

We have run the numbers on Mikel Arteta’s men ahead of their meeting with Crystal Palace to find the best options, looking at individual form as well as how the Eagles have fared defensively of late.

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  1. JCR23
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    6 days, 18 hours ago

    1) Leno & Gundogan

    OR

    2) Darlow & Saka

    ?

    Thanks

    1. PlayUpPompey
      • 9 Years
      6 days, 18 hours ago

      1.

    2. Disturbed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      6 days, 17 hours ago

      2

    3. Bram
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      6 days, 17 hours ago

      2

  2. akhilrajau
    • 2 Years
    6 days, 18 hours ago

    Any confirmation of spurs game? Is it postponed?

    1. HellasLEAF
      • 11 Years
      6 days, 17 hours ago

      no yet

  3. akhilrajau
    • 2 Years
    6 days, 18 hours ago

    Shaw injured? Possible to play gw 18?

    1. HellasLEAF
      • 11 Years
      6 days, 17 hours ago

      certainly there are better options

      1. akhilrajau
        • 2 Years
        6 days, 17 hours ago

        Hmm currently Lloris and shaw. So darlow and awb is better?

        1. akhilrajau
          • 2 Years
          6 days, 17 hours ago

          Same issue with sterling also

        2. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          6 days, 17 hours ago

          You're on a possible covid cancellation and injury. Latter is safer. I'm making sure I have 2 playing keepers - indeed, I'm making sure if one match other than Villa-Spurs is called off, I can still put out a full side.

          1. akhilrajau
            • 2 Years
            6 days, 16 hours ago

            Hmm i am on FH. So max playing 11 i planned. Situation looks like spread to bench also

            1. Going Home
              • 9 Years
              6 days, 16 hours ago

              With there being no Liverpool (no Mane/Salah/£7m+ defenders), it should be easy enough to get at least 13/14 starters into your side. I’m on FH and have 14 starters (although I’m trying to get a second starting keeper in too)

              1. akhilrajau
                • 2 Years
                6 days, 15 hours ago

                M good i have kane,son, bruno and sterling that is the issue

                1. Going Home
                  • 9 Years
                  6 days, 15 hours ago

                  So so I. My current draft is

                  Darlow (fodder)
                  Stones holding Tierney Clarke Mitchell
                  Saka son Sterling KDB Bruno
                  Kane Wilson Brewster

                  1. akhilrajau
                    • 2 Years
                    6 days, 15 hours ago

                    Ow nice Mine is

                    Lloris
                    Holding, Shaw, Cancelo
                    Son, Bruno, KDB, Sterling, Smith Rowe
                    Kane, C.Wilson
                    Bench: Forster,Mitchell, Davis, Douglas
                    Bank : 0.0 m

                    1. Going Home
                      • 9 Years
                      6 days, 15 hours ago

                      Decent. I’d suggest downgrading Lloris (Villa likely to score if game goes ahead) and Cancelo to Stones (both equally likely to be rotated) and use the extra to upgrade Douglas and Davis

                      1. akhilrajau
                        • 2 Years
                        6 days, 13 hours ago

                        Hmm good will check this option

  4. HellasLEAF
    • 11 Years
    6 days, 17 hours ago

    What's with Sterling gents? Can't find anything on it either says unknown.

    Could be nursing a knock or covid?

    1. ivantys
        6 days, 17 hours ago

        Just rested. He was always "injured" during international breaks too.

      • COVID-CASUAL
          6 days, 17 hours ago

          Was described as "not fit", whereas others were described as "injured". Best guess is he just needed a rest. I wouldn't be too concerned.

      • Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 4 Years
        6 days, 17 hours ago

        Pick one:

        A) Sterling + Martial
        B) Rashford + Vardy

        Have KDB and Bruno.

        1. WALOR
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          6 days, 17 hours ago

          B all day

      • Esalman
        • 11 Years
        6 days, 16 hours ago

        RMFHT

        Darlow
        Holding Tierney Cancelo
        Saka KDB Bruno Rashford Gundogan
        Wilson Richarlison

        fodder Maguire Brewster Mitchell

        1. ivantys
            6 days, 16 hours ago

            My draft had something similar with
            Pickford
            Holding Maguire Cancelo
            Saka KDB Bruno Rashford Sterling
            Wilson Laca
            Too much itb for you? I could easily upgrade Gundo to Sterling from your team.

            1. Esalman
              • 11 Years
              6 days, 16 hours ago

              Thanks, I actually agree about Sterling. He appears to be flagged though.

              1. ivantys
                  6 days, 16 hours ago

                  He was always flagged during those international breaks as well. He's a risk worth taking as his upside is too high this game. I actually don't want Laca and would take DCL instead, allows me a bit more cash to upgrade elsewhere. The price changes have been kind to me so far as I'm waiting for last min to press if I were to press it.

                  1. Esalman
                    • 11 Years
                    6 days, 16 hours ago

                    That makes sense, cheers!

          • b91jh
            • 3 Years
            6 days, 16 hours ago

            How is this FH draft? (Assuming Spurs match are confirmed to go ahead)

            De Gea
            Dias Schar Tierney
            KDB Bruno Son Gundogan
            Laca Kane Wilson

            Sanchez SmithRowe Clark Mitchell

            1. ChelseaGuy
              • 4 Years
              6 days, 15 hours ago

              Looks really good

          • Shark Team
            • 3 Years
            6 days, 15 hours ago

            If the Spurs game goes on then would you pick DDG or Lloris as your GK?

            1. S.Kuqi
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              6 days, 15 hours ago

              Ddg

            2. ivantys
                6 days, 15 hours ago

                Probably DDG cos Dier's cheaper than Maguire/AWB

                1. Shark Team
                  • 3 Years
                  6 days, 15 hours ago

                  I've Dias Cancelo Tierney. Can't get any Def by the two teams

                  1. ivantys
                      6 days, 15 hours ago

                      Lloris then, better defence whether he faces Villa U23s or Fulham.

              • S.Kuqi
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                6 days, 15 hours ago

                For dgw19. Wildcard active atm.

                Antonio or Cresswell?

                1. Miguel Sanchez
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  6 days, 15 hours ago

                  Easier to answer after the FA cup tie this evening. Hopefully Antonio starts, plays well and comes off after 60 mins unhurt.

              • Jinswick
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                6 days, 14 hours ago

                So is the GW18 WC strategy to field 11 in 18 and BB in 19? I guess with ARS having a decent 18/19 (albeit no double) this could work.

                1. HollywoodXI
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  6 days, 14 hours ago

                  It’s what I’m running with. Obvs keeping an eye on the Spurs v Villa announcement which will influence my WC team.

              • HonestBlatter
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                6 days, 14 hours ago

                Any fixture news / latest rumours?

              • 03farmboy
                • 1 Year
                6 days, 14 hours ago

                With my 2 free transfers I have 6 players or do I use my Free hit??

              • Live Lad
                • 6 Years
                6 days, 14 hours ago

                Safe to press the FH button right? Villa game unsure but the season won't take a break this week?
                Thanks.

                1. TorresMagic™
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  • 11 Years
                  6 days, 14 hours ago

                  You wouldn't ask if it was safe.

                  1. Live Lad
                    • 6 Years
                    6 days, 14 hours ago

                    You are right. But the games start tomorrow. Would understand if one game is postponed but Covid break must be announced at least a few days in advance I guess.

                    1. Andy_Social
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      6 days, 14 hours ago

                      Could be a mere few hours. But we're supposed to get confirmation later today. You can jiggle your squad around before deadline on a FH anyway.

                      1. Live Lad
                        • 6 Years
                        6 days, 14 hours ago

                        The team is almost set even if the Villa game isn't sure. I picked Son only from that game and Saiss as first sub, and other playing cheap players.

                        1. Andy_Social
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 8 Years
                          6 days, 14 hours ago

                          My FH squad looks good, but if Spuds play Fulham, I'll rip it up to get triple Spuds in.

                          1. Salarrivederci
                            • 4 Years
                            6 days, 14 hours ago

                            Why is Fulham such a great opponent for Spurs?
                            Fulham have been pretty tight at the back lately, and well rested too.
                            0-0 against Southampton
                            1-1 Newcastle with a red card
                            0-0 Brighton
                            1-1 Liverpool
                            And a mere 2-0 defeat against City

                            1. Andy_Social
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 8 Years
                              6 days, 14 hours ago

                              That's true. Maybe Dier then.

                              1. Salarrivederci
                                • 4 Years
                                6 days, 14 hours ago

                                Gonna keep Son no matter what happens before the deadline. But if Spurs - Fulham is confirmed later today I think I might get Areola next to Martínez on a WC. Dier could be good as well, but it is not hard to find good defensive options at the moment.

                                Not sure about Kane. Would prefer to play DGW19 with Salah/Mané - KDB - Bruno - Son, and with two city defenders it is hard to fit in Kane imo.

                            2. EmreCan Hustle
                              • 8 Years
                              6 days, 14 hours ago

                              Fulham is better than Villa IMO

                              1. Salarrivederci
                                • 4 Years
                                6 days, 13 hours ago

                                Yes on paper. But would rather own Kane and Son against a half first/half youth team with no training the last weeks time, than I would face in in-form defensive Fulham side well rested and prepared tbh

                2. theplayer
                  • 7 Years
                  6 days, 14 hours ago

                  Tbh if you've waited this long, I'd wait til tomorrow now for more news. Obviously we might find out about the Villa Spurs situation and rumours last night of a circuit breaker announcement for all sport today. Only a rumour at the moment but that should be enough to not hit the FH button for now. See what the day brings first.

                  1. Live Lad
                    • 6 Years
                    6 days, 14 hours ago

                    I don't mind waiting but wondered if nothing is announced about a circuit breaker by now, we can assume the games will go ahead. OK if Spurs do not play as I'll be picking a good enough bench.

                    1. Andy_Social
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      6 days, 14 hours ago

                      For me, the problem is Villa announcing their last covid test results just hours before the game. If too many first teamers test positive, it will likely be called off post-deadline.

                    2. theplayer
                      • 7 Years
                      6 days, 14 hours ago

                      Not at all. If a circuit breaker was announced today, it would probably be effective from tomorrow. Like I say its just a rumour I first seen on here last night so no idea if it's true or not.

              • Bobby Digital
                • 3 Years
                6 days, 14 hours ago

                Villa23s vs Son & Kane 😮

                1. Tomerick
                  • 6 Years
                  6 days, 14 hours ago

                  Yes please.

                2. RamaJama
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  6 days, 14 hours ago

                  Do we know the reason for Kane not beeing in the squad yesterday?

                  1. Fozzyb34r
                    • 6 Years
                    6 days, 14 hours ago

                    Rest I guess

              • Rob
                • 11 Years
                6 days, 14 hours ago

                Hedging my bets on the Villa v Spurs possible cancellation in case we don't get word before the deadline;

                Darlow
                Cancelo / Stones / Maguire / Wan Bissaka
                De Bruyne (VC) / Fernandes / Son / Saka
                Kane (C) / Lacazette

                Bench: Wilson / Smith-Rowe / Lascelles / Steer

                Wilson and Smith-Rowe step in if Spurs do not play to manage downside risk.

              • Jönny
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                6 days, 14 hours ago

                Via the The Athletic: Tottenham vs Fulham being lined up to replace the Villa game.

                A further possibility that Ful vs Che then gets moved to Saturday... which would mean a TRIPLE game week for Chelsea?!

                1. Andy_Social
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  6 days, 14 hours ago

                  I can't imagine Chelsea accepting that.

                  1. Jönny
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    6 days, 14 hours ago

                    Ha whoops, obviously not a triple... they will only play Fulham once! That game stays in GW19, just pushed back by a day. Bit too early for me...

                    But the Fulham vs Spurs thing sounds like it is a genuine possibility at least.

                    https://theathletic.com/2313623/2021/01/11/fulham-holding-football-soccer?source=user-shared-article

                    1. Andy_Social
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      6 days, 14 hours ago

                      Yeh, that could happen - maybe move Che-Ful from Friday to Sunday. If so, it will be officially announced later today.

              • stu92
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                6 days, 14 hours ago

                Reckon we’ll know the Aston Villa situation before the deadline? Currently have Kane and Son on the FH but want to rejig my team if possible.

                1. Andy_Social
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  6 days, 14 hours ago

                  Supposed to get official news today. If not, I'd be worried.

              • Andy_Social
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                6 days, 14 hours ago

                What happened to today's price changes (or no changes)?

                1. Ragabolly
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  6 days, 14 hours ago

                  No changes

                  1. Andy_Social
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    6 days, 14 hours ago

                    Cheers Rags

              • Saïss doesn't mat…
                • 4 Years
                6 days, 14 hours ago

                how's this for a fh? tryin something different

                darlow
                telles holding cancelo
                kdb auba bruno son saka
                wilson martial

                forster mcgoldrick mitchell bernado

                1. Andy_Social
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  6 days, 14 hours ago

                  Telles played the full 90 in the FA Cup. If Shaw's fit he'll play. Too much uncertainty for either - I'd get Maguire.

                  1. The Knights Template
                    • 7 Years
                    6 days, 14 hours ago

                    No baps Maguire? No thanks. AWB.

              • Inazuma X1
                • 3 Years
                6 days, 14 hours ago

                Just had a dream, City and United fixture was postponed. Spurs v Fulham rescheduled to GW18 and after 10 mins into the game Kane scores a goal and an assist and Son had two assists, then I woke up..

                I had KDB (C) Bruno (VC) lol

                1. EmreCan Hustle
                  • 8 Years
                  6 days, 14 hours ago

                  How often do these dreams come true?

              • EmreCan Hustle
                • 8 Years
                6 days, 14 hours ago

                Good afternoon DZ.

                Original plan was to field 9 without hits.
                Have those 9 players currently. Brought in KdB and ESR for free.
                But 5 of them are in the Villa vs. Spurs match. Kane, Son, Watkins, Dier and Martinez.

                Assuming the game might be called off after deadline...

                1. Should I FH and leaving out all Villa and Spurs assets?
                2. Still have some of them in the FH team?

                Thanks.

              • Brunsvigeren
                • 5 Years
                6 days, 13 hours ago

                Can you make 1 FT transfer this gameweek ahead of gw19, and then make the Freehit chip for use in this gw18?

                1. Brunsvigeren
                  • 5 Years
                  6 days, 13 hours ago

                  Does the question makes sence?

                2. stu92
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  6 days, 13 hours ago

                  No, if you use the free hit this week then all transfers are covered, you can't make any permanent ones.

                3. Hotdogs for Tea
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  6 days, 13 hours ago

                  no, your transfer will be lost and you will revert to your squad in GW17

              • wasp3000
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                6 days, 13 hours ago

                FH folk, what's your bench looking like? A load of cheap fodder and hope your 11 start?

                Currently have Sanchez, Mitchell, Stephens, Brewster. Playing 442 as it stands

                Should upgrade my bench for fear a game gets cancelled?

                1. Hotdogs for Tea
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  6 days, 12 hours ago

                  is there much of a chance that some your 11 starters may need to quarantine after the deadline or that a game gets cancelled, which would mean relying on your bench ?
                  or just good old rotation with 3 games in a week for some ?

                  1. wasp3000
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    6 days, 12 hours ago

                    No the starting 11 seem locked in unless Pep rotation happens for example. My query is more related to the possibility of a game being postponed due to COVID.

                    1. Hotdogs for Tea
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      6 days, 12 hours ago

                      is there any recent examples of games being postponed after the deadline due to covid or players having to drop out of teams due to covid?

                      1. wasp3000
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        6 days, 12 hours ago

                        Yes it's happened twice in the last 2 GWs

                        1. Hotdogs for Tea
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 5 Years
                          6 days, 12 hours ago

                          you may want a better bench to deal with that eventuality perhaps ? I would for sure

                          1. wasp3000
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 6 Years
                            6 days, 12 hours ago

                            Ya someone like Clark for Newcasyle ay 4.5m is a nice sub. Brewster is fine. Could always go 352 with Saka and then have playing subs.

              • bitm2007
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                6 days, 1 hour ago

                -
                Dias, Dier, AWB, Lamptey (ffit)
                KDB, Bruno. Son
                Kane

                I currently have a strong 7 possibly 8. Who should I add to it (I can't get Saka or Lacca for free)

                A) Saka and Wilson (hit needed to get Salah next GW)
                B) Rowe and Lacca (hit needed to get Salah next GW)
                C) Rowe and Fabio Silva