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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. Inazuma X1
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Circuit breakers incoming?

    https://twitter.com/BenCrellin/status/1348343774221578242

    1. Ginkapo FPL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      How exactly would it help?

      1. S.Kuqi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        This. Might aswell cancel whole season

        1. Ginkapo FPL
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          How would that help?

          1. S.Kuqi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Wouldn't have to worry fpl for a while

    2. Jimmers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      I'd prefer stronger sources than Ben Crellin

    3. FPL.team
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Didn't he say earlier it may just be horse racing or has that changed?

    4. Olson
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Christmas has been an unmitigated disaster and it's reflected in wastewater monitoring, testing, hospital admissions and deaths. I can't believe it wasn't suspended in new years round, let alone the FA Cup going ahead. Expect more high positive returns in the next couple of rounds of testing and draw your own conclusions about where this is going. That said, I drew mine shortly after Christmas and here we are, cha-ching

    5. Original - Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      I've heard a rumour from Ben Crellin that he's heard rumours, pass it on. (So many people are saying the election was probably rigged, so it must be true :-D)

  2. Nightcrawler
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 18 days ago

    If the villa game is ON...would u FH this?

    -4

    No keeper

    Stones Maguire Mitchell Lewis(?)

    Sterling KDB Son Bruno

    Kane Brewster..

    1. Black Knights
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      No.

      1. Klip Klopp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        No to which of his 2 questions?

    2. Corgzzzz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Touch and go, Mitchell, Lewis and Brewster are not going to get you many points.........

  3. Black Knights
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    So you’d have to imagine that if we’re getting word from Villa tomorrow, that definitely doesn’t leave long enough to organise spurs v Fulham into the slot should villa fail us.

    1. Rhodes your boat
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Teams should step in I think to get the season played, my rugby league side hull Fc agreed to step into a fixture at around 14 hours notice

  4. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Jose Mourinho says he expects the club's next game to be on Wednesday against Aston Villa.

    https://mobile.twitter.com/jonathandveal83/status/1348347917799718914

    1. Black Knights
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      It’s the hope that kills you.

    2. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Of course he would like to play decimated team.

      1. Camino Aleatorio
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Gotta play or the stoppages will destroy the entire season, for all teams

        If you have 14 professional athletes- you must play

        They were too soft on Newcastle

        Every team should have an alternate training ground, like a local park with a pavilion

  5. bitars
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    With all these postponed games would it be better if you instead just get the points for the games thats been rescheduled gradually? So that means you will never have any players that blanks (as long as they starts) and no dubble game weeks.

    1. Nightcrawler
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 18 days ago

      What?

      1. Black Knights
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        So like if you had Grealish, Son and then villa spurs doesn’t go ahead, you just get the points when they rearrange it (even if you don’t own them at that later stage). So people who missed out in the first place don’t jump on the bandwagon when it becomes a DGW.

        Would be my interpretation.

        1. bitars
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Exactly. Sorry for my English 🙂

          1. Black Knights
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Your English is fine. There isn’t a very clear way to explain your suggestion but we understand!

    2. Corgzzzz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      ????

    3. FPL.team
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      So your players are locked per fixture not gameweek?

      1. Camino Aleatorio
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        This is bloody fair and proper

        This lets us play FPL not Coronavirus Ball

        We can’t let the evil, soulless Maoist Ghouls wreck our economy and game.

    4. Ron_Swanson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Proper riddle that

    5. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Simple answer is no.

    6. Ginkapo FPL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      And what happens when the january transfer window changes the fortunes of players

    7. Camino Aleatorio
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      A million times yes. But the programming would be nuts (maybe)

      Fulham vs Spurs two weeks ago

      Everybody with Spurs on that match week gets those points. Whenever it happens. The game is no longer on the market for new holders.

      They just gotta drag drop the fixture to the week it happened.

      People will lose bench points but gain the Spurs points.

      Same for Spurs and Villa. You get the points whenever this ball game happens. Whenever. Even in May.

  6. Vazza
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Would you do Curtis Jones to Saka for a 4 point hit?

      I’m intending to save my FH but play BB in GW19...

      1. Sarri-ball
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Depends if need saka for this week?

        Personally i would saka will easy make 4 points on jones longterm

    • balint84
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      A) Adams, KWP TO Antonio, Coufal
      B) Justin, Zouma TO Dias, Coufal

      1. balint84
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        in dgw

    • Sarri-ball
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      After that comments are people more positive that villa v spurs might be on?

      Iv 3 spurs and watkins/targett. -4 will get me 12 players incase 1 of villa misses out

      1. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 18 days ago

        I think we can be more optimistic but no point worrying until we get what looks like an official decision tomorrow.

        1. Sarri-ball
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          100% iv worked out my swaps depending if on or not. But 100% rather be on

          1. Flynny
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Unlikely to know which villa players will feature rho

            Guess it makes son and kane a shoe in on free hit??

    • Baines on Toast...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      I am pretty certain the Villa game is going to go ahead by the sound of it. It is less about volume of cases than time before the next game, and they have had plenty of time to prepare.

      However I don’t think you will know which Villa players are out.

      1. Sarri-ball
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Im ok with that. Its my 3 spurs i need lol

      2. Ron_Swanson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        All depends on the number of positive results tomorrow

        1. Flynny
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Would mean kane and son for free hit as villa could be depleted ?

      3. STEP rOVERS
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Prepare. The training ground is shut!

      4. Netters2018
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        I cant see it going ahead the training ground is still shut with less than 72hrs to the game.

      5. Firminoooo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        The training ground will have to open if the game is played. There will surely be photos from the training session that shows which players are ok?

    • boroie
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Thoughts on this FH squad...

      DDG
      Cancelo Tierney Shaw
      KDB(C) Bruno(VC) Son Foden Saka
      Kane Lacazette

      BPF; Brewster Ampadu Clark

      1. Flynny
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Will foden play?

        Smith Rowe perhaps?

        1. Flynny
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Also think shaw may be injury doubt

      2. PAs lag
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        I like it

    • boroie
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      A - Foden & Kane
      B - Sterling & Wilson

      1. HMC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        I would go B

      2. marcos11
          1 month, 18 days ago

          B, unless you’re pretty confident Foden is nailed

      3. Jon Walter's Hatty
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Smith Rowe as a genuine playing 4.4 option opens a lot of avenues

        1. Flynny
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Indeed. Especially if we need kanw and son in our free hit squads

          1. Jon Walter's Hatty
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            In my WC squad with Kane Son KDB Bruno and 2 City defs as the spine

      4. CroatianHammer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Not only millionaire kickball players at it... word that the snooker Worlds is going to see a few withdrawals tomorrow.

        1. CroatianHammer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Masters I should say

      5. balint84
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Would you do it in DGW?
        A) Adams, KWP TO Antonio, Coufal (losing Southampon players, to WH players)
        B) Justin, Zouma TO Dias, Coufal (minor improving)

        1. marcos11
            1 month, 18 days ago

            B

        2. Croaker
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Gundogan or Cancelo for a Man City triple up? Have Dias and KDB already

          1. Konstaapeli
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Cancelo

            1. Flynny
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Cancelo gundo kdb

              Dias has ceiling of 6.

              Mote upside with gundo

        3. King Carlos
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Will Ederson be back for gw18. He was a sub today after all... so no more covid?

          1. Black Knights
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Yeah must be no longer isolating and negative.

          2. FPL.team
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            You'd expect so. Doubt Steffen will keep him out the team.

        4. FPL.team
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          If Spurs do play half a Villa team does that make Kane and Son better captain choices than KDB and Bruno?

          1. Black Knights
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            You’d think so.

          2. DA Minnion
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Yeah

            1. Flynny
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Would want both spurs for free hit I suppose

        5. Frucke
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Sterling or kane? (FH)

          1. TorresMagic™
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Kane atm.

            1. Frucke
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Ty

          2. Ajax Hamsterdam
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Kane

            1. Frucke
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Thanks!:)

              1. Flynny
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                Totally depends.

                Sterling may be injured

                Villa may be depleted

        6. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Foden certainly looks more like a good option compared to a few weeks ago. Could we go as far as saying he s enough to cover city attack ? Bruno and kane are nailed in my team and can't afford both kdb and Salah. On wc

          1. Epic ⚽ 墅
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            He's only started about twice in the last 10 or so.

            1. John Nerdelbaum
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Don't piss on Hamsterdam's chips

          2. Jon Walter's Hatty
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Sterling Torres Gundo KDB Foden Bilva Marhez into 4 spots. I dont like it

          3. Ajax Hamsterdam
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Thanks guys. Will probably go for kdb and 2 defence

          4. FPL.team
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            He's certainly good enough when he plays but that's the problem. He draws you in and then doesn't play for 6 weeks.

        7. AC Me Rollin’
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Thoughts on my FH team, would appreciate any recommendations for changes...

          Leno
          Holding, Cancelo, Stones
          Saka, Son, De Bruyne (C), Fernandes (VC)
          Kane, Wilson, Martial

          Ramsdale / Yedlin / Ndombele/ Mitchell

          1. Original - Wolves Ay We
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Would be a little worried about Cancelo playing

            1. FPL.team
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Withdrawn at half time today surely a good sign?

              1. Original - Wolves Ay We
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                In that case more promising.

            2. AC Me Rollin’
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              That and he has played 90min the last 6 PL games, not too worried about that.

            3. AC Me Rollin’
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              That add 4 x bench fodder for possible cancelled games and that, so all good ; )

        8. andres
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          assuming villa tot is off... surely selling tot players is a priority?

          1. Ajax Hamsterdam
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Thinking long term and keeping kane

          2. Black Knights
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Update tomorrow but looks more optimistic for villa spurs.

            1. UNDERWORLD7
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              It is looking more positive which is good 🙂

          3. Ron_Swanson
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            I’m pretty sure it’s off but I’m not selling my Spurs players. I’ll probably FH 18 and then play it by ear

        9. Klip Klopp
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          I still haven’t activated my FH and quite frankly I dunno what I’m waiting for? Is it time to play it or should I field this 8 + a hit

          This is my 8. I have 0FT and 0.8 itb.

          Martinez
          Cancelo / Dier
          Son / Fernandes / KDB
          Kane / DCL

          Bench: Foster, Raphina, Bamford, Coufal, Chillwell, Bissouma

          A. Worth doing Chilwell to Stones?
          B. Bissouma to Smith Rowe for -4
          C. Any other suggestions?

          1. Original - Wolves Ay We
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            I'm waiting

            1. Klip Klopp
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              What are you waiting for? Tomorrow's update on the Spurs Villa game?

              1. Original - Wolves Ay We
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                Yep and possibly new announcements of any more positive test results affecting BGW players.

        10. KAALI_DAAL
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Will Mccarthy make it to DGW?

          • pundit of punts
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Heads up in case the villa game goes ahead.

            Doesn’t look like Martinez is self isolating from the Instagram stories of him and his wife’s.

            They have been cooking pasta together.

            Nothing of significance on Grealish‘a profile though.

            1. g40steve
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Nothing like a good ‘stalker’ 🙂

            2. Ajax Hamsterdam
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Haha big brother is watching

            3. Salarrivederci
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Martínez is really THE guy to keep/get/have from Villa.
              I might keep now even if I decide to press the WC 🙂
              If I just knew that Spurs would play either Fulham or Villa, then my double up in goal would be Martínez - Areola 😀

            4. mikess
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              He could be isolating together with his wife

          • Gudjohnsen
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Do Grealish or Martinez have covid19?

            1. Ron_Swanson
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Not sure. But if anyone at Villa has it you’d think Grealish would be favourite

              1. pundit of punts
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                Why

                1. Ron_Swanson
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 18 days ago

                  He’s a rogue

              2. Milkman Bruno
                  1 month, 18 days ago

                  I’d say Grealish would be the least likely. Anyone gets within 2 metres of him he dives

              3. Jon Walter's Hatty
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                Not sure why people are even thinking about keeping Villa players for a few weeks, value or not

                1. Salarrivederci
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 18 days ago

                  Tbf Martínez would be great to keep with the amount of games in hand, value tied up in him and also good enough to BB next week should you consider that.

            2. g40steve
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Hoping the Villa game is on even if my players are out think I might get away without using a chip?

              Martínez
              Stones, Cancelo
              Grealish, Bruno, Son, KDB
              Kane, Watkins

              1. ThisTimeNxtYrRodney
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                Wow !!! It will really hit you if it is off. Same as me. 3 villa and two spurs as well but I will have 6 players. So I think that I will run with it.

              2. SomeoneKnows
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                Exact situation like me only I've got DCL instead of Watkins...

                My current plan is to FH in case of postponment, and if game isn't postponed but Martinez & Grealish in isolation then to take a -4 hit in order to bring De Gea instead of my 4.0 keeper

            3. SomeoneKnows
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Assuming AVL-TOT isn't cancelled but Martinez still needs isolation... Who is the best keeper to own for BGW18 & DGW19?

              De Gea? Someone else?

              1. ThisTimeNxtYrRodney
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                I would say Ederson. 3 home games against 3 lower teams. Too good to miss.

                1. SomeoneKnows
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 18 days ago

                  I agree, but already maxed out on city players

                  1. Flynny
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 18 days ago

                    Is martinez one of the cases?

                    1. SomeoneKnows
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 18 days ago

                      No idea, I'm just making a contingency plan

                      Plan is to BB in GW19 so if I take a -4 hit in order to field a keeper for both GWs it might pay off

            4. The Train Driver
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Scout tweet updates non existing, have been several manager announcements and news related to FPL worth tweeting.

              1. FPL.team
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                Give them a Sunday off.

            5. balint84
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Stones+ money
              Or
              Dias

              1. Jon Walter's Hatty
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                Im going Diaz Cancelo. If one has an issue you can go down to Stones

              2. Inazuma X1
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                Stones

            6. Werner Bremen
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              A Ederson and Wan Bissaka

              B DDG and Dias