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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. Totti
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    do u think guys this team deserve freehit gameweek18?

    martinez (forster)
    taylor lamptey holding (bednarek coufal)
    bruo son grealish (salah) burki
    kane calvert bamford

    1 FT 0.3 itb

    A) free hit
    B) salah-> sterling/ KDB and bamford -> wilson -4 and gameweek19 free hit
    C) other suggestion

    1. HuttonDressedasLahm
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      B
      You’ll survive

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

        Sterling or de bruyne?

        1. HuttonDressedasLahm
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Kdb

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

      Free hit all day long, you could have only 2 starting

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

        And if spurs vs aston villa played normally?

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

          Happy days but it feels a helluva risk

    3. Snooze ya lose
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Fh

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

    Tyrone Mings self isolating

    Source - Instagram

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

      Keep ‘em coming!

      1. Finding Timo
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Jack grealish ?

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

        By deduction who are the clear infected?

        Martinez, clear cooking with wife
        Minus, self isolation
        Grealish?
        Watkins?

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

          Mings

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

          But if wife is also infected they can self isolate together, no?

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

            They seem too happy to have COVID

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

          Grealish posting stories

          May actually be okay

          Wouldn’t want to be fooling around being COVID positive and attract wrath of the fans

          Radio silence regarding others

        4. COVID-CASUAL
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Couldn't Martinez be isolating with his wife (and kids)?

            1. Steve The Spud
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Yes of course

              Could even have got it from his wife

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

              Could be

              Looks otherwise to me. Just an educated guess though

              1. COVID-CASUAL
                  1 month, 18 days ago

                  Fair enough. Appreciate you digging out this info.

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

                    No problem

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

                      Even if grealiah and martinez are OK half of the team could be out!!

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

                        Great for Son and Kane.

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

                        Game very likely to be off, no spurs assets for FH then

        5. Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Villa fixtures are actually pretty grim from an attacking point of view

          1. Snooze ya lose
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Yep

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

          My plan:
          GW18: No chips
          GW19: Bench boost

          What would you do with 1FT out of these?

          1) Taylor -> Shaw
          2) Taylor -> Max 4.8 def, suggestions?
          3) Keep Taylor, save for 2FT

          1. Steve The Spud
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 18 days ago

            3

          2. Snooze ya lose
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            3

        7. unitednations
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Best moves here with 2FT and 0m itb. Assuming that the villa-spu if off.

          --- Martinez Forster
          Taylor Cancelo Stones -- Coufal Dallas
          Bruno Kdb Burke -- Salah Son
          DCL -- Watkins Bamford

          A: Salah + Watkins >> Rashford + Laca...gets me to 9 decent players but excluding taylor/burke, its technically 7. Taking salah out means taking a hit to bring him back in gw19

          B: Salah + Taylor >> Rashford + Tierney...and start watkins if there is not clarity in terms of the spurs/villa game

          C: FH

          1. Snooze ya lose
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            C

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

              What would you front 7 be on a FH?

              If I do A, I will have
              Bruno Kdb Rashford Burke — Son
              Dcl Lacazette

              I assume even on a FH, I would have 5 out of those

        8. Right In The Stanchion
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Anyone daring to get Sterling or Jesus on FH?

            1. El Presidente
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Why not Sterling? Is he injured?

            2. waldo666
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Yes with Sterling.

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

            Chip Users -

            There's talk among horse racing twitter that a 3-week circuit break for all sport will start tomorrow

            https://twitter.com/BenCrellin/status/1348332179928055813?s=19

            1. Steve The Spud
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Oh crap!

              1. Londongeezaa
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                I know horse racing isn’t great but there’s no need to be rude 🙂

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

              I've never been able to rely on horse-racing tips...............

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

              No chance the PL is stopped

              I can bet on that

              1. Lord.
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                Thank goodness there’s no dope testing in fpl.

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

              damn, i got Red Rum (c)

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

                that's a blast from the past!

            5. The Hunt
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Hmmm, proper horsey people have serious money. They won't allow it to happen again. They've done their bit.

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

              Just messing with you... but horses don’t get Covid

          • Flynny
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            If villa v spurs goes ahead, are kane and essential on free hit?

            And presumably would make sense to steer away from villa completely?

            Even if grealish and martinez are OK- half of the team could be out - and we probably won't know till we see the team sheet!

            Thanks

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

              Kane and son essential I should say

            2. COVID-CASUAL
                1 month, 18 days ago

                In the scenario of you describe, Martinez would be lined up for about a dozen saves... except it's Spurs, so after Son-Kane carve up some kids playing centreback 5 mins in for the early lead, they will sit back. Then Louie Barry (73rd min sub) scores the equaliser in injury time. 1-1 the final score.

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

                Even if no villa make it, I’d be up to 9 and a 3-3-3 formation and 2FTs, so can get by with no FH as originally planned. That’d be good enough.

              • Snooze ya lose
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                100%

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

              Bjorn Engels NOT self isolating

              Source - Instagram

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

                Out on the town?

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

                  Wouldn’t be hugging his newborn if he had COVID

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

                    Outstanding work!

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

                    Unless the newborn has it.

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

                Top Marx thank you!

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

                Son will be happy to see him start.

                Gave away a last second goal to Son last year

                But somehow Son broke an arm

            4. Splatter\\\'s Omerta
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Hah. An article about Arsenal assets and not a mention about Auba. Is that how far he has fallen or just a poor article?

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

                Both

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

              It's hilarious watching all this Aston Villa team news coming through. Keep it coming.

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

                There's no news though haha. Tomorrow we'll find out.

              2. Egg noodle
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                What's today's roundup?

              3. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                It’s like FPL price reveals

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

                  😆

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

              Ollie Watkins had three chances last week to contract covid , however he missed all three .

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

                🙂

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

                Covid assist from Grealish

              3. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                VAR ruled one out mate haha

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

                Low COVID and Goal conversion

            7. Madderegern
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Never used FH before. Do i press "transfer", and then the chip appears? Or does pressing that button initiates transfers...? Dah... I know.

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

                And is it possible to make a "real" transfer beforehand?

                1. marcos11
                    1 month, 18 days ago

                    Any transfers you make during the gameweek before activating free hit don’t carry through, to the best of my knowledge, your team resets to what it was at the start of the gameweek

                2. Snooze ya lose
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 18 days ago

                  Yes.
                  No

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

                    Thanks!

              2. Egg noodle
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                KDB or Sterling?

                1. waldo666
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 18 days ago

                  KDB

                2. marcos11
                    1 month, 18 days ago

                    KDB

                  • Snooze ya lose
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    1 month, 18 days ago

                    Kdb

                    1. Egg noodle
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 11 Years
                      1 month, 18 days ago

                      Ok. Thanks all

                3. Snooze ya lose
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 18 days ago

                  Leno or de gea on FH. Have tierney

                  1. Coys96
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 18 days ago

                    DDG

                  2. Colonel Shoe 肝池
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 18 days ago

                    ddg
                    i think you want a very good mix this week to minimize the effects of cancelled games

                4. El Lobito 10
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 18 days ago

                  Can you play FH, save team and then cancel it? I don't think so but would like to be able to in order to do my ide FH team tonight before price changes

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

                    The Free Hit chip can be used once a season, is played when confirming your transfers and can't be cancelled after confirmed.

                    1. El Lobito 10
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 18 days ago

                      Thank you

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

                    You click confirm - it’s done and irreversible

                5. Steve The Spud
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 18 days ago

                  Martinez asked about Covid after being seen in instagram making Pasta

                  Unfortunately he refusilli to comment

                  1. Mmm sausages
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 18 days ago

                    Did you penne that yourself?

                  2. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 18 days ago

                    I heard he asked for a translator mate coz he was having trouble speaking the linguini !!

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

                    I didn’t get this at first but the penne has dropped now.

                  4. El Lobito 10
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 18 days ago

                    Let's hope the game isn't canellonied

                  5. The Ilfordian
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 18 days ago

                    They’re ravioli to isolate farfale ten days?

                6. FantasyClub
                    1 month, 18 days ago

                    Stones not a safe transfer in with Laporte coming back right?

                    1. waldo666
                      • 10 Years
                      1 month, 18 days ago

                      I would say he's relatively safe, how long since Laporte played? Would be eased back in at the least you would think and Stones has probably done enough recently to hold his spot.

                      1. Lord.
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 18 days ago

                        You mean a nice easy game like Brighton at home?

                        1. waldo666
                          • 10 Years
                          1 month, 18 days ago

                          Sure, off the bench. Been out for a couple of months with a hamstring, I wouldn't see him starting for a bit.

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

                    Beauty from Solly March has saved Brighton an extra half hour on a ploughed field

                    1. Mmm sausages
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 18 days ago

                      Or not

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

                      Saved the ploughed field an extra half hour of Brighton.

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

                      ...or not!

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

                        Matt Ryan must be laughing at that

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

                      Awful wasn't it - I feel better about my neglected back garden now (not a euphemism)

                      1. Lord.
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 18 days ago

                        Nothing a good Brazilian couldn’t solve.

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

                        Better than neglecting the front

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

                      Ryan just got promoted back to No 2.

                  • Bushwhacker
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 18 days ago

                    Newport get FERGIE TIME!! OGS off to manage them next.

                  • Coys96
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 18 days ago

                    Which Newcastle centre backs are nailed?

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

                      Fernandez and Clark are usual 2.

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

                      Lascelles and Fernandez?

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

                      Fernández (or Clark if want to save but of cash)

                    4. Coys96
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 18 days ago

                      Cheers all

                  • fcsaltyballs
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 18 days ago

                    which 3x Villa players would you get for the possible TGW19 ?

                    1. Mr. O'Connell
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 18 days ago

                      The ones without covid

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

                        lol, rules out Jack then

                    2. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 18 days ago

                      10 players self isolating and no idea who they are. A bit early to be asking that question

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

                        sorry

                  • Lukaku_time
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    1 month, 18 days ago

                    Would you do salah to sterling for the next 3/4 fixtures?

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

                      No.

                    2. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 18 days ago

                      Nope

                  • FCRS BGD
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 18 days ago

                    Hi guys
                    For Draft league, who would you pick:
                    1) Antonio
                    2) Che Adams ?
                    Thanks

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

                      probably Antonio - assume his fitness contributes to Haller being allowed to go

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

                        Thanks

                  • Hazz
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 18 days ago

                    My goodness Brighton are bad.

                    1. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 18 days ago

                      Screaming KDB (c)

                  • turd ferguson
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 18 days ago

                    Reece James out
                    Need KDB
                    Need city defender
                    Steer > DGW keeper

                    -12 on bench boost is alright isn’t it? :/

                    1. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 18 days ago

                      Won't take full advantage of BB. Delay it to another GW

                    2. HuttonDressedasLahm
                      • 11 Years
                      1 month, 18 days ago

                      -12 to get a bench of potentially 12 points?

                      1. turd ferguson
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        1 month, 18 days ago

                        Doing -8 anyway for city cover and the extra -4 would be Steer > Fabianski

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

                      Kinda defeats the point of the BB

                  • fcsaltyballs
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 18 days ago

                    FH18 draft... thoughts please?

                    DDG
                    Cancelo Tierney Saiss
                    KDB Sterling Fernandes Rashford Saka
                    Lacazette Wilson

                    Bench TBC

                    Cheers

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

                      Looks decent.

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

                        Thanks, pretty happy although would like to improve Saiss (leaky wolves)

                        Are you FHing yourself ?

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

                          0 transfers atm.
                          Could be hits, WC, FH or nothing.

                    2. Coys96
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 18 days ago

                      Solid. Monitor Sterling situation (heard he's not fit) and prepare a draft assuming Spurs game is on

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

                        Yep got one with Son and Kane in... and if it goes ahead will likely squeeze Reguilon in too as Villa would be a weak side

                        Where is this Sterling news ?

                        thanks

                        1. Coys96
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          1 month, 18 days ago

                          haven't followed it up saw it somwhere on here earlier

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

                          TEAM NEWS:
                          Laporte and Ake are both injured, while Sterling, Torres and Tommy Doyle aren’t fully fit.

                          Scott Carson, Eric Garcia and Cole Palmer remain in isolation after their positive COV19 tests and Sergio Aguero is unavailable.

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

                    City are going to trounce Brighton.
                    Kevin , Sterling and Cancelo locked in.

                  • n-doggg
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 18 days ago

                    First stab at the FH. Thoughts?

                    DDG
                    Cancelo, Tierney, Wanbe
                    Kdb(c), sterling, Bruno, Neto, saka
                    Kane, Wilson

                    Holding, Mitchel, Davis

                    1. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 18 days ago

                      Sterling not fit and Spurs game might be off. Need
                      Laca in there

                  • Reeker
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 18 days ago

                    Looking forward to smashing my cup opponent who already used his free hit this week

                    1. dylano21
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 18 days ago

                      He could still WC 😉