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Injury latest as Tierney misses Arsenal’s Blank Gameweek 18 fixture

Kieran Tierney (£5.4m) has left his Fantasy Premier League owners with Blank Gameweek 18 frustration as he missed out on Arsenal’s Thursday-night meeting with Crystal Palace.

Fresh from an 18-point haul against West Bromwich Albion, the left-back was the most-selected defender by managers playing their Free Hit for this midweek round of fixtures (53.7%).

However, Mikel Arteta has taken the decision to leave Tierney out of his Arsenal squad to face the Eagles as a precaution due to “muscle tightness”.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles (£4.6m) comes in to the replace the Scottish international on the left-side of defence, allowing Hector Bellerín (£5.1m) to hold onto his right-back berth.

Tierney is not the only Arsenal defender to miss out due to muscle issues, as Pablo Mari (£4.4m) has also been rested for the same reason.

That means starts at centre-back for David Luiz (£5.4m) and Rob Holding (£4.5m), the latter now featuring from the beginning in 11 of the last 12 Premier League matches. Meanwhile, Gabriel (£5.0m) makes a return from self-isolation on Arsenal’s bench.

The Gunners line up in much more predictable fashion higher up the pitch, with Emile Smith Rowe (£4.5m) handed a fourth-straight start at number 10.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.3m) and Bukayo Saka (£5.3m) flank the budget midfielder behind Alexandre Lacazette (£8.3m) who has four goals in his last three Premier League appearances.

Tyrick Mitchell (£3.9m) is one of the main Fantasy interests in Crystal Palace’s team, owned by 16.1% of managers worldwide.

And Free Hitters were also a big fan of the Eagles’ left-back, Tierney and João Cancelo (£5.8m) the only defenders selected by more managers using that chip for Blank Gameweek 18.

Wilfried Zaha (£7.4m) has blanked in five of the last six Gameweeks but remains in 19.9% of Fantasy teams.

Arsenal v Crystal Palace – Starting Line-ups

Arsenal XI (4-2-3-1): Leno; Maitland-Niles, Holding, D Luiz, Bellerín; Xhaka, Ceballos; Aubameyang, Smith Rowe, Saka; Lacazette.

Crystal Palace (4-4-2): Guaita; Mitchell, Kouyaté, Tomkins, Ward; Eze, McArthur, Milivojevic, Townsend; Benteke, Zaha.

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1,247 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Pep Roulette
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Come on ESR, score the winner!

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

    i knew arsenal were a trap

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

    come on Legohead take Auba off so Laca is on Pens

  4. Sir Alex Telles.
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Need a Holding goal not own goal, with no assist.

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

    Leno + Saka on a FH. No Laca or Tierney. About as good as it could go.

  6. DK_13
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    If the keeper catches the ball, is it not a save?(referring to the ball that hit mcarther and then leno caught it during the last corner)

    1. The Mighty Hippo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Justice for Leno! He should have a save point.

      1. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        He will get at least 10 points, cup rival has him

  7. COVID-CASUAL
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Late Arsenal goal for somebody nobody owns please.

      1. Scots Gooner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        I'm ok with that

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

      Which ONE of these would you start:
      Bamford/Antonio/Grealish/Soucek
      Thanks

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

        All four

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

          One has to be benched...hence the question.

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

            Confusing

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

        Sounds like you could play your BB?

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

      As a Lacazette and Mitchell of the bench owner this is all set up for a saka winner.

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

        From LB?

      2. Sir Alex Telles.
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        No, Holding winner. Bullet header.

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

      Grealish gonna drop tonight wtf??

      1. Sir Alex Telles.
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        You still have him in your team?

        1. Scots Gooner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Surely you hang onto him now with a DGW coming up?

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

          of course, guys unreal

    • evilfish
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      I am not entertained.

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

      Martinez
      Cancelo Justin Dias Coufal
      Mane Grealish Salah Fernandez Soucek
      Bamford

      Bench - 4.0, Wood, Dallas, Adams

      Should I
      A) keep it as it is, no chip
      B) keep it as it is, play BB
      C) Watkins for Adams (-4) play BB
      D) Johnstone for 4.0 gk, Antonio for Bamford Watkins for Wood (-12) play BB.

      Please help..

    • Lucky Z
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Martinez + Sterling + Laca -4 in for this GW gives me massive -3 points to the moment

    • It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Silly me wasting my FH. Naturally a should have gone:

      Ramsdale
      Keane Ampadu Regulion Zinchenko Bailly
      Foden Pogba Cavaleiro Iwobi
      Kane

      It was the obvious choice. Casuals win again.

      1. Sir Alex Telles.
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Digne and Foden were pretty obvious ones we missed and a double up on Man United's defense.

      2. diesel001
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        I own 1 of those.....

        1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Most of us do

    • JJO
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Cmon Woyyy make those subs

    • mad_beer ✅
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Need another Leno save please.

      1. JJO
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Or Benteke goal better 🙂

        1. mad_beer ✅
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Shut it you! 🙂

          1. JJO
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Haha you are lucky,he is subbed off

            1. mad_beer ✅
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Maybe I can get a Leno goal then. 😛

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

      Need a Holding assist at least to stay in the cup. Neither of us free hitted. 40/38 to him 🙁

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

        Might get bonus

    • Labile
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Take.off.Mitchell

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

      A - Grealish, TAA & Antonio (or other forward up to 8m)

      B - Foden, Cancelo & Vardy (-8)

    • Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Laca fail

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

      Laca waste

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

      Get on that BPS Holding

    • diesel001
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Nketiah on
      Lacazette off

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

        sh*t

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

        Pile of crap!

    • Netters2018
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Anyone tcing this week and on who? Or are we saving it for someone later in season?

      Whats the general view, im 50/50 atm.

      1. diesel001
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        KDB!

      2. The Mighty Hippo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        KDB with two home games is very tempting.

    • Sir Alex Telles.
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Lacalol

    • Hryszko
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Someone please score hahaha

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

      come on saka and zaha, score please

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

      Time for FH19 to show FH18 how it's done.

    • Kaneyonero
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Holding OG would do

    • Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      What a bloody dreadful week, red arrow and a waste of a FH. Should’ve and was so close on many occasions to being so much better.

      Oh well 🙁