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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. Pad Randa (The OG)
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Laca, you bald fraud.

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

    If you were an Arsenal fan you'd have to feel like this every game, christ almighty.

    1. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      They have improved. Usually they would be losing in a game like this. See Burnley and Aston Villa.

  3. The 12th Man
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Mitchell buried 3rd on my bench. Lol

    So it’ll be Yedlin coming on for Tierney. Just gotta laugh.

    1. Pad Randa (The OG)
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Same, except I am fortunate to have trash in front of him, so he'll actually be on.

      Cue jammy Xhaka goal.

    2. DMP
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      x3

  4. Bookkeeper
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    imagine subbing on Nkethiah for Lacca. Rookie manager

  5. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Free $hit

    1. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      With you there my friend 🙁 43 all out and a red arrow. So close so many times to being so much better, especially in the City game

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

      Blank GW, does what it says on the tin.

  6. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Saka OG is a necessity now

  7. BremerHB
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Son, KWP, DCL -> KDB, Dias, Davis (-8)?

  8. Party time
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Arteta is not the Messiah

    1. The 12th Man
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      He’s a very naughty boy.

      1. Party time
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        😆

        He is a real fraud

  9. Salan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    0:0 is coming

  10. how now brown cow
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Laca subbed
    Tierney no show
    Saka left back

    This wasnt what i signed up for

    1. Pad Randa (The OG)
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      And the highest scoring player from this match for me is Mitchell. Gotta laugh.

  11. The 12th Man
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Luke Shaw an option for the double?

    1. PP6
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      He’ll start Liverpool but Fulham doubtful Telles needs a start

      So glad to have two quality LB

      1. The 12th Man
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Looking for a defender who is 4.8m or under who has a double.
        Already have Coufal.

        1. PP6
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          Dawson? Them 2 fixtures look great

          1. PP6
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 3 days ago

            You could take the chance on Shaw tbf

            1. The 12th Man
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 3 days ago

              Might go Shaw looking at Uniteds fixtures. He wouldn’t have to start every week either.

              I’ll be taking a -12.
              Dallas,TAA,Raphinia,Kane >> Stones,Shaw,KDB,Cavani

              Giving me 14 DGWers plus Bamford.

  12. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    People used their Free Hit to get players like Lacatalent in.

    Not far off Duffy TC territory...

  13. JONALDINHO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Looks like only 57 pts on the FH. Could’ve been so much more with KDB(C), Cancelo, Tierney, etc but we move

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

      Nowhere to hide, we move.

    2. Pad Randa (The OG)
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      52 for me barring an Arsenal goal.

    3. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Still a cracking score

    4. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      54, Tierney missing out on Lloris conceeding were the killer's

  14. Sir Alex Telles.
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Martinez( Fodder)
    Cancelo Stones Holding (KWP, Kilman)
    Son Bruno KDB Rashford ( Anguisa)
    Kane Watkins McGoldrick

    Would you wildcard or use a FH in gameweek 19 with this team? I'm open to the idea of -4. Any advise?

  15. ViperStripes
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    My FH defensive decisions have been a disaster

    Lloris managed to concede vs Fulham
    Bailly was ditched for Saiss (7pts to 1pt)
    Tiernay injured, but that's ok, I got some playing bench on FH too but I have put Yedlin (2pts) ahead of Mitchell (6pts at the mo)

  16. DMP
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    My rival has more points with Holding, that myself with Saka and Lacazette. How not to hate this game.

    1. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      I sold holding on my FH for Tierney

      1. DMP
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        I have Tierney either. Yedlin 1 sub for the 2 pointer.

  17. Super Saints
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Tierney missing out is disgusting but never trust Arsenal

  18. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Not very streetwise from Zaha.

  19. JoeSoap
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    42 on FH. ML rivals 45 & 46 no FH lol.

  20. pundit of punts
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    It was always the right idea to build for BGW 18 and FH in DGW 19 with all the info at hand.

    Building for weeks for a DGW with covid around is surely a recipe for disaster.

    DGWs are very valuable to us and I guess we must pick our team for that as close to the DGW as possible. Forget covid, players may lose form or get injured and your DGW gets ruined.

    1. Here's Tom with the We…
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Why was it the right idea? I take it that’s what you’ve done?

  21. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Hold Holding

  22. Reeker
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Now rooting for Palace with Mitchell coming off my bench for Tierney and Lacazette subbed

  23. Danstoke82
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Son + Robbo > KDB + 5.3 defender (not Coufal or Stones) total -8?

    Yay or Nay?

  24. Deulofail
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Holding has such a monolithic torso straight out of 2001 Space Odyssey, yet such a tiny head in comparison.

  25. Fudgy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Anyone else only in the 40s on a wasted free hit?

    1. Deulofail
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Early 30s. Birthday coming up this month

    2. Pad Randa (The OG)
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      If Arsenal score through anyone but Saka, me.

    3. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 3 days ago

      I'll be over 40 without a free hit with 9 players lol

    4. The 12th Man
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      I’m in the 40’s.
      It’s not wasted mate.
      Would’ve only got about 15 points if I’d played my original team.

    5. dark91
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      I would guess everyone's (freehitters) score is around the mid/end 40s mark

    6. COVID-CASUAL
        3 months, 3 days ago

        I'm a few minutes from getting 40s with 7 players (includes Brewster)

      • Reeker
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        It's not about the points we get on a free hit but the friends we make on the way

    7. Steinburg FC
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Only one player playing tonight, Mitchell. No way I’m checking Livefpl until after the game has finished.!

    8. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Arteta the enemy of football

    9. Trophé Mourinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Arsenal are a shower of shite, why the fck have I got Laca, Tierney and Shite-Rowe

    10. Kaneyonero
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      C'mon Holding grab an og my son

    11. evilfish
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Is my stream lagging or is this game really this slow?

      1. dark91
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        It is not slow but useless