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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. REDMOND IN SANDALS
      1 month, 18 days ago

      if mitchell gets two cleansheets in a row i would laugh my ars off

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

        Everytime my rival starts him he gets a clean sheet

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

          I had Tierney and Laca going in with Mitchell on the bench - he's about to make my GW a much brighter affair

    • F_Ivanovic
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Couldn't have asked for a better week if this stays 0-0. Holding, Mitchell, Zaha and Smith Rowe.

    • gogs67
        1 month, 18 days ago

        On an 18K red arrow so far with no FH played, I woulda taken that any day of the week at the start of this GW!

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

          Ok

          1. gogs67
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Yep, I thought so.

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

          Heartbreak minutes of the match. One goal either way will leave a lot of managers cursing their luck.

        3. TNB
            1 month, 18 days ago

            For Lacca owners - Remember, practice what you preach 😀

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

              I'm so happy he's already out of my team without having to make a transfer. Hallelujah!

            2. The 12th Man
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              This is why you only go for these type of players on a FH.
              It’s a one week punt then run.

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

                Yep, this! Happy to have taken the FH punt, no worries at all

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

            Holding needs to get a firm grip on those 2 baps.

          • Babit1967
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            KDB TC activated

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

              Just cancel it before the deadline and you'll be fine

              1. Babit1967
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                Not a fan then ?

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

            I do enjoy how there was no mention of Tierney's 'muscle soreness' in the team news. His absence from the team not only means no clean sheets for owners but that missed creativity has blunted the effectiveness of the Arsenal attacking players that many of us have got.

            Was really looking forward to this game with Tierney, Saka and Lacazette in my team. Another 2 hrs of my life wasted hoping for points but watching paint dry instead.

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

              lol

            2. Little Red Lacazette
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Haha

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

                Clueless casual mini league rival who is somehow above me brought David Luiz in with his FH who hasn't played for ages and there is me with zero from Tierney. Just unreal

          • Punty McPuntface
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Which mid under 9.7 would you have going forward?

            A rashford
            B grealish
            C zaha
            D other

            1. Babit1967
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              I have Zaha and I would steer clear

              I’d say A

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

              B

            3. Avery
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 18 days ago

              1 more yellow for grealish and a ban. Can see that happening sooner than later

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

            Someone score. Get rid of some cleanies.

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

            I should have played Mitchell over Wilson.

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

              I shoulld’ve benched him ahead of Yedlin.

          • diesel001
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            £70m for Pepe. Damn.

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

              Maguire say's hi

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

              Thought he was 19 when Arsenal bought him. He mysteriously aged to 25 overnight

          • MMN
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            I laughed too soon when I saw rival get Mitchell on FH ... Holding over Tierney too. I think he's on 64 points ...

          • Podorsky
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            I haf forgotten how painfull it is to warch Arsenal. They spend more time looking behind their backs than looking ahead.

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

            Sold holding on my FH for Tierney, he's now outscoring Tierney Lloris and Son combined... any skill left in this game?

          • Euro Raiders
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Should have watched Tom & Jerry..

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

              Unless it is your team that is playing, watching Tom & Jerry is always the best decision. Imo.

          • Trophé Mourinho
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 18 days ago

            45 all out, pathetic GW, better off starting Mitchel then Tierney or Saiss

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

              Mitchell coming off the bench for Tierney?

              1. Trophé Mourinho
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 18 days ago

                No Holgate is coming off my bench for Tierney, I assumed that Arsenal surely had to score and that Holgate isnt terrible. How wrong I was

          • Right In The Stanchion
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Pépé is worth about £5m. God knows what Arsenal saw in him to pay £72m.

            • Gudjohnsen
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Anyone doing worse than 5 points from 3 Arsenal players?

              1. Traction Engine Foot
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                I've got the same but I also support arsenal

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

              Holding on 2 baps get tf in.

            • alstal
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Son or Antonio?

            • Jdpz
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Mitchell 1 bonus point?

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

                Yes I’d like to know the same

            • Jersey Boy
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Mitchell is knocking me out of the cup on goals conceded tie break...ouch

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

              Remember when Auba used to be a threat and score goals?

            • Party time
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              What tha hell happened to Aubameyang?

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

                $$$$$$

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

                Got his pay day.

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

                Signed a big money contract and now only switches lambos and parties all the time.

              4. Trophé Mourinho
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 18 days ago

                Red Dwarf remake, Cats been busy shooting the new series

            • Jon Snow
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              We all deserve points for sitting through this boring ass match

            • That Was Easy!
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Well, with Sterling (C) I'll take 43.

            • Neevesy
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Anyone else really annoyed with themselves that they have watched the whole game?

              Terrible.

              1. That Was Easy!
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                Only watched 2nd half, winning.

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

                  Congrats. The 1st half was equally poor.

            • Gudjohnsen
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              8 goals in 6 games.

              What an anticlimax

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

              Bellerin or Holding YC will get Mitchell BAPS