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

    Forget this GW

  2. Super Saints
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Brewster first on bench, Mitchell second haha I'm getting Brewster for Tierney too as I went with four defender's

    1. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Mitchell 3rd on my bench coming in for Tierney as I went 3 defenders and Kilman 2nd sub didn't show up

  3. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Hold Holding!

    1. MMN
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Holding just lost 2 baps to Mitchell ... not sure why.

  4. Colonel Shoe 肝池
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    got trolled by arsenal

    1. TOLV TUMS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      I think we all just got Arsenal'd by Arsenal. Happens far too often and predictably to call it trolling.

    2. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 1 day ago

      If you've watched Arsenal of late you would know this is to be expected. They haven't magically become good.

  5. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Mitchell better hold, coming in for Tierney.

  6. Dr Van Nostrand
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    So how much did people gain with a free hit? Measly 24 for me

    1. TOLV TUMS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      By "gain" do you mean points or places?

      1. Dr Van Nostrand
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Points

    2. djman102
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      18. And 9 points on the bench!

      1. djman102
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        16. WTF happened to Holding's 2 BAPs?

  7. Party time
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Cup opponent with Auba(C) ghost team.

    We march on!

  8. Neto
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Mitchellinho you beauty.

  9. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Mitchell on 2 BAPs!

  10. Neevesy
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    54 on FH. Not world beating, but I'll take it.

  11. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    0-0 FT

  12. @fpl_phenom
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Fabianski Martinez
    Robbo Dias Stones Cufal Strujik
    Salah KDB Bruno Grealish Coufal
    Adams Bamford Rodrygo

    thoughts on this BB team ? Im hoping on Srujik I know...

    1. @fpl_phenom
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      thats soucek in midfield sorry not coufal

  13. Sir Alex Telles.
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Holding mysteriously loses all his 2 baps. Tierney owner at FPL towers mad.

  14. _Ninja_
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Mitchell cleanie for all Tierney owners.

    like me.

    1. Neto
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      exactly

  15. Rival Sons Blackberry Smoke
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Drab....

    Glad i was watching robert fripp and toyah sunday lunch clips throughout..... oooh... that enter sandman one.... mmm made me question the the gilf phrase as a consideration....

  16. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Holding is not Holding

    1. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Rob Held

  17. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Not losing 6 pointers is key when not playing well.

    Arteta will be happy with that point.

  18. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    FT

  19. Roy Hudd
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    You've gotta say it's a victory for those non Free Hitters this gameweek.

    1. Dr Van Nostrand
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Yep wasn't gonna play it until the late Fulham Spurs addition game me fomo

  20. Jdpz
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Mitchell 2 bonus points!!?

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

      Yup. The highest scorer in my team

  21. LǝgleSs e|even
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Laca, what a disappointment..

    1. Jon Walter's Hatty
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Just like old times...has done this to me for years...

  22. Deulofail
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Some good balls from Saka today.

  23. Pep Roulette
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    A. Grealish + McCarthy
    B. El Ghazi + Ederson (-4)

  24. sminkypinky
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Boooooo!

  25. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Mitchell you beauty

  26. S.Kuqi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Tirney not playing. Some Mitchell shaped jam for my rivals. Typical.

  27. HD7
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Started the day with Tierney, Saka, Laca to play...
    Finished with a Mitchell haul 😀

    This season:)

  28. Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    3.9m Mitchell essential

  29. REDMOND IN SANDALS
      3 months, 1 day ago

      was worried with about not having laca saka tierney. have mitchell and leno. Huge Dub

    • PP6
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      I think I’m the only one who started Mitchell

      47 points all out without FH 🙂 very happy.. outscored all my rivals and they used there FH.

      1. Keeptrying
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        I started him too 🙂
        He had been an integral part of my non-FH team

      2. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Can't be very good rivals!

      3. REDMOND IN SANDALS
          3 months, 1 day ago

          started both last week and this week for my team