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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. pundit of punts
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Get innnnn

    Mitchell + Holding in this game

    😀

  2. jimmyabs1987
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Funny how Mitchell away at arsenal gets more than Son home to Fulham

  3. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 13 days ago

    40 off 9 starters, all out having not played a chip. Very satisfactory.

    1. Babit1967
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      46(-4) I’ll take that

  4. Colonel Shoe 肝池
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    all those jammy mitchel points 🙁

    1. Bagheri Arce
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Bit annoying eh?

      My rival and me have Tierney, but I had the foresight to spend a bit more for Holding first sub as a good back up....he has Mitchell plus fodder and gets +2pts on me.

      Have to laugh

  5. Feanor
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    41 from 7

    1. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Not bad. 64 on FH

    2. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      33 from 7
      Stones C

  6. Twisted Saltergater
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Mitchell my only playing sub on FH. You’ve got to laugh.

  7. Party time
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Arteta the gel hair fraud

  8. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Yaaaaaaaawwwwwwwnnn

    Glad I wasn't watching.

  9. ALI_G
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    and of course my rival didn't FH and has Guiata and Mitchell for a 17 pointer!

  10. Silecro
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    I have been beaten in a cup from a guy who has McGoldrick, Burke, Bergwijn and Pickford in his FT team

    1. Silecro
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      FH*

  11. DAZZ
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Previous team would have got 31 -4 with my moves for KDB and Wilson this gameweek. FH ended with 55. 28 point swing. Huge success! Happy days

    1. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Fantastic work!

    2. Dr Van Nostrand
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      You're happy with 28 swing. I'm not with 24. Reckon they'll be a better GW

      1. DAZZ
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        More than happy. Would be in an awful situation now without the FH this week

    3. mookie
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Selling players that would have had a game this week to buy DGWers and saying the FH got you 28 points is preschool maths.

  12. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Arsenal 0-0 Palace
    xG: 0.47 - 0.82

    1. Party time
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Wooooow!!!

      Supporting Arsenal must feel like a cactus in the butt

  13. Tsparkes10
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Love you Mitchell :£

  14. HonestBlatter
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    50p (-4p) without chips. It's okay

  15. Feanor
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    The bowler’s Holding, the batsman’s Mitchell.

  16. Sir Alex Telles.
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Holding losing baps at the last minute. Same thing happened with Cancelo and Son a couple weeks back. How does a player lose baps for doing nothing?

    1. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Guaita made saves towards the end.

    2. Nightcrawler
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Incorrect passes. Went below 90%

      1. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        It was the one raking pass at the end. If he didn’t attempt that, he’d be on 2 or 3 baps.

  17. pundit of punts
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    60 points all out.

    Played 10 players. No FH. 300k rise.

    All set up for FH next gw. Love it when a plan comes off. 😀

    1. ktk_interista
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      You planned that not a single player gets more than 1 return and that only 8 goals are scored in 6 games? I'd like to know how you planned that.

  18. SB007
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    53 points with 10 players and no chips used.

    Will take that. Leno. Bellerin. Mitchell.

  19. Inazuma X1
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    150k green arrow without FH xD

  20. Pep Roulette
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Repost

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

  21. Rival Sons Blackberry Smoke
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Does everyone on here live on their own... or with their parent(s) ?

  22. Trophé Mourinho
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Arsenal have jsut done the bare minimum to prevent relegation, back to steaming turds now

  23. sminkypinky
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Mitchell second on the bench sucks! Who knew he should be first choice before a New defender? I obviously didn’t. 8 points missed. Well, 6 actually. Oh well, on to the next.

  24. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Arteta the absolute joke manager, ruined my gameweek.

  25. Nightcrawler
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Mitchellll

    49(-4)

    Not sure what colour arrow but better than wasting a FH

    1. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Nice. You got lucky.

  26. Mr. O'Connell
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Here come all the non-FH brag scores

    1. HonestBlatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      BRING'EM ON BOYS

  27. Neevesy
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Jokes from Redknapp lol

    1. DycheDycheBaby
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      brilliant haha

  28. Baines on Toast...
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    This is what happens when you rest your best attacking creative player. Even if he is a left back.

  29. TheDragon
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Hint: no one cares how many points you scored with or without free hit

  30. Tsparkes10
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    54 point swing from the FH 🙂 lovely to see. If only kdb took that pen. Happy to have a 9 point ramsdale on my bench. Now time to sort out for the dgw

    1. DycheDycheBaby
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      that's good man

    2. DAZZ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      54 point swing with 48 points on the board lol?