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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. St Pauli Walnuts
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    How do fellas. 1.5 ITB and 1FT. I'm considering DCL to Antonio or possibly DCL to Vardy and TAA to Stones for -4. Any thoughts?

    Martinez
    TAA / Cancelo / Coufal
    KDB / Salah / Bruno / Grealish / Soucek
    Bamford / DCL

    Forster / Dallas / Brewster / Mitch

    1. WenzelK
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 26 days ago

      I like the Antonio call

      1. St Pauli Walnuts
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Ta mate, that's the one I'm leaning towards. Bit of a punt with his fitness concerns but there's a lot of potential upside.

  2. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    Sharteta deserves to lose 10-0

    1. Trophé Mourinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 26 days ago

      oh I didnt see that one before, its a name that keeps on giving

  3. TorresMagic™
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    1405 managers qualified in LMS.
    4565 total entries.

    Cheers to all who entered.

    1. Daniel - Maquire or Hendo?
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Juhuuuu. Going for the win

  4. All The Aces
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    It's ok Tierney missing out co I have Mari on the bench.

    Oh hang on......

    FFS!

    1. Gazwaz80
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 26 days ago

      haha, same
      mari 1st on bench, Mitchell 2nd

    2. All The Aces
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      I got Brewster 2nd. Also got KDB (c) and Son so what with the penalty debacle and Son hitting the post I am less than impressed.

      Almost everyone in my mini leagues forgot about the blank GW. I should have left them well behind but only on 53 points currently. Could have been so much more. My nearest rival forgot but still had Keane!

  5. RedJive79
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 26 days ago

    Am I GTG? Thanks.

    Martinez
    Coufal / Diaz / Holding
    KDB (c) / Son / Salah / Bruno / Soucek
    Bamford / Kane

    Steer / Struijk / Brewster / Mitchell

  6. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    Come on Mitchell, just 80 minutes to go

  7. Bobby Digital
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    Why is Mitchell starting over PVA?
    I think Mitchell owners are jammy af...

    1. ivantys
        3 months, 26 days ago

        PVA is garbage defender

        1. Bobby Digital
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          When did that happen?

      • Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Better defender and rumours PVA leaving

      • Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Mitchell can actually defend

      • IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Because he has been playing well?

      • Tonyawesome69 FH36
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Mitchell better in defence and PvA contract is up at the end of the season

      • WenzelK
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 26 days ago

        PvA out of contract this summer? Mitchel the future?

        1. Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          Yep

      • Daniel - Maquire or Hendo?
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        He is better. With PVA they conceded 7 goals in 1 game

    2. FPL Doctor
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      R James fit for both DGW games?

      1. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Fit yes, likely to start both no.

        1. Tonyawesome69 FH36
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          This

        2. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          I think he'll start both unless the injury flares up.

      2. popey
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        His unexpected availability is making me consider trying to force a BB through as currently have him and Bamford on the bench - seems a good chance

    3. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Not watching the game

      Why hasn’t smith Rowe hauled yet

      1. Bielsa's Blue Bucket
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        1 is a haul for him

    4. sergioaguero67
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Ederson safe to pick for both games?
      Help

      1. Bielsa's Blue Bucket
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Yes of course

      2. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Of course

      3. Tonyawesome69 FH36
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Yup but waste of a City spot. Could go cheaper with a def and match his CS points and have a higher ceiling

    5. Bielsa's Blue Bucket
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      IMO Bruno is highly likely to get booked against pool and miss the second game

      1. Bobby Digital
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Didn't the warnings reset?

        1. Bram
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          After 19 games by team

      2. Bram
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Certainly likely enough to avoid the armband but still playing him

      3. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        I agree but are you really gonna go without or worse, bench him?

    6. Bram
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Eze you tart

    7. Werner Bremen
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Dallas to City defender for a hit?

      1. Tonyawesome69 FH36
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        For DGW19 and long term, definitely yes

      2. DARE TO BISCAN
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        I'm considering same. Have Stones. Would you pick Diaz, or Cancelo?

    8. zotter
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Arsenal look awful. Think they’ll lose

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 26 days ago

        They always look awful. It's "Arteta style"

    9. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      With Mitchell coming on as a sub, the best senario is for an assist and CS, taken off at 62 minutes and Laca, Saka double assist,goal combo

    10. Firminoooo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      I would be in total shock if Mitchell doesn’t outscore my Tierney, Saka and Lacca.

    11. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Maitland Niles is drunk

    12. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Maitland Niles is the weak-link

      1. Jon Walter's Hatty
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Looks p1ssed

    13. LǝgleSs e|even
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Cmon Laca! Counting on you my man!

    14. xHaTr
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Start one in 19:

      A: Dier (Sheff Utd away)

      B: Dallas (Brighton home)

      1. ivantys
          3 months, 26 days ago

          Dallas

        • Bram
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          B

        • Kellz86
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          Dallas

        • xHaTr
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          Cheers lads

      2. Egg noodle
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Lacazette is my mega differential. He's gonna kick @$$

        1. Kellz86
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          Auba, Saka, Laca on FH cuz why not lol

      3. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Arsenal missing tierney’s attacking runs

        1. Daniel - Maquire or Hendo?
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          He is rested

      4. Freshy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Aubameyang is on some spectacular bad form
        Cue up a duce

        1. Daniel - Maquire or Hendo?
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          He looks good this game

      5. Jon Walter's Hatty
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Did i miss something in the transfer windows, ASN go ro Palace?

        1. Daniel - Maquire or Hendo?
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          Who?

      6. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Sell AMN to Wolves already ffs

        1. Daniel - Maquire or Hendo?
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          ?

      7. Daniel - Maquire or Hendo?
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Auba looking good tonight

        1. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 26 days ago

          Yeah I though visits to hairdressers were out with Covid rules?!?!?!

      8. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Auba looking dangerous

        1. UNDERWORLD7
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          When it suits him

        2. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 26 days ago

          Fone da police.

      9. El Fenomeno R9
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Mitchell ahead of PVA?

        1. ivantys
            3 months, 26 days ago

            PVA will relegate palace

        2. Revival
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          Tierney would have had an assist already by this stage.

        3. Deulofail
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          Arsenal need another Saka for the left side. Hopefully Martinelli will be given a chance ahead of Auba in the next game.