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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. UTFB
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    A - Kane and Stones

    B - Son and Cancelo

    1. Feed tha Sheep
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      A just thought it’s a toss of a coin

  2. Fit_to_drop
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Ok Woy. Time to hook Mitchell.

  3. Feed tha Sheep
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    1FT and 0ITB how to get city in or what to do?

    Johnsone (McCarthy)
    TAA Justin Dallas Coufal (Alioska)
    Salah Bruno Son Soucek (Anguissa)
    Kane Bamford (Adams)

    I’m not against a hit or two this week

  4. La Roja
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Time to fake an injury and get out of the pitch Tyrick

  5. faux_C
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    This is painful to watch.

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

    now the worry of Laca being hooked at 70

  7. Iceball
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Cant believe it will go 0-0 with 3xArsenal including Tierney noplay!

    1. Fit_to_drop
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Free Hit didn’t really pay off this week for most I feel

  8. A Kun & Mateta
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Funny if Mitchell outscoresTierney, Saka and Laca.

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

      wouldnt be funny if everyone got him off the bench 🙁

      1. Fit_to_drop
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 4 days ago

        Lots do. 4-5 in my ML. He’s in my team.

  9. Deulofail
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Reading the comments on here, you'd think Arsenal were being demolished or embarrassed by Palace. As it is, it's just a game without goals yet.

  10. tafrère
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    That's why I never own Arsenal players...

    1. Right In The Stanchion
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 4 days ago

      And nobody cares

      1. tafrère
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        Salty?

  11. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Bellerin has been terrible

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      AMN is worse

    2. Scots Gooner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Gives the ball away every time. So frustrating

  12. Hybrid.power
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Anyone think Lindelof will play either of United's two games? I feel silly owning him now

    1. Obi Wan Elokobi
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Nah Bailly has taken his place

    2. Feed tha Sheep
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      I think Bailey play Liverpool and Lindelof Fulham

      1. Hybrid.power
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        Ugh, great.

  13. bso
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    What is the likelihood of Foden starting the next 3-4 gwk's?

  14. ALI_G
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Ceballos on max bps of 15 says it all...

  15. Euro Raiders
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Not exacting riveting stuff is it.. yawn..

  16. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Awesome stufffff! Missed points from Tierney, Laca plays but blanks.

    Got to love it. What a FH

  17. KUN+10
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Repost*
    How is she looking fellas? Managed to get 8 DoubleGwkrs with a -4. Wouldn’t mind taking another hit if necessary. Thanks!

    Martinez
    Cancelo Diaz Holding Dier
    Son Bruno KDB Salah
    Antonio Wilson

    Steer Bamford SmithR Mitchell

  18. Scholes Out Forever
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Why does Arsenal insist on going down the left... AMN cant cross with his left for the life of him

  19. KUN+10
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Maitland-Niles pulling a CR7

  20. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Saka moving to LB

  21. _Ninja_
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Pepe on for AMN

  22. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Saka to lb

  23. La Roja
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Mitchell pushing for baps

  24. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Hollllddddd holding

  25. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Pepe on AMN off, finally.

  26. Pompel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    WC wasted if Mitchell keeps cs and Palace scores. Should have managed with a couple of hits as first planned

  27. Sir Alex Telles.
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Guaita gets save points nowadays? After he gave me nothing for 10 weeks running.

  28. JBG
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Hodgson should really take Mitchell off now, might agitate that injury he got.

  29. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Need a Holding / Saka OG and Laca goal unassisted

    1. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Holding goal
      No assist

  30. Don Kloppeone
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Do you remember the pages and pages of “which ARS triple up are you going for?”

    😆

    Fml

    1. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 4 days ago

      And here I am having spend my wc and sitting on triple arsenal

      Lovely stuff

      1. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        Ah mate. At least mine was a FH

        1. Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 4 days ago

          All good bud, ship laca and keep the 2 nailed 4.5

          1. Don Kloppeone
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 4 days ago

            Ok at least it’s ESR and not Saka then!