Posted on May 13, 2017 by ADMIN

Arsenal set to rotate against Stoke – but who should be rested?

Even though the Gunners have another tough fixture away at Stoke City this evening, Arsene Wenger is set to rotate the Arsenal squad as his players face their third League game in six days. They have managed to beat Man United and also a tough awayday at Southampton, but the limits of the squad will be tested in Stoke as Wenger tries to keep some fresh legs for Tuesday’s visit from already-relegated Sunderland.

As Le Prof said on Arsenal.com: “Basically, we [are in a run of] four games in 10 days, because we played last Sunday, Wednesday, now Saturday and then Tuesday [against Sunderland],”

“We are in a position where we know what is requested, so everybody in the squad will have to play a part in that and it’s a good opportunity for us to show that we can produce the performances needed and that we can maintain the focus on every single game.”

Arsenal still have a hope of reaching a Top Four position if Liverpool slip up, but Wenger is not expecting Stoke to roll over in a traditionally tough fixture for the Gunners. “When they play against Arsenal, I think all teams are focused,” Wenger continued. “You never expect any weaknesses from them. I believe that at the moment we have just to focus on our own performance and not to expect any weakness from our opponents.

“Stoke have improved their technical level over the past two or three years. Technically they can compete with everybody, so these players on their day can be creative, they can be incisive, they can create goal chances. We know that.”

Having said that though, Stoke are not a team in form at the moment, so Wenger will be hopeful that a second string side can keep our momentum going. Hopefullt Oxlade-Chamberlain will be fit enough to recall after only playing half an hour against the Saints, and Giroud and Coquelin will likely be recalled after only having cameo roles on Tuesday. What other changes do you expect Wenger to make?

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18 thoughts on “Arsenal set to rotate against Stoke – but who should be rested?

  1. ArseOverTit

    @admin

    Where can I change my avatar these days. Can’t see anyway to log in since everyone can post?

    Ta
    AOT

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      1. Admin Post author

        You need to go to Gravatar.com to change your pic. That’s where you did it originally….

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  2. Muffdiver wants change...not for arsenal...for.the vending machine, I'm thirsty as f###

    Honestly we are in a very interesting position
    Unlike United if we get europa league we will lose players and not get in decent replacements so essentially weaken.
    Yet if we stay in champs league it will be same as every year.nothing changes

    Not sure which is worse

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    1. John Ibrahim

      Utd is getting bale, james, greizmann and etc…

      Chelsea getting luakaku, bakayoko and more

      City needless to say

      Do you think we have a chance with Ramsay giroud etc…?

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      1. G-Rude

        Are you saying there won’t be any new arrivals to strengthen the squad?
        There will be BIG changes this summer and we will be back in Top Four where we belong.

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      2. Chokulate

        That’s the problem at Arsenal, it’s hard to say goodbye to players. OG12, R8, C34,T14 and w10 deserve a wonderful thank u service ( exit ).

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        1. Tony

          Spot on mate..we’ve been patient with these guys and others for a very long time now and there seems to be no improvement on the pitch of play…fans have always listed players they believe are not good to take the club to the next height but Mr potato head will continue to have faith till those guys retire from football without achieving anything for themselves. We all talk about the financial power the club possess yet we find it hard to buy good players but easy to increase the salaries of players that add no form of improvement to the growth of the squad. Quite sad

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  3. legend henry

    When we get into the Europa league , Wenger’s failure will be exposed once again

    Anybody who thinks Europa up for the grabbing is probably more of a failure than Wenger

    You guys are hoping against hope that Arsenal miraculously win all their games whiles teams like Liverpool and city lose all their games

    Wenger will not qualify for top 4

    We don’t need champions league football

    It’s an insult to the champions league competition to see Arsenal playing and get thumped by Bayern , Barca and Monaco

    We are not champions so why do we have to play in it ?

    We belong to Europa as long as AKBs and their god see nothing wrong with it

    Wenger out !!!!

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    1. G-Rude

      If it is an insult to be beaten by Barca, Bayern and Monaco, then every single manager in the world is rubbish as they would also be beaten by them. At least we get the chance to play against the best

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      1. Tony

        Tell that to the records that says Arsenal has not been able to go past the second round for seven seasons.

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    1. G-Rude

      Yeah right. You’ll see maybe 10 people in that protest. Everyone else will be cheering the team and the manager.

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  4. SoOpa AeoN

    “Arsenal set to rotate against stoke”

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    LoL
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    Hearing this, one is sure to think we are Loaded with very Top Top players
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    Then you go on through the team sheet…… Bunch of mediocre players every where ….. Then you are Like f**k

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    What’s the rotation policy for at this point? ….. Fresh injury proned legs for tired jaded legs or zero Legged players

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    Under Mr. Potato Head, Arsenal will still find it hard to win the League even if football were to be played with hands!

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    1. Tony

      Whether the AKBs like it or not you just spoke the truth…deceiving ourselves that we are loaded with bunch of talents but then again you look and what you see are just players who are so so comfortable with their current form and are not ready to step out of their comfort zone…mediocrity indeed

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  5. SoOpa AeoN

    Hahahaha….gotta Love the way Admin ended the article with an earth shattering question

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    “what other changes do you expect wenger to make?”

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    Ofcourse, wenger can’t change a thing bout this team, neither is he expected to change to any degree…he’s that same delusional old Leopard which never changes it’s spot..
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    To cap it Like Javier would say, “mediocrity will always be the norm with wenger in charge..”

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    1. G-Rude

      Mediocrity will always be the norm with Soopa around.

      Admin asks a reasonable question about today’s team and you have to twist into an insult to Wenger. You probably aren’t capable of answering the question anyway as you don’t know which players you could change.

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