Arsenal vs Stoke preview, predicted line up and score line prediction by KJ
After what has been a very difficult month of both games and disappointing transfers (although I’m very happy with the signing of Monreal), we’ve finally got a few easy fixtures coming up that should close the gap between us and Tottenham at 4th.
We have a tough game today against Stoke City. We’ve struggled against Stoke at the Britannia but have a brilliant record against them at home.
Stoke will set up to defend for their lives and there’s no doubt that Tony Pulis will make a legitimate tactic out of kicking the **** out of Jack Wilshere. But Jack is made of sterner stuff and hopefully he’ll be able to ride those challenges. There will be very little space behind the defence and they’ll set themselves up to hit us on the counter with Walters up there ready for the ball to be hoofed to him.
Sagna – Mertesacker – Koscielny – Jenkinson
Arteta – Wilshere
Walcott – Cazorla – Podolski
This line up has a few surprises but I’ll explain myself.
Firstly, Vermaelen is out for the game and hence Koscielny naturally assumes the position of LCB. However, I’m slightly worried that Squillaci will be on the bench for tomorrow.
Now, I personally think Wenger will start Jenkinson (or maybe switch with Sagna) as he doesn’t want to introduce Monreal into the most physical game he’ll have at the Emirates. He will need one game to sort himself out and hopefully we’ll be winning by a comfortable margin so he can get a run-out in the last 20 mintues.
Arteta is back in the squad and I feel he may start as he’s our deputy captain. Wilshere might get the armband though if Wenger isn’t 100% sure with Arteta.
This is definitely going to be a tough game but I’m quietly confident of a 3-1 win.