Posted on September 12, 2015 by ADMIN

Giroud dropped for Arsenal v Stoke – Official teams and preview

Even though Olivier Giroud is out of form and lacking in confidence after his slow start to the season with Arsenal and the France national team, whose friendly fans helpfully booed the big striker this week, I did not expect Arsene Wenger to drop him for the clash with Stoke City today, but that is what the Frenchman has done.

Theo Walcott comes in and will probably occupy the centre forward position, although I would not mind seeing Alexis Sanchez given another chance to show what he can do there. THere is not likely to be a lot of space in behind as Stoke will surely try to stifle the game and defend deep.

THe only other change is Gabriel replavcing Mertesacker who does not even make the bench so must be struggling for fitness or with illness. But I think that could make our back line stronger and could be the shape of things to come for Arsenal in the future.

This is a big game for the likes of Ozil, Cazorla and Ramsey as it could be a difficult and patient job to break down a stubborn and determined Stoke side. And early goal would, of course, be ideal and if we get one this could be a goal fest. Any win wil do though, so Come On You Gunners and get the job done.

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115 thoughts on “Giroud dropped for Arsenal v Stoke – Official teams and preview

  1. mark

    I like Paulista starting and giving Walcott a go up front. Good for Giroud motivation and hopefully good for the team / result.

    I still think Walcott is a winger but hey, I support the team.

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    1. muffdiver

      hopefully one day we can have someone proven like…

      stephen naismith?!! WHAT THE HELLLLL

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      1. muffdiver

        one goal from his weaker left foot, his right and one header.

        thats a full house lads

        taxi for jose

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    2. joeboy

      Id rathet ramsey not being on the wing….. He offers F all more then what the ox does! I just dont get it

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  2. Jim A

    Get Theo on the right. He has worked too hard to have an injury being sandwiched between two CB’s.

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  3. lupe

    It’s only a matter of time before ramsey gets injured again, he plays every minute of every game, wenger is not managing him well as he is injury prone too. He needs to sit on the bench some times, he is one of the few player in epl to have played every minute this season. I will like chamberlain to be given like a 5 game run on the right wing as i was really excited to see his progress after preseason. Hoping for a 2-0 win.

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  4. SoOpa AeoN

    NAISMITH……….. Hatrick!……… Against CheLshit!……………… EPIC!

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  5. SoOpa AeoN

    Naismith……………. Hatrick Against Chelshit!…………….. Something Giroud has never done even against a relegation team!

    Opinions divided. What do you think? Thumb up 9 Thumb down 17

    1. SoOpa AeoN

      yea i Love him(Giroud) thats why i challenge him to do better…….or get replaced………. Think i’m more of the Latter

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    1. SoOpa AeoN

      yea @ muff…………Stones……..Lil wonder why Moaniho was willing to fork out well over 30something miL for him………. Thank God! The transfer fell through

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  6. Seetsuma

    Chelsea lost for the third time in five matches, sms have given up 2+ goals every March this season, yet Arsenal are the specialists in failure. Piss off Mourinho, I can’t wait for you to get fired, again.

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  7. Gigi2

    So…chelsea was active in the transfer window….so…..the just lost to Everton. …so…..3-1…so…
    Wenger out!!!!!!

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  8. Fatboy Gooney

    I like this line up 😆
    Whatever Naismith can do, Walcott can do better 😜
    I got a good feeling we will smash the potters!
    7 or 8 nil … now then, where did I leave my crack pipe 😂

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  9. keller

    It’s even more important for us to win now because of Chelsea result to start building up points against our rivals.

    Must winger use Ramsey, santi, Ozil and coq in the same match.

    He need balls to bench one of the first three.

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    1. YingYang69

      I would prefer to use Oxlade myself, but I can see why in theory a better passer with a better scoring history could prove more useful trying to break a ten man defense. However ..Oxlades dribbling capabilities should not be underestimated in trying to ware down rigid backlines.

      If we are winning I have no qualms with it but if we are finding breaking the deadlock a stubborn thing well then it makes even more sense to get our best dribblers out there.

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  10. Robertthegooner

    Naismith is World Class
    Wenger MUST get him
    He will gladly leave Everton for us

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  11. Arsenal1Again

    Well go look at Walcotts twitter account. He tweeted praise for Sanchez then tweeted this about himself ….

    “Alexis played well as a #9 for Chile and Theo looked great in his best position as a wide right forward. #afc

    So at last Walcott admits he is no striker and that the wing is his best postion.

    Bob …. Please note this.

    If Walcott is playing as a striker, I expect a performance which will be less than what Giroud, Wellbeck and Sanchez would produce. I therefore think Sanchez should be up front. He can play with his back to goal unlike Walcott, will not keep turning into centre-halves and will have 3x more chance of scoring a goal and 5x more chance of giving an assist.

    Has Walcott ever made an assist as a striker? Has he even passed the ball to another player before it is snatched away from him while playing as a striker?

    Please don’t have Walcott up front.

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  12. Robertthegooner

    Walcott is Shitty up front
    Put Cavani up front….oh wait, I forgot we didn’t get him
    Put Giroud up front

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  13. juhislihis

    Anyone see a pattern here? Miss tons of chances, slowly the game will even up, maybe even concede a set piece.. COME ON, BURY THE BALL ALREADY!

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  14. muffdiver

    le coq with a monster tackle
    ozil with a ridiculous assist
    theo with the finish

    lol goal indeed

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  15. Leader

    Believe in our players…..forget striker transfer saga…….support………………

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  16. juhislihis

    Not happy. Well happy about the goal but we should be 3-4 nil up. We are like 8 goals behind City’s GD, we need to be more clinical. I heard we are the worst team in the league, after Liverpool, in finishing. This needs to change.

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  17. mark

    Bloody brilliant top class goal by Theo. Started with a top class tackle, followed by a world class assist and finish.

    Credit where it’s due. Yes, attempts were missed beforehand, but practice makes perfect and breeds confidence.

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  18. GoonerTRON

    Walcott been making great runs all game, need more long balls to take advantage of his incredible pace.

    Maybe hang back a bit with Walcott upfront, to give him running space.

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  19. Johannesburgunner

    It’s either Cazorla and Ramsey, Cazorla and Ozil, pr Ozil and Ramsey. We cannot have all three and leave a proper winger in Oxlade out of the team. Wenger needs to understand this. One goal from Stoke, even a freakish one, and we will regretting those missed chances.

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  20. AussieGOONER

    walcott 12 chances 1 goal , giroud with speed lol
    we need a top top striker to win the league .

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    1. juhislihis

      Arnautovic, what a pu*sy.

      Watching us miss those chances is agony..

      We have made Butland look like the England #1

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  21. Demwan Jones

    Henry at 38 will convert those chances these our so called strikers are missing

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  22. GoonerTRON

    Why does everyone leave the Emirates early? Stay to the end and cheer the win…

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