Posted on January 17, 2016 by ADMIN

Official Arsenal team and preview of Stoke away

Arsenal are in the Potteries today hoping to get a rare away win over Arsene Wenger’s serial tormentors Stoke City. Even a point will be enough to take the Gunners back to the top of the table but obviously a win will make our Premier League title challenge look that much stronger.

So in an attempt to avoid the same sort of scenes we saw last season when the boss was heavily abused at the train station by a group of Gooners, the Frenchman will be disappointed not to be able to name Alexis Sanchez in the starting line up or even the subs bench. And with Mesut Ozil apparently having picked up a knock our attacking options are not as strong as we would have liked.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain comes in for the German although he might play on one flank with Campbell in the number 10 role. I think it will be the Ox though, at least from the start.

Our new signing Mohamed Elneny does make the squad but Wenger has started with Mathieu Flamini alongside Aaron Ramsey in the centre of midfield. Other than that the Arsenal starting XI is pretty much as you would expect, with Olivier Giroud leading the line and Campbell and Walcott either side of the big man.

David Ospina returns to the bench after his injury and it is not the strongest looking bunch of subs in an attacking sense. Hopefully we will be ahead in the game before Wenger thinks of making any changes but I am not exactly brimming with confidence.

Cech
Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal
Ramsey, Flamini
Campbell, Oxlade-Chamberlin, Walcott
Giroud

Subs: Ospina, Chambers, Gabriel, Gibbs, Elneny, Arteta, Iwobi.

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  1. Big Gun ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    WTF does Wenger persist with Ox as a midfielder? The guy is a WINGER plain and simple…and Theo down the left is NOT working. Rather play Theo down the right and Campbell down the left. Ramsey is our worst player either he needs to sort his sh*t out or be subbed sooner than later. My worry is that we have no one on the bench that could make a real difference up front and without Ozil we have no one to control the tempo of the game…we seemed rushed and just lacking the final ball.

  2. NIKK ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Same Giroud didnt put away an easy chance….would have taken some pressure of the lads

  3. rkw ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    the fact that we couldnt beat lpool ..who dont have any quality players in their team… really is pretty shocking for a team considered favourites for epl

  4. Redeye ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Didn’t want ozil to start tbh, but why sign el neny if you’re afraid to start him versus stoke.

  5. antiwenger ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I said it here on January 1st that there is something fishy about the Alexis injury.Wenger is covering up with his lies because he doesn’t want to sign an attacker this window.Alexis won’t feature probably until mid February, and wenger has known this since boxing day.Ozil is now injured, Wenger will probably say it’s a knock or a slight injury but we all know he will miss atleast a month.

  6. Okayblack ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Wenger is hell-bent on losing dis game. Who do U want to win d game against Stoke? Walcott, Chamberlain? I hate d feeling I already have…

  7. goonerboy ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Argh!!! Even if all our players are fit, a win is not guaranteed now look at this line-up ehn..No offensive leader there…
    Walcott and Ox are both on d same level
    Campbell and Giroud better than both of them….wish them best of the best of the best of luck

  8. davidnz ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Arsenal playing well.
    Stoke will get desperate
    and Arsenal will nick it
    COYG 🙂

  9. vinie2000 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    5 DEFENSIVE OUT FIELD PLAYERS FROM 6 ON THE BENCH..HE’S GOING FOR DRAW..WHERE IS ADELAIDE? THIS SHOW US ONCE MORE THAT THE LACK OF DEPTH WITH QUALITY IS SHOCKING..PEP WILL TAKE OVER CITY THEN ALL BEST PLAYERS WILL GO THERE.why not spending 40 or 50 millions now to strenght it now before is to late? THEY WILL DOMINATE THE EPL FOR YEARS TO COME..chelski will get stronger..Man utd too..you act now or NEVER..auba / lacazette / carvallho or get PAYET from Hammers as Cazorla replacement..he would be excellent for us..but He’ll come with same old lame excuses..WE WENT TO THE MARKET AND COULD NOT FIND THAT SPECIAL ONE.

  10. Redeye ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    We always lose the physical battle against stoke, so why start flamini over chambers, and bfg over Gabriel, sorry gooners buy the only way i see us winning is keeping a clean sheet which is unlikely, COYG!!!!.

  11. bayjerkoff ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    my problem is flamini….how an experience footballer like him lack positional awareness and has a very bad 1st touch….with chamberlain and flamini….it’s another mistake filled match….verdict…we gonna concede 2 goal directly from errors

  12. vinie2000 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    My team..Chech-Bellerin-Gab-Kos-monreal-Elneny-Cazorla-Alexis-Campbell-ozil-OG..the rest on bench or loaned..Very poor performance this half.

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