Arsenal have started to put to bed the idea that Stoke City, especially away from home, is the sort of game in which the Gunners come unstuck, and we really need the lads to carry that on today because the Premier League title is already looking like a very tough challenge and we can ill afford to drop away from the pace setters.
So it is good to see names like Coquelin, Mertesacker and Mustafi back in the matchday squad, although only the latter is set to start today’s game against the Potters and it looks like he will be the right sided defender in a back three, with Monreal and Kolasinac completing the back line. Hopefully the Spaniard will have a better game than last week when he really struggled against Leicester.
Instead of Coquelin coming back to partner Xhaka in the middle Arsene Wenger has gone for Ramsey and that should add a lot more attacking threat but could leave us a little exposed at times, so the Welshman needs to be aware.
Up front the boss has stuck with Welbeck, Lacazette and Ozil pulling the strings, with super sub Giroud o9nce again starting from the bench and hopefully the new striker will continue on from where he left off on his EPL debut, with a goal and some impressive play.
Mustafi, Monreal, Kolasinac
Bellerin, Ramsey, Xhaka, Oxlade-Chamberlain
Ozil, Welbeck, Lacazette
Subs: Ospina, Mertesacker, Coquelin, Elneny, Iwobi, Walcott, Giroud.
Let’s get this done You Gunners!!!