Arsenal confirmed team to take on Stoke! Three changes made

Arsenal have announced their team to take on Stoke City today, in what has to be a must-win encounter if they are to make the Champions League places.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain limped off the pitch on Wednesday and unfortunately misses out, while Aaron Ramsey and Kieran Gibbs lose their starting places.

Monreal finds himself returned to the wing-back position, while Hector Bellerin makes his first start since our side made the switch to 3-4-2-1, providing us with a back five in theory.

Francis Coquelin also finds himself starting his first game since the change in system, coming in for Aaron Ramsey just in front of the defence. Olivier Giroud also kept his place in the team, with Danny Welbeck left on the bench.

Lucas Perez and Kieran Gibbs will not be playing any part in today’s game having not made the squad for the trip to Stoke.

Will this team have enough to seal all three points today? Is there too many defensive players in the starting line-up?

Pat J

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  1. Goonerboy says:

    Nice line-up for me, been wanting Monreal back on the LWD….and the back three looks solid as well…coyg!!!

  2. Arsene Wenger says:

    I just want to say, it was Gazidis sending this team in. I wanted to put Danny in front but I was threatened with losing my job. And I don’t want to lose on the 8 mils a year, you feel me.

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

      I feel u Arsene.
      Ivan trippin’

      U might need to go toe to toe with dude

  3. Goonerboy says:

    Would have allowed Elneny to partner Xhaka though, we look so defensive with Coquelin…and Giroud will either be frustrating or handy depending on the kind of approach Stoke will play.

    If they are set-up defensively, Giroud will be good but if is an open game and we are pressed it will frustrating…that said, wish the boys goodluck!!!

  4. HA559 says:

    Josh king seems to be scoring a goal a game at the moment. Too bad he had a poor start to the season and being benched, maybe he would’ve been top scorer by now. But teams will be keeping an eye on this guy.

  5. Peter Deed says:

    Just when Ramsey and Welbeck were playing well Wenger drops them smh.
    It will be a draw. Giroud and Coq don’t deserve a start?

    1. khangunners says:

      Ramsey is made of glass. He can’t start so many games like that consecutive and i think he fears playing vs stoke and is always in hide mode when he plays vs them. So to me its a good strategy but i agree with the welbz he should start ahead of giroud. Ramsey coming in the second half can have an impact but and i repeat BUT it all comes down to how coq and xhaka partnership keeps us in the game.

      1. Peter Deed says:

        I can’t see Arsenal scoring with Giroud up front and no creativity in midfield. It will either be 0-0 or Stoke win by 1-0.

        1. Arsene Wenger says:


  6. HA559 says:

    Best defensive lineup in years. Wenger will probably come out before or after the match and say Ramsey might suffer a little bit ‘mentally’ becuase of waht happened here many years ago and thats why he didn’t start him.

  7. khangunners says:

    I get the reason as to xhaka and coq but for me the combo has not worked. Its good wenger wants us to match there physicality in the middle. Bellerin needs to turn up and produce a splendid performance. Coyg! Lets get the three points here and break one of the bogey teams. Its a tough one but considering they hve nothing to play for its all down to how much we want it. Coq and xhaka work today even if you hve failed milions time!

    1. HA559 says:

      Mainly because Coquelin thinks he is Henry at times and other times he thinks he is Pirlo. Someone tell that guy he is a DMF.

      1. khangunners says:

        Haha but is he thinking the net is towards the direction of the corner flags?

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

    He has to rotate so I’m not feeling this line up but I understand we have mad amount of games in short time.
    Level terms half timw
    Win second half


  9. Peter Deed says:

    Xhaka and Coquelin doesn’t work because they both prefer playing with Cazorla. They both struggle playing in defensive system. I hope we sign a top CM next season.

  10. Arsenal_Girl says:

    Lucas doesn’t even warm the bench
    Lucas should consider leaving for his own benefit
    I still think Alexis should be up front instead of Giroud (i hope Giroud scores though)
    Giroud has shown he is more likely to score of the bench and Alexis would not have scored 20 goals if he had not played up front this season

    Hope Ozil can play his best for these next 3 matches at least

    Hope we win
    Fingers crossed

  11. luvdaguns says:

    relying on west ham to draw pool seems far fetched, whatever happens i hope we sign a world class CF this summer, tired of deciding between 3 C rated strikers…

  12. bran99 says:

    OG is big fat liability.. though he might snap a goal in matches like this but 90% of his overall play is rubbish

    1. Durand says:

      I didn’t know he was playing today. I thought Wenger only named 10 starters. Giroud is great coming off the bench, but like having Mert up top when he starts. Dang Giroud is a lamppost. He couldn’t get on the end of a through ball if his life depended on it.

      Giroud built like a CB and plays like one up top. Shame no one in world is better or we would have them. At least that’s what puppet master says.

      1. Durand says:

        Ha Giroud scores as I typed that slander. My apologies to you Giroud, I’ll be eating my earlier words now straight away.

        I’ll slander you again later before your second goal after I finish eating earlier comment

        1. bran99 says:

          Hehehe, I knew he’ll score, but after a series of non existence performance

          1. Dee23 says:

            Fickle much? You call Giroud a liability then post that you knew he would score after he gets his first goal. You should have auditioned for M Knight shyamalan’s movie “Split”.

  13. bran99 says:

    Wenger out means out.. heheheh so funny

  14. it’s very difficult to win with ozil an Sanchez because they don’t make them self available for the cross inside the box only giroud along is thair for the cross

  15. Quantic Dream says:

    Mustafi man …what happened to this guy?

  16. Arsenalgirls says:

    Alex Iwobi should be playing for Monreal. I love that Wenger finally plays a smart formation but still can’t quite get the personnel right! He’s such a pussy douche

  17. RSH says:

    our midfield is two fullbacks and two holding midfielders. Of course we would struggle to create chances

  18. Kiko says:

    Regardless of the goal I think we need upgrades on Koscielny, Bellerin, Coquelin, and Giroud. Just my observations…

    1. Dennis the Menace says:

      upgrade on Koscielny??? from where?

      1. Kiko says:

        Plenty of younger CB’s out there. Check out the other leagues and you’ll see but 1 jumps out to me in England is Van Dijk.

  19. Tidan2 says:

    Look at all the experts criticising Coquelin who basically put that goal on a plate despite it not being his “job”

    1. bran99 says:

      Coq’s play is descent today.. but Holding is stealing the show, so solid

    2. Kiko says:

      He’s not Arsenal quality, easily forgotten who use to wear the shirt and constantly deliver. The PL trophy drought continues as Fabregas lifts his second in 3 years.

  20. Disturbance says:

    The best thing to come out of this season is Rob Holding who’s sensational. The only thing that would top it is having Arsene go at the end. Our prayers lie with Wet Ham giving us a repeat of Lasagna gate.

  21. GrahamB says:

    Greet first half for the Arse.
    Loving Montreal he’s reinvented!

  22. GrahamB says:

    Monreal !!

    1. Kiko says:

      I would keep a 31 year old Monreal over a 28 year old Gibbs.

  23. GrahamB says:

    If Wenger goes then Gazidis stays but if Gazidis stays then Wenger goes.
    It’s a straight fight.
    Trust me. That’s the fight.

  24. mark says:

    I’m liking this new formation more and more. Our defence is more solid and dependable, and that gives the attacking players more confidence to do their thing.

    The change has worked so far, and I no longer get nervous when other teams are in our half.

    Based on that, maybe you can teach an old dog new tricks?

    Wenger has certainly stepped up to the challenge of being past it.

    Long may it continue.

  25. Dennis the Menace says:

    i was just about to criticize our slow play and ozil scores… guess i should curse the team more 😀

  26. GrahamB says:

    Fantastic goal!

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

    Idiot ref
    Several fouls an he says f all
    Crouch scores

    1. bran99 says:

      And he scored by hand

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

    Stoke. Back to fouling whole time

    Hate them

  29. wenger out says:

    Stupid fing ref. Elbow to OG, elbow to Mustafu, foul on Bellerin beforr goal, Hand ball goal crouch.

    What an idiot ref. Then tells players to calm down, why, you letting them do wtf they want.

  30. wenger out says:

    How FA lets fools like take charge of such important games is beyond me.

    Dean should be banned for this shenanigan

  31. gmv8 says:

    Give AS7 anything he want Wenger you tight wad – that man is priceless!!!!!!!

  32. gmv8 says:

    Amazing that Arsenal have two yellow cards and Stoke none … they’ve fouled AS& of the pitch

  33. wenger out says:

    This commentator hates arsenal and wenger even more, who is this fool.

    He says nothing about fouls on arsenal, but moment stoke player gets fouled he wants a red.

  34. ras911 says:

    Please give Sanchez what he wants

  35. Krish says:

    This is the quality of özil and ramsey 😉

  36. wenger out says:

    How do Stoke get away with such dirty play?

    Always get away with it.

  37. Krish says:

    and i loved the foul from holding 😀

  38. wenger out says:

    Czech has been in awesome form lately.

  39. antbadapple says:

    Plus .. I hate Liverpool more than I hate spurs!!

  40. gmv8 says:

    Hope AS7 is ok …..

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