My Arsenal XI to Beat Stoke – Ozil and Szczesny on the Bench!

Going into the game against Stoke on Sunday, the Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will have a much tougher job in selecting the starting eleven as the Frenchman welcomes as many as four players back into the side. Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and Mathieu Flamini have all recovered from injuries while Olivier Giroud will return after serving a three-match ban. Wenger will have a tough job in getting all these players back into the side considering their replacements have done reasonably well, but here’s how I’d go about it.

Wojciech Szczesny was awful against Southampton and I would go as far as to drop him in favour of David Ospina who I feel deserves his chance. Apart from that, I think the defence pretty much picks itself. Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny will take their usual place in the heart of the Arsenal defence and will be flanked by Mathieu Debuchy at right-back and Kieran Gibbs at left-back.

Coming to the midfield, I would prefer to bring in both Aaron Ramsey and Mathieu Flamini straight into the starting eleven as midfield strength is essential against Stoke. Francis Coquelin was pretty decent against the Saints but I would give Famini the nod as a result of his experience and leadership on the pitch. Moving on to the Number 10 role, I think Santi Cazorla deserves to continue there as a result of his recent performances. Although Ozil is back in the picture, I would prefer to have him win his place back. So for this paricular game, I’d start the German on the bench.

And finally to the forwards, I’d also like to see Tomas Rosicky keep his place in the side and I’d start him on the left flank, considering Welbeck is still injured and Rosa has been in fine form. Whilst the veteran midfielder is another one who likes to play in the middle, he is also equally effective coming in from the left flank. Given the fact that we are playing Stoke, Olivier Giroud should start up front as the Frenchman’s hold-up play will be a vital factor for Arsenal. And of course, the Gunners’ best player Alexis Sanchez will keep his place as well and I’d start him on the right-flank.

In my opinion, this is a team that easily has the beating of the Potters at the Emirates. Should anything go wrong, we will have the likes of Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Mesut Ozil to come on and make an impact. Despite the recent defeat at the Britannia, I am confident that this much stronger Arsenal side can do the the job come Sunday.

Arsenal: Ospina; Debuchy, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs; Flamini, Ramsey; Rosicky, Cazorla, Sanchez; Giroud.


Tags Giroud ospina Rosicky


  1. Twig says:

    Szczesny will start. Every keeper has made mistakes and Wenger used to smoke himself.

    1. ebemka says:

      That’s ur own lineup anyway…
      I think u wil be one of those few who will moan at playin cazorla on the wings, or starting ospina in such a physical game if we eventually loose…
      I think in dis game, wenger will make the right selections with precaution… Now that he has most of his players back…
      I dnt xpect Ozil to start, as stoke is a risky game to play a fragile Ozil…
      Would also be nice to see walcott make runs in-behind defences like he did against hull(and probably I’mprove his finishing)… #coyg

        1. Twig says:

          Was wondering what that was doing under my post

  2. Zulu-boy-SA says:

    Le Coq has to start this game

    1. BarryL says:

      Agree – we should play both Coquelin and Flamini in 1st half to keep it tight. Cazorla is in form – so Ozil on bench – Sanchez, Giroud + Walcott or Rosicky. Ox if fit, to swap for Walcott/Rosicky in 2nd half.

  3. Twig says:

    That said, I don’t think Szczesny should be no. 1 at Arsenal. We need a guy with more focus and calmness in goal.

    1. DanielC1989 says:

      and more maturity. he’s almost 25 and acts 15.. always has and always will. I think the majority of footballers let being a footballer get to their head. Chambers was amazing until he got settled in London now he’s too big for his boots. happens to 80% of players

  4. Greg says:

    I believe it would be sensible to give david ospina a chance, and start him in goal! Coyg!

  5. antiwenger says:

    coq in place of flamini,the rest I agree

  6. Hafiz Rahman says:

    Afobe, Campbell, Sanogo and Poldi thats 4 strikers out….

    we need 4 in or at least 3……

    Cavani, Benzema and Jovetic

    1. davidnz says:

      Giroud Wellbeck Sanchez
      Walcott Ramsey Ox Akpom.
      7 goal scorers is enough 🙂

    2. BarryL says:

      That’s £120M + wages for 3 forwards!!
      If AW doesn’t sign any defenders this window, we can guess your comments!!
      To Carvalho and Reid would be a good window

    3. joeboy says:

      This aint fifa mate you cant just go out and get cavani, benzema and jovetic

  7. davidnz says:

    Ospina Coqu and Cazorla
    have earned their places.
    If Walcott is fit he would
    start on the right Sanchez left.
    Szcz Chambers Monreal Flame
    Ozil Ox/Rosicky Akpom/Sanogo

  8. akuma gouki says:


    Alexis. Santi. Walcott

    Coquelin. Ox

    Gibbs. koscielny. Per. Debuchy


  9. Ddog says:

    we need pace in the front 3, we need put there defenders on the back foot. make em run a bit. The game really changed last time after we bought welbeck on so it worries me to see this predicted line up with Alexis as the only speedster. I’m thinking maybe Alexis should start on the left with Theo on the right, or the ox or even Alexis upfront

  10. says:

    Szczesny; Bellerin, Debuchy, Rhinosacker, Gibbs; Flamini-Coquelin; Sanchez, Cazorla, Oxchambo; Giroud. I ‘ll welcome back Oliver with a start. I am resting Achilles Koscielny for Man C. He was awful with his back pass to Szczesny at St Mary’s. He should have played the ball to touch for a corner kick to the Saints. I ‘ll start apologizing Szczesny with a warning to concentrate 100% on the proceedings of the game and always watch the ball instead of watching the player in any penalty kicks and other free kicks situation. I will rest Ozil, Walcott and Ramsey for Man C, but start them on the bench for this Stoke game and introduce them later into the game to get some valuable runs for the Man City encounter. I will start Bellerin to overrun the Stoke defenses with dazzling back right wing attacking forays. I will tell Flamini and Coquelin to avoid any avoided yellow card that will later reduce their 100% efforts in avoiding picking a second yellow card.

  11. Bartender says:

    ————–Le Coq—————-

    Lets play our old style of fast crisp attacking football…I miss that about Arsenal nowadays.

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