Official teams and preview of Arsenal v Stoke City

Arsenal fans are hoping for a hefty does of payback as well as all three points from the visit of our regular tormentors Stoke City today. JUst as their managers and players like to say things like `Arsenal do not like being kicked` we need to be able to say things like `Stoke don’t like fast, accurate passing and quality attacking incision`.

And just as the Gunners have a terrible recent record at the Britannia stadium, the Potters do not like playing on the large and perfect pitch at the Emirates stadium or Highbury, without an away win over Arsenal since 1981. In fact, the Gunners are going for 13 home wins in a row over Stoke.

And Arsene Wenger has been handed a few injury boosts to help him achieve that, although Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott all start from the bench, as does Mathieu Flamini, which means that Francis Coquelin is rewarded for his impressive performances with his third Premier League start on the spin.

Tomas Rosicky also comes in, with either him or Santi Cazorla to provide the keys to unlock a well organised Stoke defence. Oxlade-Chamberlain completes the front three with Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud, giving us plenty of pace, power and hopefully more than enough quality to put the visitors to the sword.

At the other end, no one will be surprised to see that David Ospina keeps his place with our under fire Polish keeper staying on the bench. In front of Ospina, Arsenal have the first choice central defensive pairing of Mertesacker and Koscielny, who will be hoping to stop some of the criticism with a solid showing and a clean sheet.

Ospina
Debuchy, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal
Coquelin, Rosicky, Cazorla
Alexis, Giroud, Chamberlain

subs: Szczesny, Bellerin, Flamini, Ramsey, Ozil, Walcott, Campbell

I am a bit worried about the lack of defensive cover on the bench, so let’s keep our fingers crossed that the injury curse stays away from Arsenal today.

Tags Ozil Ramsey Rosicky

188 Comments

  1. kingson says:

    You may hate him for his history with us, but put sentiment aside, and u cant deny Shawcross is just the kind of defender that our team needs…….tough, strong, athletic, no nonsense, disciplined, fearless and a leader.

    1. captinweestain says:

      Thug

  2. muffdiver says:

    sanchez i love u.

    i actually love.

    birds suddenly appear , everytime u are near

  3. captinweestain says:

    Bellerin impressive as well

  4. Great Game ….time to bring SUBS to protect our Players from STOKE

  5. captinweestain says:

    You ain’t getting past the the wall ospina

  6. Mesut O-grillz says:

    Ahhh I miss witnessing Koscielny flooring folks.

  7. CraigZWE says:

    Bring on Theo.

    Stoke getting more ball, we can hurt them on break.

  8. captinweestain says:

    Bet the king wants to get on the pitch, arsenal playing like arsenal
    arsenallllllllll

  9. Ronny331 says:

    On a hatrick 🙂 blood som returning players now!

  10. captinweestain says:

    Alexis statue ?

    1. captinweestain says:

      Mares well prepare one

  11. muffdiver says:

    subs wenger !

    SUBS – try earlier than 85th min

    1. captinweestain says:

      67th min wow

  12. captinweestain says:

    Dirty scumbags

  13. GOONSTER says:

    We are now starting to over indulge.. The same old Arsenal is coming out, giving the ball away stupidly.. smh

  14. CraigZWE says:

    Can’t wait to see how Coquelin does against City.
    If he performs well we could have a good player on our hands, he is still young.

  15. captinweestain says:

    Stoke city should be called ball shite f.c

  16. Ronny331 says:

    Gd now, ozil and or theo please.

  17. captinweestain says:

    hahah ox “see ya”

  18. Mesut O-grillz says:

    Great time for a sub. Ox had a great game.

  19. Greg says:

    On comes theo “the speed merchant”! Coyg!

  20. PaddyGooner says:

    Now for Ozil.

  21. captinweestain says:

    olay olay olay

  22. captinweestain says:

    Put Akpom on

  23. captinweestain says:

    Alexis does need rest, he is human wenger

  24. PaddyGooner says:

    The link I’m watching just flashed up an ad banner ”Isn’t it time for some german engineering”. Come on Ozil

  25. Greg says:

    Ozil is about to come on in a bit!

  26. captinweestain says:

    Arsenal vs Bojan and begavic.

  27. Mesut O-grillz says:

    OOOOOOZILLLLLLLLLLL

  28. captinweestain says:

    OZILLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

    1. Mesut O-grillz says:

      you’re late Captin

      1. captinweestain says:

        Ive got more L’s in ozil though

        What a miss, he could have had 3 since coming back

  29. CraigZWE says:

    Ozzzzzil.

    But for OG?

  30. Mesut O-grillz says:

    Wait, whose playing on that LW then?

    1. captinweestain says:

      Sanchez, playing everywhere

  31. captinweestain says:

    clean sheet

  32. Mesut O-grillz says:

    We need to turn Rusty Theo into just Theo

  33. GOONSTER says:

    I don’t know how many assists Sanchez could have got if the likes of Giroud, The Ox and Walcott took those clear cut chances he created for them today..

  34. captinweestain says:

    Jesus alexis is on FIRE

  35. Mesut O-grillz says:

    Sanchez for president. It has been decided

  36. ArseOverTit says:

    Ok nice result and performance (especially 1st half) against a team who didn’t turn up.

    On to play with the bigger boys next week. Let’s see!

    COYG!

  37. captinweestain says:

    Super gunners super reds

  38. Ronny331 says:

    Its ironic we put in such an accomplished performance during the transfer window. One cb our only signing?

    1. captinweestain says:

      We wont spend more than 10 million, prove me wrong wenger.
      Van gual looks like a right weirdo.

  39. captinweestain says:

    walk in the park i said from the last game, i was right for once.

  40. Ronny331 says:

    Good confidence booster before the city game.

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