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.

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


  1. 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.

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

  3. 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.

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

  5. 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..

  6. 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!


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

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

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