Official teams and preview of Stoke v Arsenal

If Arsenal can win away to Stoke City today it will make it four wins in a row in all competitions and would surely put the momoies of a poor start to the season firmly behind us and leave us looking forward to the rest of the season with some optimism.

But with just one win from our last eight games against the Potters, it does not looka n easy task. But the home side are ona miserable run of form and results, with three defeats in a row and some of their own injury problems to deal with. They are nothing like ours, although at least Kieran Gibbs is available to cover for the Spanish left back Nacho Monreal.

On the other side, Hector Bellerin comes in because Wenger has moved young Calum Chambers alongside Per Mertesacker, with Laurent Koscielny only fit enough to start on the bench. Our polish international keeper is also on the bench after his minor knock saw him miss a few games and he is joined there by Danny Welbeck.

So OLivier Giroud comes into the centre forward position and Alex Oxlade_Chamberlain gets another chance to impress on one flank, with our star man Alexis Sanchez on the other. It gives us a great blend of power, pace and hard work up front, with Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey adding creative ability from midfield, although the Welshman will hopefully keep his discipline and help Flamini to protect the defence.

Martinez
Bellerin, Mertesacker, Chambers, Gibbs
Flamini, Ramsey, Cazorla
Alexis, Giroud, Chamberlain

subs: Szczesny, Koscielny, Ajayi, Maitland-Niles, Campbell, Podolski, Welbeck

The young players on the bench show just how stretched the Arsenal squad is, but hopefully they will not be called upon and hopefully we do not pick up any more knocks from Stoke’s tough tactics. Can we hold firm and produce the quality up front to grab a vital win?

Tags Chamberlain Giroud welbeck

370 Comments

  1. Mick The Gooner says:

    Come on Newcastle! Hold out!

    Oh, and come on you gunners too…

    1. KickAssFan says:

      Oh, dear Universe!!! Bring down the blues!!!

      1. KickAssFan says:

        Dear Maureen, please note that the right to be InVInCIBle exclusively belongs to Arsenal and Arsenal alone

        1. muffdiver says:

          i now love:

          alan shearer
          geordie shore
          cheryl cole

        2. Usmanov says:

          @KickAssFan.
          Yes Bruv. It’s exclusive to us!!!
          Oh I feel relieved now. Oh Papisse Cisse, Ohh Sissoko.

          1. muffdiver says:

            1-0 down in 20 seconds- THANKS ARSENAL.

            f*ck sakkkkkkkkkkkkkkke

          2. muffdiver says:

            2-0 down.

            come on lads- lets hear excuses

    2. SoOpa AeoN says:

      OH….THANK YOU NEWCASTLE………. GOD BLESS YOU!

      1. SoOpa AeoN says:

        ARSENAL INVINCIBLES…………… THANK YOU TOONS

        1. SoOpa AeoN says:

          THERE CAN BE NO TWO INVINCIBLES……….. The worLd must know this

          1. Usmanov says:

            @SoOpa AeoN.
            I think you meant *CAN’T*

  2. juhislihis says:

    GET IN THERE CISSE!!

  3. Mowember says:

    finally beller- in if u kno what i mean

    nice starting xi 2-0 arsenal

  4. Mowember says:

    maureenho you filth one name pappiis

  5. muffdiver says:

    you lot talk too soon. see what i mean. wait til that whistle blows

  6. Hafiz Rahman says:

    Chelsea needs to spend big now…..new strikers to score goals and defenders to stop the leaking…

    1. Usmanov says:

      Sc**w you Hafiz Rahman! Sc**w you, you f**** troll! I LUV YOUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!

      I LOVE FOOTBALLLLLL!!!!

      1. muffdiver says:

        looooool calm down bro

        u havent won the lottery
        (if u have, remember i have always loved u like a brother)

        1. Usmanov says:

          @muffdiver.
          “u havent won the lottery”.
          Ofcourse I have!
          You seriously are not thinking that I screaming my head off because of some game between Chelsea and Newcastle, are u?!

          *checks again to confirm I won*

          Oh yes! yes! I luv you muffdiver. *jumps on muffdiver, plants a kiss on his mouth*

          1. muffdiver says:

            hahahaha. ur nuts

  7. medvet says:

    come on newcastle

  8. cheeterspotter says:

    MORINHO AN INVINCIBLE FAILURE

  9. muffdiver says:

    6 MOTHERF*CKING MINUTES!!!

    FROM WHERE??

    CHELSEA CHEATS

    1. muffdiver says:

      lol feel like i should watch geordie shore to say thank you.

      has absolutely made my day

      there is only one INVINCIBLE TEAM

  10. Mick The Gooner says:

    Invincibles? Bahahahaha

  11. medvet says:

    hahahahahahah, YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡

  12. Koktafo says:

    yeah newcastle…..

  13. TioMoses says:

    #49 FOREVER

  14. ButtFlaps says:

    You can never be the Invisibles Cheslea!!!!!!!

  15. Hafiz Rahman says:

    Wenger out!!

  16. Justsoccerfan says:

    Yes we are still the invincible. But we got another team fighting for our 4th that is no good for us.

  17. Robin Vanpayslip says:

    LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

    To Newcastle? Really?

  18. Justsoccerfan says:

    Thanks god you heard my pray, Chelsea was beaten.

  19. den chillz says:

    Chavs cant be invisibles lol thanks newcastle

  20. DesiGunner says:

    Haha chelsea invincibles my ass. 14 games they lasted and people started comparing em to invincibles. You cannot buy class
    Form is temporary, Class is permanent
    I would love to see any other team win EPL than a team that’s coached by mourihno

  21. whiterun_guard says:

    YESYESYESYES
    Now gunners put the icing on the cake and my day will be fabulous

  22. Mick The Gooner says:

    Man City winning today will take them within 3 points of Chelsea. Man City are in form, Chelsea aren’t. The title race isn’t over yet – it’s just beginning..

    1. Mesut O-grillz says:

      Now we just need to get in there

    2. Usmanov says:

      True words man. True words!

  23. Mick The Gooner says:

    This calls for an extra loud 49, 49 undefeated chant at the Emirates when Chelsea visit.

  24. RSH says:

    was there ever any doubt Chelsea would eventually lose? One thing Wenger beats Mourinho in is the Invincible record. It just cannot be done again, nice try though Chelsea 🙂

  25. Raja Danish says:

    O yeah congrats! Newcastle what an awsome performance by them they were absolutely rock at defence well organised and hit chelsea on counter and scored 2 goals that’s the way to beat chelsea keep tight at back and well organised and hit them on counter.. I m Very Glad now that invincibles talk is now over we arsenal are only invincibles of premier league.

  26. Greg says:

    Thank you newcastle united!

  27. Greg says:

    Unbeaten record stays with the red half! Coyg!

  28. muffdiver says:

    we better f*cking win .

    not having my day ruined after this great result

  29. Bigvalbowski says:

    Anybody still think Sissoko isn’t Arsenal class?

    1. Robin Vanpayslip says:

      Yes

  30. Robin Vanpayslip says:

    Our official team news article and not one comment about AFC in it

  31. Mistamonn says:

    I thought this article was Stoke City-Arsenal preview. It’s seems like its New castle-Chelsea live match.

    However, it’s infectious. Go gunners!! Only ONE invincibles!!!

  32. Raja Danish says:

    Chelsea do have a habbit of losing against middle and low rank teams so it’s a good thing that we may hope chelsea will stutter against these teams like today so we can closd the gap of top position it’s difficult but not impossible.. Coyg!! Arsenal invincibles 49 forever INSHAA ALLAH..

  33. Justsoccerfan says:

    Can we gain when other drop points, let pray.

  34. RSH says:

    only way to make this day better is to beat Stoke now….

  35. THANK YOU PARDEW….THIS SHOWS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN FANS DEMAND MORE FROM THEIR COACH AND TEAM….

  36. medvet says:

    20 seconds¡¡¡, really¡¡¡

  37. Usmanov says:

    DAMNNNNNNN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  38. muffdiver says:

    embarassing- 20 seconds lol

    joke

  39. ras911 says:

    what just happened

  40. luvdaguns says:

    wengers fault

  41. RSH says:

    back to reality…

  42. Usmanov says:

    Now we start moaning again?!
    WTF?! Arsenal should be giving us joy, not bloody Newcastle!

  43. Brada b says:

    Wtf COYG WAKETO FACK UP

  44. Mesut O-grillz says:

    wtf just happened, just turned on the TV?!

  45. arsenal207 says:

    Muahahaaaaa. Now, you football genius please keep saying we should let Chamber in CB and Bellerin. What a joke.

    1. Mesut O-grillz says:

      well definitely not against Stoke and definitely not away AT Stoke, jesus.

    2. Justsoccerfan says:

      Most of us want chamber partner with kos, not the other way.

  46. John Legend says:

    Mou wil probably be able to win at St. James when Arsene finally beats him which is very unlikely.

    Football! What a game!

    1. John Legend says:

      *St. James Park*

      Hoping for a win for Arsenal today.

  47. arsenal207 says:

    in the past , 10 out of 10 games, fans questioned Wenger why he didn’t use Chamber in CB and Bellerin in LB. Finally Wenger satisfies your wish. Great!

  48. BUR says:

    Just go Wenger, just go! You buy the players you pick the team, just go!!!!

  49. Usmanov says:

    Martinez losses his virginit.. sorry, clean sheet record.

  50. arsenal207 says:

    Bellerin, Campell, Rosicky , Podolsky, ……. they had their chance in Carling Cup. They lost it. Before you blame anybody, blame yourself.

  51. Justsoccerfan says:

    Another miss from Giroud.

  52. ras911 says:

    OMG!!! a sitter!!! Come on Gr=irouddd

  53. Mallu_Gooner says:

    Giroud is back !!!

  54. muffdiver says:

    giroud back to his old ways.

    easier to score

  55. Usmanov says:

    We can’t lose here at the Brittania. Not again! We lost the title here last season. It brings back bad memories.

  56. Twig says:

    Is the OX on the pitch at all?

  57. Justsoccerfan says:

    The goal was chamber fault, he miss the heading and Bellerin he slip but he is guarding the other player and don’t know where is mert.

  58. arsenal207 says:

    Jesus! 14th minute, Bellerin marked Crouch and it was almost 2-0 .

  59. muffdiver says:

    WE BETTER WIN.

    THATS RIGHT U B$TCHES- CAPITAL LETTERS!!

  60. Me says:

    Yes, thats great – well done Newcastle.

    Arsenal love to cling on to past glories, after all past glories are the only thing that is keeping Arsene Wenger in a job – that and the lack of a spine by the board to move forward.

    Or perhaps they are just happy in taking the money from their loyal fan base and fobbing them off with a substandard product..

    Doesn’t bode too well for the club…

  61. Mesut O-grillz says:

    Can we figure out whose gonna take these free kicks please?

    1. Justsoccerfan says:

      Last I heard they still trying out how to defend, how to jump to head a ball, how to take advantage of our corner and free kick.

  62. mohawk says:

    How bad is Anthony Taylor? Words do not do it justice. You have to witness his ineptitude to fully appreciate it.

  63. arsenal207 says:

    i always hate this ugly football of Stoke.
    Somebody please tell Santi to stop shooting, he’s terrible at it

  64. juhislihis says:

    Concede in the first minute, Giroud misses a sitter, we still can’t give set pieces, classic Arsenal!

  65. juhislihis says:

    OH by the way, Mertesacker so bad..

  66. medvet says:

    well…. what a crap defensive display…………

  67. Adienl says:

    Any streaming links that work seamlessly?

    1. medvet says:

      feed2all. eu

      1. medvet says:

        ifeed2all. eu

    2. luvdaguns says:

      i recommend watching something else

      1. Adienl says:

        I think you’re right.
        We are shit without koscienly!

    3. ras911 says:

      Firstrownow.eu

    4. palmer17 says:

      Wiziwig I’m watching it on in holland working no problem

  68. R3iGN 95 says:

    Referee’s a twat!!!

  69. Justsoccerfan says:

    I find Giroud not really in the game. He keep on breaking our attack.

  70. mohawk says:

    Just cannot watch Anthony Taylor at work – he is beyond bad.

  71. ras911 says:

    is the ref on crack or what?

  72. medvet says:

    we have a very inexperienced right defence side today, and who in the bench??……. nobody, wenger out? YES

  73. Koktafo says:

    where is our midfield?

  74. medvet says:

    and where the fack is Mertesacker¡?¡?¡
    facking german

  75. Justsoccerfan says:

    Without kos, our defence worst than a 2nd division.

  76. ras911 says:

    How do we keep messing up at Britannia season after season

  77. juhislihis says:

    Game over.

    1. juhislihis says:

      I just wish we could sell Mertesacker. He’s 30, getting slower and slower and has lost all his attributes what makes him a defender.

      But I know this will never happen. He will stay with Arsenal until his contract ends, so about 2-3 more years at least.

  78. capricorn57 says:

    I think Stoke will win 2-0 .

  79. Kay123 says:

    We always just pass in front of the oppenents defence… no intense movement

  80. RSH says:

    is koscielny injured or something? Or did Wenger just do something stupid once more?

  81. Justsoccerfan says:

    All two goal came from our left.

  82. muffdiver says:

    wengers looks cross…

    really? no kos an no reinforcements in the summer

    what did u expect boss?

  83. BUR says:

    Saw enough I’m off. What a display of how not to defend. Never seen worse!!

    1. RSH says:

      sunday league defending. Its beyond embarrassing. If we’re not playing Koscielny at the back we may as well just put more attackers on because defense never does anything useful.

  84. Ronny331 says:

    Wtf the old arsenal is back, midfield being bossed by stoke, defence daydreaming and wondering whats on tv tonight, mertesacker just go awol and do us a favour please!!!! We suck!

  85. R3iGN 95 says:

    No point taking corners!

  86. Mesut O-grillz says:

    Never underestimate stroke city folks. Wenger apparently did

    1. RSH says:

      we barley ever win at Britannia, I dont see how anyone could go into this match thinking it would be a cake walk.

  87. luvdaguns says:

    should have paid sagna,

  88. mr lean says:

    Some AKB please defend this performance from a team managed by an eight million pounds a year fraud of a manager !
    #wengerout

  89. blondin says:

    There are several players must be released,and Mert is gotta be first-dumb and slow,dumbest player I have ever seen.

  90. Kay123 says:

    Every game this season, we have played….SH*T

  91. Big Gun says:

    Take Cazorla and Giroud off, bring on Podolski and Welbeck. FFS we look like a bunch of old men today, no fight, no spirit. And who just gave up on marking on the second goal? Come on Arsenal…

  92. Budd says:

    Well, game is not over yet. There’s still time to come back.

    1. Budd says:

      Ahaha, or maybe not 😀

  93. Mesut O-grillz says:

    I just don’t understand why he changed the back formation against Stoke. Doesn’t make sense to me

    1. arsenal207 says:

      isn’t it obvious? you wanted Bellerin on the right and Chamber in CB. Wenger finally agree to do that for you. Now you want to blame him right? Kos is injured, it is out of question.

  94. Justsoccerfan says:

    Not bad all other matches, there are no goal, only our match got two goals to watch, not bad not bad.

  95. medvet says:

    We are as good as the barcelona?¡?¡ who wrote that sh*t???………..
    this is facking depressing

  96. sam-afc says:

    I knew this game was gonna be a sh*t one. Stoke crowd jeering Ramsey are poor excuses of human beings. No koscielny, we look poor at the back. Giroud needs to step up.

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