The Gunners are set to face a football-playing Stoke City. Yep. Should be interesting.
Arsene Wenger’s side are on an incredible run of form away from home, Wednesday’s 2-1 victory over Marseille made it ten consecutive away wins, a new club record.
But Arsenal need to translate their form on the road to the Emirates, however a 1-0 victory over The Spuds in their last home tie will help exert some confidence.
Injuries-wise there is not much to report apart from the news that Arteta could feature. He will not be starting however after spending a lengthy spell on the sidelines, but may well enter the fray later in the match as he gears up to return to full training today.
Rotation is unlikely on Sunday from Wenger especially with a Capital One Cup on the horizon next week which will allow a breather for a host of the first team stars, but mainly the midfielders.
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Against Stoke we can probably expect the same three central midfielders that will float in and around the pitch as they have done for the past two matches due to the lack of out and out wingers available in the squad. But so far it has worked well and Wenger will be hoping Ramsey can continue his crazy form, while Flamini holds the fort and shields the defence.
Here’s our predicted lineup for this Sunday’s fixture against Stoke City at Emirates.
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Likely substitute appearances:
Arteta: The Spaniard who has been such an instrumental figure in this Arsenal side over the past two seasons could make his long awaited comeback from the bench. He will add more steel to the midfield, and when fit, will challenge Flamini for the more defensive minded midfield role.
Monreal: Capable at playing on the wing if needed as he did against Marseille, the Spanish international will likely feature again as a late substitute as he has done often this season.
Vermaelen: depending on how the game unfolds, we will either see the Arsenal captain or perhaps a more attacking player like Ryo or Gnabry. Wenger may even opt to not use a third substitution.
No alternative lineup this time, it looks like a done deal and there are unlikely to be any changes from the side that beat Marseille in mid-week
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