Ozil on the bench: Stoke v Arsenal teams

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Stoke: Begovic; Cameron, Shawcross (c), Wilson, Pieters; Walters, Nzonzi, Whelan, Adam, Arnautovic; Crouch

Subs: Sorensen, Muniesa, Palacios, Guidetti, Etherington, Wilkinson, Ireland.

Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Arteta, Wilshere, Rosicky, Cazorla, Podolski, Giroud

Subs: Fabianski, Vermaelen, Flamini, Ozil, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Gnabry, Sanogo

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Toby C

Good to see Gibbs in there! Let’s hope he’s fully fit. And pleased Ozil isn’t starting, we want him raring to go and champing at the bit when he does get on! COYG!!!

UnusualArse

Does the (c) next to Shawcross stand for cunt?

Andy Mack

No, otherwise most of their players would have the (c)!
And their manager would have a (CC) next to his!

@stefan_granlund

That’s a good looking bench though! 3 points!

Christopher Wreh

Surprised not to see Flamini and Arteta together but super Tom is a good call, come on Arsenal.

George

can’t wait to hear the retarded stoke fans booing ramsey, despite the fact he’s injured and not playing! Get over it you mugs! COYG

Cannonfodder

Can’t blame them though. How dare Rambo have the audacity to have his leg broke by one of their dirty Orc cunts. The cheek!!

Mick Champness

Surely we need the Flamster in amongst this lot???

Amusa

Surprised to see Flamini not playing.
But great to see Podolski and Rosicky starting.
Who would be up to the physical nature of the game, more than özil I daresay.

ElCapitano

I always forget of my absolute burning hatred for Stoke right up until we play them.
As they’re such a nothing side, with Mark Hughes the King of nothingness at the helm

David

What an amazing bench as well as starting 11! Beat the ORCS!!!!!! Win this for Rambo as well.

Steve

Nice to see Podolski getting a run. Hopefully he’s earning the managers trust after all those 80th minute substitutions and comments saying he doesn’t appear to be giving 100%. Hopefully he can replace Theo’s goal threat. COYG.

MTZ

Rather surprising really, as I was expecting Ozil and Flamini to start. The team should be good enough to deal with Stoke regardless, though I’m certainly not taking it for granted.

mike

It is good enough to deal with anybody.

Arsenal man

Delighted to see Rosicky in there!! He will control the flow of the game. Cazorla and wilshere and poldi to score today 😉 COYG

goonero

That should be more than enough to take care of these cretins.

Kunal

Time to fight nomads. COYG.

Me So Hornsey

I’m looking at the teams sheet. Then the bench. Trying to figure out how an earth our squad is consistently referred to as “weaker” than our rivals… I look again. Nope still can’t work it out. Real head scratcher this one…

AFCEdwards

With Ramsey and Walcott as well. So weak.

MTZ

Yep, it’s as strong as the one Chelsea has and stronger than Liverpool. City probably has a slightly stronger squad, tho only in terms of strikers (Aguero is the main difference), but they also have the toughest schedule.

ElCapitano

Its because Maureen isn’t the manager ..and in the media’s eye’s we’re the worst team ever, with the worst squad ever to grace the English game.

Oh yeh, and didn’t you know.. Ozil is obviously the worst signing in the Premier League ever because he hasn’t scored a Ba-zillion goals in 30’seconds, like he obviously would be doing if he was under Maureens management at Chelsea.. where he’d be joining the ”EPL’s goal scoring heavyweights” like .. Torre’s and Eto..

#MassiveJokes

rossi88

Direct attacking players on pitch. Hoping for a good game and result. Up the gunners

Perry S.

Our fully fit squad is among the best in the Prem, but it’s the depth issues that creep in when our starting defenders are not available.

Jaywon

Where has Bendtner gone to? Thought he was the greatest striker that ever liveth..And am pleased to see Podolski and rosicky starting..

GoonTang

Sanogo ate him.

Fatboy Gooney

Good tactics from wenger.
Coygs..

Arseblood

Rosicky and Cazorla?…@Stoke? Would never have done that last year.

Jammathon

Kim Kallstrom would have won us this game single handed.