Lacazette on the bench: Arsenal v Stoke team news

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Arsenal face Stoke today at the Emirates, looking for a confidence boosting win and a chance to put another nail in the visitors Premier League coffin.

Here are today’s official line-ups.

Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Mustafi, Chambers, Monreal, Elneny, Ramsey, Wilshere, Welbeck, Ozil, Aubameyang

Subs: Macey, Koscielny, Kolasinac, Xhaka, Iwobi, Mkhitaryan, Lacazette

Stoke: Butland; Johnson, Shaqcross, Martins Indi, Pieters; Bauer, Badou, Allen; Ramadan, Diouf, Shaqiri.

Subs: Haugaard; Ireland, Berahino, Cameron, Crouch, Campbell, Sorensen

Follow the game on the Arseblog live blog

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yen
yen

Does this mean Cech is now the no. 1 for EL?

YES ARSENE

goongot
goongot

No that means cech is injured.

yen
yen

Don’t spoil the fun with facts!

Arsene'sPuppet
Arsene'sPuppet

Glad Elneny is getting a start. Hopefully a bit of competition for a place will spur Xhaka into some consistent form.

Not sure about Welbeck over Mhiki though…

Arsene'sPuppet
Arsene'sPuppet

And then I thought “oh yeah – prioritise the Europa League.”

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Does that mean two strikers or Welbeck wide?

I’m guessing Welbeck wide

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

I guess maybe the theory is that Laca and Welbz can play in any of the front three positions.

I suppose that gives us plenty of cover, and we might be able to keep everybody happy that way.

voldermort
voldermort

hes resting xhaka, no matter how well elneny does today xhaka will be back thursday.
wenger hasn’t got a clue

alek
alek

Cech out?

SB Still
SB Still

Come on Gunners, for the 3 points today.

No Cech?

Byte2bInary
Byte2bInary

Shout out to Peter Crouch, No matter how much you wish for him to disappear, He is always there like a sore thumb.

Yellow Ribbon
Yellow Ribbon

I want Stoke to get relegated. Come on Arsenal..let’s do this!

PersonFace
PersonFace

Let’s hope this match is as interesting as the interlull was boring.

Lord Bendnter
Lord Bendnter

So far (37min), it’s just as boring…

Gooner Mac
Gooner Mac

Fuck just put 4-0 on my accy then see that Ospina is in goal…….COYG

Deano

Well that first half was bloody dreadful.

Men With Ven
Men With Ven

An absolutely dire 45 minutes…

Bois
Bois

Hmmm. Do not know how Chambers gets in ahead of Holding. He may be able to dribble better and marginally quicker but Holding is the better defender, positioning and ability to read the game. Safer option.
And I get we have the Europa league but Welbeck ahead of Iwobi or Mkhitaryan would just mean a slow start to a win. His interplay is so poor and ability to take it to the defenders.
Oh well guess we will wait for second half action.