Stoke vs Arsenal: Preview, Team News, Likely Line-ups & Predicted Score

By on August 25, 2012

Britannia Stadium

Written by: Gooner Mac

Stoke City away. Not Arsenal’s favourite fixture of the season but it gives the players a chance to show they’re up for it this year.

We know exactly what to expect on Sunday. Stoke only know one way of playing. Some call it ‘anti-football’ while others claim they are simply playing to their strengths and exploiting the oppositions weaknesses.

Whatever your stance is, the fact remains that Arsenal have struggled to deal with Stoke’s ‘direct’ approach in the past and Tony Pulis seems to enjoy winding Arsene Wenger up and loves nothing more than getting one over the Frenchman.

New signings Santi Cazorla, Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud will be in for a baptism of fire when they play at the Britannia for the first time, lets hope the rest of the squad have warned them what kind of game this will be. I fancy Poldi to be up for it. He looks the sort to enjoy a bit of the rough stuff.

Team News

Stoke have no fresh injury worries going into the game, but Dean Whitehead misses out through suspension after being sent off against Reading last week.

Former Gunner Jermaine Pennant is available again after missing the opening day fixture with a thigh injury and Geoff Cameron is also available after receiving international clearance to enter the country following his move from the US.

Arsenal Wenger welcomes back Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who missed the Sunderland game with an ankle injury. The youngster trained on Friday and is now pushing for a start.

However, defender Laurent Koscielny is ruled out once again with a calf strain. This could be a blessing in disguise as we will probably need Per Mertesackers height to deal with Crouch and the bombardment of long balls coming our way.

Wojciech Szczesny is  a slight doubt but should be fit. If he misses out Lukasz Fabianski is in line to stand in after recovering from a back injury.

Likely Line-ups

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It’s likely Giroud will come in and his height and power will be important. It’s a toss-up whether Wenger will go with Walcott or Gervinho on the right but I’ve chosen the Ivorian as he’s more powerful than Theo and may be able to deal with the physical approach from the hosts a little better.

Predicted Score

The Britannia is never an easy place to go, especially for the top sides and even more so for Arsenal – who they just love playing against at home. Stoke are currently unbeaten in their last seven home matches and they have Peter Crouch up front, who seems to score against Arsenal every time he lines up against us.

If we can contain the big man and restrict the number of set pieces we give away, we certainly have the quality to get a positive result. I’m going to back the boys to do it. Stoke 1-2 Arsenal.

What team would you choose? What do you think the final score will be? Get involved in the comments section.

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41 Comments

  1. Jude

    August 26, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Always a fixture to anticipate with anxiety as an arsenal fan. All switches must stay on to come away with all three points….defence and attack most especially. Diaby or Coq will be just fine in the DM position. COYG

  2. John Otaalo

    August 26, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    It’s a pretty risky game for us. Wenger should bring In Gervinho whoz a bit stronger. Upfront he should consider Giroud and may be Chamakh in the second half. My prediction Stoke 0-2 Arsenal.

  3. koloneh kargbo

    August 26, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    we are fuully assured with the galaxy of experience players that todays game will be a land slide victory over stock city.prediction-[3]goals to [1].

  4. emekus

    August 26, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    arsenal will b defeated by stoke city.wenger shuld b worrying on injuries,which shuld b d end 4 arsenal.arsenal will perish soon if dey fail to qualify 4 ucl nxt season.

    • koloneh kargbo

      August 26, 2012 at 12:44 pm

      emekus i will not want to call todays game as clash of d’ tin tan’but a over hall victory and total submission of stock city under the gigantic and indefatigable gunners.trust me we can do it.

  5. koloneh kargbo

    August 26, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    I am strongly optimistic that with per Mertesackers inclusion in todays game,He will be capable of handling the tallest stock goal puncher whoes goals are always long ball coming over way.But with per Mertesackers these chance or dreams of over head balls will be of no reality today.Prediction-Arsenal-3,Stock-1.

  6. Zara Heigh

    August 26, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    a hope this performance can get the great point for the gunners….Arsenallllllll……..

  7. Idowu ebenezer

    September 8, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    May God in heaven grant arsenal a victorious win over stoke city(amen)All gonners fan put ur mind @ rest thier is no problem we are going 2 win d match.Prediction-arsenal 3:0 stoke.Scorer are poldoski,Giroud,carzorla.UP UP GONNERS

  8. Muwebwa Godfrey

    December 6, 2014 at 7:44 am

    ln presence of Metserch that game is going 2 end 3to 1 for sure.

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