Wenger To Make 4 Key Changes: Predicted Arsenal XI To Face Stoke

By on May 12, 2017

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Arsenal will look to close-in on the top four with a win when we take on Stoke City at the Bet365 Stadium on Saturday evening.

Here is the side Gooner Mac thinks Arsene Wenger will select for the game:

Goalkeeper: Petr Cech continued his fine recent form with another top performance during the win against Southampton so I’ll be hoping for more of the same this weekend.

Defence: Laurent Koscielny remains a doubt after missing the trip to St Marys with a calf injury but the French international took part in full training today so I’m sure Wenger will give him every chance to prove his fitness.

If Koscielny is passed fit, then Rob Holding may be the unfortunate one to drop out despite his solid display at St Marys. Nacho Monreal has performed well in the back three while Shkodran Mustafi was excellent in midweek so they could retain their places.

Midfield: Kieran Gibbs is enjoying a run of games in the left wing-back position so he could continue this weekend while Aaron Ramsey should also retain his place after another tireless performance against the Saints.

However, there will be a change on the right as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is set to miss out with a hamstring problem that he picked up in midweek so Hector Bellerin is due to recall.

Wenger has admitted that he’s tempted to freshen things up as we prepare to play our third game in six days so Granit Xhaka may be due a breather as he’s been carrying an ankle/calf injury. Francis Coquelin is favourite to come in to the side.

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Attack: Wenger could also give Danny Welbeck a rest as he’s started the previous two games so Olivier Giroud is expected to come in to lead the line up front against Stoke.

Alexis Sanchez was back to his best in midweek and we’ll be looking for more magic from him tomorrow while Mesut Ozil is also expected to keep his place in attack.

That means the likes of Theo Walcott, Alex Iwobi and Lucas Perez will have to make do with places among the substitutes.

Here is how I think we’ll see Arsenal line-up:

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