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Arsenal vs Stoke City: Preview, Team News & Predicted Team

Last time we met Stoke (at home) we beat them 1-0 thanks to a Squillaci header in the 8th minute. Stoke can hurt us because their strong point is our weak one; set pieces. We will truly be put to the test come Sunday when we will have to defend countless throw-ins and set pieces from our opponents.

Carl Jenkinson will miss the match against Stoke and will be out for 2 weeks so I guess  Djourou should fill in at right back.

Probable Line-up :

The crucial thing in this match will be to score fast. Stoke are a defensive team and will most likely look to unsettle us with cheap throw-ins, fouls and corners. They will sit back and let us play, and try to break on the counter. The first 20 mins of Sunderland saw us at our expected level, and if we play like that I am sure we will get our 3 points. Kosher was brilliant in France and if he continues like this he can be our Vidic.

NOT to do: Concede unnecessary free-kicks, stupid fouls, panic and let Stoke exert themselves on us.

TO do: Play our natural game and we will pick them apart.



  1. oluwaseyi

    October 22, 2011 at 10:20 am

    i think we should get physical with stoke to get the three necessary points

  2. 9823

    October 22, 2011 at 10:35 am

    bring in frimpong!

  3. GunnerPete

    October 22, 2011 at 10:40 am

    very good article. Toney Pulis and Pardew can only play one way ie; ‘Every tackle and every jump must be nearly legal’ this gives the ref a headache on how to control the game. I watched Newcastle 3 times this year and every time I came away saying that if AFC had played like that and with that ref, we would have been down to 9 men by half time. The same to a lesser extent was watching Stoke…mind you they have cleaned up their act for Europe but they dont need to here because most refs come from the North of Watford school.Just hope the ref today is nearly neutral?

  4. GunnerPete

    October 22, 2011 at 10:42 am

    Sorry did not post my team for Sunday.

    Coquelin Per Kossy Santos

    Frimpong Song Ramsey

    Park RVP Gervihno

    Meet might with might in the middle and we will beat them and Chelski!


    October 22, 2011 at 11:32 am


  6. fiifi mends

    October 22, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    we need two goals in da first half.Park shld play alongside rvp n gervinho.then,walcot can come in da 2nd half 2 make it three.considering koss’s form i doubt if we will concede a goal.miyaichi shld be given a chance in dis game.

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