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

Arsenal make the trip north to face Stoke City at the Britannia on Sunday. Here’s a preview with team news, likely line-ups and predicted score for the game.

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

41 Comments

  1. aaron kwegyir

    August 25, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    Podolski n Gervinho shuld switch sides n dats it.chamak,ox shuld be up 4 selection in de second half.

    • OnDGooner

      August 25, 2012 at 8:58 pm

      3-1 to the Arse!!

  2. Akash

    August 25, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    arsenal need a rigth back like debuccy and ben arfa to win the league not only compete but win it

  3. gunners357

    August 25, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    good line up plus ur reasons make alot of sense. follow me @KYEKYE45

  4. jim_scfc

    August 25, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    i would just like to say congratulations for being an arsenal fan who separates himself from all the opinions and nonsense (from both sides) and gives a balanced, sensible view of the situation without prejudice. I agree with pretty much everything you wrote (except the predicted result 😉 )

    cheers from a stokie

    • Rob

      August 25, 2012 at 11:48 pm

      Agree with you Jim, there is always a lot of nonsense from both sides when Arsenal and Stoke meet.. As a gooner I can tell you this is the one fixture that always makes me nervous !!… Stoke have been Arsenal’s ‘bogie’ team for a few years now, I for one am expecting a bloody tough game, and it will be interesting from an Arsenal perspective how our ‘new’ boys handle it all.. All I can say is may the best team win… However I’m going for a 2-2 draw…

  5. Silentstan

    August 25, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    Reckon you have the line up pretty much spot on, but regrettably i see us going down 2-0

  6. Robert Matenga

    August 25, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    Arsenal will display one of the most scillanting football ever seen and win 4-2

  7. Odera christian 4rm Anambra- Nigeria

    August 25, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    Guf line up bt we nid gud right back nd gud DF lyk M. Villa or Tiote…. Den we cn chalenge 4 anytin dis season

  8. Zgooner

    August 25, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    This seems to be the popular line up I keep seeing on the internet for tomorrow.

    I would start with Walcott and bring on Gervinho in the second half.

  9. Sobax

    August 25, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    Stoke 1 Arsenal 2

  10. Hidir

    August 25, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    Gunners all the way. Whatsoever see stk through.

  11. Hidir

    August 25, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    Gunners all the way. Whatsoever we see stk through.

  12. mike

    August 25, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    i dnt think we re up to the challenge yet unless wit a miracle. Gervinho has bad finishes,walcot low confidence. Plz podolski shud play frm d right like messi.

  13. Ramos4lyf

    August 25, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    9ice post my guy. Am expect d prediction stoke 1 – Arsenal 2

  14. george wanjeri

    August 25, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    i think arsenal will display a nc cleansheet at the brittania stadium n lead to a 2-0 win over the hosts.all da best to arsenal n i pray 4 all the injured gooners(the likes of wilshere,sagna n koscielny) to strengthen our squad.

  15. mike

    August 25, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    Arsenal will loose this match if the start with Diaby and Gervinho. It should be Ox chamberlain and walcoth. wenger use the best serious players

  16. Alilu usman

    August 25, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    Arsenal 3-0 stoke arsenal should start giroud,podolski,in attack while defence coquelin,vamerlain,gibbs,djourou. Middlefielder.carzola,arteta,walcott.gerviho That should be okey for stoke city tommorow.formation 4-4-2

  17. T'billion

    August 25, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    @Alilu usman what have you been smoking …. Djourou ? In place of who ? ….

  18. ZAHARADDEEN ALIYU

    August 25, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    alilu u are nearest 2 be a mad man what djorou go do there?

  19. Adediran Raycio

    August 25, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    I dream that arsenal win by 3-1(cazorla,giroud,and Arteta score)

  20. Josedfan

    August 25, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    My prediction is dis gunners are to face_up stock citi tomorrow with 4-2 and de scores are dis caszorla 1,giround 2,and gervinho 1.

  21. Mohamed ali

    August 25, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    Common arsenal.show your power and win this game

  22. Rob

    August 25, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    I think another draw is on the cards for Arsenal. Stoke (Love them or Hate them) are a tough side to beat at the Brittania stadium, they are always up for it against us… If Arsenal are to get anything from this game they must deal with Stoke City’s aerial power which is formidable by anyone’s standard…

  23. Kelly

    August 26, 2012 at 12:31 am

    Stoke 1 Arsenal 4
    scores: Giroud 2, carzola 1, Arteta 1

  24. Victor ugwueke

    August 26, 2012 at 1:59 am

    No doubt about it 2mor arsenal is beatin stoke city by 3-0…

  25. mudenko

    August 26, 2012 at 5:49 am

    arsenal’s striker (giroud) sh0w us tht u cn du m0re thn wt rvp did for us for u hve arteta-cazorla combination…goodluck arsenal….1-0 to arsenal

  26. VikkydaGunner.

    August 26, 2012 at 6:07 am

    No doubt, No shaking ! Arsenal will surprise ‘the potters’,their fans and everybody. Trust me, Cazorla & Arteta won’t make them understand the rhythm of the game. It’s 0-3 ! Up GUNNERS !!!!!

  27. Mide

    August 26, 2012 at 6:19 am

    Walcott in place of gervinho,he z a better finisher…

  28. milad

    August 26, 2012 at 7:13 am

    guuner’s londen 2 – 1 stok

    scores: podolski arteta

  29. Fabian

    August 26, 2012 at 7:46 am

    Though it’s gonna be a tough game but I firmly beliv arsenal will gun stoke down with carzola,giroud and either d ox or arteta all on d score shit(1-4) ARSENAL 4 REAL.

  30. Jvs2580

    August 26, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Perfect line up,d potters r in 4 a surprise,i c this arsenal exploding 2day.bcos it has 2 b nw.3-1 arsenal.

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