Arsenal vs Stoke City: Team line-ups, half-time thoughts and match chat
Written by Chris on February 23, 2011 19:45
If disappointing results against Ipswich Town and Leyton Orient in Cups mean we get a second chance either in a second leg or replay, the English Premiership is not so forgiving and tonight we simply cannot fail against Tony Pulis’ Stoke City.
Laurent Koscielny and Robin van Persie are both injured and will be replaced by Sebastien Squillaci and – most likely – Nicklas Bendtner respectively with Cesc Fabregas, Jack Wilshere and Samir Nasri all expected to return in the side after getting a well-deserved rest on Sunday. Theo Walcott is also set to feature after recovering from a hamstring injury.
According to manager Arsene Wenger, all injured players – except Thomas Vermaelen and Emmanuel Frimpong of course – should be fit and available for Sunday’s League Cup Final but before focusing on that one, we have to battle our way past the Potters.
And, until you wait for kick-off, check out why Arsene Wenger believes Ignasi Miquel is still not ready to feature in the English Premier League or Champions League, where Samir Nasri is in terms of extending his stay with the Gunners and why Andrey Arshavin is so happy with the winner scored against Barcelona.
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Szczesny, Sagna, Squillaci, Djourou, Clichy, Fabregas, Song, Wilshere, Walcott, Bendtner, Nasri
Subs: Almunia, Rosicky, Denilson, Arshavin, Eboue, Gibbs, Chamakh
Begovic, Wilson, Shawcross, Huth, Pugh, Pennant, Whitehead, Delap, Whelan, Walters, Carew
Subs: Sorensen, Higginbotham, Collins, Jones, Fuller, Diao, Wilkinson
Half-Time Thoughts and Analysis
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