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Team News: Stoke City vs Arsenal

Team News: Stoke City vs Arsenal

Arsenal go into a match against Stoke City this lunchtime in a game that is second on my list of "games I hate and wish we didn`t have to play", with only Tottenham away above them on the list.

Everything about this match is hideous. The "football", the stadium, the opposition support, their players, their fans, and most of all … their baseball capped slaphead manager.

Make no mistake, I`m not looking forward to this game. No doubt this is some kind of weird credit towards Stoke and they probably take great pride in the disdain Arsenal fans hold for them on their team, however our record against Stoke isn`t "that" bad.

With the match only a little over half an hour away let`s see which players may come back to London injured later today.

Arsenal team v Stoke: Mannone, Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Arteta, Diaby, Cazorla, Gervinho, Podolski, Giroud.

Subs: Martinez, Santos, Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey, Djourou, Coquelin

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Sunday August 26 2012
Time: 12:56PM


Mannone gulp, real show of faith in your reserve keeper flappy there lol, at least we're spared the joy of Walcott. C'mon Arsenal let's smash these slobbering midland pikeys.
26/08/2012 13:14:00
Barring the unavailability of Szczesny and Sagna, its a good team. Some good options from the bench as well. Big game for Giroud - happy he has been given a start. The new boys may be a bit stunned by the rudimentary tactics to begin with.
26/08/2012 13:24:00
An early Arsenal goal please! Don't let this drag on I don't think my ticker can take it...:/
26/08/2012 13:29:00
Difficult to watch Geoff Cameron, from my local club, lineup for Stoke today.
26/08/2012 13:45:00
come on man dont disrespect stoke....sometimes i feel its not their players r too strong but it is some of yur players that r weak....still best of luck
26/08/2012 13:50:00
and is that malouda rumour true?
26/08/2012 13:51:00
The purple uniforms are really growing on me. I think we look sharp.
26/08/2012 14:05:00
Really could do with the 3 pts today. I don't like the look of our next run of fixtures in September. Can see us getting something off the scousers and Southampton, but no so confident with the Chavs and Citeh.
Ned Stark
26/08/2012 14:08:00
Santi is such an inspired signing. Our midfield looks so much more sharp and lively with him in the ranks.
Ned Stark
26/08/2012 14:13:00
Quite glad that it's an early KO at the start of the season, so the orcs are not long out of the cave still just standing there blinking in the sunlight. Not a bad 1st half for us, not a lot of opportunity to break out the orc towel, in the early light of day you realise that take away the threat of mindless violence and all they are is just a very poor quality side. Cmon Pod Ollie and Santi step up and spank one home.
26/08/2012 14:24:00
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