Name your starting line-up for Stoke

stoke vs arsenal by you.One thing is for sure, Arsene Wenger’s team selection will certainly be pushed to the limit on Sunday.

With much-played defenders Gallas and Vermaelen calling for a breather, the boss will have to make good use of Sol Campbell to reshuffle Arsenal’s back four.

And considering the fact that Eduardo has played every single game since his return at Burnley in December, the Croatian will need a break with a pile of crunch fixtures on the way.

Andrey Arshavin rediscovered his goal-scoring form on Wednesday but the 28-year-old has constantly featured in Arsenal’s attack – especially in the absence of Van Persie, Walcott and Bendtner – and he may seek another FA Cup rest.

One man who will definitely be rested though is Bacary Sagna who has a shoulder concern. That leaves a hole at right back for Arsenal and Wenger revealed on Friday his options were down to either Craig Eastmond or Francis Coquelin.

Bench warmers Lukasz Fabianski, Mikael Silvestre and Carlos Vela are likely to be involved (fit-again Walcott may also be in action) while it remains questionable whether Wenger will risk the likes of in-form midfielders Rosicky and Fabregas who only recently regained fitness.

Fran Merida is out but back is Jack Wilshere while more reserves’ youngsters in Kyle Bartley, Jay Emmanuel Thomas and Gilles Sunu have been called up.

So how would you pick this team?

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43 thoughts on “Name your starting line-up for Stoke

  1. Almunia-
    Vanpersie-Eduardo da silva(Walcott)

  2. Excited were gunna get to see sum1 other than Almunia love to see vela and walcott playing the pace would be amazing.

  3. fabianski- coquelin-campbell-bartley-silvestre. thats the back five.eastmond-traore-jet. shall mek uo the midfield three. and jack wilshere-vela- walcott ufront. walcott and vela are gona be constantly swithching

  4. dont care who plays as long as ,fabregas,arshavin,rosicky,eduardo,gallas.vermaelen and sagna get a rest,im really hoping JET gets a game and arrives on the scene with a dominant performance,i think in time JET will be a better player than wilshere!!!!!!!!!!

  5. fabianski CoquelinCampbellBartleySilvestre
    JET Denilson Eastmond
    Walcott Bendtner (LACINA TRAORE) Wilshere

  6. I would pick Senderos anyway for a goodbye game for the guy. He deserves it.


    I predict a narrow hard fought 2-1, JEt & either WAlcott or Vela to score

  7. Fabianski
    frimpong campbell bartley traore
    jet. Rosicky for60 denilson for30
    wilshire. Vela. Walcott

    have people not seen eastmond he is not there yet really poor performances .coquelin and frimpong slot more talented

  8. I’d Say …


    Coqueline Campbell Senderos Traore/Silvestre
    Ramsey Eastmond Denilson
    Wilshere Vela Walcott

    I’d give traore a game since he wont feature that much since clichys back probably silvestre may start … :S

  9. Hushpuppy Phil was apparently at Everton for the Cup game. Pav is most certainly not better than Bendtner.

  10. pliz pipo. lets be honest…. speak with the mind not the heart. just coz u are arsenal fans it daznt mean bendtner is beta than pavluychenko.just compare. pav is way ahead of bendtner. be sincere. it hurts to admit coz he is a spud but its the truth!!!!!!

  11. danstar, no he is not better than Bendner, u have to be sincere, the problem with u is that every player that does not play at Arsenal must be better than ours. Anyway u have right to say what u think but for me Bendner is by far a better player than Pavlichenko, even better than many strikers that many have said Wenger has to buy. Edin Djeko for example is not a better one than our Bendner.

    1. I thought you were building your own strong point at the start of your post but reading “Edin Djeko for example is not a better one than our Bendner” just summed up what you are.

      Whether you like it or not, Bendtner is mediocre and there was a reason why he was behind even Adebayor in our pecking order.

      The only reason why we are appreciating him right now is because we are down to bare bones in options. Not even a striker taller than 5’9 to call on apart from him while Sagna just can’t stop crossing in vain to dwarfs.

      That said, I feel this sets up a great chance for Bendtner to show what his presence means to the side like Diaby did when he returned from injury in December after being bashed so much.

  12. hahahahahahahahahahahahahaahahahahaha. bendtner beta than dzeko????????????????? hahahahahahahahahahahahaha.and i dnt get u.every player that daznt play at arsenal must be beta than ours. wat u sayin mate??hope u sober!!!!

  13. Great news Wilshere is fit.

    Coquelin Sol Bartley Silvestre
    Theo Wilshere Eastmond Traore

    But I dont expect Bartley will start. I think wenger will use silv in the middle, traore at LB, and bring either watt or Sunu into the attack in a 4-3-3 with wilshere JET and Eastmond making the midfield.

  14. thanks randy. u aint short sighted like a few. its there for all to see. pav is on another level that is higher than bendtner’s. infact they are a class apart.

  15. just f…of ok. You use to like big names and players that do not play for arsenal. The fact that Bendner was a second choise when we had Adebayor does not mean he is not a very good striker, Adebayor was at that time one of th highly rated striker in Europe. But Bendner is a better striker than Pav.(in fact bendner is apsolulely a differt tipe of striker, if u want to compare pavlichenko with any of our strikers u have to do it with Eduardn), Gignac, tulukulu ( i just cant remember the name of a player that many of u have sugested wenger to bux) Djeko( a player that u have seen playing only against man u i bet for it). I sugest all u football idiots, to watch again some games when Bendner was plaxing,just have a look at the everton game the first game this seasen. I remember the game with chelsea at the emirates, it was Bendner who scored for us, Adebayor and co were smiling in the pitch even we were loosing 3 – 0. Last seasen Bendner has scored many crusal goals for us, but u are here to remember goals that Pavlichenko has scored for the scums. Just f.,k of.

  16. Fabianski

    Subs being very important: Mannone, Campbell, Coquelin, and two of either Rosicky, Fabregas, or Arshavin to potentially come on late and win the match or turn it if needed.

    1. Nasri mysteriously got injured after the match with Everton and is out for 3 weeks along with Ramsey.

  17. How’s this lineup for the game against Stoke: Fabianski Coquelin/Eastman,Campbell,Silvestre,Clichy Thomas,Denilson,Traore Walcott,Vela,Wilshire A good mix of experience and youth.

  18. like to c E.T. played thru the middle, where he can use his deeply penetrative powers to sink the ball into the back of the…….net!!!!!!!!!

  19. Please bedtner is betta than pav.just wait for the villa game and see the only natural c.f we have.evry one used to cry for us to bring huntelaar hope u get my point

  20. i suggest we shuld go 4 potential striker.bendtner is a good striker no comperism shuld b made btwn him nd pav

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