Sunday, 8 May 2011

Will Wenger try to out fox Pulis with Stoke line up?

Arsene Wenger said on Friday there were doubts over the fitness of Johan Djourou and Gael Clichy for this afternoon's game with Stoke.

Djourou has at least made the trip with the rest of the squad to the Britinnia, after being pictured by Jack Wilshere having a massage at the team hotel last night.

Also travelling with the party was Thomas Vermaelen, who is described by Robin van Persie as being as "sharp as a razor".

We know we'll be missing Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri and Abou Diaby. However of the three Wenger only needs to replace Nasri as the other two weren't involved in last weekend's game.

With Clichy a doubt, I wonder if Wenger could switch Vermaelen into the defence at left back. That would truly be a Tony Pulis option. The other option is to play Kieran Gibbs, which would be a direct replacement.

I would imagine Andrey Arshavin would continue in place of Nasri on the left of the attacking three.

I expect the starting line up to be:

Szczesny

Sagna - Djourou - Koscielny - Gibbs

Song - Wilshere

Walcott - Ramsey - Arshavin

van Persie

I'll post the official team line up once it's announced. Come on you Gooners!



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