Walcott axed in Wenger 4-3-3: Arsenal best possible XI to face Stoke
By Emma Sanders
Lucas Perez and Aaron Ramsey should start Arsenal’s Premier League clash against Stoke on Saturday after performing well in the 4-1 victory against Basel in midweek.
Forward Perez marked his first start in a month with a superb hat-trick in the Champions League and as a result, he deserves to retain his place in the starting XI against Stoke.
Theo Walcott should be the man to make way after scoring just one goal in his last seven appearances, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain should keep his place after delivering a polished display against West Ham.
Ramsey should also start ahead of Granit Xhaka in midfield, despite the 24-year-old starting the last three Premier League and European games for Arsenal.
The summer signing has been preferred to by Arsene Wenger but Ramsey’s resilience and ability to create chances will be more favourable against a well-organised Stoke side.
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Francis Coquelin should return to the side after being forced to sit out the mid-week clash through suspension and Mesut Ozil is the obvious choice to complete the midfield.
Oxlade-Chamberlain and Perez should be joined by Alexis Sanchez in attack, meaning Olivier Giroud should miss out on a starting place once again.
Shkodran Mustafi and Laurent Koscielny are definitely the preffered choice at centre-back and Gabriel should keep his place at right-back because Hector Bellerin is unlikely to be fit enough to start the game.
Nacho Monreal is the best option at left-back and Petr Cech is also the obvious number one choice.
In other Arsenal team news, Emmanuel Petit made this bold statement about Arsene Wenger.