Arsenal expected 4-3-3 v Stoke: Midfielder and striker axed
By Emma Sanders
Arsenal are expected to make six changes to the side which recorded a 4-1 victory against Basel, with Aaron Ramsey and Lucas Perez likely to be axed.
The Gunners could go to the top of the Premier League briefly with a two-goal victory against Stoke on Saturday so Wenger is expected to name his strongest available team.
Francis Coquelin is expected to be re-called to the starting XI after serving a one-match ban against Basel but Ramsey could be axed.
Granit Xhaka has started the last three Premier League and European fixtures for the Gunners so is expected to get the nod ahead of Ramsey in central midfield.
Perez is also expected to be axed in attack despite scoring a hat-trick in the Champions League victory and could make way for Theo Walcott.
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Walcott is likely to line-up alongside Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is also expected to earn a re-call after being left-out in favour of Alex Iwobi on Tuesday evening.
Arsenal’s defence should also be given a major boost as Hector Bellerin could be named in the squad for the first time in over a month after suffering an injury in the 1-1 draw against Tottenham.
He isn’t expected to start at right-back though so Gabriel should retain his place. Nacho Monreal is expected to replace Kieran Gibbs in his familiar position on the opposite flank.
Shkodran Mustafi should return at centre-back alongside regular partner Laurent Koscielny and Petr Cech is also expected to return as Arsenal’s number one.
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