Confirmed Lineups: Stoke vs Arsenal
Arsenal will be looking to make it two wins from their opening two games this season whilst Stoke City are looking for their first points of the 2017-18 campaign when they host this evening’s Premier League game.
The Gunners were late 4-3 winners against Leicester City in the opening game of the new season with goals from substitutes Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud in the final 10 minutes.
Stoke City were poor in their 1-0 loss at Everton a week ago in which Wayne Rooney scored his 199th Premier League goal.
The two teams for this evening’s game are as follows:
Jack Butland; Kurt Zouma, Ryan Shawcross, Geoff Cameron; Mame Biram Diouf, Joe Allen, Darren Fletcher, Erik Pieters; Xherdan Shaqiri, Jesé Rodríguez; Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting
Substitutes: Lee Grant; Glen Johnson, Bruno Martins-Indi, RamadanSobhi, Saido Berahino, Bojan, Crouch
Jesé Rodríguez goes straight into the starting lineup following his arrival from Real Madrid earlier in the week. Bojan drops to the bench.
Eric Maxim Choup-Moting starts up front for the hosts but I am not a fan of his at all. Stoke are playing a 3-4-2-1 formation. Mark Hughes has named a lot of attacking talent on his bench.
Petr Čech; Shkodran Mustafi, Nacho Monreal, Sead Kolašinac; Héctor Bellerín, Aaron Ramsey, Granit Xhaka, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain; Mesut Özil, Danny Welbeck; Alexandre Lacazette
Substitutes: David Ospina, Per Mertesacker, Francis Coquelin, Mohamed Elneny, Alex Iwobi, Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud
Shkodran Mustafi comes into the starting lineup for the Arsenal defence which sees Nacho Monreal remain in the middle of the back three. Per Mertesacker is named among the substitutes as Laurent Koscielny serves the final game of his suspension.
Alexis Sánchez remains absent through injury amid speculation that he will be leaving the Emirates before the transfer window closes.