The Gunners have found some decent form, going into the last couple of weeks of the Premier League this season. They have now won two back to back games against Southampton and Manchester United and have kept two clean sheets to go with it. They are now back in the race for the top-4 and are just four points away from Liverpool in the 3rd place, with a game in hand.

They face a tricky trip to Stoke this weekend as they face a Mark Hughes side, that has picked up just two points from the last three games. Wenger will be happy with the way his team is performing at the moment and will want them to finish this game off quickly, to move into the top-4 for the first time in a month. Here is the predicted lineup that the manager might field for this tie:

Team News:

Arsenal is still without the services of midfielder Santi Cazorla. Skipper Laurent Koscielny missed the previous game but is expected to be back in action while midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is set to miss out with a hamstring injury, he picked up in the previous game.

Expected lineup (3-4-3):


Wenger has stuck with Petr Cech on goal even with Ospina back from an injury. He should start this game between the sticks. The three-man defence has worked wonder for Wenger and he should go with a similar lineup to the Bet365 stadium this weekend.

Youngster Rob Holding did a superb job in the last game and should keep his place on the right side of the defence. He should be partnered by Shkodran Mustafi, who will start on the left-side of the defence. The German played at the heart of the back three in the previous game but he should be pushed on the left with Koscielny back in action for this tie.


Granit Xhaka has been in the terrific form off late and should keep his place in the midfield for this tie. He should be partnered by Aaron Ramsey, who came up with a man of the match performance against Southampton. This midfield adds balance to Arsenal’s squad.

Nacho Monreal played as a part of the back three in the previous game but with Koscielny back, he should move into a more regular wing-back position on the left side. Oxlade-Chamberlain has done a decent job at the right-wing back but with him out injured, Hector Bellerin should find a place in the first team.


Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez are one of the first names on the team sheet for Wegner. The duo should start and need to be at their best to give Arsenal a victory in this tie. Danny Welbeck was off colour in the previous game and he should be replaced by Olivier Giroud, who found the back of the net at the St Marys.

Here is how they will line up:

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