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Starting XI against Stoke and team news.

Stoke Vs Blackburn was a highlight in any Premiership season.

FA Premiership, April 28th: Stoke City Vs Arsenal.

You may have noticed – or not – that my posting was sorely lacking yesterday. It’s always been my desire to keep The Armchair Gooner fresh with articles on a daily basis. Unfortunately, that isn’t always possible. Because of that, they’ll be the odd occasion where I feel compelled to offer up an apology, and assure the two of you that read regularly that I’m doing my best to ensure such things only  happen rarely. So, I’m sorry!

Right, onto to Stoke. Like me, I’m certain they’re not your ‘second’ team. I read an interesting stat, recently. During the entirety of the current league campaign, Stoke have attempted all of five through-balls. FIVE….

That beggars belief, and perfectly sums up their approach to the game. I’m far from the type that discounts the methods opponents employ, as everyone has the right to play to their strengths. However, their strong-arm, lets-bombard-the-penalty-area-with-long-throws-and-then-kick-the-shit-out-of-the-other-team-claiming-it’s-simply-committted-play-and-out-players-are-not-like-that tactics I find abhorrent. Plus, their manager is a world-class shit.

Playing them on their own turf isn’t a test of footballing ability, it’s a test of character and resolve. We’ll need to be able to give back what we’ll recieve in spades.

There are a few absentees. Theo and Mikel won’t feature again this season, and Diaby has suffered another predictably curious illness that’ll prevent him from featuring at all. Hardly surprising. Whether the relatively-lighweight, Yossi Benayoun features is an interesting choice. Having missed the Chelsea game, he’ll possess the freshest legs,  and his ball retention is excellent. I’ve a few doubts about this being the ideal fixture for him.

My choice would be:

Szczsney; Sagna, Gibbs, Koscielny, Vermaelen; Song, Rosicky, Ramsey, Gervinho, Oxlade-Chamberlain; van Persie. 

Today is a real test. We have the chasing pack breathing down our necks, and 3rd place is even more essential given Chelsea’s antics. A performance is needed, I’ve very faith the team will be up for it, and I think we’ll win.

Ballsy, perhaps. But I’ve a confident feeling about this one. I’m going to go for 3-1 to Arsenal, with a certain talismanic Dutchman finding his scoring boots again.

Let me know your views on the team and the result in the comments. Thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards. Take a moment to follow me on Twitter @_ArmchairGooner

Category: Match previews
  • dave says:

    I tink ramsey shld stay off dis one before he claims he was mentally unstable as he saw Mr. SAWcros, and as such he played badly

    April 28, 2012 at 9:00 am
  • Kareama says:

    The best choice is benayon not Ramsey plz.

    April 28, 2012 at 9:08 am
    • Barbes13 says:

      u may be right, but wenger would prefer Ramsey in order for him to develop a total mental strength against a team that brought set back to his career.on the other hands, Benayoun has few months with arsenal, why not utilize his experience before his departure from the emirates if an agreement is not reach between he and arsenal.

      April 28, 2012 at 11:49 am
  • Fancy Austin says:

    Arsenal need to win stoke city

    April 28, 2012 at 9:10 am
  • Dan says:

    Le Coq will start ahead of Ramsey and Benayoun will get the nod over The ox. Watch this space ;)

    April 28, 2012 at 9:21 am
  • Tunji says:

    I Olatunji view dis match, is going 2 be a tough match btween Stoke city and Arsenal. I’m advising arsenal 2 play well in dat encounter and go for winning. I know it wil nt be easy 4 arsenal 2 get 3point, bt dey need 2 continue deir pattern of play and go 4 3point.

    April 28, 2012 at 9:23 am
  • Mudenda says:

    go gooners, 3 points in the bag.

    April 28, 2012 at 9:42 am
  • Mudenda says:

    benayoun should start ahead of ramsey

    April 28, 2012 at 9:45 am
  • Wiz says:

    My team against stoke: sczezny,sagna,kolsceny,vermalean,song,rosicky,chamberlain,benayoun,gervinho,vanpersie

    April 28, 2012 at 9:55 am
  • olumide says:

    I’m so glad to read ur article again. Well I’ll give a nod to the starting line-up u’ve put in and I also have a strong belief we’ll win today in which Van Persie will be scoring the goals. Go Arsenal!!!

    April 28, 2012 at 10:00 am
  • Rastus Arum says:

    Coc. should star this game instead of Ramsey who has not been well recently.

    April 28, 2012 at 10:02 am
  • slu says:

    always all the fans let you there own comment,but arsen didn’t do it that. Ramsey will be in the bench and do it Diaby or coculine on the central mid please.

    April 28, 2012 at 10:12 am
  • Olusoji ologonla A says:

    I prefers rambo 2 be bench than start

    April 28, 2012 at 10:39 am
  • Barbes13 says:

    if RVP will eventual emerge as the highest goal scorer in the EPL he must take full advantage of today game and show he deserve the crown.

    April 28, 2012 at 11:53 am
  • Mudenda says:

    gervinho will score today aswell

    April 28, 2012 at 11:57 am
  • Matthew Warner says:

    i think ramsey showed hes balls crap second half such is life

    April 29, 2012 at 9:09 am
  • Matthew Warner says:

    he has balls cockney dont translate to keyboard

    April 29, 2012 at 9:16 am

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