Charlie Nicholas provides his Premier League tips

Doug Mendoza
August 19, 2017

Wenger has been in charge of Arsenal's first-team affairs since 1996, leading the Gunners to seven FA Cups, three Premier League titles, and a Champions League final. Laurent Koscielny, though, is unavailable, as he serves the third of his three-match suspension.

I'm not sure where Gylfi Sigurdsson will come in and he might put him on the bench, but I think he needs games and I'd throw him straight in alongside Rooney in that 10 position and let them interchange as Rooney likes to float.

We kicked off the new season with a thrilling 4-3 comeback victory over Leicester City at the Emirates last Friday night to ensure it was a winning start to the 2017/18 campaign.

Stoke City will be at home as they play Arsenal in the second game of the English Premier League season. I'm looking forward to watching him this season.

Hopefully, Arsenal can manage to grind out a win against Stoke away from home, which has been a notoriously hard fixture in previous years, although we seemed to break that curse last season and hope to again this season.

Arsene Wenger revealed that Saturday's game could come too soon for Sanchez, but the striker's desire to return to action looks to have trumped any caution aired by the medical team.

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"I don't believe in bogey teams too much".

I do think Arsenal will win and I think Aaron Ramsey should start as Wenger doesn't need to play two holding midfielders in this game.

There is a school of thought that Giroud no longer has a place at Arsenal following the signing of Alexandre Lacazette, but the imposing forward came through with a late victor again on opening day, and his physicality will benefit the Gunners if this match is to descend into a war of attrition. The fee is reported to be around £10m, which some may argue is quite small compared to the astronomical figures that have been bandied around this summer, but you can't really demand a high price from a Spanish club that isn't Barcelona or Real Madrid as it's only really the Premier League clubs and top European clubs that have the bottomless pockets of cash.

Stoke began their testing early-season schedule with a 1-0 defeat at Everton last weekend.

Charles: They have only signed two players and both have impressed.

Probability of away win: 56%.

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