Stoke City vs Arsenal match preview

Doug Mendoza
August 19, 2017

It's always hard to know which Arsenal side will turn up, but the likes of Ozil and co.

The Stoke City vs Arsenal match is scheduled later today at 12:30 PM EST.

Former Real Madrid forward Jese has joined on a season-long loan deal from Paris Saint-Germain, delighting Hughes, who described the 24-year-old's talent as "elite".

Hughes also confirmed that forward Julien NGoy has been ruled out for up to six weeks with a thigh injury. Laurent Koscielny and Alexis Sanchez are the only two players, apart from long-term absentees Santi Cazorla (plantaris) and Jack Wilshere (ankle) who will not be at the Arsenal manager's disposal this week.

Defenders Per Mertesacker and Shkodran Mustafi and midfielder Francis Coquelin could return to Arsenal's lineup after missing last weekend's game.

Hughes will be able to call upon new signing Jese Rodriguez, who arrived at Stoke on a season-long loan this week, and is hoping to utilise the rest of his new recruits against Arsenal, who will be busy during the remaining of the transfer window according to manager Arsene Wenger.

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"If the window stopped now we would be stronger than when it started". If we compare where we were at the end of last season I think we are stronger.

Stoke became more comfortable as the half moved on and starting to put pressure on Arsenal by winning some free kicks.

He has always been something of a confidence player, prone to slides in performance levels, though that probably owes much to never having found a regular spot in a particular position.

He's expected to be fully fit for the Gunners' trip to Liverpool next week and the infectious work ethic and ability to create something out of nothing makes him the ideal man to fire up Arsenal's attack when the going gets tough away from home.

Saido Berahino has gone 27 Premier League appearances without a goal since he scored for West Brom in a 3-2 win over Crystal Palace in February 2016. If they do, then they go on and win this game.

Arsenal were failing to heed the warnings of their opening match of the season when they won 4-3 at home to Leicester, with their defensive back-three all over the place at times.

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