Arsenal take on Stoke City this Saturday in the Premier League. The Gunners are hoping to build on their good start after last weekend’s 4-3 win against Leicester City. The team currently sit in 5th place and with Tottenham and Chelsea playing each other, as well as Manchester City and Everton, it seems the perfect opportunity to pick up three points and capitalize on the difficult games those around us face this weekend.
In terms of team news, Alexis Sanchez is still suffering from an abdominal tear and hasn’t returned to full team training yet. Santi Cazorla and Joel Campbell are still out with injuries, although both are long-term and won’t be seen in an Arsenal shirt till a few more months at least. So it looks like we’ll be playing with a very similar line up to last week. The only real decision the manager will have to make is whether Olivier Giroud returns to the lineup and replaces Alexandre Lacazette.
The new signing did manage to score inside two minutes in the game nevertheless, the manager had to bring Giroud alongside the new signing to change the game and grab the three points. This does open up the option if he wants to play Giroud through the middle and Lacazette on the flanks like he did towards of the game last week, which seemed to work quite well.
Aside from the game, it looks like Gabriel will be off to Valencia to play football there next season instead of North London. The Brazillian arrived in the city yesterday for his medical and if all is okay the deal should go through today. 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.
Hopefully, Arsenal can manage to grind out a win against Stoke away from home, which has been a notoriously difficult fixture in previous years, although we seemed to break that curse last season and hope to again this season.