PREM: Stoke City v Arsenal preview


Stoke City v Arsenal preview

Stoke boss Mark Hughes only has long-term absentees Ibrahim Afellay (knee) and Stephen Ireland (broken leg) unavailable for Saturday's Premier League clash with Arsenal at the bet365 Stadium.


It remains to be seen whether Saido Berahino, still yet to score for the club since joining from West Brom in January, is restored to the starting line-up having recovered from the illness he was hit by in the build-up to last weekend's match at Bournemouth.

The forward ended up being an unused substitute during the 2-2 draw, which saw his replacement in the first XI Mame Diouf get on the score sheet. 

Arsenal will be without Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

The England international limped out of Wednesday's 2-0 win at Southampton with a hamstring injury and faces a race against time to be fit again this season.

Shkodran Mustafi returned from a thigh problem at St Mary's and fellow defender Laurent Koscielny (calf) could join him at the back against Stoke having returned to training, but Santi Cazorla (Achilles) remains sidelined.

Teams

Stoke City (from): Butland, Grant, Shawcross, Martins Indi, Johnson, Pieters, Bardsley, Muniesa, Cameron, Whelan, Adam, Imbula, Allen, Shaqiri, Arnautovic, Sobhi, Walters, Crouch, Berahino, Diouf, Bony. 

Arsenal (from): Cech, Ospina, Martinez, Bellerin, Holding, Gabriel, Mustafi, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Monreal, Gibbs, Maitland-Niles, Coquelin, Xhaka, Ramsey, Ozil, Walcott, Iwobi, Sanchez, Perez, Welbeck, Giroud. 


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