Stoke v Arsenal preview

Date published: Friday 24th August 2012 9:13

Stoke manager Tony Pulis has no fresh injury concerns.

Dean Whitehead is serving a one-match ban after he was dismissed in last weekend’s opening league game at Reading.

American summer signing Geoff Cameron is available and should begin training with his new side on Friday after he was cleared to enter the country on Thursday, while Jermaine Pennant could return to the squad after recovering from the thigh injury which kept him out from the game against the Royals.

Arsenal will assess goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, who has a minor rib problem.

England winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (ankle) is fit again, along with reserve keeper Lukasz Fabianski (back).

However, defender Laurent Koscielny (calf) will again miss out, along with Tomas Rosicky (hamstring). Midfielder Jack Wilshere (ankle) continues his rehabilitation from an ankle injury as does defender Bacary Sagna (broken leg).

Stoke (from): Begovic, Sorensen, Huth, Shawcross, Cameron, Upson, Higginbotham, Wilkinson, Shotton, Wilson, Whelan, Etherington, Pennant, Delap, Palacios, Jones, Jerome, Crouch, Walters, Sidibe, Ness, Kightly.

Arsenal (from): Szczesny, Jenkinson, Vermaelen, Mertesacker, Gibbs, Diaby, Cazorla, Walcott, Arteta, Podolski, Gervinho, Fabianski, Arshavin, Ramsey, Giroud, Santos, Djourou, Coquelin.

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Stoke v Arsenal preview

Date published: Friday 6th May 2011 11:02

On-loan Stoke striker John Carew will be hoping for another run-out after recovering from a back problem.

Carew came on in the second half last weekend when they drew with Blackpool following a frustrating time since his short-term move from Aston Villa.

Full-back Andy Wilkinson is expected to recover from a knock but Matthew Etherington, Ricardo Fuller and Danny Higginbotham are ruled out through injury.

Centre-back Thomas Vermaelen could return for Arsenal after nine months out with a niggling Achilles problem.

Full-back Gael Clichy (hamstring) and defender Johan Djourou (ankle) face fitness tests.

However, captain Cesc Fabregas (thigh), Samir Nasri (hamstring) and Abou Diaby (calf) are all still out.

Stoke (from): Begovic, Wilkinson, Shotton, Huth, Shawcross, Wilson, Pennant, Whelan, Delap, Jones, Walters, Sorensen, Whitehead, Diao, Collins, Faye, Pugh, Carew.

Arsenal (from): Szczesny, Clichy, Gibbs, Djourou, Squillaci, Koscielny, Sagna, Walcott, Song, Arshavin, Ramsey, Wilshere, van Persie, Lehmann, Eboue, Chamakh, Bendtner, Vermaelen, Denilson.

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