After a topsy-turvy game at Anfield, Arsene Wenger takes his lads to Stoke City, where they have managed only one victory in eight competitive games. Taking all three points home will steer them further towards their first Premier League title in 12 years.
Here is our predicted Arsenal starting line up that Wenger will deploy;
The former Chelsea shot-stopper has been one of the first few names in the starting lineup since his summer move and will guard the Arsenal goal at Britannia Stadium. The absence of David Ospina has kept him bereft of rest but let us hope the veteran ‘keeper does not complain about it.
The 20-year-old right-back had an impressive game against Liverpool, even though he had a stuttering start and will keep his place. He has been playing quite a lot of Premier League football for his age but, with his understudy Mathieu Debuchy set to depart Emirates Stadium shortly, he will have to start every single game for the Gunners, at least until Carl Jenkinson returns from his loan spell.
The towering defender worked his socks off on Wednesday night but he will start again this weekend as he could be decisive in marking Marko Arnautovic, who imposes a major aerial threat. Though his disparagers want him sold, he continues to be a major cog in the Arsenal team.
The Brazilian has always impressed whenever he has been thrown onto the pitch but him starting against the Potters will mostly be down to giving Laurent Koscielny some rest as he has not been playing up to the mark as of late.
Alongside Petr Cech, he has been one of the standout performers of the season so far and he has made a good defender in Kieran Gibbs look average with his positional awareness and consistency. The former Malaga man was the best Arsenal player at Liverpool only to Joel Campbell and should start to nullify Stoke City attack on the wings.
Mathieu Flamini did not falter too much to be on the bench, but the new boy in the camp has attributes – vision and passion – that he does not possess, and he should start alongside Aaron Ramsey as he could trigger attack through the middle.
The Welshman had a decent game going forward but failed to shut the Liverpool midfield during the defensive phases, and that is something his manager would want him to address as he hands him yet another league start in this injury-hit period for the club.
Theo Walcott has been more of a liability than an asset as of late and he may bounce back with some rest. The Nigerian teenager impressed against Bournemouth, and he deserves another first-team start as he adds much-needed fighting spirit to the team.
The World Cup winner who only recently was crowned the best German player for 2015 had a far from impressive display against the Scousers but let us face it – Arsenal desperately lack creativity without him. He should bounce back for he is Mesut Ozil after all.
The 23-year-old winger earned plaudits for his display in the midweek fixture as he contributed to both defense and attack equally and immensely. With two assists, he beat Olivier Giroud and Nacho Monreal for the MOTM award, and he needs to start.
The French striker bagged a brace despite missing a sitter, and he will again spearhead the Gunners lineup. Having notched 18 goals already, he will start even if Arsenal had another striker in the team.