Stoke vs Arsenal team news

Mesut Ozil

Mesut Ozil is missing from the Arsenal squad for today’s Premier League meeting with Stoke City due to a minor foot injury.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain comes into the side in place of the World Cup winner.

Mohamed Elneny, signed from Basel in a £5m deal earlier this week, is named on the bench by Arsene Wenger.

There had been some speculation that Alexis Sanchez – who has not played since suffering a hamstring injury in November – could return, but he is not even on the bench.

For the home side, Xherdan Shaqiri is out with a hamstring injury. Geoff Cameron is also sidelined.

STOKE TEAM…

Butland, Johnson, Shawcross, Wollscheid, Pieters, Whelan, Afellay, Walters, Krkic, Arnautovic, Joselu.

Subs: Muniesa, Odemwingie, van Ginkel, Adam, Diouf, Crouch, Haugaard.

ARSENAL TEAM…

Cech, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Ramsey, Flamini, Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Campbell, Giroud.

Subs: Gibbs, Gabriel, Arteta, Ospina, Elneny, Iwobi, Chambers.

Referee: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire)

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