MX23RW : Tuesday, February 19 03:34:05
May 13, 2017 at 5.30pm UK at ​bet365 Stadium
Attendance: 27,535
StokeStoke City
1-4
Arsenal
Crouch (67')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Giroud (42'), Ozil (55'), Sanchez (76', 80')

Team News: Olivier Giroud up front for Arsenal

Team News: Giroud up front for Arsenal
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Olivier Giroud starts up front for Arsenal as Arsene Wenger makes four changes for the trip to Stoke City.

Olivier Giroud starts up front for Arsenal as Arsene Wenger makes four changes for this evening's trip to Stoke City.

A win tonight would see the Gunners close the gap on fourth-placed Liverpool to just one point and Giroud is picked to lead the line ahead of Danny Welbeck, who drops to the bench following the 2-0 win at Southampton on Wednesday night.

Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez continue to provide attacking support for the Frenchman in a 3-4-2-1 formation.

Laurent Koscielny returns to the fold at left-back after missing the trip to the south coast with a calf problem, with Rob Holding on the left of the back three and Shkodran Mustafi continuing at centre.

Hector Bellerin is back in the lineup and is deployed as a right winger, with Nacho Monreal on the left. Francis Coquelin joins up with Granit Xhaka in the middle of the park with Aaron Ramsey dropping to the bench and Kieran Gibbs missing out on the matchday squad.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is also absent due to a calf injury.

For the hosting Potters, Mark Hughes makes just one alteration from the side that claimed a 2-2 draw at Bournemouth last weekend, bringing in Erik Pieters for Marc Muniesa at left-back.

Mame Biram Diouf continues to lead the line, with Peter Crouch and Jonathan Walters options on the bench.

Marko Arnautovic and Xherdan Shaqiri provide attacking support, with Glenn Whelan, Geoff Cameron and Joe Allen in midfield.

Glen Johnson continues at right-back, while Bruno Martins Indi and skipper Ryan Shawcross are at the heart of the defence and Jack Butland is between the sticks.

Stoke City: Butland; Johnson, Shawcross, Martins Indi, Pieters; Whelan, Cameron, Allen; Arnautovic, Shaqiri; Diouf
Subs: Grant; Muniesa, Berahino, Adam, Walters, Crouch, Ramadan

Arsenal: Cech; Holding, Mustafi, Koscielny; Bellerin, Coquelin, Xhaka, Monreal; Ozil, Sanchez; Giroud
Subs: Ospina, Gabriel, Elneny, Ramsey, Walcott, Iwobi, Welbeck

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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City27212474205465
2Liverpool26205159154465
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs26200654252960
4Manchester UnitedMan Utd26156552351751
5Arsenal26155653371650
6Chelsea26155645291650
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2611693433139
8Watford2610793434037
9Everton2796123639-333
10West Ham UnitedWest Ham2696113239-733
11Bournemouth26103133747-1033
12Leicester CityLeicester2695123134-332
13Crystal Palace2676132734-727
14Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2676132839-1127
15Burnley2676132947-1827
16Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2667132234-1225
17Cardiff CityCardiff2674152447-2325
18Southampton2659122844-1624
19Fulham2645172558-3317
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2625191448-3411

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