LONDON (Sporting Alert) — Club record summer signing Mesut Ozil will make his home debut for Arsenal in today’s Barclays English Premier League clash with Stoke City at Emirates Stadium.
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Ozil, who has been very impressive for Arsenal since his move to London, keeps his place in the starting side, as manager Arsene Wenger opted to play the same team that beat Marseille in the Champions League group opener in midweek.
This means that striker Olivier Giroud, who had been struggling with a minor knock has passed fit to play, while the on form Aaron Ramsey, Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere all start as well.
At the sometime, Mikel Arteta returns and has taken a place on the bench as he continues his comeback from injury. Also on the bench is striker Nicklas Bendtner.
Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has named striker Marko Arnautovic in his starting team and he plays alongside Kenwyne Jones, after replacing Matthew Etherington in the only change from the side that drew 0-0 with Manchester City the last time out.
Peter Crouch remains on the bench, but will certainly play some part as the game progresses.
CORRECTED STARTING TEAM, FOLLOWING WALCOTT’S LATE OMISSION BECAUSE OF BEING ILL
Arsenal v Stoke City
Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Flamini, Ramsey, Gnabry, Ozil, Wilshere, Giroud
Subs: Vermaelen, Arteta, Viviano, Monreal, Jenkinson, Miyaichi, Bendtner
Stoke: Begovic, Cameron, Shawcross, Huth, Pieters, Walters, Nzonzi, Adam, Wilson, Arnautovic, Jones
Subs: Whelan, Pennant, Palacios, Crouch, Etherington, Sorensen, Ireland