Play Fantasy Arsene Wenger - how do we stifle Stoke?

By Avenell Dave

As I said yesterday, this is a huge game for Arsenal.

We need to maintain our current momentum, keep club confidence high and maintain our interest in the oldest cup competition in the world.

No easy task given the state of our injury lst, I grant you.

In 1971, we beat Stoke with the great Gordon Banks in goal, with Peter Storey scoring a calm penalty to draw us level at Highbury.

We went on to win the Double that year, so a similar result would be agood omen.

It really sticks in the throat when journeyman nobodies from Stoke start saying they're going to rough us up, as if that's acceptable.

It's about time comments like that were dealt with in the same way as managerial post-match comments, bringing the game into disrepute.

It looks like a lot of the kids from the Carling Cup team will have to be involved and with Kerrea Gilbert having left for Peterborough, I reckon Gavin Hoyte may get a game at right back.

I'm looking forward to see how Sol Campbell does, if he plays, and how he copes with Stoke's aeriel assault while it will be good for Jack Wilsahere to get another game under his belt now he's fit again. Reports from Arsenal say he is now fit so that's a good thing.

I'm in two minds about Theo Walcott - on the one hand he needs games, on the other, his pace could be vital against Villa in midweek and he's going to be in a bettle at Stoke.

But with so few options, maybe we don't have a choice and I can't think who else can even play upfront than Gilles Sunu.

This is a chance for the likes of Jay Emmanuel-Thomas to show that they can step up – and for Lukasz Fabianski to prove he should be our number one.

Going to be a tall order to get a result, but keep believing Addicts - this is a big year for us!

Addict XI


Hoyte Silvestre Campbell Traore

     Wilshere Eastmond JET

        Walcott Sunu Vela 

Who do YOU think should play against Stoke on Sunday?