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Arsenal vs Stoke City: Monreal To Start

We play Stoke in some hours time and looks like we might just get to see our new signing get his first start just a day after he arrived. Ignacio Monreal has started training and Arsene Wenger would like to access him and is not ruling him out to start on Saturday.

If he gets to start, it would show the manager does not really have faith in Andre Santos who hasn't been in best of form. Injured Kieran Gibbs has been ruled out for 6 weeks and likely to miss the Champions League game against Bayern Munich.

A win against Stoke is what we need on Saturday and the team knows that. Mertesacker who would man the defence with the possibility of Vermaelen missing the game believes the players need to give it their all.

“Stoke may play differently to Liverpool, but we need to be ready for it,” he told Arsenal Player. “We must get...