LINE-UP: Stoke To UNLEASH Shaqiri, Diouf, Ireland & Arnautovic Against Arsenal

Arsenal vs Stoke City. 12 September 2015. Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal vs Stoke City. 12 September 2015. Emirates Stadium.

The Stoke City team Arsenal are set to welcome this weekend are no longer the long ball, bullying team we used to know.

They now employ the possession play under Mark Hughes, so much that against Liverpool in the absence of Shawcross, he opted to use Cameron in center-back which made his defence – that also featured former Liverpool right back Glen Johnson, a much more ball playing than physical.

Stoke’s game against Liverpool saw them hold possession more than the Red and had more chances than them, so we can expect not to meet a team that would sit back and use long balls, and as such we can’t allow them space to make the threat of Arnautovic and Shaqiri assist Diouf upfront.

Having said this, here is how i expect Mark Hughes to line-up his side against Arsenal this weekend.

Stoke City - Football tactics and formations

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