Arsenal v Stoke City preview

Aaron Ramsey (hamstring) and Mesut Ozil (knee) are all available, as is striker Olivier Giroud who returns following suspension.

Wenger will also have to decide whether to recall Wojciech Szczesny after David Ospina deputised in the FA Cup third-round win over Hull whilst Danny Welbeck (thigh), Mikel Arteta, Abou Diaby (both calf) and Jack Wilshere (ankle) are still absent.

Stoke boss Mark Hughes has a trio of players on the brink of a return from injury ahead of his side’s clash against Arsenal on Sunday.

Defender Marc Muniesa, midfielder Victor Moses and striker Bojan Krkic are in Hughes’ squad, although the Welshman is wary of pushing any of the three back into the fray ahead of time.

Germany international defender Philipp Wollscheid is also available after signing on loan for the rest of the season from Bayer Leverkusen, but Marc Wilson is a doubt with a knee problem, while striker Mame Biram Diouf is on African Nations Cup duty with Senegal.

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