Potential Stoke City Lineup for the Weekend Clash With Arsenal

Stoke City host Arsenal at the Britannia Stadium on Sunday afternoon looking to stretch their current run of good Premier League form to four wins in five games.


As a manager, Mark Hughes hasn't lost a home game against Arsenal in his last seven meetings with the Gunners, while he and his current team will take confidence from last season's 3-2 home win.


​Here's a look at the starting XI the boss is expected to pick.

Goalkeeper

  • Butland
    Butland1

​How many Premier League clubs wish they had a goalkeeper like Jack Butland right now? The England international will surely be busy on Sunday, but is certainly good enough to frustrate Arsenal.

Defence

  • Johnson
    Johnson8
  • Shawcross
    Shawcross17
  • Wollscheid
    Wollscheid26
  • Pieters
    Pieters3

​Hughes is able to call upon great levels of experience in Glen Johnson, Ryan Shawcross, Philipp Wollscheid and Erik Pieters, which is arguably Stoke's strongest back four at this moment in time.


Shawcross in particular will have to be on top of his game if the Potters are to prevent the red-hot Olivier Giroud from finding the net.

Midfield

  • Whelan
    Whelan6
  • Adam
    Adam16
  • Walters
    Walters19
  • Krkic
    Krkic27
  • Arnautovic
    Arnautovic10

​Ibrahim Afellay was chosen to start in midfield alongside Glenn Whelan in midweek, but Hughes may prefer someone a bit more defensively minded for this one. With Geoff Cameron missing through injury, that could mean a recall for Charlie Adam.


Further forward, Bojan Krkic and Marko Arnautovic could cause Arsenal all sorts of problems if they can find space in between the Gunners' midfield and defence. Xherdan Shaqiri is unfortunately still injured.

Forwards

  • Joselu
    Joselu11

​After struggling when he first arrived in England in the summer, Joselu has started to make an impact of late and has really proved his worth since the Christmas period. The Spaniard should be high in confidence after netting against Norwich in what was probably his best game in a Stoke shirt to date.