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Arsenal defender Monreal missing for Stoke test

Arsenal will be without defender Nacho Monreal (ankle) for Saturday's Premier League trip to Stoke.

Centre-back Laurent Koscielny (Achilles) will be assessed, along with goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny (hip), midfielder Tomas Rosicky (thigh), left-back Kieran Gibbs (hip) and striker Yaya Sanogo (calf).

Full-back Mathieu Debuchy (ankle) is close to a return, but forward Theo Walcott (groin) remains sidelined, along with captain Mikel Arteta (calf), Mesut Ozil (knee), goalkeeper David Ospina (thigh), as well as midfielders Abou Diaby (calf) and Jack Wilshere (ankle).

Provisional squad: Martinez, Chambers, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Flamini, Ramsey, Cazorla, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sanchez, Welbeck, Szczesny, Bellerin, Rosicky, Podolski, Sanogo, Giroud, Hayden, Campbell.

Stoke injury concerns ahead of Arsenal clash

Stoke are continuing to struggle with injury and illness problems ahead of Saturday's Premier League clash with Arsenal.

Forward Jonathan Walters (knee) and defender Robert Huth (calf) will be given until the last minute to prove their fitness but midfielder Glenn Whelan (calf) is unlikely to make it.

Midfielder Stephen Ireland is a doubt because of illness while Steve Sidwell, Peter Odemwingie (both knee), Victor Moses (thigh) and Dionatan Teixeira (broken foot) are all sidelined.

Provisional squad: Begovic, Sorensen, Butland, Shawcross, Huth, Pieters, Cameron, Muniesa, Bardsley, Nzonzi, Adam, Ireland, Wilson, Walters, Arnautovic, Bojan, Assaidi, Diouf, Crouch, Shenton.


Teams: Liverpool v Stoke


Confirmed #LFC starting line-up v Stoke: Mignolet, Johnson, Enrique, Skrtel, Toure, Lucas, Allen, Henderson, Coutinho, Sterling, Lambert


SCFC Starting XI v @LFC : Begovic; Cameron, Shawcross, Wilson, Pieters; Nzonzi, Sidwell; Arnautovic, Bojan, Walters; Diouf

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