Stoke City v Arsenal: Injury latest and team news

Arsenal visit Stoke at the Britannia on Saturday at 3pm.

Who's in and who's out? Here's the latest with regard to team news for both sides:

Stoke City:

Peter Odemwingie - Odemwingie has a calf problem and will undergo a late fitness test ahead of the game. Manager Mark Hughes indicated at the weekend he is winning the battle. 

Jonathan Walters - Hughes confirmed yesterday that Walters has been ill all week but that he 'over the worst of it'. Expect him to start. 

Oussama Assaidi - The impressive Liverpool loanee is ruled out of the game with a knee injury. 

Robert Huth - Huth has been recovering from a knee injury and played a friendly in midweek but is not in contention to feature against Arsenal.


Kieran Gibbs - Gibbs missed training for Arsenal on Friday and is struggling with a muscle injury and will undergo a late fitness test ahead of the game. 

Nacho Monreal - There will also be a late test for Monreal, who also missed training with an ankle injury but Arsene Wenger is still hopeful one of the two may make it. 

Thomas Vermaelen - The Belgian is fit again and Arsene Wenger has confirmed he is line to start at left-back should neither Gibbs nor Monreal make it. 

Mesut Ozil - After missing the game against Sunderland with a slight injury and having a rest earlier in the week, Arsene Wenger has confirmed Ozil is raring to go and is expected to start.

Jack Wilshere - Wilshere was a full participant in training after a slight hamstring complaint. 

Laurent Koscielny - The Frenchman had a minor back problem but is now fully fit and expected to start alongside Per Mertesacker.

Also out: Kim Kallstrom, Theo Walcott, Abou Diaby.

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