Arsenal are likely to be without defenders William Gallas and Emmanuel Eboue for the trip to Stoke on Saturday, as manager Arsene Wenger considers whether or not to make significant changes to the side which allowed Tottenham to make an unlikely comeback at the Emirates on Wednesday.
Captain Gallas is almost definitely out with a hamstring problem, opening the door for Kolo Toure’s return, and Eboue faces further tests on a knee injury,
Midfielder Denilson (back), defenders Bacary Sagna and striker Emmanuel Adebayor all returned to the starting line-up against Spurs and should be fit once more.
Striker Eduardo is closing in on a return from his broken leg, but Czech winger Tomas Rosicky (hamstring) looks set to remain in recovery until the new year.
Team (from): Almunia, Sagna, Silvestre, Gallas, Clichy, Walcott, Eboue, Fabregas, Denilson, Nasri, Van Persie, Adebayor, Fabianski, Toure, Vela, Bendtner, Diaby.