Arsenal v Stoke City: Barclays Premier Reserve League, Monday, October 06, 2008, 19:00
L. Ayling – K. Bartley – M. Silvestre – K. Gibbs
M. Randall – F. Coquelin – A. Bischoff – J. Wilshere
Jay Simpson – Rui Fonte
Substitutes: James Shea, Rene Steer, Gilles Sunu, Craig Eastmond, Emmanuel Frimpong
Amaury Bischoff and Mikeal Silvestre are to make their first appearances in an Arsenal shirt as both are named in the starting line up to face Stoke City in the reserves league.
Silvestre will play in defense alongside Kyle Bartley who impressed against Drogba when playing against Chelsea but had a shocker in his previous game v Aston Villa. Bischoff makes his long awaited appearance after playing just two senior appearances in his whole career and will satrt alongside Coquelin the tough tackling French U17’s international.
Othe notable inclusions are Randall who plays right midfield but after his mature performance in the defensive midfield slot in the Carling Cup where he played a Micheal Carrick style role he may be disappointed to not be staking his claim there. Wilshere starts on the left while Jay Simpson plays alonside Fonte in attack where both will be under the watchful eye of Arsene Wenger who is likely to check up on fitness of the two debutant Frenchmen.