Paul Merson delivers his confident verdict on Stoke v Arsenal

Ozil My future? Top four is all that matters

Ozil My future? Top four is all that matters

It felt like an era-defining loss. The Gunners are even in danger of missing out on Champions League football for the first time in 19 years.

"He's not playing for Wenger".

Whether or not Arsenal win the FA Cup on May 27 against Chelsea, this season has been a huge disappointment for Gunners fans in so many ways.

Every game we try to give ourselves a chance.

Oxlade-Chamberlain has impressed in the position ever since Arsene Wenger switched to a 3-4-2-1 formation for the 2-1 away victory against Middlesbrough last month.

Bellerin has dropped out of Arsenal's starting XI since he was angrily jeered by Arsenal supporters after walking to applaud them at the end of the club's chastising 3-0 defeat at Selhurst Park at the beginning of April.

The run also saw Wenger come under intense scrutiny as he refused to confirm if he would sign a new deal to stay at the club beyond this season.

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Oxlade-Chamberlain on the other hand limped off midway through the first half of our 2-0 win at St Marys on Wednesday night after picking up another hamstring problem.

This is classic Arsenal, however.

In those nine years, Tottenham have had players such as Rafael Van Der Vaart, Luka Modric, Gareth Bale and more recently Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli. However, they can conceivably finish level on points and level on goal difference. If they can then you'd fancy them to nick a top-four spot, especially as they'd put the pressure on Liverpool before Sunday's game. With neither team wanting to lose, this will be a very exciting game and we shouldn't be short of goals.

The match will take place at the bet365 Stadium.

The result means eighth is all-but out the Saints' grasp unless they can better West Brom's results in two of the last three games. But it is too early to say whether the England worldwide will be back in time for the FA Cup final against Chelsea on May 27.

Stoke boss Mark Hughes has Ibrahim Afellay and Stephen Ireland unavailable for Saturday's Premier League clash with Arsenal.

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