Arsenal's Barclays Premier League title challenge suffered a blow as Jon Walters' second-half penalty saw them condemned to a 1-0 defeat at Stoke.
Stoke boss Mark Hughes has confirmed the club's interest in signing Wolfsburg and Croatia striker Ivica Olic.
Mesut Ozil will return after hip trouble and a two-day rest for Arsenal's Barclays Premier League trip to Stoke.
Top meets bottom in the Premier League on Saturday when leaders Chelsea make the short trip across west London to Fulham.
England manager Roy Hodgson's squad for the final friendly before he names his party for Brazil is expected to have an experimental feel to it when it is
Arsenal's strength in depth through midfield can give them an edge in the Barclays Premier League title race, according to Mikel Arteta.
Midfielder Mark Noble hopes his performances in West Ham's Barclays Premier League revival could see him finally called up to the England squad.
Olivier Giroud marked his return to the Arsenal side with a brace as Sunderland were beaten 4-1 in the Barclays Premier League.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is in no doubt Mesut Ozil's class will eventually tell - and one day perhaps even see him immortalised with a statue outside the
Arsenal's record signing Mesut Ozil has not got over his penalty miss in the Champions League loss to Bayern Munich, manager Arsene Wenger said before backing
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