By Nick Teale

A minor muscular problem has ruled Eduardo out of today's home match against Stoke City.

Manager Arsène Wenger revealed the reason for the Croatian's absence in his pre-match interview with Arsenal TV Online.

"He had a test yesterday and had to get out of training with a small muscular alert and is just unfit," said the Frenchman.

Andrey Arshavin will spearhead the attack against the Potters with Tomas Rosicky and Emmanuel Eboue supporting him.

Cesc Fabregas makes his 250th Arsenal appearance and Samir Nasri and Denilson join the captain in midfield.

Bacary Sagna starts at right back with Armand Traore keeping his place on the left.

Thomas Vermaelen and William Gallas complete the defence with Manuel Almunia in goal.

Arsenal team in full: Almunia, Sagna, Gallas, Vermaelen, Traore, Denilson, Fabregas, Nasri, Eboue, Rosicky, Arshavin.
Substitutes: Fabianski, Senderos, Silvestre, Merida, Ramsey, Wilshere, Vela.

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5 Dec 2009