Arsenal v Stoke: Preview

The Potters take a trip to the Capital and face off with the Gunners at the ever fruitless Emirates Stadium. This is the only ground that Stoke have never managed to claim a point at in the Premier League, with our last win away at Arsenal coming in 1981/82 season. However Mark Hughes will be hopeful as Stoke recently put to bed a much worse record at Old Trafford earlier this year.

Both teams enter the match in scintillating form. Stoke have only lost 1 game in 9 (W5, D3) and Arsenal are on a 13 game unbeaten run. The match promises to be an interesting clash as Stokies will be hoping Mark Hughes continues to use the 343 that has looked so effective over the past few weeks.

Predicted XI
With Ryan Shawcross and Geoff Cameron unavailable for the match it looks likely Hughes will stick with a similar side to the one who claimed 3 points at home to Burnley. The only change may be Charlie Adam leaving the side for Joe Allen as Hughes seeks to bring an energy to the midfield.

Grant; Johnson, Indi, Muniesa; Diouf, Allen, Imbula, Pieters; Shaqiri, Walters, Arnautovic

Arsenal Team News
Arsenal are without Debuchy, Cazorla, Welbeck and Mertesacker, who are all long term injuries. Hector Bellerin is being touted for a return in this fixture after missing several weeks, along with Coquelin who will be available after serving a one match suspension.

Arsenal 3/10; Draw 19/4; Stoke 11/1


Tom T 2-1 Stoke
Elliot 1-1
Tom H 3-0 Arsenal

Mitch 6-1 Arsenal

Ben 3-1 Arsenal

Written by Tom Thrower

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