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  • 28 April 2012
  • • 15:00
  • • Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
  • Referee: C. Foy
  • • Attendance: 27502
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Stoke City - Arsenal Preview: Visitors looking for fifth win in six clashes with the Potters

The Gunners will hope to take a big step toward sealing a third-place finish in the Premier League as Arsene Wenger's men meet Tony Pulis' side at the Britannia Stadium

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

STOKE CITY

Begovic
Shotton, Huth, Shawcross, Wilson
Pennant, Palacios, Delap, Etherington
Walters, Crouch
ARSENAL

Szczesny
Sagna, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Gibbs
Rosicky, Ramsey, Song
Oxlade-Chamberlain, Van Persie, Gervinho

Andy Wilkinson looks to be out for the rest of the season after he picked up a hamstring injury in the game against Newcastle, meaning that Marc Wilson is likely to come in at left-back for the Potters. Stoke fans are also highly unlikely to see Salif Diao and Mamady Sidibe, who are both suffering from knee injuries.

Theo Walcott is missing for the Gunners and is another player unlikely to feature again this term after picking up a hamstring injury against Chelsea.

Four of Arsenal's midfielders are also injured, giving Arsene Wenger a headache with his team selection. Mikel Arteta (ankle) and Francis Coquelin (hamstring) are out alongside long-term injury concerns Jack Wilshere (ankle) and Emmanuel Frimpong (knee).

Arsenal are also without centre-back Per Mertesacker (ankle) but have kept five clean sheets in seven Premier League games in his absence.

  DID YOU KNOW?

  • Arsenal have won four of the last five Premier League games between these two sides.
  • But Stoke City have won three of the last four matches at the Britannia in all competitions.
  • Stoke have the worst scoring record in the Premier League having only scored 32, which is just five more than Van Persie (pictured right) alone.
  • Arsenal have rescued more points (19) from losing positions than any other side in the league.
  • Robin van Persie has attempted 63 shots on target in the area this season, two more than the Stoke team as a whole.
  • Arsenal have kept five clean sheets in their last seven Premier League matches.
  • Peter Crouch has scored six Premier League goals against Arsenal, the only team he has a better record against is Blackburn, having scored eight.

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Available Squads
1Asmir BegovicGoalkeeper
4Robert HuthDefender
12Marc WilsonDefender
17Ryan ShawcrossDefender
30Ryan ShottonDefender
6Glenn WhelanMidfielder
7Jermaine PennantMidfielder
18Dean WhiteheadMidfielder
26Matthew EtheringtonMidfielder
19Jonathan WaltersStriker
25Peter CrouchStriker
29Thomas SørensenGoalkeeper
20Matthew UpsonDefender
24Rory DelapMidfielder
8W. PalaciosMidfielder
9Kenwyne JonesStriker
10Ricardo FullerStriker
10Cameron JeromeStriker
1Wojciech SzczesnyGoalkeeper
3Bacary SagnaDefender
5Thomas VermaelenDefender
6Laurent KoscielnyDefender
28Kieran GibbsDefender
7Tomas RosickyMidfielder
16Aaron RamseyMidfielder
25Alex SongMidfielder
30Yossi BenayounMidfielder
20Robin van PersieStriker
27GervinhoStriker
21Lukasz FabianskiGoalkeeper
27Andre SantosDefender
18Sébastien SquillaciDefender
24A. DiabyMidfielder
35Francis CoquelinMidfielder
15Alex Oxlade-ChamberlainStriker
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