Arsenal Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Stoke City

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Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at Emirates Stadium on Saturday

Arsenal face Stoke City on Saturday where they will be looking to make it eight wins out of eight against the Potters since they won promotion to the Premier League in 2008.

The Gunners go into the weekend's match in confident form having topped their Champions League group with a comprehensive victory over Basel in Switzerland, while their last domestic victory came just a week ago as Arsene Wenger's side struck five past West Ham.

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Wenger has been boosted by the news that Hector Bellerin is likely to be available after recovering from injury while Olivier Giroud could come back into the mix to give Arsenal an added aerial presence upfront.


ARSENAL INJURIES


Per Mertesacker and Danny Welbeck are back in training but won't feature for another few weeks while Mathieu Debuchy is still another month away from returning.

Santi Cazorla's ankle surgery was described as 'perfect' by the Spaniard but Wenger admitted in his pre-match press conference that he'll need to be assessed to see how he recovers first.


ARSENAL SUSPENSIONS


Francis Coquelin returns after his European suspension in midweek.


ARSENAL POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UP


Arsenal will welcome the likes of Petr Cech and Nacho Monreal back into the starting line-up for the visit of Mark Hughes' men.

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Coquelin is likely to reclaim his place in midfield ahead of Aaron Ramsey while Giroud could start up top with Alexis reverting to his favoured position on the left hand side.

Bellerin faces a late fitness test but is expected to come in for Gabriel at right-back.


STOKE DOSSIER


Stoke began December as they mean to go on after winning 2-0 against Burnley last week and their form this season has looked impressively solid.

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Hughes' side have lost only one of their last nine Premier League games and have won their last two matches in the league without conceding a goal.

Joe Allen is their top goalscorer with four goals in the league.


BEST OPTA MATCH FACTS


  • Arsenal have won each of their last 14 homes games in all competitions against Stoke, keeping eight clean sheets in the process.
     
  • Alexis Sanchez has had a hand in 25 goals in his last 25 Premier League appearances for Arsenal (18 goals, seven assists).
     
  • Peter Crouch has scored eight times against Arsenal in the Premier League - only against Blackburn does he have as many goals in the competition.

TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME


Kick off is at 3:00pm and live audio commentary will be available on BBC Radio 5 Live.

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