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  • October 23, 2011
  • • 8:30 AM
  • • Emirates Stadium, London
  • Referee: L. Mason
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Premier League Preview: Arsenal - Stoke City

The Potters are hoping to add to their encouraging start to the season but will come up against a Gunners outfit aiming for their sixth win in seven games


PROBABLE LINEUPS

ARSENAL

Szczesny
Jenkinson, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Santos
Song, Arteta, Ramsey
Walcott, Van Persie, Gervinho

STOKE CITY

 
Begovic
Huth, Woodgate, Shawcross, Higgingbotham
Pennant, Delap, Whelan, Etherington
Crouch, Jones


Injuries picked up by full backs Bacary Sagna and Kieran Gibbs are almost certain to push Arsene Wenger into playing Andre Santos and Carl Jenkinson, who have been rotated with the two missing defenders often this season. Long-term absentees are the Frenchman's only real concern at the moment, with no new niggling injuries picked up against Marseille during the week.

A thigh strain to Andy Wilkinson will probably keep him out of the clash at the Emirates, but Tony Pulis has enough strength at the back to cope with the absence. Wilson Palacios is also due a return from injury, but it is doubtful he will be risked this weekend unless he comes off of the bench late on. Danny Higgingbotham could make his first start since April.


DID YOU KNOW?

  • Arsenal’s total of 12 goals this season is twice the amount of opponents Stoke.
  • Stoke has only conceded eight goals so far this season, less than half of the amount let in by Arsenal. Only Manchester United, Manchester City and Newcastle have let in less.
  • Stoke has only managed one goal in its last three visits to the Emirates, and that was a Ricardo Fuller penalty.
  • Van Persie has scored 23 times in the 25 games he has played in during 2011.
  • Stoke has never drawn a Premier League game on its travels to London, winning three times and losing 12 games.
  • Stoke has the highest percentage of goals from set pieces in the league with 67 percent, yet Arsenal has a lowly 8 percent.
  • Arsenal has never failed to score against Stoke in the Premier League since the Potters were promoted in 2008.
  • Arsenal has won five out of its last six games in all competitions.

Players to watch

R. van Persie

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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A. Begović

Position: Goalkeeper

Games: 16

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Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Arsenal

Stoke City

Wins
2
1
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Arsenal FC ARS
Arsenal FC Arsenal
Draw
Stoke City FC STO
Stoke City FC Stoke City
88%

Top 3 Predictions

Arsenal FC ARS
2 - 0
Stoke City FC STO
Arsenal FC ARS
3 - 1
Stoke City FC STO
Arsenal FC ARS
2 - 1
Stoke City FC STO

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