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  • May 8, 2011
  • • 9:05 AM
  • • Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
  • Referee: M. Halsey
  • • Attendance: 27478
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Premier League Preview: Stoke City - Arsenal

Premier League Preview: Stoke City - Arsenal

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Midfielder Aaron Ramsey looks to banish demons of Britannia Stadium horror injury, as Van Persie aims for 8th away goal in a row and Potters look for third consecutive clean sheet

 

PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Stoke City (4-4-2): Begovic; Wilson, Huth, Shawcross, Wilkinson; Pennant, Whithead, Wilson, Delap; Jones, Walters.

Expect Tony Pulis to name the side that drew a blank away at Blackpool last weekend, with Andy Wilkinson having recovered from a dead leg.

The game will no doubt be used as a stage by the Stoke players to ensure their place in the FA Cup final team next weekend, while Ryan Shawcross’s first encounter against Aaron Ramsey since that infamous tackle will doubtless also provide a sideshow to the fixture.

Arsenal (4-3-3): Szczesny; Sagna, Vermaelen, Koscielney, Clichy; Ramsey, Song, Wilshere; Walcott, Van Persie, Arshavin.

With Cesc Fabregas still sidelined with a thigh strain, Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere will look to control the central midfield, while Andrey Arshavin looks set to replace the injured Samir Nasri who misses out with a hamstring injury.

Thomas Vermaelen could make his first appearance since August, standing in for Johan Djourou who is doubtful due to an ankle injury.

DID YOU KNOW?
  • Arsenal has won four games on the bounce against Stoke City, with Sebastien Squillaci’s only league goal for the north London club sealing a 1-0 victory at the Emirates in February.
  • Stoke however has not lost in any of the games in which its has taken the lead this season, winning nine and drawing four.
  • The Potters have only lost one of their last six games, having drawn three and lost two.
  • Arsenal has given away nine penalties so far this campaign, the highest conceded in the Premier League.
  • The Gunners' fragility has been highlighted once again this season, yet their defensive record tells a somewhat different story, and with 30 points from 17 games, they have the best away record in the division.
  • Stoke boasted a four game winning streak against Sunday’s opponents, until it was defeated 3-1 in last season’s meeting at the Britannia Stadium.
  • Robin van Persie (pictured above right) has found the net in each of the last seven away games, and also has an impressive record of 18 goals from 20 games in 2011.
  • If the Stoke backline can keep Van Persie  and company at bay, it will be the third clean sheet in a row – the first time for 13 months this has happened.
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Available Squads
1Asmir BegovicGoalkeeper
28Andy WilkinsonDefender
17Ryan ShawcrossDefender
4Robert HuthDefender
12Marc WilsonDefender
7Jermaine PennantMidfielder
6Glenn WhelanMidfielder
24Rory DelapMidfielder
18Dean WhiteheadMidfielder
19Jonathan WaltersStriker
9Kenwyne JonesStriker
29Thomas SørensenGoalkeeper
5Danny CollinsDefender
30Ryan ShottonDefender
25Abdoulaye FayeDefender
-Danny PughMidfielder
15Salif DiaoDefender
10John Alieu CarewStriker
1Wojciech SzczesnyGoalkeeper
3Bacary SagnaDefender
6Laurent KoscielnyDefender
5Johan DjourouDefender
28Kieran GibbsDefender
16Aaron RamseyMidfielder
25Alex SongMidfielder
10Jack WilshereMidfielder
10Andrey ArshavinMidfielder
14Theo WalcottStriker
20Robin van PersieStriker
1Jens LehmannGoalkeeper
23Thomas VermaelenDefender
18Sébastien SquillaciDefender
27Emmanuel EboueDefender
7Tomas RosickyMidfielder
29Marouane ChamakhStriker
17Nicklas BendtnerStriker
Players to Watch
Kenwyne Jones
Kenwyne Jones
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Aaron Ramsey
Aaron Ramsey
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 16
Games Goals YC RC
4 2 0 0

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