Emirates Stadium plays host to the Potters.
Arsenal could be boosted by the debut of new signing Nacho Monreal, which is mostly a boost because it means that Andre Santos will not be deployed against Stoke City. A fair amount of constructive criticism can be levelled at the Potters’ playing style, but no one could ever question their commitment, and Santos’ aversion to running might not be the best way to counter their threat.
The Gunners are also expected to welcome back Mikel Arteta to the squad after injury.
Venue Emirates Stadium, Saturday 3pm
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Last season Arsenal 3 Stoke 1
Referee Chris Foy
This season’s matches 16 Y30, R0, 1.88 cards per game
Odds Arsenal 5-11 Stoke 7-1 Draw 3-1
Subs from Mannone, Martínez, Gnabry, Jenkinson, Yennaris, Squillaci, Monreal, André Santos, Diaby, Arteta, Rosicky, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Arshavin
Doubtful Arteta (calf), Vermaelen (ankle)
Injured Coquelin (hamstring, 9 Feb), Fabianski (ankle, 9 Feb), Gibbs (thigh, Mar)
Unavailable Gervinho (international duty)
Form guide DWLLDW
Disciplinary record Y24 R2
Leading scorer Walcott 11
Subs from Nash, Sorensen, Adam, Jones, Owen, Shotton, Kightly, Jerome, Edu, Ness, Palacios, Lund, Cuvelier
Injured Shea (foot, 23 Feb), Wilson (match fitness, 23 Feb)
Form guide DLLLDW
Disciplinary record Y48 R3
Leading scorers Crouch, Walters 5
Arsenal have won their last 10 home games against Stoke in all competitions.
The Potters’ last win away to the Gunners was a 1-0 victory at Highbury on 29 August 1981.
Opta statistics show that Arsenal have made more errors leading directly to a goal than any other team in the Premier League this season (13).
There have been 50 Premier League goals scored at the Emirates Stadium this season – more than at any other ground.
If games began in the second half, Arsenal would be second in the table with 46 points, two points behind Manchester City.
Stoke have taken 30 points from their opening 24 Premier League matches – exactly the same tally they managed in the previous three seasons. The only Premier League season in which they didn’t have 30 points after 24 games was in 2008-09, when they had 24 points.
The Potters have been involved in a Premier League-high five goalless draws this season.
They have conceded 15 goals in their last five league games, compared to just 14 in their other 19 top-flight matches this season.
SOURCE: BBC Sport
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