Arsenal are looking to secure back-to-back Premier League wins for the first time since November as they host struggling Stoke City, this Sunday in the English Premier League.
Arsenal won 3-0 against Watford at home, before the international break, in their last league game. The win halted a three-match losing streak for the Gunners. Meanwhile, Stoke City have not won any of their last five league games, losing both of the previous two.
The Gunners are currently sixth in the league table with 48 points. They find themselves 13 points behind rivals Spurs who are currently occupying the fourth and the final Champions League spot. Arsene Wenger and his men are all but out of the race for Champions League places, however, the Gunners are still alive in the Europa League and might fancy the competition as the best route to secure Champions League football for next season.
Meanwhile, Stoke City are struggling at the bottom end of the league table. The potters are currently 19th with just 27 points on board. They are three points away from safety. Stoke have been awful defensively this season. The potters have conceded a league-high 58 goals this season. In away games, they have let in 33 goals already this season, the highest in the division.
Arsene Wenger’s side have won their last 15 home games against Stoke in all competitions, a run that stretches back to August 1981 when Stoke won 1-0 at Highbury. The 13-time PL champions’ current run of 12 consecutive home top-flight wins against Stoke is their longest winning run in their top-flight history.
Stoke, who won 1-0 against the gunners at the Bet365 Stadium earlier this season, have not completed a league double over Arsenal since the 1975/76 season.
Players to Watch
Mesut Ozil has been directly involved in five goals in his five Premier League starts against Stoke, scoring two goals and assisting three. Ozil has already provided eight league assists this season.
Veteran striker Peter Crouch has scored nine times against Arsenal in the Premier League. Only Wayne Rooney and Robbie Fowler have scored more Premier League goals against the Gunners.
Wilshere has returned to after a knee problem that forced him to withdraw from international duty with England.
Sead Kolasinac is nursing a knee injury and doubtful to face Stoke. Alexandre Lacazette (knee) is back in contention but not match fit after more than six weeks out.
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting has been ruled out for a number of weeks with a groin injury.
Mame Biram Diouf (shoulder) could return after he was fit enough to play for Senegal over the international break. Charlie Adam is suspended.
Arsenal Vs Stoke City Predicted Lineups
Arsenal Lineup (4-3-3)
Defense: Bellerin (RB), Koscielny (RCB), Mustafi (LCB), Monreal (LB)
Midfield: Ramsey (RCM), Xhaka (CDM), Wilshere (LCM)
Stoke City Lineup (4-3-3)
Defense: Bauer (RB), Zouma (RCB), Shawcross (LCB), Starylidis (LB)
Midfield: Fletcher (RCM), Allen (CM), Ndiaye (LCM)
Arsenal Vs Stoke Prediction
Arsenal’s home form has been far better than their away form this season. The Gunners have won 35 of their 48 points this season from home games. Moreover, they are on a 12 game winning streak at home league games against Stoke.
Stoke City are winless in their last 17 Premier League visits to London, drawing six and losing 11 away games against London based clubs, last winning 1-4 at Spurs in November 2014.
Our prediction for this game is a 2-0 win for Arsenal.