Arsenal could find life difficult against a tough Stoke City side on Saturday.
Arsenal are unbeaten in the Premier League since the opening day of the season, with Arsène Wenger’s side currently sitting pretty in second place. They’re just three points adrift of league leaders Chelsea, and find themselves in a healthy position heading into the traditionally problematic festive period. They’ll look to maintain their good form at home to Stoke City on Saturday, though that could prove more difficult than anticipated.
The Potters made a terrible start to the season, picking up just three points from their first seven matches. However, the quality of Mark Hughes‘ side eventually told, and they’ve lost just once in the league since September. They’re unbeaten in four away from home, and are in a comfortable mid-table position. it looks like it’s going to be another solid season for them.
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Three big things to know
1. Arsenal will be without Santi Cazorla, Mathieu Debuchy, Per Mertesacker, and Danny Welbeck, all of whom are out injured; Héctor Bellerín, meanwhile, is still in doubt with an ankle injury. Stoke’s injury list is even longer: Stephen Ireland, Ibrahim Afellay, Phil Bardsley, Jack Butland, and Ryan Shawcross are all injured; Bruno Martins Indi and Marko Arnautović are doubtful.
2. Stoke have never before won away at the Emirates Stadium, with their last away win over the Gunners coming in English football’s top flight back in 1981, when Arsenal were playing their home games at Highbury. Since then, Stoke’s only success has come at home, with their last win over the Gunners coming in Dec. 2014.
3. Arsenal’s Alexis Sánchez has been on fire so far this season, and is currently joint-top of the Premier League’s scoring charts with 11 goals. Stoke, meanwhile, have found goals a little harder to come by: their top scorer is summer signing Joe Allen, who has found the net on four occasions so far this season.
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