The Gunners host Stoke City on Saturday as they look to continue their rich vein of form in the Premier League. Arsenal are 3 points off the leaders Chelsea and will be looking to get all the three points against a Stoke City team that have done well in the recent weeks. Arsene’s men have dismantled both West Ham and Basel in their last two games and are expected to deliver at the optimum level at the Emirates.
Arsenal vs Stoke Injury News
Arsenal have Welbeck, Mertesacker, Cazorla out with injuries. Santi had a surgery earlier and will be out for at least 3 months. Debuchy also has a hamstring problem and will be unavailable.
Stoke on the other hand have their own injury woes. They will be missing their first choice keeper Butland who is out with an ankle injury. Bardsley, Cameron and Afellay all have knee problems and are short while Ryan Shawcross misses due to a calf problem.
Arsenal vs Stoke Team News and Preview
Wenger will be welcoming Cech in the goal from midweek. Gabriel has done exceedingly well in his new role and he is the only choice Arsene has at the right back position, although Bellerin is expected to feature on the bench. Xhaka and Ramsey’s combination has clicked, especially the new signing has shown his range of passes that may help Arsenal fans to miss Cazorla a bit less. Alexis has been scintillating and is expected to lead the line.
The Potters will be banking on their defensive compactness and will have to keep their shape throughout the game. Adam and Imbula in the middle of the park will have to be alert and help their back four. Shaqiri and Arnautovic will get chances to feed the balls for their solitary frontman Bony who has to trouble Arsenal’s custodian.
Arsenal vs Stoke Probable Line-up
Arsenal: Cech; Gabriel, Koscielny, Mustafi, Monreal; Xhaka, Coquelin; Iwobi, Ozil, Chamberlain; Alexis
Stoke: Grant; Muniesa, Martins Indi, Pieters, Johnson; Adam, Imbula; Arnautovic, Shaqiri, Diouf; Bony
Arsenal vs Stoke Last Meet
The last meet at the Emirates between these two teams resulted a comfortable 2-0 home victory for Arsenal. Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud netted for the Gunners.
Arsenal vs Stoke Betting Odds