Saturday, 10 December 2016

Match Preview: Arsenal vs Stoke City

Having survived the dreaded month of November relatively unscathed, Wenger’s side will be looking to perpetuate their impressive form as they play host to mid-table Stoke City.

Coming off the back of a stark extirpation of West Ham last week – led by the formidable Sanchez – Arsenal must be favourites to perpetuate their 13 game unbeaten run in the Premier League against a stuttering Stoke side. The Gunners will withal be boosted by their 4-1 victory away at Basel in midweek, which tooth edged cutting implement them top their Champions League group for only the second time in the past seven years.
 Having scored nine goals in their last two games, the abode crowd will expect goals in Saturday’s fixture. Central to Arsenal’s goal-scoring form, is the mercurial Alexis Sanchez, who is now joint top scorer in the League with Diego Costa – both have scored 11 goals. Another potential avail to Arsenal’s goalscoring facility is the potential return of Hector Bellerin to the side, who albeit may not score goals himself, his perforation down the right-hand side is so pivotal to Arsenal’s assailing play. Gabriel, however, has deputised very well in the right back slot and has been very stout defensively.

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