Arsenal vs Stoke by Luke
Arsenal comes from two recent and very impressive performances in last week, since the team destroyed West Ham away from home with a 5:1 result last weekend, but also confirmed their first position in Champions League group stage with a 4:1 victory away from home against Basel. With these victories the team confirmed their good form, but also their great offensive performances.
The Gunners completely dominated their match against West Ham last weekend, as the team took the lead in 24th minute with a goal from Ozil, but also dominated the second half and easily approached towards the end of the game with goals from Sanchez (72nd and 80th minute), while the home team managed to reduce the deficit in 83rd via Carrol, but the visitors used lack of concentration in their defense and scored two more in next three minutes, via Oxlade-Chamberlain and Sanchez again.
Midfielder Santi Cazorla (8/1) continues to be injured, as well as right defender Mathieu Debuchy (1/0) and forward Yaya Sanogo (who didn't perform so far in the season). Right back Hector Bellerin might sit out this one as the game comes a bit soon for him, while the game also comes too soon for defender Per Mertesacker who didn't play since April anyway.
Stoke City comes from a really important victory last weekend, as the team won over Burnley 2:0 at home. They entered the game very strongly and had more of the ball possession, managing to exploit that good start thanks to goals from Walters in 20th and Muniesa in 35th, while the visitors remained somehow better on the field but without converting anything into goals.
It was their second consecutive victory after the team previously won over Watford on the road with a narrow 1:0 result, as they climbed up the table till ninth position now. The team has nineteen points, which is eight less than Europa League placed Tottenham and eight more than relegating worried Sunderland. The side is undefeated in last four matches on the road and will surely be looking to continue with a positive momentum here as well.
Right defender Phil Bardsley (9/0) is injured for the visitors, same as central defender Ryan Shawcross (12/0) and defensive midfielder Geoff Cameron (7/0). Long term absentees are midfielder Stephan Ireland and midfielder Ibrahim Affelay, both without performance so far in the season. Central defender Bruno Martins Indi (11/0) and attacking midfielder Marko Arnautovic (13/1) are doubtful ahead of this match.
- Arsenal have kept a clean sheet in 5 of their last 7 home matches against Stoke in all competitions.
- Arsenal have scored at least 2 goals in their last 3 home matches against Stoke in all competitions.
Arsenal are in a really great offensive form at the moment and I will be going with their momentum here. Visitors from Stoke have anyway over performed a bit in previous weeks and shouldn't be able to stay competitive here for whole ninety minutes.