Arsenal vs Stoke: Preview, Starting XIs and Predictions

Arsenal vs Stoke City
English Premier League 2016/17
Date: Saturday, 10 December 2016
Time: 15:00 BST
Venue: Emirates Stadium

Arsenal have not lost a single Premier League game since their opening day 4-3 defeat to Liverpool. They are unbeaten in their last 13 league games, and the Gunners will be looking to maintain that impressive run when they face Stoke City at the Emirates on Saturday.

The north Londoners are on a roll and favourites to win the clash at odds of 1.33. There are better betting opportunities around this game though, with Sanchez a likely goalscorer and midweek star Perez fresh off a hat-trick. However, before you back any outome, research the available sign up bonuses to get the bost offer – you can read this betway review to get started.

The tactical switch made by Arsene Wenger this season of using Alexis Sanchez as a lone striker is paying rich dividends for the Gunners.

The Chilean has scored 11 goals already but it is his all-round performance that has propelled the Gunners to second in the league.

Lucas Perez scored a hat-trick in Arsenal’s 4-1 win over FC Basel in the Champions League in midweek. He will be hoping to retain his place at home to Stoke but Wenger could name a more familiar XI this weekend.

Hector Bellerin has returned to training after missing out last month with an ankle injury, but Gabriel is more likely to retain his place.

Stoke City are enjoying a fine spell at the moment after a poor start to the season. The Potters have won four of their last six games in the Premier League and have moved into the top 10.

They have lost only once in their last nine matches in the Premier League and will head to London with full of confidence.

Stoke, however, have a horrible record against Arsenal at the Emirates, having lost all their previous nine meetings in north London.

There were concerns that Bruno Martins Indi might have broken his cheekbone after he fell down badly on the ground following a collision with Burnley striker Ashley Barnes last week.

However, scan results revealed that he has not fractured his cheekbone and the defender will be free to face Arsenal.

Ryan Shawcross, the Stoke City skipper, missed the last two matches with a calf injury and he is doubtful for the trip to London.

Marko Arnautovic was forced off in their 2-0 win over Burnley last weekend with a knock but is expected to recover in time to face the Gunners.

Arsenal Predicted starting XI: 

Cech, Gabriel, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Xhaka, Coquelin, Walcott, Ozil, Ox-Chamberlain, Sanchez

Stoke City Predicted starting XI: 

Grant, Pieters, Muniesa, Indi, Johnson, Imbula, Whelan, Arnautovic, Allen, Shaqiri, Walters

Prediction: Arsenal have not only won their last nine home matches against Stoke, but also have kept a clean sheet in 5 of their last 7 home matches against them in all competitions. Arsenal 3-0 Stoke City.