On Sunday afternoon, Arsenal host struggling Stoke City at the Emirates Stadium, as Arsene Wenger’s side attempt to continue their recent positive momentum of late.
The Gunners may be sixth-place in the table, but Wenger’s side has now recorded three successive wins in all competitions, including winning their last Premier League game 3-0 against Watford.
Despite that recent win over the Hornets, Arsenal’s recent top-flight record is concerning, as the north London side had lost the previous three games prior to the visit of Javi Gracia’s side to the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal’s overall form in the Premier League may have been inconsistent. However, the Gunners home form has remained pretty strong, as Wenger’s side have won 16 of their last 20 league games at the Emirates. The north London outfit has also scored at least two goals in five of their last six home games in the top-flight.
Stoke arrive in the capital 19th place in the Premier League table. The Potters are only one point away from safety in the top-flight after a difficult season.
Paul Lambert’s side has not won in their last seven outings in the Premier League while winning just one of their last 12 games in the English top-flight. The Potters have also suffered successive defeats in the top-flight and last time out suffered a 2-1 home defeat against Everton.
The Staffordshire outfit has also failed to win in their last ten away games in the Premier League. Scoring goals on their travels have been a problem for Lambert’s side, as they have scored just three times in their last seven outings on their travels in the top-flight.
The fact that the Gunners have also beaten them on their last ten visits to the Emirates in all competitions does not bode well for an away win.
Spanish midfielder Santi Cazorla is still out due to injury. The Gunners also have doubts over the fitness of Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey, Sead Kolasinac, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Mesut Ozil. French striker Alexandre Lacazette has returned to training, so has a chance of making the squad.
For Stoke, Eric Choupo-Moting, Lee Grant and Stephen Ireland look unlikely to feature due to injury, while Geoff Cameron, Kevin Wimmer and Mame Biram Diouf are also doubts. Midfielder Charlie Adam is ruled out due to suspension.
Arsenal are the favourites to win this game at odds of 3/10, while the draw is 5/1 and the visitors are 10/1 to pull off a surprise victory in north London.
The Gunners know that it will be very difficult to claim a Champions League spot through their league position. However, they must keep their recent positive momentum going with the last eight of the Europa League coming up.
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