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Arsenal identify Jack Butland as Petr Cech successor 0

Posted on June 23, 2017 by Milos Markovic

Arsene Wenger is believed to be keen on landing the Stoke City star Jack Butland as a long-term replacement for first-choice goalkeeper Petr Cech.

The former Chelsea man remains Wenger’s first pick in goal but the Arsenal boss wants to start building for the future and has identified the talented Stoke goalkeeper as a perfect replacement.

Jordan Pickford was another one of Arsenal’s targets to replace the Czech international, but with him having joined Everton in a £30 million deal from Sunderland, the Gunners have now set their sights on the England international.

Sanchez picks up injury in Stoke win 0

Posted on May 13, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez limped off after 76 minutes with a thigh injury sustained in Saturday’s 4-1 win away to Stoke City but still impressively scored despite carrying the knock. However, the Chilean international is now a doubt for Tuesday’s visit of Sunderland and could be absent for an important match in the race for top-four spot.

Manager Arsene Wenger was full of praise for the forward, citing how he’d previously signalled to be substituted as a result of the knock but ended up scoring before he was eventually withdrawn. “The physios told me he wanted to come off. Alexis is special you know not only because of his talent but he always finds the resources. He has shown again that it’s not about talent but desire too and a fighting spirit,” he said.

Bellerin to replace Oxlade-Chamberlain for Stoke clash 0

Posted on May 12, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin is set to be recalled for the injured Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in Saturday’s Premier League meeting with Stoke City. The Spanish international has been on the periphery in recent weeks, having been dropped due to poor form, but is expected to return in a right wing-back role this weekend. His manager hinted as much after Wednesday’s win over Southampton.

Bellerin was axed from the starting eleven after manager Arsene Wenger adopted a 3-4-2-1 formation, playing second fiddle to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. But with the English midfielder now ruled out for the Stoke City with a hamstring injury, his Spanish counterpart will deputise. There had been question marks over Bellerin’s attacking quality in a wing-back role, but his manager has defended him ahead of Saturday’s trip to the Bet365 Stadium.

How have Arsenal fared in past meetings with Stoke City? 0

Posted on May 12, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s pursuit for a top-four finish sees them travel to the Bet365 Stadium to face a Stoke City side who have been a bogey team in recent seasons. The Gunners have struggled when travelling the face the Potters in the Premier League but fancy their chances of a turnaround given the contrasting form of the two clubs ahead of Saturday’s meeting. But how have Arsenal fared at Stoke?

Stoke City and Arsenal’s head-to-head record at the Bet365 Stadium
(1/11/08) Stoke City 2-1 Arsenal
(27/2/10) Stoke City 1-3 Arsenal
(8/5/11) Stoke City 3-1 Arsenal
(28/4/12) Stoke City 1-1 Arsenal
(26/8/12) Stoke City 0-0 Arsenal
(1/3/14) Stoke City 1-0 Arsenal
(6/12/14) Stoke City 3-2 Arsenal
(17/1/16) Stoke City 0-0 Arsenal

Mustafi out until the New Year with a hamstring injury 0

Posted on December 11, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi is out for the rest of a year after picking up a hamstring injury in Saturday’s 3-1 win over Stoke City. The German international has been ruled out for around three weeks by manager Arsene Wenger, who said the centre-back hadn’t informed him of any problem prior to this weekend.

“It’s a bad one. He had nothing in midweek. I would not have played him today (if he had). I had Hector Bellerin on the bench. I could have played Holding or Gabriel. He wanted to play in Basel, because he said ‘no it’s nothing’, and it was completely clear. I checked three times and there was no problem,” said Wenger.

Arsenal 3/10 to win against Stoke City 0

Posted on December 10, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal host Stoke City at the Emirates Stadium in this afternoon’s Premier League, and are big favourites to pick up all three points to potentially finish the day top of the table if results go their way. The Gunners have a 100% record at home to the Potters since the visitors’ promotion to the Premier League in 2008, and their impressive recent form sees them in good shape to continue their winning streak in this fixture.

Alexis Sanchez form not a surprise to Arsene Wenger 0

Posted on December 10, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he always believed Alexis Sanchez could shine as a centre-forward, having tried to make the conversion a number of years ago to no avail. The Gunners boss added how Sanchez’s football intelligence gave him an indication that he could play a central role and this season his faith in the forward has finally been rewarded.

Will Francis Coquelin start for Arsenal this weekend? 0

Posted on December 09, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin returns from suspension ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash with Stoke City, and could well come straight into the side to match the physical presence of the Potters. Coquelin has been Arsenal’s chief ball-winner and might be key to ensure the Gunners aren’t out-fought in a key area of the pitch, but it could come at the expense of creativity.

Manager Arsene Wenger has a conundrum in the midfield this weekend. Granit Xhaka will provide some steel in the middle of the park, but the Arsenal boss has a choice between Coquelin and Aaron Ramsey as a partner. The two players have contrasting characteristics so the decision of who starts could a hint on the manager’s approach at the start.

Arsenal v Stoke City: Premier League Head-to-head history 0

Posted on December 09, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal host Stoke City in Saturday’s Premier League clash at the Emirates Stadium, and are big favourites to come out on top with such a flawless home record in games against the Potters. However, the visitors are in fine form ahead of this weekend’s meeting to threaten to inflict damage on the Gunners, but how have the two sides fared in head-to-heads in the past?

Could Lucas Perez start for Arsenal this weekend? 0

Posted on December 08, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has a selection headache ahead of Saturday’s Premier League meeting with Stoke City, with striker Lucas Perez pushing for his second start in the division after signing from Deportivo La Coruna in the summer. The Spaniard scored a hat-trick in Arsenal’s 4-1 win over FC Basel in the Champions League and could well operate on the right flank this weekend.



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