Arsenal has looked to have turned their season around with back to back wins against United and Southampton getting them just within three points of fourth place and 4 points behind third place Liverpool. This weekend they travel to face Stoke City on Saturday evening, 13 May 2017 and a win will get them within a point of Liverpool who play on Sunday against West Ham United. It will be interesting to see how the top four finishes by the end of the season.
Stoke City 1-4 Arsenal Highlights
[ Premier League 2017 Match ]
42′ 0 – 1 Olivier Giroud
55′ 0 – 2 Mesut Oezil
67′ 1 – 2 Peter Crouch
Stoke City vs Arsenal Preview: Stoke City on the other hand has won 5 league games in the last 7 matches which has elevated them to 9th place in the table. Now they play against high flying Arsenal side who did not really suffer their typical November woes and they looks as strong as ever. Mark Hughes will be hoping to get something out of this game and for that his Stoke City team will have to contain Arsenal early on.
Arsenal 3-1 Stoke City – 10 December 2016
[ English Premier League 2016-17 Match ]
29′ 0 – 1 Charlie Adam scored in 29th minute to put Stoke City 1-0 in lead. Arsenal struggled to get the grips of game early on.
42′ 1 – 1 Theo Walcott equalized just before the break when he near post finish off Bellerin low cross made it 1-1 on the day.
50′ 2 – 1 Mesut Oezil scored second of Arsenal’s goal just after the break with a looping header to make it 2-1.
75′ 3 – 1 Alex Iwobi came on in second half and scored the third for Arsenal and secured all three points at Emirates.
Arsenal will be looking to get another win in difficult away game to keep their noses in the title race in front. By the time Arsenal-Stoke match kickoff Manchester City might have joined them at the top as they will play against Crystal Palace on Saturday. Arsenal failed to win their very winnable game against struggling Liverpool when they drew 3-3 at Anfield in midweek which kind of puts pressure on Arsenal going into the Stoke match. The last time both teams meet was back in September when Arsenal ran out 2-0 winners with Walcott and Giroud scoring goal-a-piece to earn 2-0 win for Arsenal.
Arsenal don’t really like visiting Britannia stadium having only won once in the last 8 premier league games at this stadium against Stoke City. Three points are crucial in such games if a team were to go on to win the premier league and this is exactly the time of the season when Arsenal’s form deteriorate, Wenger will be hoping otherwise of course
Possible Starting Lineups: Arsenal are likely to start with packed midfield where Ramsey, Ozil, Cazorla and Coquelin are expected to start with Giroud spearheading the attack after scoring 2 goals in the midweek against Liverpool. Stoke City will continue to use their fluid forward line of Bojan Krikc, Arnoutovic and Shaqiri.
Match Predictions: Hard to see anything but a win in this game for Arsenal, Stoke City have been decent at home but considering they are already safe from relegation they don’t have much to play four. I am going with a comfortable Arsenal win in this one.