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Arsenal v Stoke City: Match preview

Ozil is expected to make his Emirates debut (©GettyImages)
Ozil is expected to make his Emirates debut (©GettyImages).

Arsenal host Stoke City on Sunday afternoon hoping to maintain their recent run of form, whilst Stoke are in their best position to pick up their first Premier League points from The Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners have been in good form since their opening day defeat to Aston Villa, with a win over main rivals Tottenham and a win in their UEFA Champions League opener, Arsene Wenger has released a lot of the pressure he was feeling in the closed season.

The Potters are not push over's either, seventh in the table with seven points from four games, Mark Hughes is proving most of his doubters wrong, Stoke managed to keep the former Champions grounded last weekend and could be on course to get their first win at Arsenal.

Stoke and Arsenal have their own fan rivalry, leading back to the Aaron Ramsey/Ryan Shawcross incident.

Fans have a major dislike for each other, so expect booing from the Stoke fans when Ramsey is on the ball and even more booing from the Arsenal faithful when Shawcross is played in.

Team News

Arsenal have major injury worries with a lot of main players sidelined. Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain, Mikel Arteta, Lukas Podolski, Tomas Rosicky, Abou Diaby and the new signing Yaya Sanogo head up the list of injuries and unlikely partakers in the Sunday's game.

Arsenal will be relying on the likes of Chuba Akpom, Serge Gnabry, Thomas Eisfeld and Ryo Miyaichi whilst the first team players are out of action.

Stoke are missing three players for Sunday's trip, Glenn Whelan being the most influential. Marc Muniesa and Jamie Ness are the other casualties, but Hughes may stick with the side that got the three points against West Ham and held Man City last weekend, to give himself less of a selection headache.

Stats 

The Gunners have won all five Premier League matches against Stoke City at the Emirates Stadium.

Peter Crouch has scored seven Barclays Premier League goals against Arsenal.

Mark Hughes has lost all six previous visits to north London to play the Gunners.

Arsenal have scored all eight of their 2013-14 Premier League goals from open play, whereas two of Stoke’s three goals have come from set-plays.

Without Giroud’s goals this season Arsenal would still be seventh, only two points worse off than they are in reality.

Arsenal have only kept one clean sheet all season. That came against their fierce rivals, Tottenham Hotspur.

Both teams haven't lost in the Premier League since the opening weekend.

Stoke have already kept two clean sheets this season.

Players to watch:

Mesut Ozil - Arsenal's deadline day signing has been key to the team's current run of form. There are no words to describe this guy's talent and he can change the game in seconds.

Jon Walters - He had two chances to score against Man City and hasn't netted yet this season. The versatile striker will be wanting to cement his place in the team with a goal on Sunday. 

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