The Gunners averted their usual start-of-the-season crisis as they twice come from behind to beat Leicester City 4-3 last Friday night. They will now travel to Britannia Stadium to take on their bogey side Stoke City. The Potters were defeated by Everton 1-0 on the weekend, and they will be looking forward to earning their first points of the season in front of the home crowd. Potters were the second-best team on the day as Wayne Rooney earned all three points for the Toffees.
However, Mark Hughes’ side will take encouragement from Gunners’ woeful record at Britannia. Out of their last seven trips to the stadium, Arsenal have registered just one win, but that result came in the form of 4-1 win last season. Arsene Wenger’s side started with just one recognized centre-back against the Foxes, and Shakodan Mustafi’s return to the squad will certainly bolster their defence in the second week of the season.
Following the departure of the likes of Marko Arnautovic, Jon Walters, and Joselu this summer, Hughes has signed Jese from Paris Saint-Germain on a loan move this week. The Spaniard is likely to feature in the Potters’ squad for the game.
Stoke City vs Arsenal – Team News
For the hosts, Ibrahim Afellay and Stephen Ireland will miss the game with a knee injury and a broken leg respectively.
For the Gunners, midfielder Santi Cazorla is out with a long-term injury. Alexis Sanchez is nearing towards a return but this game will come too early for him. Centre-back Laurent Koscielny is suspended for the game due to the red card he picked up against Everton last season.
Stoke City vs Arsenal – Match Facts
The North London side are undefeated in last five meetings with the Potters in all competitions.
Arsenal summer-signing Alexandre Lacazette scored from his second touch in Premier League.
Last season, out of top six sides, only Manchester United dropped points at Britannia Stadium.
Stoke City vs Arsenal – Match odds
Stoke have been Arsenal’s bogey side since the turn of the decade. However, under Hughes, Stoke have changed from being a physical side to the one which likes playing football. This change has certainly suited the Gunners, and we are backing them to claim their second consecutive away win against the Potters. An away win will get you best odds of 7/8 at Unibet. A draw is available at 14/5 odds.
Stoke City vs Arsenal – Correct Score odds
A 1-1 draw is the most probable outcome at 7/1 odds. However, our preview is backing a 1-2 away win for the Gunners as our betting prediction. Our pick can get you best odds of 8/1 at Bet365.
Stoke City vs Arsenal – Over/Under 2.5 goals odds
If Arsenal are involved, it’s seldom wise to bet on less than 2.5 goals in the game. This preview is backing 2.5+ goals in the game at 5/6 odds at Betvictor.
Stoke City vs Arsenal – Goalscorer odds
Arsenal ‘s French strikers Alexandre Lacazette and Olivier Giroud are both available at 13/10 odds. However, our preview is backing midfielder Aaron Ramsey. The Wales international, who scored in his substitute against the Foxes, can get you best odds of 4/1 at Bet365. If you are a Stoke fan, then Saido Berahino makes for a good prediction at 7/2 odds.