Stoke vs Arsenal – Premier League preview and team news

Stoke City will be aiming to end a run of three successive defeats when they take on an Arsenal side who can move up into the top four with a win.

It has been a frustrating period for the home side, who have been left to rue costly missed opportunities against Burnley, Liverpool and Manchester United, with a combination of goalkeeping heroics and wasteful finishing proving their downfall.

There is undoubtedly much more quality about Stoke than the majority of their results over the campaign suggest, but fine margins just do not seem to going in their favour, so Mark Hughes will be determined for his side to make Arsenal’s poor record at the Britannia Stadium look even worse.

Three consecutive wins in all competitions accompanied by clean sheets have come as a major boost for Arsenal in what has been a stuttering season, although there is clearly plenty more to be done to convince the doubters that a top four place is a guarantee rather than an ambition.

There was a lack of fluency for much of the win over Southampton in their last game, but top scorer Alexis Sanchez was on hand to grab the winner late on. He has been consistently brilliant, but the return of Olivier Giroud has been just as vital to the cause.

The hosts should have Jonathan Walters back, but are still without Robert Huth, Peter Odemwingie, Steve Sidwell and Glenn Whelan through injury.

Arsenal may have to continue with Damian Martinez in goal, and are unable to call upon Jack Wilshere, Mesut Ozil and Mathieu Debuchy, although the Frenchman is nearing a comeback.

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