Gunners set to be without Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, while Laurent Koscielny is slight doubt


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Mark Hughes’ Potters on the other hand are missing Stephen Ireland and Ibrahim Affelay for the clash at the bet365 Stadium

ARSENAL may need to contend with the absence of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for their game against Stoke at the weekend.

The England midfielder suffered a hamstring injury during the game against Southampton and is now a major doubt for the game at Stoke.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was struck down by the injury after just 35 minutes at St. Marys

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was struck down by injury after just 35 minutes at St Mary’s

Meanwhile, Laurent Koscielny is a slight doubt with a knock, while Santi Cazorla is a long-term absentee.

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Stoke on the other hand have two injuries to contend with as they look to dent Arsenal’s current run of form.

Ibrahim Afellay is set to miss the game with a knee injury.

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Meanwhile, Stephen Ireland will not recover from his broken leg in time for the Gunners clash.

Here’s everything else you need to know about the Premier League clash…

Where can I watch Stoke vs Arsenal?

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The Gunners travel to the bet365 Stadium to take on the Potters on Saturday May 13, with kick-off at 5.30pm.

Live coverage will be shown on Sky Sports 1 from 5pm – with Sky Go subscribers able to stream the match live.

Alternatively you can keep up to date with all the action on our live blog – or watch the goals as they go in on our app.

Premier League form guide



SunSport prediction

Arsenal 3-1 Stoke : Arsenal go top of the pile at The Emirates Stadium

Arsenal have been in resurgent form of late as they look to steal their way into the top four.

Stoke meanwhile has endured a patchy run and have nothign to play for with the season winding down.

Look for Arsenal to sneak a narrow win… 1-2.

Match facts

  • Stoke have only lost one of their eight home Premier League games against Arsenal (W4 D3).
  • The Gunners’ 12.5% win percentage (one win in eight) away at Stoke is their joint-second worst in the Premier League era (level with Sheffield Wednesday, one win in eight); they only have a worse win record at Manchester United (3 wins in 25, 12%).
  • Arsenal have failed to score in three of their last four Premier League visits to the bet365 Stadium, with two of those games ending goalless.
  • Mark Hughes is unbeaten in his last eight home Premier League meetings with Arsene Wenger (W5 D3), with that run spread across five different clubs – Blackburn (one game), Man City (two), Fulham (one), QPR (one) and Stoke (three).
  • Peter Crouch has eight Premier League goals against Arsenal, his joint favourite opponent in the division (also Blackburn – 8).
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  • The Potters have drawn one and lost four of their five home games against the Premier League’s top six this season – they won three of their six against the same sides in 2015-16 (D1 L2).
  • Stoke have won their last Premier League home game of the season in each of the last three campaigns, scoring 12 goals and conceding three.
  • Arsene Wenger has been on the losing side eight times in 26 games as Arsenal manager against Mark Hughes (all competitions) – the only manager he’s lost against more with the Gunners is Sir Alex Ferguson (22).
  • Since their arrival in the Premier League in 2008, only Manchester City (14) have had more red cards in home league games than Stoke (13).
  • Arsenal haven’t lost any of their last eight away league games in May (W5 D3) – the last side to beat them was Stoke in 2011.

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