Arsenal vs Stoke City preview: Arsene Wenger will hope to correct slow Premier League start

A look ahead to the Premier League fixture at The Emirates Stadium

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It’s a big game for…

Oliver Giroud: The onus on the Frenchman to continue his scoring exploits has heightened due to the confirmation that Danny Welbeck will be out until Christmas.

Best stat…

18: There have been 18 yellow cards in the last five league meetings.

 

Remember when…

Asmir Begovic made a howler by letting Alexis Sanchez’s free kick slip through his hands in this fixture last season.

 

Player to watch…

Jonathan Walters has scored in two out of the last three league meetings. If he scores again then he would have scored his third goal in four league fixtures against The Gunners.

Past three-meetings…

Arsenal 3 (Koscielny, Sanchez 2) Stoke 0
Premier League, January 2015

Stoke 3 (Crouch, Krkic, Walters) Arsenal 2 (Carzola, Ramsey)
Premier League, December 2014

Stoke 1 (Walters) Arsenal 0
Premier League, March 2014

Form guide…

Arsenal: WWLWDW

Stoke: WLDDDL

Vital information…

KICK-OFF TIME: 15:00

TV: Highlights on BBC1

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