A place in the top four of the Premier League remains Arsenal’s main priority this season, with their chances of Champions League success looking slim after being drawn against Bundesliga leaders and last year’s beaten finalists Bayern Munich in the last 16 of the competition.
Up next for the Gunners is a home game against Stoke, who are on a dismal run of form, having failed to secure maximum points in their last five outings, and threw away a two-goal lead at the Britannia Stadium in midweek to draw 2-2 against Wigan Athletic.
Arsene Wenger’s side, on the other hand, overturned a two-goal deficit in their home match against Liverpool, with second-half goals from Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud rescuing a point for the London club, who currently occupy sixth position.
Then Gunners are odds-on favourites at 9/25 to secure all three points, with the draw at 7/2, while what would be just a second win away from home this term for the Potters can be backed at 8/1 in the bwin 3way football betting market.
And ahead of the game, we’ve picked out five key stats which may influence where you lay your money on this encounter at the Emirates Stadium.
7 – Peter Crouch has notched seven goals in his career against the Gunners, including a goal at the Emirates last season. The forward is 7/2 to score at any time.
9 – The number of blanks the Potters have fired this season, including in the 0-0 draw between the sides earlier in the season. Arsenal are priced at 13/10 to win to nil.
11 – The Gunners have won the second half in 11 of their league games so far this term. A draw at half-time and Arsenal win at full-time is 333/100.
13 – The number of Arsenal games that have seen four or more goals, including their last three outings. Odds of 7/4 can be had on the game featuring over 3.5 goals.
22 – It is 22 years since Stoke beat Arsenal on their on their travels with a 1-0 win at Highbury back in 1981, a run consisting of ten games in all competitions.