Stoke visit the Emirates this Sunday lunchtime higher up the table than Arsenal, but there is only a slim chance of things staying that way at teatime.
Four wins in five now have given boss Arsene Wenger the confidence to declare that Arsenal are finally getting their season in gear after a stuttering start.
The Potters have been the archetypal tough opponents that have troubled Arsenal in recent seasons, winning three of their seven meetings with the Gunners since gaining promotion.
Stoke haven’t been able to take a single point back from the Emirates in that period though, and the home side’s quickly gelling back trio of Koscielny, Mertersacker and Szczesny have looked solid enough in recent matches to deal with Stoke’s usual aerial threat on Sunday.
Expect Arsenal to control the vast majority of the possession. While they have struggled to make that count so far this season, they are in good enough form to see off the visitors who have previously proved weary after Europa League duty and poor away from home this campaign.
Aaron Ramsey’s stoppage time winner in Marseilles was the young playmaker’s third goal in four games across all competitions. He has started every league match but one to date this season and is great value at 10/1 to be the first Gunner to breach Asmir Bogovic’s net.
A goal for Ramsey against Stoke could also be a personal milestone in his recovery from his infamous broken leg, suffered in a challenge from the Potters’ Ryan Shawcross in February 2010.
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Another prodigious young talent, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, could reward a first goalscoring bet at 8/1 should he get the nod over the out-of-form Theo Walcott.
Robin van Persie meanwhile has grabbed two braces in Arsenal’s last two home games and can be backed at 13/4 to repeat that on Sunday or 27/2 to smash a hat-trick.
While Stoke may not be able to threaten Arsenal as much in the air as past encounters would suggest, they may well probe at times down the flanks. Expect Jermaine Pennant to be briefed to test the uncertain Andre Santos, and Matthew Etherington could exploit a shortage of defenders on the other wing as Arsenal’s only fit right-back Carl Jenkinson limped off against Marseilles with a knee injury.
Pennant is priced 11/2 and Etherington 4/1 to score a goal at anytime in Sunday’s clash.
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