Arsenal have won seven straight Premier League games against Stoke City at Emirates Stadium going into Saturday’s latest north London clash.
Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker could both return in defence for Arsenal, but Jack Wilshere, Danny Welbeck and Tomas Rosicky all remain sidelined.
Stoke’s Ibrahim Afellay and Charlie Adam begin two and three-match suspensions, while Glen Johnson, Mame Diouf and Marko Arnautovic are doubts with respective groin, hamstring and ankle injuries.
Jon Walters will be involved despite handing in a transfer request before the deadline, but Peter Odemwingie lacks match fitness.
- Arsenal have won each of their seven home Premier League games against Stoke, their best 100%
home record against any side in the top flight
- Arsenal have averaged 2.4 goals in those seven games against Stoke (17 goals in total),
with the visitors managing only three in total.
- In all competitions, the north Londoners have now won 13 home games in a row against Stoke
(dating back to 1983), their longest such winning streak against any side in the club’s history.
- Aaron Ramsey has netted three Premier League goals against the Potters, his joint-highest tally
against any side (Also 3 vs Sunderland).
- Stoke are without a win in their last seven Premier League games on the road (D4 L3), a current winless streak on the road only Newcastle and Southampton (both 9) can better.
- The Gunners have posted a league-high 65.3% average possession figure this season (Man Utd are
second with 59.5%).
- Under Mark Hughes, Stoke have completed 77.7% of their passes and averaged a 48.6%
possession figure compared to a 66.5% passing accuracy and 39.4% possession figure under Tony
- Arsenal have put away only 5.6% of their shots in the Premier League, with that chance conversion rate superior only to
Liverpool (5.4%) this season.
- Spanish schemer Santi Cazorla leads the way in terms of chances created in the Premier League this season with 16.