No one wants to visit The Britannia Stadium!
Last updated: January 16, 2016 by Leon Marshal
|Coverage:||Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live|
|Competition:||The Premier League|
It’s been 11 season since Arsenal last won The Premier League. The Gunners haven’t been so close to becoming the champions again in resent years. Now, they are lying in first place in the standings. But their next match is a visit to Stoke City at The Britannia Stadium, a very inhospitable place.
The Potters showed they are a very good team this season, especially when playing at home. Stoke recorded great victories at The Britannia Stadium this season. They beat Manchester United (2-0), Manchester City (2-0) and Chelsea (1-0). Moreover, Arsenal aren’t as persuasive as Wenger would like away from home. The Gunners won only 2 of their last 5 matches away from The Emirates Stadium.
Furthermore, The Gunners haven’t won at The Britannia Stadium for 5 years now. Their last away victory against Stoke was on 27th February 2010. Bendtner, Fabregas and Vermaelen scored for the success. The last 6 matches between these two teams inevitably ended with a home victory (2 for Stoke and 4 for Arsenal). 56 of 91 matches have finished with a final result ‘1’. So, the importance of a home field advantage is very big in the matches between The Potters and Arsenal.
Arteta of Arsenal has resumed full training. The Spaniard was suffering from a calf muscle strain, but now he is fit and ready to play.
Jack Wilshere has finally recovered from his injury. He had a fibula fracture, but the midfielder can now sit on the bench for the game against Stoke.
Rosicky, Cazorla, Welbeck and Coquelin are still injured for The Gunners. Danny Welbeck is about to return to the pitch in February.
Marc Muniesa of Stoke is still injured. The other players who can’t take part in the match are the goalkeeper Given and Ireland.
Quotes of the week
Mark Hughes (Stoke) :
“Bojan is very happy here and we are very happy with him.”
Arsene Wenger (Arsenal) :
“My task was to get us promoted and then keep us in the league, so we are doing okay at the moment.”
|Stoke (4-2-3-1):||Butland, Pieters, Johnson, Wollscheid, Shawcross, Cameron, Whelan, Shaqiri, Afellay, Arnautovic, Bojan.|
|Subs||Haugaard, Bardsley, Diouf, Walters, van Ginkel, Adam, Crouch.|
|Injured:||Given, Muniesa, Ireland.|
|Arsenal (4-1-4-1):||Cech, Bellerin, Monreal, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Flamini, Oezil, Sanchez, Walcott, Ramsey, Giroud.|
|Subs||Ospina, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Chambers, Gibbs, Arteta, Gabriel, Campbell|
|Injured:||Rosicky, Welbeck, Coquelin, Cazorla.|
So far this season
|Stoke this season||Arsenal this season|
|4 (4)||(at home) Wins (away)||7 (6)|
|2-0 vs. Man United and Man City||Biggest win||5-2 vs. Leicester|
|1 (4)||(at home) Draws (away)||2 (1)|
|4 (3)||(at home) Losses (away)||1 (3)|
|0-2 to Watford, Sunderland and Arsenal||Biggest Defeat||0-4 to Southampton|
|Arnautovic (7)||Top scorer||Giroud (10)|
|Johnson, Arnautovic, Shaqiri (3)||Assist Leader||Ozil (16)|
|Y29, R4||Discipline||Y20, R2|
|7||Failures to score||4|
|7||Both Teams to Score Games||8|
|6||Over 2.5 Games||10|
|14||Under 2.5 Games||10|
- The last match between Stoke and Arsenal at The Britannia Stadium ended with a 3-2 victory for The Potters. Crouch, Bojan and Walters secured the points.
- Stoke have recorded 20 home victories of 45 matches against The Gunners. The Potters have scored 61 goals and have conceded 47.
- Arsenal have won 5 of their last 6 Premier League matches. The Gunners are lying in first position and are the favourites for the title.
- Mesut Ozil is the current assists leader in The Premier League. The German international has made 16 assists. The record is hold by Thierry Henry (20).
Head to Head
|Last 5 meetings between the two sides|
|Date||Competition||Game Result||First Goal-scorer|
|12/09/15||The Premier League||Arsenal 2-0 Stoke||T. Walcott 31′|
|11/01/15||The Premier League||Arsenal 3-0 Stoke||L. Koscielny 6′|
|06/12/14||The Premier League||Stoke 3-2 Arsenal||P. Crouch 1′|
|01/03/14||The Premier League||Stoke 1-0 Arsenal||J. Walters (PG) 76′|
|22/09/13||The Premier League||Arsenal 3-1 Stoke||A. Ramsey 5′|