Arsenal take on Stoke City at the Emirates Stadium as the Gunners look to reclaim their position at the top of the table with three points.
Where to Watch Live
Kick-off is set for 1:30pm BST. Live Coverage of the game will be available on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD.
Arsenal have turned their season around after a 3-1 loss to Aston Villa on the opening day of the season and are currently on a six game unbeaten streak in all competitions. Their home form is comparatively worse than their performances outside the Emirates, with the Gunners claiming full points from their last 10 encounters away from home. Arsene Wenger will be willing to bring that form to the Emirates as they look to keep up the pressure on the teams in the top four.
This will be a momentous occasion for the Gunners faithful who will be seeing Mesut Ozil donning an Arsenal shirt for the first time at home following his £42.5m move from Real Madrid earlier this month. The midfielder has already stamped his authority on the Premier League with a brilliant performance against Sunderland where he took 10 minutes to portray his genius by assisting Giroud for their opener after plucking down a relatively difficult pass from Kieran Gibbs. His ability on the field is likely to enthral the crowd and keep the atmosphere going for the Gunners to take advantage.
It is redemption time for Aaron Ramsey who has been in blistering form thus far this season, scoring six goals in all competitions, including a brace against Sunderland to put the game to bed. The young Welshman was subject to a woeful tackle from Ryan Shawcross in 2010 which broke his leg and debilitated him for a better part of a year. The youngster has since shaken off the memory of his injury and taken his game to yet another level and will come face to face with his old nemesis yet again at the Emirates.
Stoke have started the season extremely well under new manager Mark Hughes, having secured seven points from their first three games and are currently level on points with the two Manchester clubs. A win here will take them level on points with Chelsea and Liverpool and keep them within striking distance at the top of the table. Their only loss this season was against Liverpool on the opening day where Jonathan Walters squandered the opportunity to bring the Potters level by missing a penalty in the final minutes of the game.
Their last game ended in a 0-0 draw with title challengers Manchester City at the Britannia and Stoke will be hoping that the confidence acquired from their previous performances will be enough to derail the Gunners who have been shaky at home. The last fixture in February on this ground ended in a 1-0 win for Arsenal with Lukas Podolski scoring from a free-kick.
What the Teams Say
Aaron Ramsey(on injury): It takes a long time to mentally overcome it. It was from last Christmas, that's when I was getting back to my best. That is when I felt confident, and when I was getting stuck in.
Mark Hughes(on Wenger): "He is an honest man and he might think it is time to give someone else the opportunity to bring the trophies he hasn't been able to recently."
Last Five ( all competitions, most recent first): W W W W W
Last Result: Marseille 1 - 2 Arsenal
Last Five ( all competitions, most recent first): D W W W L
Last Result: Stoke City 0 - 0 Manchester City
Injured: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain(knee), Lukas Podolski(hamstring), Santi Cazorla(ankle), Tomas Rosicky(hamstring),Yaya Sanogo(back)
Doubtful: Mikel Arteta(thigh)
Probable Line-Up: Szczesny; Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs; Ramsey, Flamini; Walcott, Özil, Wilshere; Giroud.
Injured: Marc Muniesa(groin)
Doubtful: Charlie Adam(leg)
Probable Line-up: Begovic; Cameron, Huth, Shawcross, Pieters; Walters, N'Zonzi, Wilson, Adam, Etherington; Jones.
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