This is the Gunner’s third last game of the Premier League and after this, it doesn’t get any easier with Sunderland and Everton at home following this fixture. However, we can be in no doubt this is probably going to be the most difficult of the three and if we don’t pick up the three points our chances of a top four finish are pretty slim.
Though having just beaten Mourinho and United plus winning away at Southampton, let’s hope the team have a bit of confidence going into this game. Stoke City is a bit of a bogey side for us, having not won there since 2010, the match where Aaron Ramsey picked up that horrendous injury. Nevertheless, we still went on to win 3-1, thanks to two late goals from Cesc Fabregas and Thomas Vermaelen. It always seems to be going to Stoke that’s the problem, meanwhile everytime they come to the Emirates we seem to run them off the park.
In terms of team news, the manager is waiting on fitness tests for Laurent Koscielny. If he starts that means Nacho Monreal is likely to move to the left wingback position and Kieran Gibbs drop to the bench. With Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain out injured it means that Hector Bellerin will come in for him in the right wing back position. There’s unlikely to be any more changes unless Wenger wants to put Olivier Giroud upfront as it’ll be a ‘physical game’, though I hope he doesn’t as it’s worked really well recently with Danny Welbeck up front.
If Arsenal want to have any chance of making the top four it means they really have to get the three points from this one, with City, Liverpool and Manchester United all playing tough games this weekend.