Official Boothen Roar Match Preview: Arsenal v Stoke City
Feature by Dan Buxton
Updated Friday, 21st October 2011
A look ahead to the Potters trip to the Emirates
The Potters travel to The Emirates Stadium on Sunday looking to extend their seasons run to eleven wins and just two defeats in seventeen games.
Stoke finished last campaign in 13th place, whilst Arsenal finished fourth in the top flight. City have had three wins and two draws away from home so far this season whereas Arsenal are in 10th position and have three wins and a defeat at home this season.
Stoke have already beaten West Brom, Hajduk Split and FC Thun on their travels this campaign but last term only beat West Brom, Blackburn and Newcastle away from home in the league and lost 13 times aswell with all those victories came before Christmas. Arsenal have so far scored six and conceded three in their four home games.
The sides have met 46 times in South Wales, with 36 home wins, 5 Potters victories and 5 draws. The last meeting at Arsenal, 8 months ago, saw the hosts run out 1-0 winners. In the 93 matches between these sides, the Potters have won 23, the Gunners 49 times and twenty one have been drawn.
The referee is Lee Mason. He reffed Stoke three times last season a 4-0 home win against Newcastle, a 3-0 home victory against Wolves and a 1-1 draw at home to West Ham. He refereed Arsenal three times last season, a 5-0 cup win over Leyton Orient, 3-1 win at Blackpool and a 2-1 home win over Everton.
The Met Office report that it will be sunny, temperatures of a warm 18 degrees celsius, very good visibility but a moderate 12mph wind.
Prediction: The Potters make wholesale changes and withstand heavy Arsenal pressure to come away with a well earnt goalless draw