Arsenal travel to the Britannia today to take on Stoke City at a very important time in the season.
The Gunners hopes of a top-four finish rely on them winning all of their remaining three matches, while needing Liverpool to fail in their bid to win their remaining two.
Stoke on the other hand have little to play for, with their Premier league life retained for another season, although they could still push for a finish inside the top 10, with a finish as high as eighth, or as low as 16th still possible.
The Potters come into the game with little form to boast however, having won only once in their last nine matches, but can be happy with their home exploits, losing only twice in their last eight matches there. Both those losses came to teams inside the top four, and were both 2-1 scorelines, which should tell Arsenal that they will not have an easy task today.
The Gunners come into the match in impressive form however, with five wins in their last six matches, with the upturn in fortunes coming since an important formation change. We have clawed ourselves back into having a chance of making the top-four, and today cannot allow that to slip.
Arsenal are expected to have stand-in captain Laurent Koscielny back in the team today, but will be without Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain unfortunately. Santi Cazorla is our only other to be sidelined for the crucial match, with Lucas Perez in line to make the squad also.
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I know we haven’t the best record away to Stoke City, nor do most clubs, but I feel as though they have little to play for at present, which should give us the impetus for the win. Our win over Southampton also came against a side with a strong record against us, but we are overcoming the odds at present, and pushing ourselves on regardless.
I’m going for a 2-1 win, but should we get on the scoreboard early, I would not be surprised to see us bag three or four with our rivals having to come out and attack us in search of a result.
What are your expectations today?