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Stoke City v Arsenal Preview, plus line-up and score prediction

Stoke vs Arsenal Preview, Line up and predicted score by KJ

It’s a rarity to have a week’s rest before a game but Arsenal have been afforded such luxury before this crucial game against Stoke. Stoke away has been a terrible game for us. We’ve failed to win there far too many times and it is home to the player that broke Ramsey’s leg and pushed back his development by at least 2 years.

Arteta: February is crucial for Arsenal – but the Spurs game is massive!

Arsenal are on a really good run for the last five games, and have the chance to progress in two Cup competitions this month, as well as continuing our fine form in the League, but the Gunners midfielder Mikel Arteta is keeping his feet on the ground and is aware that the newly consistent Arsenal team have to continue this form or risk being devastated in the coming games.

Arteta – Christmas could be crucial for Arsenal

The Spanish midfielder Mikel Arteta knows that the club is losing games that should not have been lost, but he believes that the players are still fully committed and giving everything to turn things back around.

He thinks that just a couple of wins could set them back on the straight and narrow and have them back up near the top of the League again after the crucial Christmas period. He said: “The problem is that we’re not winning enough games and at home, more than away, we’re very inconsistent,”

The next six weeks will test Arsenal to the limit (Fixture analysis)

Arsenal have now gone four League games without a win, but that run could pale into insignificance if the Gunners don’t start improving very quickly. Arsenal may have an “easy” home game this weekend against Blackburn, but if the DON’T win it may be hard to forecast where the next win will come from as the next six weeks is a minefield of banana skins.

Here are the fixtures listed below.

Sat 04/02/12 Arsenal v Blackburn
The “easy” game, but Blackburn looking to do the double over us…

Drogba penalty miss makes tomorrows game even more crucial!

Chelsea’s draw with Tottenham at White Hart Lane today was marked by an amazing inury time penalty miss by Didier Drogba, which has left it tighter at the top of the Premiership than ever before.

There is just one point separating the top four, with Arsenal top on goal difference from Man City, and Man United and Chelsea sharing third with exactly the same goal difference. It couldn’t be closer, and whoever wins tomorrows big match at Old Trafford will take a definite advantage in the race for the title.

Was Wenger right to rest players against Shakhtar?

Arsenal had won five games in a row and had got a good head of steam on when they travelled to the Ukraine to face Shakhtar Donetsk, but Arsene Wenger elected to rest players and the game was subsequently lost.

Okay it is true that if Arsenal had taken all three points then the Group would have been in the bag, and Wenger could have played with eleven reserves in the final two matches, but in the great scheme of things was it the right decision to make?

Can Arsenal REALLY beat Chelsea? (And Predict the Score Competition)

Arsenal will face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday in the biggest game of the season so far. With Arsenal four points behind this is a real six-pointer. So my question just has to be; What team can Arsene pick to beat Chelsea?

After the awful result last week against West Brom, Wenger made six changes to the starting line-up to face Partizan and they came good. So which team is his likely to start against the Blues? Hopefully Fabregas and Vermaelen will be back to sort out the midfield and defence. I think Koscielny will play alongside the Verminator after being rested in midweek.