Tanko Premier League Weekend Preview – Stats, Hazard Update and Other Team News
Stoke City vs Arsenal
The Gunners will be looking to build on their opening day win over Leicester when they take on Stoke at the Bet365 Stadium.
The attacking prospects of Alexandre Lacazette and super sub Olivier Giroud are set to cause a number of problems for the home side.
It’s unlikely to be plain sailing for Arsenal, however. Mark Hughes’ side can capitalise on Arsenal’s suspect defence, particularly from set pieces.
Stoke were beaten 1-0 at Everton in their opening match. Wayne Rooney scored on his second Premier League debut for the club to claim all three points for the Toffees.
There were debut starts for Darren Fletcher and Chelsea loanee Kurt Zouma, while Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting came off the bench.
Arsenal twice came from behind to beat Leicester 4-3 on the opening day of the Premier League season.
The Gunners showed great resiliance to claim all three points, with late goals from substitutes Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud.
Record signing Lacazette opened the scoring early on, while Danny Welbeck also got on the scoresheet.
Arsenal did the double over Stoke last season and are unbeaten in their last five against the Potters.
Stoke team news v Arsenal: Jese to make debut
Jese could make his Stoke debut against the Gunners. The Spaniard joined on loan from PSG.
Stoke took the opportunity to remind Marko Arnauotivc and others that they have ambition for the coming season with Jese’s signing.
Stephen Ireland and Ibrahim Afellay are long-term absentees for Stoke.
Arsenal team news v Stoke: Too soon for Sanchez
Shkodran Mustafi was an unused substitute v Leicester but is likely to start at Stoke. Sunday will come too soon for Alexis Sanchez.
Laurent Koscielny is serving the final match of his three-game suspension.
Mesut Ozil, Franics Coquelin, Jack Wilshere and Per Mertesacker have all taken part in full training and could feature.
Summer signing Sead Kolasinac was superb against Leicester, although his attacking threat was somewhat wasted at centre-back.
Wenger may opt to shift the Bosnian out to left wingback, with one of Hector Bellerin or Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain making way.
Having combined well in the latter stages of the Leicester game, Wenger might be tempted to start Olivier Giroud and Alexandre Lacazette together.