Premier League PREVIEW: ARL v STO

PSG drawing at home to Ludogorets meant Arsenal came top of their group and they will be hoping for a favourable draw on Monday to enable them to reach the quarter-finals finals of the competition for the first time in six years.

It is an in-form Stoke who they face at the Emirates on Saturday, however, but with Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil in mesmerising form they should have no problem. Both players have been linked with moves away from the club this week as they feel their wages should be on par with the best in the league. The pair both have 18 months remaining on their contracts but Arsene Wenger reaffirmed their commitment to the club by saying: “Eighteen months is a long time in football and hopefully they will stay much longer.”i

Arsenal are free-scoring at the moment, Sanchez has 5 in his last two Premier League games. Mr Wenger should have given him a stretch of games up front way before now. There is no doubt that he is a goalscorer. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has also deserved his chance and scored one of the goals of the month so far against West Ham.

Stoke are playing as a unit again after a shaky start and have crept up to 9th, just two points behind Manchester United. They will be a threat to the Gunners on the counter attack, with Xherdan Shaqiri and Marko Arnautovic both able to score goals if given the chance. Goalkeeper Lee Grant has also been in superb form and has even led Mark Hughes to say that Jack Butland will have to fight for his place in the Stoke City goal.

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Stoke will be defensively sound but Arsenal will be just too strong. Arsenal to win 2-0.

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