The reverse against the Midlands side is looking increasingly like a freak result after half a dozen victories which has seen Arsenal score 14 goals and there’s a certain Welshman in north London who is enjoying his fair share.
Compatriot Gareth Bale might have left for Real Madrid, although Aaron Ramsey is firing on all cylinders for Tottenham’s arch-rivals, with the midfielder firing home a brace against Sunderland last weekend before effectively scoring the winner in Marseille on Wednesday night.
Ramsey is no bigger than 11/1 with bet365 to score the first goal of this game, with the player requiring no extra motivation considering it was at the Britannia Stadium that he sustained a nasty leg break which saw him ruled out for several months.
Arsenal will be a popular accumulator pick at odds of 4/11 (Sky Bet) although Wenger doesn’t have the luxury of rotating his squad like some of the team’s title rivals, while a midweek Champions League encounter might see some of the players return home with weary legs.
You can be sure that Stoke will be up for the challenge of getting something from this match and they were successful in their recent foray to London when claiming a 1-0 win at West Ham. Mark Hughes’ team are unbeaten since losing at Anfield on the opening day of the season and are 19/2 to stun their opponents on Sunday.
Hughes has continued to make the Potters hard to beat, although he is trying to encourage a more expansive style of football as opposed to the long-ball tactics of Tony Pulis which has won the team few admirers since they were promoted to the Premier League.
The draw has to be considered at 4/1 considering Arsenal are short of numbers at the moment, with a heavy reliance on Olivier Giroud to lead the line in every match even if the Frenchman is having a fruitful time in front of goal.
Bet365 go 4/1 about Giroud breaking the deadlock, although it’s surely a matter of time before Mesut Ozil scores his first goal for the Gunners and he’s available at 15/2 with some firms.
This might be a match where the home supporters have to be patient before a breakthrough is made and it should be noted that Stoke held Manchester City quite comfortably to a goalless draw last weekend, with the home side having the better chances.
Therefore, HT Draw FT Arsenal could be on the cards at 16/5 with BetVictor with a 1-0 scoreline far more likely than the Gunners firing three or four past a well-drilled Stoke side who will be looking to take any chances that come their way.