UK time is: 02:43:30
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Arsenal vs. Stoke City

Emirates

5th December 2009

3pm

Arsenal vs Stoke preview

One of the big clashes of the season for the Potters with another visit to the capital and their second ever visit to the Emirates Stadium. Arsenal are still smarting after the midweek defeat at Manchester City in the Carling Cup and it's now a month since Wenger's team even scored a goal, let alone earned a point in the League after successive defeats against Sunderland and Chelsea. So the Potters will be up against it, but they'll be looking to not repeat the 4-1 defeat they suffered at the hands of the Gunners in a bout of end of term irrelevance last season.

Vital Quotes:

Tony Pulis is certainly worried that Arsenal's lack of recent goals and points could work against the Potters and reminded fans that they should remember how far we've come:

We've got to be careful. A couple of years ago we were going to Scunthorpe, now we're going to the Emirates.

People have short memories of what this football club has done over the past couple of years'.

Arsenal Team News:

Song is suspended, Theo Walcott has a hamstring injury and will be missing. Arsene Wenger will also not be able to call on Bendtner (groin), Clichy (back), Diaby (calf), Djourou (knee), Gibbs or van Persie (ankle)

Player to watch: Cesc Fabregas

The Spanish international is now in his seventh season for the Gunners after joining from Barcelona as a 16 year old in 2003. With six League goals already this season he's only one away from his highest ever League tally. Let's hope it's not against the Potters.

Stoke City Team News:

Dean Whitehead is suspended after picking up his fifth booking of the season at Ewood Park which will probably allow Tony Pulis to bring back Rory Delap into midfield. Ryan Shawcross is a doubt after sustaining a groin injury in that match, but Abdoulaye Faye is more than an able replacement.

Player to watch: Matthew Etherington

Hopefully all this talk about a possible place in England's World Cup squad will not take Matty's mind off his recent run of good form.

Match Facts & Stats

We'll all rather remember the 2-1 win at the Brit and Wenger's petulant remarks afterwards and will want no repeat of last season's 1-4 thumping after the Stoke players seemed to have had their minds on summer holidays rather than football.

Ref Watch:

Mark Clattenburg

Next Fixtures:

Sat 12th December: Wigan (home) kick-off: 12.45pm * SKY TV *
Sat 19th December: Aston Villa (away) kick-off: 3pm




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!

The Journalist

Writer: Chris Baldwin Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday December 4 2009

Time: 8:42PM

Your Comments

I hope we get a good result here to wipe away all the hurt from the past week.
naija_gooner
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Stoke City Articles

Bojan Squad Number Announced (Thursday July 31 2014)

Stoke secure marquee Bojan signing (Tuesday July 22 2014)

Palacios fails Qatar medical (Monday July 21 2014)

Jerome left out of Germany squad (Saturday July 19 2014)

Palacios set for Qatar switch (Saturday July 19 2014)

Cameron given freedom of home city (Saturday July 19 2014)

Which strikers could leave Stoke? (Friday July 18 2014)

Archived Stoke City Articles

List All Vital Stoke Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

League Results (view all)

Latest Results

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
13. Q.P.R. 0 0 0 0 0 0
14. Southampton 0 0 0 0 0 0
15. Spurs 0 0 0 0 0 0
16. Stoke 0 0 0 0 0 0
17. Sunderland 0 0 0 0 0 0
18. Swansea 0 0 0 0 0 0
19. WBA 0 0 0 0 0 0

Breaking League News

Bojan Gets Squad Number
Stoke : 31/07/2014 21:46:00
Arsenal Fan Goes Out On Loan
Arsenal : 31/07/2014 21:30:00
Danny: Champion of the World!
Spurs : 31/07/2014 21:10:00
Albion Announce 2014-15 Squad Numbers
WBA : 31/07/2014 18:13:00
Bertrand Joins On Season Long Loan
Southampton : 31/07/2014 18:02:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Stoke player of the World Cup
Suggested By:  
Begovic 9%
Cameron 11%
Odemwingie 76%
Palacios 4%