Arsenal host Stoke City at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday (11 December) with both teams keen to maintain their winning momentum.

Where to watch live

Kick-off is set for 3pm GMT. There is no live TV coverage of the game in the UK. Radio commentary is available on BBC Radio 5 Live. Catch the highlights on Match of the Day at 10.30pm GMT on BBC One and BBC One HD.


Arsenal can go top of the Premier League for at least 24 hours if they beat Stoke City at the Emirates Stadium by a two-goal margin or more on Saturday. The Gunners are three points behind Chelsea in second place at the moment and will scale the summit for the first time since 22 October.

Arsene Wenger's men are one of the form teams in the league and remain unbeaten since their opening day loss against Liverpool. They have scored nine goals in their last two games in all competitions and will be favourites going into the game against the Potters.

The French manager could have the services of Hector Bellerin after the Spaniard returned to training ahead of schedule from an ankle injury, but is still without Santi Cazorla, who is a long-term absentee. Alexis Sanchez will be a player to watch after the Chilean scored a hat-trick in the last league game against West Ham United.

Hector Bellerin
Hector Bellerin could make the Arsenal first-team for the clash against Stoke City after recovering from an ankle injury Getty

Similarly, Stoke are also on a good run of form having won their last two games and will be confident coming into the game against the Gunners. Mark Hughes has changed the style of Stoke's play since he took over and it is not the physical team it used to be under former manager Tony Pulis, a style that Arsenal struggled to cope with.

The Potters have been one of Wenger's bogey team's in the past, but their record away to the north London club does not impress as they have failed to take all three points in the last 35 years. Hughes is optimistic about ending the wait as his team has found form in recent weeks, especially with their new 3-4-2-1 formation.

What managers say

Arsene Wenger: "Between confidence and complacency is a very short way - top-level competition doesn't tolerate that. We want to keep our confidence level high but also our urgency level very high," via

Mark Hughes [on ending winless run at Arsenal]: "We've got the experience of going to Old Trafford, where our record was poor as well, and we've done that this season so it's not as if we are looking back two or three seasons for a positive to help us. It's in our recent memory. We don't have a great record there and we would love to change that at the weekend. It will be tough but we are in a good place," via Sky Sports.

Betting odds (betfair)

  • Arsenal Win: 7/20
  • Draw: 4
  • Stoke City Win: 10

Team news


Possible XI: Cech; Gabriel, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Xhaka, Ramsey; Walcott, Ozil, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Sanchez.

Stoke City

Possible XI: Grant; Johnson, Muniesa, Martins-Indi, Pieters; Adam, Imbula, Allen; Shaqiri, Walters, Arnautovic.