Premier League – Stoke City v Arsenal

By IndepthAfrica
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Aug 26th, 2012
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AC Milan’s Dutch midfielder Mark Van Bommel (R) vies with Arsenal’s Czech midfielder Tomas Rosicky (L) during their UEFA Champions League round of 16, second leg football match at the Emirates Stadium, North London, England on March 6, 2012. AFP PHOTO/ADRIAN DENNIS (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Stoke v Arsenal takes place this afternoon in the first of two games in the Premier League.

The game takes place at the Britannia Stadium, with kick-off scheduled for 13:30 BST, and the game airing live in the UK on Sky Sports 1/Sky Sports 1 HD.

Arsenal were held to a draw against Sunderland last week, and Stoke boss Tony Pulis is expecting a tough game against Arsene Wenger’s side.

“Arsenal are obviously difficult,” Pulis told reporters.

“They have great players and we know it will be hard. It’s one of the great fixtures for us. They are one of the top clubs in the world but our fans are always at their best when we are underdogs and that’s what we are in this game.

“We mustn’t get complacent. We have to ignore the nonsense from people who build you up and then shoot you down.

“We’ve had four great seasons in the Premier League, with four major cup quarter-finals and a final.”

Arsenal may have lost Robin van Persie and Alex Song over the last week, but new signing Santi Cazorla made an immediate impact last week, setting up seven scoring chances – more than any other player in the top flight on the opening weekend of the 2012-13 season.

Since Stoke’s return to the top flight, there have been five meetings in all competitions between these two sides, with the Potters winning three to Arsenal’s one.

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