The Gunners were not at their best on the opening day when sharing the spoils with Sunderland in a 0-0 draw at Emirates Stadium, but it was a performance which can be built on.
As far as the stats are concerned, there is nothing to choose between Stoke and Arsenal in the last four seasons. The clash has produced two draws and a 3-1 win for both, but there are reasons to believe that this is the perfect opportunity for Arsène Wenger's men to get their first win of the new season.
Stoke won just one of their last 10 matches in the Premier League last season (drawing six) and seemed to lack a cutting edge when drawing 1-1 at Reading last weekend. They simply don't have the players to trouble an on-song Arsenal who have conceded a goal in only a quarter of their last 20 away matches and average just under two goals a game on their travels.
What is important is that Arsenal get off to a good start and bag that all important first goal to settle the nerves and put them firmly in the driving street.
New signing Olivier Giroud has a tough task to do to try and fill Robin van Persie's boots, and missed a golden opportunity to make a dream start for the Gunners when coming off the bench against Sunderland. The Frenchman got 25 minutes to make his presence felt in that encounter, and could be in the starting XI this time.
For those that like to play in the goal markets, the last four meetings between the two sides have produced an average of 3.25 goals with neither team keeping a clean sheet. We are offering even money for over 2.5 goals, and that looks value if the trend continues. Both sides to score is priced up at 9/14.
Arsenal to win 2-1 looks good based on the stats and can be backed at 15/2, while 3-1 is a 31/2 chance.
If you fancy the latter scoreline, then how about Giroud bagging a hat-trick? That's priced up at a juicy 44/1.
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*Odds correct at time of writing. Terms and conditions apply.24 Aug 2012