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Stoke City

Division One
August 29, 1981
After two Premier League defeats without a point or a goal, it's almost unthinkable that Arsenal won't get their title challenge back on track with a positive result against Stoke City this weekend.

After all, you have to go back to August 1981 and the opening day of the top-flight season for Stoke's last away win over the red half of North London. One goal was enough on that late summer's day and Potters striker Lee Chapman must have impressed Arsenal manager Terry Neill - he signed him the following year.

Since that shock home defeat 28 years ago, Arsenal have won all seven of their home games against Stoke, racking up 24 goals and conceding just five in the process. They scored four in last season's corresponding fixture - although two of those came from Robin van Persie, currently sidelined with a serious ankle injury.

Our FreezeFrame image is from August 1981 and shows Chapman and Arsenal legend David O'Leary challenging for a high ball at Highbury.


Arsenal team: Jennings, Devine, Sansom, Talbot, O’Leary, Young, Davies, Sunderland, McDermott, P Nicholas, Rix. Sub: Vaessen.

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3 Dec 2009