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Stats are in Arsenal’s favour..
The Gunners have won all five Premier League matches against Stoke City at the Emirates Stadium.
Stoke will be the fifth team Mark Hughes has coached in an away game against Arsenal in the Premier League, but he has lost all six previous visits to north London to play the Gunners.
Arsenal have won every single match since their opening day defeat to Aston Villa in all competitions, and are on a 10 game consecutive winning streak away from home.
Change in style..
Stoke have completed 79% of their passes in the Premier League this season; more than in any of the five Premier League seasons under Tony Pulis.
The Potters have also averaged more passes per game this season (397) than in any of the previous five Premier League seasons under Pulis.
Giroud is on fire…
Olivier Giroud is one of only nine players to score in his team’s opening four games of a Premier League season and the second Arsenal player after Jose Reyes in 2004-05.
All four of Giroud’s goals this season have come before half-time and all before the 24th minute.
Without Giroud’s goals this season Arsenal would still be seventh, only two points worse off than they are in reality.
Mathieu Flamini has been booked in both of his appearances for Arsenal in the Premier League this season.
Arsenal have scored all eight of their 2013-14 Premier League goals from open play, whereas two of Stoke’s three goals have come from set-plays.
Peter Crouch has scored seven Barclays Premier League goals against Arsenal; only against Blackburn (8) has he been more prolific.
Arsenal 2 v 1 Stoke City
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Note: Stats from Opta