Arsenal kept their top-four hopes alive with a comfortable 2-0 victory at St Mary’s on Wednesday night. They’re three points adrift of Man City and four off Liverpool but the game in hand they have over the Reds is against Sunderland, so Wenger will fancy saving face and nicking that fourth spot. Stoke, meanwhile, secured their Premier League status with a draw at Bournemouth, but’s it’s been a disappointing campaign overall for Mark Hughes’ men who look unlikely to match their regular ninth-place finish.
That result on the south coast means the Potters have won just one of their last nine (versus Hull), which includes five defeats. They have a dismal record against the top-six this term, losing eight of 11 winless matches so far, including four defeats from five at the Britannia.
Since changing to a back three, Arsenal’s fortunes have improved with four wins in their last five, conceding just once in these victories and the one defeat coming away at a rampant Spurs. They’ve generally come undone against the division’s stronger sides, whereas their record versus bottom-half teams reads W14-D2-L2, with seven victories from nine on the road. Stoke players look to have one eye on their summer holidays, netting just seven in their last nine and that along with the Gunners’ new found defensive resilience means we’ll back an Arsenal win to nil.
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