Can Arsenal perform on a Saturday afternoon in Stoke?

Arsenal are a top priced 1.91 with Paddy Power to beat Stoke at the Britannia this weekend, and despite the stats being against them I fancy them to bag all three points.

The Gunners  have lost three of their last four games at the Britannia and face a side who have secured 10 out of a possible 12 points on their own soil in recent weeks.

However Tony Pulis’ team  are also the division’s lowest scorers with just 32 in total, and if Arsenal can grab the first goal it’s very hard to see them coming away empty handed.

The Gunners remain in pole position for third place despite a couple of frustrating displays against Wigan and Chelsea and need to pick up the pace again.

Their slick build-up play was virtually none existent in a mundane 0-0 draw against Chelsea, and worryingly Robin van Persie has barely had as sniff of a goal in the last couple of games.

The Dutchman needs to find the back of the net again to restore some confidence in the side, and if he can then Arsene Wenger’s men could well nick the spoils in what is going to be a tight fought affair.

He is a 4.33 shot with the Betfred to net the opener and 1.91 chance with Boylesports to net anytime.

Of those two I would play him to score first as I don’t think there will be many goals in the game.

Indeed the whole outcome of the game is likely to hinge on who scores first and I am pinning my hopes on Arsenal doing just that.

I fancy them to win 1-0 and that is a 7.5 chance with bet365 and Paddy Power.

Also, given that both sides have been struggling to score, under 2.5 goals looks a unbelievable value at even money (2) with Paddy Power.
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