Arsenal will be up against the Potters as relegation seems to be the order of the day for the visiting Stoke side.
They lost 3-0 to Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United early in the year as relegation loomed for them at the moment.
This presents the Potters with a mountain to climb as they face in-form Arsenal side at the Emirates Stadium.
With the tough contest against Arsene Wenger’s men, stoke will need to be at their best to stand a chance of causing an upset as both sides (Arsenal and Stoke City) returns from the international Break.
On this note, we evaluate 4 key players to watch ahead of the Easter fixture.
The talented forward will come blazing at the Stoke’s defence as he aims to increase his goal hull against the Potters at home.
This will be expected as he beat Huerlho Gomez to score against Watford in the 3-0 resounding victory recently.
All these are expected to come into consideration as he cheeky effort (goal) against Brighton& Hove Albion gave Arsenal some hope of comeback away from home.
With the international break all but gone attention will return at the Arsenal ground as the Gabonese (fine) striker is expected to flourish among the two of Mesut Ozil, Alex Iwobi and fellow new signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
This may look unlikely because of his age at 36years but when you play in a top and arguably the best League in the world in time with La Liga and German Bundesliga then it means that you are not a finished product as your age might suggest.
Top strikers especially Italian duo of Antonio Di Natale, Philippo Inzaghi include Zlatan Ibrahimovic has proved the same feat as they still flourished in the modern game despite their ages.
Crouch will be pivotal to Stoke’s attempts as they aim to feed on aerial duels in the box.
The former Liverpool star is fond of Arsenal thus expect him to recapture the Arsenal/Anfield rivalry as he steps unto the pitch to face the Gunners on Sunday.
The new signing will be operating from the channels (wings) probably on the right side as (Alex) Iwobi would likely feature on the left wing.
This will afford the Armenian International the freedom to cause some problems as he takes on the stoke city defence.
A defence that has let in enough goals this term will not be able to stand the challenge of the Armenian International as Stoke lost 5-0 to Chelsea with substitute and right back Davide Zappacosta getting on the scoresheet in the process.
Let’s see how it turns out at the Emirates as Stoke has an unfinished business with Arsenal this season.
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting
The Cameroonian star got the knack for goals and with Arsenal’s defence yet to be convincing on occasion, the Stoke man can find a breakthrough goal when both sides meet Arsenal defensive vulnerability may well resurface have as Choupo-Moting invade the Emirates stadium with an eye on Arsenal goal.
His goal against Manchester United ensured they held the visiting Red Devils 2-2 at home as Mourinho’s in the course of the match.
This could be the case for Arsenal Wenger and his side if they fail to keep an eye on him during the game.