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Arsenal are back in Premier League action on Sunday as they welcome struggling Stoke City to the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners have little chance of a top-four finish so they may have one eye on Thursday’s UEFA Europa League quarter-final against CSKA Moscow.

However, Stoke will be desperate for points as they go into gameweek 32 in the relegation zone and fighting for their Premier League survival.

Here’s a look at how you can watch the game, followed by team news and a match preview.

This is a bigger game for Stoke than Arsenal, with the home team having one eye on Thursday’s Europa League tie against CSKA Moscow. Stoke are winless in seven and have scored only four goals during that sequence; the lack of cutting edge – together with individual errors – has undermined some fighting football. The run-in feels unkind, although they do have West Ham, Crystal Palace and Swansea to come. Anything from this would be a huge bonus. David Hytner

However, Stoke will be desperate for points as they go into gameweek 32 in the relegation zone and fighting for their Premier League survival.

Here’s a look at how you can watch the game, followed by team news and a match preview.

Sunday 1.30pm Sky Sports Premier League
Venue Emirates Stadium
Last season Arsenal 3 Stoke 1
Referee Craig Pawson
This season G19 Y68 R4 3.79 cards/game
Odds H 1-3 A 10-1 D 5-1
Date: Sunday, April 1
Time: 1:30 p.m. BST/8:30 a.m. ET
TV Info: Sky Sports PL, NBCSN

ARSENAL will surely have one eye on their upcoming Europa League clash with CSKA Moscow later this week as they go into their lunchtime clash with Stoke.

So we’re expecting a lightly rotated team to face the Potters, especially with Jack Wilshere’s latest injury concern.

Stoke pulled off a surprise 1-0 win over the Gunners at home earlier in the season, but it proved to be one of the few highlights of an otherwise grim campaign.

Having booted out Mark Hughes back in January, the relegation candidates have managed just one win under new boss Paul Lambert and are just 1/3 with Sun Bets to go down this season.

And we don’t fancy their chances at the Emirates this afternoon either.

Stoke have lost each of their last seven games against the current top six and conceded at least three goals in six of those, so we certainly like the look of Arsenal to score over 2.5 goals at EVENS.

The Gunners slight upturn in form in recent weeks saw them give Watford a 3-0 thrashing in their last Premier League match, either side of their two-legged defeat of AC Milan in the Europa League.

What’s more, striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be well-rested for today’s game and fired up to add to his tally of three goals in Arsenal colours and he’s 14/5 with Sun Bets to score first.
But you never really know what you’re going to get with the Gunners – especially up against one of their old adversaries in Stoke – so maybe backing a shock 1-0 for the Potters is the way to go at 20/1 with Sun Bets.

Which TV channel is it on and can I live stream it?

YOU can watch this match live on Sky Sports Premier League, Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Ultra HD.

Coverage is set to start at 12:30pm.

Alternatively, you can keep up to date with all of the action on the SunSport live blog.

The match is also available via Now TV, with a day pass on offer for £7.98. Buy it here.

What is the team news?

Aaron Ramsey could return against the Potters after recovering from what was described as a “small procedure”.

Gunners forward Alexandre Lacazette returned to training earlier this week after undergoing minor knee surgery that has seen him sidelined since mid-February.

Midfielder Jack Wilshere had to drop out from international duty with a knee injury, but it is understood that he could return to action on Sunday.

Mesut Ozil rejoined his team-mates this week after being rested by German boss Joachim Low.

The Potters have no new injury concerns heading into the fixture.

Arsenal could rest players ahead of their crucial Europa League quarter-final against CSKA Moscow next Thursday, as the Gunners face Stoke City .

Following their 3-0 win over Watford earlier this month, Arsene Wenger will be hopeful that Jack Wilshere, Alexandre Lacazette, and Aaron Ramsey will be fit to play at least some part against Stoke.

If The Potters can triumph at The Emirates then they would achieve the double over their rivals, after Jese Rodriguez downed Arsenal last September.

Paul Lambert has tasted victory at the ground before, having been in charge of the Aston Villa side which stunned Arsenal on the opening day of the 2013/14 season.

Arsenal are sixth in the Premier League table, eight points behind Chelsea, while Stoke sit in 19th, and are three points from safety.

Where and when is the game?

The game is on Sunday, April 1 at The Emirates Stadium- kick off is at 1.30pm.

What channel is the game on?

The game is live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Football-
coverage for both starts at 1pm.

You could alternatively follow it on Mirror Football.

Team news and squads:

Jack Wilshere and Sead Kolasinac are back in the Gunners squad after overcoming injuries, wile Alexandre Lacazette could also return to the bench in a boost for Arsene Wenger.

Charlie Adam starts the first of three-match ban for Stoke after being sent off against Everton, but Mame Biram Diouf (shoulder) and Erik Pieters (breach of club discipline) seem likely to return to the squad.

Jack Wilshere should be fit for Arsenal after recovering from a knee injury that forced him to withdraw from the England squad, per Zinny Boswell at Sky Sports.

Alexandre Lacazette is also back in training after knee surgery, but assistant manager Steve Bould said he was “unsure” if the Frenchman would feature against Stoke.

Mame Diouf could return for the visitors, but Maxim Choupo-Moting is definitely out, per the club’s official website. Charlie Adam is suspended after being sent off in their 2-1 defeat to Everton last time out.

Ibrahim Afellay has been told to stay away from the club by manager Paul Lambert after he became frustrated with his attitude, per John Percy at the Telegraph.

Wilshere playing for his future and his World Cup place

Wilshere is expected to feature and has some impressing to do with his club future and chances of making Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the FIFA World Cup 2018 still in doubt.

The Arsenal midfielder missed the friendlies against the Netherlands and Italy due to injury, and the Three Lions do not play again before Southgate names his squad for tournament.

The England boss said Wilshere can still make the squad, as shown by Simon Collings at Hayters:

Wilshere’s Arsenal future is also uncertain as his contract expires at the end of the season and he has yet to agree an extension. Ed Malyon at The Independent said it looks like he might leave:

The midfielder has struggled with injury throughout his career but appears to have shrugged off those problems this season as he has made 31 Arsenal appearances in all competitions.

Wilshere has plenty to prove between now and the end of the season, starting with the visit of Stoke on Sunday.

Betting odds (from Betfair)

Arsenal 3/10
Stoke 17/2
Draw 9/2

Can Stoke finally win at the Emirates?

Stoke head to the Emirates still searching for their first-ever Premier League victory over Arsenal at the stadium. Manager Paul Lambert has tasted victory at Arsenal, during his time at Aston Villa, and said his team can travel to north London with confidence despite their abysmal record.

He told the official Stoke website: “We will go there full of confidence believing we can win the game. I am full of positivity, and I believe we will keep fighting and get out of this situation we are in.

If Stoke are to take anything from the game, you suspect they will need goalkeeper Jack Butland to be in good form. The Premier League showed how he tops the goalkeeping charts for saves:

Stoke certainly know what it takes to beat Arsenal as they won 1-0 at the Britannia Stadium back in August 2017, but a trip to north London is a different story entirely.

Arsenal will be huge favourites to claim victory on Sunday, but Stoke are fighting for their Premier League lives and may hope the Gunners are distracted by their upcoming Europa League tie.

With hopes of a top-four finish dwindling, Arsenal plays host to Stoke City on Sunday in Premier League action.

Arsenal’s last game before the international break was a 3–1 win at home over AC Milan in the Europa League round of 16. Gunners midfielder Jack Wilshere was not called up to the England national team during the break due to a knee injury but is expected to return to action against Stoke on Sunday. Striker Alexandre Lacazette is also a candidate to see his first appearance since February 10.

Stoke, meanwhile, is hoping to avoid relegation. The Potters are 19th in the league with 27 points, four points from safety. They’ll be without Charlie Adam, who begins a three-match ban for a studs-up tackle on Wayne Rooney, as well as the injured Eric Choupo-Moting.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is establishing himself as a ruthless and prolific goalscorer. He can continue building on that legacy when Arsenal host Stoke City on Sunday afternoon.

When Arsenal signed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the January transfer window, it confirmed a shift in transfer philosophy. Gone were the days of scraping the barrel for talented prospects, merely hanging hats on development, rather than genuine improvement. Established, esteemed, ready-made recruits are now the name of the game.

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This shift started with Mesut Ozil. He was 24 when he signed. Alexis Sanchez, a year later, was 25. Granit Xhaka, Shkodran Mustafi and Lucas Perez, the three major additions two summers ago, had an average age of 25. Players in which their prime is now is the criteria. Aubameyang fits that criteria beautifully.

He will turn 29 this summer. He enjoyed several blossoming yeats at St Etienne, before his booming years at Borussia Dortmund. It was during those periods that he established his character as a football player: Flamboyant off the pitch, searingly quick on it; a rippler of the net; an acrobat in his celebration. But it is in these coming years, at Arsenal, that he can proceed to define his legacy.

The start has been a positive one. He has played six games since his deadline-day move — five in the Premier League; one in the EFL Cup final. In those six games, he has scored three goals, in three separate games. The Manchester City pitfalls were only as large as his isolation, mirrored by a rather lonely outing against Spurs in the North London. But he showed signs of life against Watford, the Gunners’ most recent game.

His goal was excellent. A swerved run in behind the Watford defence. A sliding Henrikh Mkhitaryan pass. A rounding of the stranded goalkeeper and slotting into the gaping net. And, of course, a summersault to boot. This was staple Aubameyang.

That is what Arsenal will be hoping he can replicate consistently, starting on Sunday against Stoke City. Another game at home; another game in which possession will be Aubameyang’s friend, though he will look to play on the peripheries of that possession.

Some may accuse him of being a flat-track bully. It is a little too soon to draw such conclusions. But there is still a great value in those goals. While it is important that he learns to grow into and influence the big games, a win against any opponent will always yield three points, no matter their ability.

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