Arsenal vs Stoke: 5 Predictions for the Premier League Clash

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Arsenal vs Stoke: 5 Predictions for the Premier League Clash
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After being held to a 0-0 draw at home to Sunderland on the opening day of the season, Arsenal now travel to Stoke searching for their first win of the season. 

Stoke City has proved a tough place to travel for the Gunners, and previous visits can testify: they drew 1-1 there last season, and lost 3-1 the season before. Stoke have turned Britannia Stadium into a fortress, and it's a feat for any team to go there and grab all three points.

Although they come from opposite sides of the country and often opposite sides of the table, Arsenal and Stoke have developed quite the rivalry in the past few seasons. Besides the leg-breaking tackle from Ryan Shawcross on Aaron Ramsey back in the 2009-10 season that sidelined the youngster for a year, the real reason behind this rivalry is the clash of styles.

While Arsenal are known for their free-flowing, attacking football played on the ground, Stoke's playing style consists of hoofing the ball up the pitch until it finds it's way in the back of the net.

This is always a feisty encounter, so here are five predictions for the Premier League clash.

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