It’s a familiar question when a new signing with perfect hair signs on the dotted line.
‘How will he handle a wet night in Stoke?’ is one of football’s oldest – but possibly truest – cliches. Arsenal’s pretty boys travel to Stoke on Saturday (3pm) in a fixture that hasn’t been overly kind to the Gunners.
As our infographic (below) shows, when it comes to away days at the Britannia, North London’s foreign legion don’t like it up ’em.
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- Hat tip to Maria Grogan for this inspired infographic
Even though they’re chasing their third Premier League win on the bounce manager Arsene Wenger would sooner share a tent with Jose Mourinho than face the Potters on their home turf.
But in Alexis Sanchez, the Arsenal manager may just have found the player to end his Britannia jinx.
The Chilean international has now scored 14 goals in 22 appearances after the mid-week win over Southampton leaving Wenger to describe him as ‘fabulous’ and state that it is ‘difficult to find a player who has settled into his new surroundings so quickly’.
- Sanchez has scored first more than any other player in the league this season. A £5 single bet with Paddy Power each week on the Chilean international to score the first goal would have returned a £100 profit – a profit margin of 143 per cent. #PPValue
Saturday’s fixture may be the acid test for the former Barca man though. The Gunners have won just once (Feb 2010), drawn three times and suffered four defeats making the Britannia Stadium their fourth-worst away ground for picking up three points.
Wenger’s side are 19/20 to overcome the 3/1 underdogs Stoke – who have a few problems of their own.
- The Potters have lost three of their six games at home this season.
- They’ve managed just one win in their last seven games in all competitions.
A feature of these games in the number of times the 3-1 result has cropped up. Four of the last nine Premier League league clashes between the sides have ended in this result (Arsenal winning three times, Stoke once).
With Sanchez in top form a Scorecast on him to score first and Arsenal to win 3-1 is a 50/1 punt to bring Arsene Wenger and everyone some Christmas cheer this weekend.
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