Arsenal vs. Stoke City: Preview and TV schedule

Jamie McDonald

Both Arsenal and Stoke have had good starts to the season, and clash at the Emirates on Sunday.

Arsenal's hard-fought 2-1 win away in Marseille on Wednesday wasn't wholly convincing, though continued an impressive run of form which has seen the Gunners position themselves just a point off the top of the Premier League table after four matches. Arsène Wenger's team have been the joint-highest scorers in the league so far, boosted by the instant impact of assist master Mesut Özil.

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They host Stoke City at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday, with Mark Hughes' side having had an equally impressive start to their campaign. Far from struggling near the bottom of the table, the Potters are up in seventh place. They've won two of their opening four league games, and haven't lost since their opening match of the season.

They will try to take advantage of Arsenal's lengthy injury list, with Santi Cazorla, Tomáš Rosický, Abou Diaby, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lukas Podolski and Yaya Sanogo all unavailable. There is a chance that Mikel Arteta could make the bench. For Stoke, midfielder Glenn Whelan is definitely out, while defender Marc Muniesa will likely miss out with a groin injury.

Arsenal Injuries and suspensions

Out: Santi Cazorla (ankle), Tomáš Rosický (thigh), Abou Diaby (knee), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee), Lukas Podolski (hamstring), Yaya Sanogo (back). In doubt: Mikel Arteta (thigh).

Stoke City injuries and suspensions

Out: Glenn Whelan (hamstring). In doubt: Marc Muniesa (groin).

Projected lineups

Arsenal: Wojciech Szczęsny; Kieran Gibbs, Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny, Bacary Sagna; Aaron Ramsey, Mathieu Flamini; Jack Wilshere, Mesut Özil, Theo Walcott; Olivier Giroud

Stoke City: Asmir Begović; Erik Pieters, Robert Huth, Ryan Shawcross, Geoff Cameron; Matthew Etherington, Marc Wilson, Steven N'Zonzi, Charlie Adam, Jonathan Walters; Peter Crouch

Match Date/Time: Sunday, 1:30 p.m. local, 8:30 a.m. ET

Venue: Emirates Stadium, London, England

TV: Mun2, CNBC (U.S.), Sportsnet (Canada), Sky Sports 1/HD (U.K.)

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