The Opposition: Arsenal
In the first of our features of Stoke’s 2016-17 opponents we take a look at Arsenal.
Arsene Wenger’s team have provided plenty of entertainment since Stoke gained promotion eight years ago.
Whilst Stoke’s trips to the Emirates have proved fruitless, Arsenal have had little success when travelling to Staffordshire.
There was even a famous occasion when Wenger was booed at Stoke-on-Trent train station…by his own fans.
Arsenal were quick off the blocks to strengthen for next season when signing Xherdan Shaqiri’s Swiss teammate Granit Xhaka and there are sure to be more new faces turning up in North London over the coming weeks.
It’s going to be another big season for Wenger, who has gone 12 years without winning a league title. For a side of Arsenal’s stature that just isn’t good enough.
Memorable match: Stoke 2-1 Arsenal. 1 November 2008. Arsenal’s first visit to the Brit provided a huge shock, with Rory Delap’s long throws causing havoc. Ricardo Fuller’s header was followed up by Seyi Olofinjana chesting the ball over the line- both from Delap’s rockets. 10 man Arsenal scored a late consolation, but this was a day when Stoke had truly arrived back in the big time.
2016-17 Fixtures: 10 December (A), 13 May (H).
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