Steve Bould states his prediction for Arsenal v Stoke

The Arsenal number two isn't underestimating Stoke ahead of their meeting in the Premier League on Sunday

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Steve Bould has warned the Arsenal squad to expect a difficult clash against Stoke City at The Emirates on Sunday afternoon.

The Gunners will welcome the Potters to north London in search of a second successive Premier League win following a difficult start to 2018.

Arsenal ended a three-game losing run with a 3-0 victory over Watford in their last English top-flight game before the international break.

Arsene Wenger’s side have won 11 of their 15 games in the Premier League at The Emirates this term to compensate for their dreadful form on the road.

Stoke are in 19th place in the Premier League table and three points adrift of safety with eight games to play in the 2017-18 campaign.

Arsenal assistant manager Bould isn’t underestimating Stoke despite the Potters’ disappointing run of form in the Premier League.

“They’re all tough games,” Bould told his pre-match media conference on Thursday.

“It’s a cliche but whoever we’re playing, every team in this division now is very strong. They need points, we need points, it’s a tough game.”

Arsenal are in sixth place in the Premier League table and 12 points adrift of fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur.

The Gunners signed Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Manchester United playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the January transfer window.

Arsenal can still qualify for next season’s Champions League if the Gunners win the Europa League.

Wenger’s side will take on Russian outfit CSKA Moscow in the Europa League quarter-finals next month.

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