The Premier League is finally back this weekend as Arsenal welcome a struggling Stoke City side to The Emirates this Easter Sunday.
Some gifts, as well as Easter Eggs, many Arsenal fans will be looking to find is the return of a few key faces to the side after quite lengthy spells out.
The main player that this will concern is Alexandre Lacazette who has been sidelined since Arsenal’s North London Derby loss at the beginning of February.
However, despite the Frenchman training with the squad over the past couple of days, he will no doubt have some work to do to get back into the side.
In his absence, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has filled the void up front well by scoring three goals in five Premier League games.
With many wondering how Arsene Wenger would accommodate the pair who are both most natural when playing as central strikers, this Lacazette injury may have bought him more time on how to fit them in together.
However, with an important Europa League game on Thursday to look forward to against CSKA Moscow and Wenger’s tendency to ease players back in, it may be more sensible to expect a cameo appearance from Lacazette on Sunday if anything.
This will give him at least some match sharpness ahead of a game for which he would be Arsenal’s strongest option up top with Aubameyang cup tied and even despite Danny Welbeck’s two goals against AC Milan.
With such firepower like Aubameyang expected to start against Stoke, with the likes of Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan behind him, it’s only logical to expect an Arsenal win out of this game.
Especially when you take the two side’s form and history into consideration.
After going through a rough spell of four straight losses a few weeks ago, Arsenal responded well and bounced back by putting three wins together in a row. A run they’ll be looking to continue this weekend.
As for Stoke, they’ll be searching for the first win in over two months as they’ve gone on to draw four games and lose three since mid-January.
However, when you look at the Potters’ form when travelling to north London it isn’t that great. Of all the meetings between the sides since Stoke arrived in the Premier League in the 2008/09 season, Arsenal have come out on top on every occasion.
Despite Stoke somehow managing to get under Arsenal’s skin at the Brittania it’s something they just can’t replicate at The Emirates. With this in mind along with the current state that this weekend’s visitors are in, it’s very hard to envisage them coming away with anything from the game.