Premier League match time arrives in the Emirates as Arsenal will host Stoke on Wednesday 23 February in a first game originally scheduled for December and postponed due to snow.

Arsenal comes in match week 27 from a 2-0 home win against Wolves. Van Persie scored a brace for the Gunners who led 1-0 after 16 minutes, when the Dutchman hit one into the Wolves net. By match week 26, Wenger's men had lost a 4-0 lead at Sunderland, but this time made sure there was no repeat. Wolves never looked threatening and after Van Persie scored his second goal 11 minutes after the break, the score was 2-0, the end result. It was a story of missed opportunities for the Emirates squad. Van Persie himself missed a second shortly after his first strike. Arshavin also only had to beat the goalkeeper, from a corner of Van Persie, in another missed scoring opportunity. Fabregas was the third player to win a missed opportunity one day, when a 6-0 score might not have been unfounded.

In match week 27, Stoke lost 1-0 to Birmingham. The game seemed to be heading for a listless stalemate when Zigic held onto a Jerome cross and headed the ball towards Birmingham 3 minutes after injury time. Birmingham had most of the ball possession and would have felt relieved to score full points against an inveterate Stoke. In a brief period of domination, Stoke snorted at Birmingham's goal when John Carew got a shot, but saw it blocked. Pennant had a free kick after being knocked down by Larsson in a rough tackle; the shot beat everyone but missed the post by a few feet. Stoke was lucky that no penalty was awarded against them when a Bentley drive was blocked by Huth with his hand for this goal. In the end, the result was a good reflection of the respective teams' strengths in the game.

Head to head, Arsenal has built a 3-1 lead over Stoke in 4 league games between the teams.

Of their last 10 league games, Arsenal have won 6, drawn 3 and lost 1; Stoke have won 4 and the remaining 6 of their last 10. In 13 home games this season, Arsena has recorded 9 wins, one draw and 3 losses, while Stoke has won 3 of 13 away games, one draw and the remaining games. 9.

As it stands, Stoke needs a lot of luck to keep Arsenal from taking the full points out of the game.

Arsenal had the following men at the start against Wolves: Szczesny, Sagna, Djourou, Koscielny, Clichy, Song, Fabregas, Wilshere, Walcott, van Persie and Arshavin. Denilson, Bendtner and Chamakh acted as substitutes for more information click here

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