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Saturday, 01 March 2014

Stoke City v Arsenal: Wenger must beat his demons to keep title hopes alive

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There are not a lot of places that give Arsene Wenger sleepless nights, but mention Stoke City and the Britannia Stadium to him and you can see the fear in his eyes. 

Arsenal's record in the Potteries is dreadful. In six visits they have only emerged victorious once - and even that was marred by that horrific injury to Aaron Ramsey. 

To say there is no love loss between the two factions is an understatement. Arsenal have been left enraged by their rough tactics while Stoke fan have criticised the Gunners' constant whinging. Although Mark Hughes has come in and tried to change Stoke's philosophy, even he has had his run-ins with Wenger scratches head

The Gunners were on sparkling form last weekend as they brushed aside Sunderland at the Emirates, while Stoke were unfortunate not to have left the Etihad with a share of the spoils. 

If Arsenal are to have any chance of winning the title this season then they must win here. Anything less than that could see Chelsea open up a four-point gap at the top. 

Stoke on the other hand will be looking to move six clear of the drop zone, but they have only won one of their last 10 league outings.

It will be an entertaining clash but will Wenger beat his demons and keep his title hopes alive?

SQF Prediction: 1-3

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