Arsenal v Stoke City

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Arsenal will be looking to add to their three-match unbeaten run when they welcome Stoke City to the Emirates Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Gunners kicked off the 2015/16 Premier League campaign with a shock 2-0 loss against West Ham, but have since responded admirably with two wins and a draw from their next three games.

That form has lifted Arsene Wenger's men to sixth in the table, below fifth-placed Manchester United on goal difference, while they could climb as high as second with a win this weekend.

Stoke, meanwhile, have plenty to work on after managing just two points from their opening four league games, a run which has left Mark Hughes' men in the relegation zone at this early stage of the campaign.

The Potters' frailties were again exposed in the second round of the Capital One Cup after they were pushed all the way by Luton Town before emerging victorious on penalties after 120 minutes ended in a 1-1 draw.

In team news, Per Mertesacker could return for Arsenal after overcoming a bout of illness, but Jack Wilshere, Danny Welbeck and Tomas Rosicky remain long-term absentees.

Laurent Koscielny, though, is fit for selection, despite sitting out the recent round of international fixtures for France due to a back complaint.

Stoke, meanwhile, will have to do without suspended duo Ibrahim Afellay and Charlie Adam, while Glen Johnson (groin), Mame Diouf (hamstring) and Marko Arnautovic (ankle) are rated as doubts.

Jon Walters, though, could return to contention after previously being frozen out following his attempts to transfer away from the Britannia Stadium last month, but Peter Odemwingie is lacking match fitness and is not expected to be considered for action.