Arsenal vs Stoke City live: Watch Online Game, how to watch Online Live Stream, TV Schedule, Online TV Channel, Odds, Game Time and more info. Date: Saturday, May 13, Time: 5:30 p.m. BST/ 12:30 p.m. ET, TV: Sky Sports 1 (UK only) NBC (U.S. only), Stream: Sky Go, NBC Sports Live, fuboTV.
Arsenal are trying to keep their Premier League campaign alive as they travel to Stoke City on Saturday. Though the Gunners are still in the hunt for a Champions League place, their form has been short of their best in recent months, and the future of many of their players hangs in the balance. Stoke have avoided relegation, despite starting the season with seven matches without victory. Both sides will be happy to be on their summer holidays after the last couple of games are concluded in England’s top league.
Even if Arsenal win the FA Cup on May 27 against Chelsea, this season has been a huge disappointment for Gunners fans in so many ways. Manager Arsene Wenger has seen his powers of influence wane over recent years, and his side have failed to hit the standard expected of the north London giants. The Gunners are even in danger of missing out on Champions League football for the first time in 19 years.
The future of superstar Alexis Sanchez also remains in doubt, and “instability” has been the buzz word when discussing Arsenal. Gunners legend Charlie Nicholas has hit out at the player for his recent performances as rumours grow about his next destination.
Stoke out to upset Arsenal’s Champions League hopes
Mark Hughes believes Stoke City can upset Arsenal’s Champions League qualification hopes on Saturday, the manager saying his side is ready to fulfil their own ambitions of finishing in the top eight of the Premier League.
Ahead of the weekend’s clash at the bet365 Stadium, Stoke have collected 12 points and have been unbeaten at home in their last six league games against the North London side.
“We certainly aren’t fazed by Arsenal, despite them coming into the game on the back of a really strong run of results,” Hughes told a news conference on Friday.
“I’ve always liked going up against them. They have pace, power and very good technical abilities, so we have to be on the top of our game.
“We like to upset teams who come here and expect to win. Our record stands up with anybody against Arsenal, so we will use that to our advantage.”
With two games to play, 13th-placed Stoke could still finish as high as eighth in the standings, which would be their highest finish in English football since 1975.
“We still feel we could finish eighth, but we know everything has to go for us,” Hughes added. “It shows how close we all are and it has been a strange season.
“We need to be more potent, we are aware of that, and we would love to address that over the final two games.
Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal are fifth in the standings and have an outside chance of finishing in the top four for the 21st consecutive season.
They trail fourth-placed Manchester City by three points and third-placed Liverpool by four, with a game in hand over the Merseyside club.
The Potters have rescued their season after a poor start to proceedings this term, and there is a buffer in place for them to avoid the relegation scrap.
Stoke coach Mark Hughes has endured 15 defeats in the league this season, but they will feel they can exploit the Gunners’ defensive weaknesses on home soil.
The hosts have won just once in their last nine matches in the Premier League, but they have performed well against superior sides, holding Manchester City to a draw in March.
As safety has been reached, Arsenal are the side who will crave the three points more—they are desperately trying to remain in the hunt for the top four after a tumultuous season.
Prediction: Arsenal win 3-1