The Gunners were not at their best on the opening day when sharing the spoils with Sunderland in a 0-0 draw at Emirates Stadium, but it was a performance they are sure to build on in the coming weeks.
As far as the stats are concerned, there is nothing to choose between the two sides in this fixture over the past four seasons.
There have been 2 draws and a 3-1 win for both, but there are plenty of reasons to believe that Arsene Wenger’s men will come out on top this time round.
Stoke have won just one of their last 10 matches in the Premier League last season (drawing 6) and still seemed to lack a cutting edge when drawing 1-1 at Reading last weekend.
They simply don’t have the players to trouble an on-song Arsenal who have conceded a goal in only a quarter of their last 20 away matches and average just under 2 goals a game on their travels.
What is important is that Arsenal get off to a good start and bag that all important first goal to settle the nerves.
I they can do that they will be firmly in the driving seat and it’s difficult to see the home side being able to come from behind.
New signing Olivier Giroud missed a golden opportunity to make a dream start for the Gunners when coming off the bench against Sunderland last weekend but has proved at the highest level that he has got what it takes.
The Frenchman got only 25 minutes to make his presence felt in the game against the Black Cats but will surely be in the starting XI this time.
Over 2.5 goals also looks worth a wager at 2.1 with Paddy Power as the last four clashes in the league between the pair have averaged 3.25 goals.
Arsenal to win 2-1 is a decent guess, and that is a 9 shot with bet365.