What time is Stoke vs Arsenal, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction?

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Arsenal play Stoke at the bet365 stadium  - Getty Images 
Arsenal play Stoke at the bet365 stadium  - Getty Images 

What is it? 

It's week two of the new Premier League season. Arsenal travel to the bet365 stadium in a bid to maintain their 100% record following opening day victory over Leicester City.

When is it?

Arsenal and Stoke lock horns on Saturday evening on August 19.

What time is kick off?

The match begins at 5:30pm. 

What TV channel is it on?

You can watch live coverage of the game on BT Sports 1 with Jake Humphrey and Ian Wright, probably.

<span>Arsenal vs Stoke is being shown live on BT Sport 1&nbsp;</span> <span>Credit: REX </span>
Arsenal vs Stoke is being shown live on BT Sport 1  Credit: REX

What's the team news?

Pick your Arsenal team

Alexis Sanchez, who has been linked with a summer move away from the Emirates, continues to be unavailable for selection due to an abdominal injury.

"For Alexis it looks a bit early, but he works hard in training," said Wenger. 

"Our medical people think Saturday comes too soon but he should be available for the next game against Liverpool."

Arsenal welcome back Francis Coquelin and Per Mertesacker injury while Laurent Koscielny is serving the final match of his suspension from last season's red card against Everton.

Lucas Perez is unlikely to feature at all after stating his desire to leave the club.

Aaron Ramsey, who scored in a substitute appearance in Arsenal's 4-3 win over Leicester City, could partner Granit Xhaka in midfield at the expense of Mohamed Elneny.

<span>Jese could be in line for his first start for Stoke&nbsp;</span> <span>Credit: Reuters&nbsp; </span>
Jese could be in line for his first start for Stoke  Credit: Reuters 

Former Real Madrid striker Jese could make his Stoke debut after arriving on a season-long loan from PSG earlier this week.

Fellow new signing Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting could also make his first start for the Potters.

What are they saying?

<span>Arsene Wenger has said he is prepared to allow Alexis Sanchez to leave for free next year</span> <span>Credit: Getty Images&nbsp; </span>
Arsene Wenger has said he is prepared to allow Alexis Sanchez to leave for free next year Credit: Getty Images 

Arsene Wenger has looked to dismiss any suggestion that Stoke represent Arsenal's 'bogey team'.

“I don’t believe in bogey teams too much. What is important is the performance on the day," said Wenger.

"We had a good performance last season and we have to focus on that, just to deal with the same performance. 

<span>Arsene Wenger has denied Stoke are Arsenal's 'bogey' team&nbsp;</span> <span>Credit: AFP&nbsp; </span>
Arsene Wenger has denied Stoke are Arsenal's 'bogey' team  Credit: AFP 

“Stoke have a good record at home against many teams and I’m convinced that if we play our game, we have a good chance of winning.”

Arsene Wenger has also been forced to reiterate that wantaway striker Alexis Sanchez will not leave the club.

“I am a football manager, I want Sanchez to stay, and that’s it. After that, all the financial implications, for me, are less important,” said Wenger.

“It is a financial sacrifice. It is a sacrifice that you have to calculate, how much it costs. If you let the player go and you buy somebody you spend maybe more than you lose.

<span>Alexis Sanchez looks set to stay at Arsenal&nbsp;</span> <span>Credit: PA </span>
Alexis Sanchez looks set to stay at Arsenal  Credit: PA

“And as well if you extend the contracts it costs you maybe more than you lose when you keep the player. So you have to consider the length of the contract as well that the players want.

“So all that is into consideration, the financial sacrifice is not as heavy as it looks.”

Stoke defender Geoff Cameron has called on his teammates to 'go in Arsenal's faces'. 

“Last season was disappointing against Arsenal and we can all say we didn't play well," said Cameron.

<span><a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/ncaab/players/131798/" data-ylk="slk:Mark Hughes">Mark Hughes</a> has a dreadful record against Arsene Wenger&nbsp;</span> <span>Credit: Getty Images&nbsp; </span>
Mark Hughes has a dreadful record against Arsene Wenger  Credit: Getty Images 

“But if we go out with the attitude we showed at Everton - running, chasing down balls, getting in their faces - it will be tough for them.

“As you can see in their first game, Leicester made it very difficult for them and I'm sure they're kicking themselves because they deserved more. We can look at that and go forward."

What's our prediction?

Despite what you may think, Arsenal actually have a brilliant record against Stoke in recent years. Back Arsene Wenger's men to comfortably see off Mark Hughes' Potters.

Prediction: Stoke 1-4 Arsenal 

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