Only winning can guarantee Champions League football for Arsenal

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Arsenal travel to the Britannia Stadium to take on Stoke and are a top priced 1.91 with Paddy Power to secure all three points.
The Gunners remain in pole position for third place despite a couple of frustrating displays against Wigan and Chelsea and need to pick up the pace again.

Their slick build-up play was virtually none existent in a mundane 0-0 draw against Chelsea, and worryingly Robin van Persie has barely had as sniff of a goal in the last couple of games.
The Dutchman needs to find the back of the net again to restore some confidence in the side, and if he can then could well nick the spoils in what is going to be a tight fought affair.
He is a 4.33 shot with the Betfred to net the opener and 1.91 chance with Boylesports to net anytime.
Of those two I would play him to score first as I don’t think there will be many goals in the game.
As far as the stats are concerned, Arsenal have had a tough time in the Potteries.
They have lost three of their last four games at the Britannia and face a side who have  secured 10 out of a possible 12 points on their own soil in recent weeks.
However Tony Pulis’ men are also the division’s lowest scorers with just 32 in total, and if Arsenal can grab the first goal it’s very hard to see them coming away empty handed.
That is the key to the outcome of this game, and I am pinning my hopes on Arsenal netting first.
I fancy them to win 1-0 and that is a 7.5 chance with bet365 and Paddy Power.
Also, given that both sides have been struggling in front of the jam sticks, under 2.5 goals looks a stonking bet at even money (2) with Paddy Power.
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