Stoke City vs Arsenal: Sanchez OUT!

The Potters welcome Arsenal in Saturday's late Premier League Kick-Off game as new signing Jese Rodriguez makes his debut. 

However, Arsenal will once again be without Alexis Sanchez, who remains sidelined with an abdominal injury. Arsene Wenger confirmed this week there has been no progress over contract talks with the forward, who has been linked with a move away from the Emirates during the transfer window.

Shkodran Mustafi replaces Per Mertesacker in defence after missing the 4-3 win over Leicester last Friday.

Stoke forward Julien Ngoy looks set for up to six weeks on the sidelines with a thigh problem. while Ibrahim Afellay (knee) and Stephen Ireland (broken leg) continue to recover from long-term injuries.

Team News 

Stoke City

Butland, Zouma, Shawcross, Cameron, Diouf, Allen, Fletcher, Pieters, Shaqiri, Jese, Choupo-Moting.

Arsenal

Cech, Mustafi, Monreal, Kolasinac, Bellerin, Ramsey, Xhaka, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Welbeck, Lacazette.

Stats

Stoke have lost just once in their last seven home games against the Gunners (W3 D3 L1), although it came last time out in May, losing 4-1.

But Arsenal have won four of their last five Premier League games in all against Stoke, drawing the other.

Arsenal will be looking to win their opening two games in a Premier League season for the first time since 2009-10.