Olivier Giroud Arsenal
Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud celebrates after scoring against Sunderland in their English Premier League game, September 14Reuters

Watch Mesut Ozil show off his silky skills at the Emirates for the first time as an Arsenal player and watch your team go top of the English Premier League table with a win over Stoke City.

At least that is what every single Arsenal fan will be hoping for on Sunday afternoon when the Gunners look to continue their good form since their opening day loss to Aston Villa.

Arsenal picked up an impressive win over Marseille in the Champions League on Wednesday, giving them a precious three points in a group of death which also consists of Borussia Dortmund and Napoli.

Now, after Liverpool stuttered on Saturday, losing to Southampton 1-0, the Gunners have the door open to take control at the top of the table with a win. Their North London rivals Tottenham can also go to the summit if they better Arsenal's score on Sunday, with Spurs travelling to Cardiff a little later in the day.

Enough, of course, has been written about the Ozil signing and the impact that the German can make over the course of this season and in the future. However, right now, this Arsenal team is all about one man, who has been in absolutely stunning form.

Aaron Ramsey cannot stop scoring at the moment and his energy all around the field, with his desire to always be first to the ball is something that Arsenal have been craving for a while now.

To see the Welshman back to his best - or even better - after that awful injury a few years ago is truly pleasing and Arsene Wenger could not be happier with his midfielder's form.

"It took him a long time to get completely over that, especially in the duels, in the fights," Wenger said. "He had a little resistance to go into the fights for a long time.

"It was in the last three or four months of last season when he started to come back. He had a difficult period in mid-season where people became a little bit impatient with him.

"I always thought he would score goals if he improved his technical quality. When you watched the games, you saw him always in good positions in the box.

"He has a great engine, great spirit and has an obsession -- he wants always to be better."

Ramsey will be up against the team against whom he suffered that serious injury, and after suffering a bit of abuse from the Stoke fans in the last couple of seasons, the 22-year-old will be keen to make a point or two.

Stoke, though, under new manager Mark Hughes, have made a decent start and are trying to move away from their bruising reputation. Having picked up an impressive seven points from their first four games, Hughes will be confident his side can go to the Emirates a come away with something.

Team News: Arsenal have been boosted by the return of vice-captain Mikel Arteta to full training and Wenger will take a late call on whether to include the Spanish midfielder, who has not been involved in any game so far this season.

Despite the return of Arteta and recent comeback of Thomas Vermaelen, Arsenal still have a sizeable injury list with Santi Cazorla, Yaya Sanogo, Lukas Podolski, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Tomas Rosicky all ruled out.

Hughes does not have too many worries with only Mark Muniesa missing through injury for Stoke.

Where to watch

The match is scheduled for a 6 p.m. start with it set to be telecast on Live ESPN and ESPN HD. You can also watch the game online by clicking the official link HERE. 

Expected lineups: Arsenal: Szczesny; Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal; Flamini, Ramsey; Walcott, Ozil, Wilshere; Giroud.

Stoke: Begovic; Cameron, Huth, Shawcross, Pieters; Walters, Wilson, Nzonzi, Adam, Etherington; Jones.

Prediction: 3-0 to Arsenal

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