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Arsene Wenger has backed Theo Walcott to find his goalscoring mojoReuters

Arsenal will target a first home win of the season when they host Stoke City at the Emirates on Saturday.

Arsene Wenger's men haven't impressed in front of their home fans so far – of course they haven't been great, in terms of performances, in any game this season – with West Ham tripping them up on the opening weekend, before Liverpool held them to a 0-0 draw.

The major reason for that poor record is a lack of goals in the team at the moment, with two of Arsenal's three goals this season – all of them away from home -- coming through own goals. Olivier Giroud is the only Arsenal player to get his name on the scoresheet, and that needs to change on Saturday.

"We will have to spread [the goals] through the squad," Wenger said. "I think Giroud, [Theo] Walcott and Alexis [Sanchez] can get around 20 goals without any problem.

"Sometimes you have to trust your players and play them. Then they get there. People always want the absolute certainty that they will be absolutely successful. It is not like that.

"I played [Nicolas] Anelka and people asked me, 'Why did you not buy anybody?' and Thierry Henry the same. I said, 'Let him play, maybe he will score'.

"Football is a bit like that. It is not a science that everybody masters and where you can absolutely predict how many goals everybody will get.

"I would rather have [Aaron] Ramsey [score] 15, [Mesut] Ozil 15, [Santi] Cazorla 10. Otherwise, if you have only one player who scores, when he is injured you don't know who will score."

Stoke, despite their impressive business in the summer transfer window, have not made the greatest of starts, managing just two points from four matches. They have been unlucky along the way, and Mark Hughes will hope some luck spins their way at the Emirates on Saturday.

Of course, this Stoke side are not the "physical, no-nonsense" vintage that used to ply under Tony Pulis, something Wenger is well aware of.

"They are team with a good culture of the Premier League, they know how to behave and they have experience," Wenger added. "They have been here a long time in the Premier League and they have improved their technical quality.

"They have [Ibrahim] Afellay, Bojan [Krkic], [Xherdan] Shaqiri, [Mame Biram] Diouf up front and Charlie Adam in midfield. They have a lot of technical players that can give you problems.

"What we want is to focus on our own performance as we want to take off at home now. We had two good away games with positive results in difficult places and we know at home we can be efficient against anybody."

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Arsenal vs Stoke City is set to begin at 7.30 pm IST (3 pm BST, 10 am ET). Live TV coverage of the English Premier League match will be on Star Sports 1 and Star Sports HD1, while all the Premier League action can also be watched via live streaming online on and Hotstar.

There will be no live coverage on TV in the UK. Australia viewers can catch the EPL game live on Fox Sports, while the online live streaming options are on Fox Sports On Demand and Foxtel Play.

Watch the Arsenal vs Stoke match live in the US on NBCSN, with the live stream option on NBC Sports Live Extra.

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