Arsenal wants to get back to winning ways after an unimpressive start to the New YearReuters file

Arsenal are set to host Stoke City at the Emirates, after starting the New Year in the worst possible manner losing to Southampton, also ending their four match unbeaten run.

The Gunners lie on the sixth position of the English Premier League standings and are fighting the likes of Southampton and Spurs for the champions league spot, closely followed by Liverpool as well.

A victory for Arsenal against the Potters would take them ahead of Spurs, who lost their fixture last night against Alan Pardew's side, Crystal Palace.

Arsenal have managed 33 points from 20 matches played so far in the league with five defeats against their name. One of those defeats were against Stoke City last month, where they lost 3-2.

So, the Gunners must be eying the fixture as a perfect revenge.

But, Stoke City would be trying to replicate their performance, where they were quick off the block, as early as the first minute of the game.

A similar start would scare the Gunners, for they have not been impressive in front of goal recently. One of their best player in the league so far, Alexis Sanchez has not been able to score goals, as he had been doing soon after donning Arsenal colours.

Though, with Welbeck injured, Olivier Giroud's return from suspension would ease the pressure on Sanchez, which could lead him to the same goal-scoring form once again.

Arsene Wenger would be a happy man after their trio of players, Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and Mathieu Flamini are expected to make a comeback from their injury against Stoke.

Hence, the Gunners have a good squad to choose from and field their best possible eleven against the Potters, who lie on the 11th place in the EPl standings with 26 points.

But, the Gunners are not going to have an easy outing against the Potters for they have looked in great form. Their record looks much better than the Gunners' if the last six outings are to be considered in the ongoing EPL.

Stoke have only lost a single game, while Arsenal have lost two.

Stoke City would be looking at their strikers to fire them home, which includes Peter Crouch and Jonathan Walters. But, along with this duo, they would also require Bojan to fire on all cylinders with, if Stoke are to come up with double against Arsenal in the EPL.

The match is scheduled for a 1:30pm GMT (7pm IST, 8:30am ET) start with Live coverage in India on Star Sports 4 and Star Sports HD1. The EPL match can also be watched via live streaming online by viewers in India on

Live coverage on TV in the UK will be on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD, while viewers can also live stream the action on Sky Sports Online Player. Watch the game live in the US on NBCSN, while the 90 minutes of action can also be live streamed online on NBC Sports Extra.

Australia viewers can watch the game on Fox Sports 1 or live stream the action on Fox Sports On Demand.

Viewers in the Middle East and North Africa can watch the match on Bein Sports Arabia or via Live Streaming online courtesy Bein Sports Connect, while South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa viewers can do the same on SuperSport or Super Sport Online.