The Gunners make their way north to the Britannia Stadium this Saturday for what will be their third Barclays Premier League game in seven days. Arséne Wenger’s men will be keen to pick up their second away victory in a week following the 1-0 win at West Bromwich Albion last Saturday, but know all too well that Stoke City will provide formidable opposition.
The match is the second of a total of seven games in December, and Arsenal will be keen to build momentum as they head into the hectic Christmas period. Their last visit to the Britannia ended in a 1-0 defeat back in March, when a Jonathan Walters penalty proved decisive.
Arsenal last recorded a win at Stoke back in 2010, but that won’t stop roughly 3,000 Gooners from making the journey north for what is the fifth shortest away trip of the season outside of London. Besides, the previous 92 encounters between the two teams have produced an average of 2.5 goals per game, so it promises to be anything but dull!
Following on from the travel guides for the trips to Swansea and West Bromwich, Europcar have once again produced a helpful overview of the best travel route from London, as well as estimated fuel costs, parking information and service station locations. All you need to do is pick up a car hire at your nearest rental station and you’ll be ready to go.
As ever, we’ve also included some tasty stats surrounding the fixture and the history of the two clubs. You may for example already know that Stoke City is the second oldest professional club in the world, but were you aware that they were first known as the Stoke Ramblers? Indeed, during the first ever meeting between the two sides in 1904, the Gunners were known as Woolwich Arsenal.
There’s plenty more stats where that came from, so check out our guide below and get ready to hit the road this Saturday.