Preview of Gunners' game against Stoke City
Daniel Lewis from the Sports Mole looks at the story behind the game and what it means for Arsenal.
"The two-week international break arguably came at the best possible time for Wenger, who managed to escape further scrutiny over his job prospects by virtue of those three successive victories heading into the hiatus.""Wenger's nadir very much came at Brighton & Hove Albion on March 4, as Arsenal slipped to a fourth defeat on the spin - their worst run under the Frenchman - to leave many wondering if the end really was now in sight."
Results still matter"Uncertainty still remains with regards to Wenger's future beyond the summer, when he has already admitted his contract will be reviewed, and it could well now be a case of relying on success in the Europa League to persuade the board to allow him to stay on."Achieving anything in the Premier League has long been out of the question, with the Gunners sixth in the table and 13 points off fifth-placed Tottenham Hotspur. Three more wins from three home games over the next week or so would further bolster Wenger's cause when it comes to reviewing the season, although the Premier League has ultimately taken a back seat to the Europa League for the remaining six weeks of the season, as the Gunners look destined to finish no higher or lower than sixth."
Focus on Europa League"This match does at least give Arsenal a chance to build some momentum, with only Manchester United left to face of the big six, though their failure to win back-to-back league games since November means that this one should not quite go down as a home banker."