Arsenal’s loss to Stoke was a disappointing jolt back to reality for the Gunners after the slightly surreal opening day win against Leicester, but it may prove most costly than previously thought.
Any loss is bound to cause some damage to a team’s title hopes, but in this case The Sun have an unearthed a stat that makes it look like an even worse sign for any title hopes the Gunners may be harbouring.
In the nine years since Stoke were promoted to the Premier League, the title-winners in each respective year have never lost to the Potters at the Bet 365 Stadium.
Of course, this could mostly be because Stoke have never been very good during that time. Their highest league finish is 9th, it’s just Arsenal who really seem to struggle playing away against them.
Manchester United have also had some difficulties in recent years, failing to win there in the last four attempts, but then United haven’t been very good either.
Nevertheless, it’s another bad omen, or another meaningless statistic, as the Gunners look to finally bring the title back to North London.
The three points dropped will probably result in greater cause for concern, however, especially with Anfield the next destination on the fixture list.