Wenger rallies Arsenal for physical Stoke clash

Apr 28, 2012, 09:03 IST | PA Sport

Arsene Wenger admits Arsenal will have to "combat" Stoke's aerial threat at the Britannia Stadium today, but feels the Gunners can play their way to victory.

Arsenal do not have the best of records at Stoke, winning on just one of the last four visits, which came in the most testing of circumstances in February 2010 when midfielder Aaron Ramsey suffered a broken leg.

Arsene Wenger

However, despite being acutely aware of the need for his side not to be outmuscled again by Tony Pulis’ men, Wenger believes if his team play to their own strengths, then the Gunners can get the victory needed to stay on track for third place.

“We have to combat in the air because with (Peter) Crouch up front, he is technically good, he can bring other people in, but as well we cannot forget to put the ball down and play our game,” Wenger said.

“We are ready to win. If you think are we ready to win petty, it depends what you call petty, but we will be faithful to the way we play football, that is for sure.
“We will not compete with Stoke playing an unusual game, we can only win if we play our game.” 

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