Arsenal under Arsene Wenger have generally been regarded as a team that produces great flowing football and have changed the way that the game is played in England. They have also been seen as a bit lightweight sometimes, and Wenger has had his disagreements with managers like Sam Allardyce when teams have set out to bully the Gunners by playing a very physical way. Tony Pulis and Stoke have been one of the main propagators of this approach, but Arsenal can get payback today and put the Potters in their place.
Wenger should be showing the players reruns of previous matches against Stoke today, especially ones from the Brittania, especially the one where the Stoke fans taunted Wenger throughout. I have to be honest, I don’t like them. Maybe Aaron Ramsey should give the team talk today, and ask the players to get revenge for him for the way that Stoke fans seem to think that he is in the wrong for having his leg smashed to pieces by a vicious tackle by Shawcross.
Despite being international team mates with Wales, the Stoke defender has still never apologised for nearly ending Ramsey’s career. He is obviously a lovely person. If Ramsey does not start today, Wenger should bring him on once we have torn their team to shreds. Another one of their spoilers, Rory Delap, has left the club on loan, so the long throw in is not such a weapon for them anymore.
Arsenal this season are not so easily bullied, and today is the perfect opportunity to prove it and wipe that smug grin off the face of Pulis. Wenger needs to get the players properly stoked up (get it) for this game, and with Wilshere in the middle, I reckon we will be. Jack is the one player, however, that I would warn to be careful. He has such passion for the club that he is often on the verge of boiling over, and if any team is likely to wind him up it is Stoke. Punish them with your play, Jack, they won’t know what’s hit them.