Hughes – Stoke did NOT bully Arsenal, we were the better team!

The Stoke City manager Mark Hughes seemed to get a bit upset in his pre-match briefing ahead of tomorrows game at Arsenal. The last meeting between the two sides was very eventful, with Stoke going an incredible three goals in front before a spirited Arsenal comback brought it back to 3-2.

But Ramsey’s sending off seemed to finish Arsenal’s challenge to regain a point, and the gossips had a field day after the game when Wenger and the players were abused by ARSENAL fans at Stoke station while boarding the train back to London.

Hughes had a long rant about the criticism of his players after the game, and got even more angry when asked about the never-ending discussion about the famous “Shawcross Incident!”

‘The last time we played them we played exceptionally well,’ Hughes said in the Mail. ‘After the game some people used certain terms to explain why we beat Arsenal, such as intimidation and we bullied them out of the result, which wasn’t the case at all.

‘I would argue for the first 60 to 70 minutes of the game we were by far the best team on the pitch. We played them off the park.

‘We were the team that played the best football by getting the ball down, passing and moving and creating chances.

‘To describe us as bullies was the wrong word, a lazy term and an easy one to label us with.

‘It’s a term that goes back to bygone days when people had a different impression of us.

‘There are other terms that could have illustrated how well we played on the day, such as competitive, and there is a difference.

‘We are competitive as we look to get the ball down and play, and we have a plan A and plan B depending on the circumstances of the game.

‘We can go more direct if we feel it’s the right thing to do, but if we see weaknesses in teams then we will try and exploit them.

‘We are a different side now with different qualities, and weapons I would suggest, and we can use them to good effect.

‘If we get it right then on our day we are difficult to play against, which we have proven this year home and away.’

Then someone made the mistake of mentioning the Shawcross bone-beaking tackle on Aaron Ramsey. Hughes ranted: ‘It just raises its head every time we play Arsenal.

‘How long has it been? Five or six years? Goodness me, a lot of water has passed under the bridge.

‘We seem to have to answer the same questions every time we come up against each other. There are other angles to pursue other than an incident five or six years ago.

‘We’re certainly sick of it, Arsenal undoubtedly are, so everybody should move on.’

Hmmm so who thinks we should just forgive and forget after all these years? Maybe Hughes should have a word with his own fans who give Ramsey a hard time every time we play them……

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  1. Bolly says:

    Stoke it up admin!

    1. SoOpa AeoN says:

      Hughes is kinda right and wrong at the same time…….. Stoke kinda bullied us but they were also the better team that day…….. But after the reverse match against em 2moro, i wanna be talking of how we bullied em and were the better team

      1. SoOpa AeoN says:

        Btw….. Um…… Please, does anyone know when the winter Transfer window would be opening? ……L()L

        1. Tas says:

          Our American owners can’t get use to our British weather so all the windows are shut.

    2. galaxygooner says:

      He is right . We were outplayed .

  2. GOONSTER says:

    The Spuds lost.. Lets win our game and go from there.. Just watching the Spuds above us makes me sick and disgusted, they should never be anywhere above us in this world…lol.

    Lets play the obvious back 4 (Debuchy, Merte, Kossy and Gibbs)… DM (The Coq)… B2B (Rosicky).. N010 (Santi)… RW (Walcott or The Ox)… LW (Sanchez)… Striker (Giroud if he is back)..

    I really feel confident about this game, Stoke never get any result away at the Emirates., Lets keep it that way..

  3. davidnz says:

    Arsenal should win easily
    by at least 4 goals.

  4. Trudeau says:

    Chambers was sent off, not Ramsey.

    I’m disappointed with Shawcross stoking up the hate. I’m probably in the minority of Arsenal fans as I didn’t blame Shawcross for the horrific injury Ramsey suffered and saw it as a 50-50 ball. But he’s at the centre of some ugly incident and doesn’t need to be stirring things up. Hughes is right, time to move on. I hope Shawcross doesn’t get booed tomorrow but suspect he will. Especially if some sick Stoke fans continue fans boo Ramsey.

  5. Greg says:

    I hate to admit it but he is right! Thats why we gotta turn the tables, on these rugby thugs tomorrow at the emirates and beat them! Coyg!

  6. Twig says:

    Southampton, 36 pts, +19
    Arsenal, 33 pts, +9

    Why is our goal difference so horrible? We’re really not scoring enough goals. Usually, teams finish according to their goal difference. We need to fix this problem FAST 🙁

    1. Mesut O-grillz says:

      But recognize the amount of goals we are conceding too.

    2. Godswill says:

      No. We’ve scored the same number of goals (34) but conceded 10 more (25). Our problem is at the back.

      1. Twig says:

        In other words, our defence is 10 goals worse 🙁

  7. ButtFlaps says:

    Stoke will be feeling scary now we have return of Ózil!!!!

  8. Gunnerbongo says:

    2 nil to Arsenal,that is my wish…..Le coq to be man of the match after destroying potters at the middle of the park should they play passing game as Hughes claims they did in the first game.I luv Arsenal,I luv Arsene but hate his sturbornness and outdated priciples.About tomorrow!!!COYG

  9. Dennis says:

    HUGE game for us this week. Lose this game and we’re in some deep deep trouble.

  10. ArseOverTit says:

    Adobe being signed!? Is this Real?

    1. ArseOverTit says:

      Could we actually be bleeding strikers (paps say benfica are flying into discuss loan with Campbell next week???)in an attempt to clear the wage bill so that it could be used for an incoming and dare I say bigger hitter???

      Poldi gone, SirNoGoal up for a loan..

      Or have I just drank too much and I’m just reading into things more than I should? I hope my hunch is right.

      1. Mick The Gooner says:

        Podolski would free up wages, that’s for sure. I can’t imagine Sanogo is taking up much of the wage bill though. I don’t think we’ll be buying a striker any time soon – Wenger refused to buy one in the summer until Giroud was ruled out for three months, and even then it was only Welbeck. Hopefully we’ll bring in some top talent though, but I can’t see it being a striker, or even a winger.

    2. Aggelos says:

      Adobe? lol

      1. juhislihis says:


        Surely there’s another coming, probably next summer?

        Podolski most likely will be sold, Sanogo might continue on loan next season and Giroud and Welbeck are.. well themselves.

        Bring Dybala or Lacazette replace this forwards exodus.

      2. ArseOverTit says:

        Yeh, you know the software firm!

        Seems like it’s the real deal.

        So out:

        Poldi, Afobe


        Sanogo, Campbell? (Please)

        With G-Rude and Wellsuspect as our only two remaining Real centre forwards even Arseon must be working on something??

        1. Aggelos says:

          G-Rude!! Hahahaha, you’ve made me laugh today,thanks!

        2. ras911 says:

          LOL at G-rude haha

        3. juhislihis says:

          Hahahah G-Rude oh my, cracked me up!

          Cheers mate

  11. Aondoaver says:

    Charlie Adam’s choke hold of Alexis Sanchez is a recent reminder of who stoke are. someone google the image and show it to mr hughes please

    1. NY_Gunner says:

      You ain’t lying. Charlie looked like he was in his “Happy Place”…

    2. Twig says:

      That was a cynical foul. He wouldn’t have done it if he already had a yellow previously. One of the worst things I’ve seen on a football pitch.

  12. Mick The Gooner says:

    Alexis, Walcott, Cazorla, Ox, Ramsey, Giroud, Özil and Koscielny all fit at the same time, finally. We could put together a half decent team.

    With the gulf in quality, Stoke should be done away with in the first half. But of course, this is Arsenal, we don’t do things like that. It’ll be a difficult one but I think we’ll beat them 2-0 in the end. Alexis with his customary goal, I have a feeling Giroud will score too. Prepared for a long and frustrating game tomorrow..

    I think we’ll give City a tough game next week, but we still don’t look strong enough. Attacking wise I think we can match them, Giroud is nowhere near an Aguero, but with Alexis and Walcott on the wings I think we are about level. Defensively, we’re not as good, simple as that really.. In the midfield, I think talent-wise we’re as good but we lack power, so they beat us there too… Can’t see us winning but a draw is possible, I think we’ll lose 2-1. Hopefully it will be as thrilling a game as the one at the Emirates though!

    In an ideal situation, City would be the benchmark against which we test ourselves, but this isn’t an ideal situation, we’re scrapping for the top four, not the title. City are better than us this season, so I wouldn’t read too much into that result, the game against Stoke is more important – we can’t afford to drop anymore ‘easy’ points.

  13. Ronny331 says:

    Stoke still have physical players and dirty gits like Charlie adam but they are no longer the rugby team they used to be. They have some skilffu players, their passing game is much improved and as always they should not be underestimated. When it comes to physicality/presecnce etc. I think we are just jealous that we have very little in our sqaud if any, (the exception of wwilshire and coquelin who I gope starts tomorrow). I also hope flamini/coquelin manage to be on the pitch at the final whistle. Bojan is the danger man for me!

    1. Hafiz Rahman says:

      bojan is definitely a very dangerous and world class player from barca to roma and now stoke….

      a player wanted by top clubs

  14. Ronny331 says:

    Stoke still have physical players and dirty gits like Charlie adam but they are no longer the rugby team they used to be. They have some skilffu players, their passing game is much improved and as always they should not be underestimated. When it comes to physicality/presecnce etc. I think we are just jealous that we have very little in our sqaud if any, (the exception of wwilshire and coquelin who I gope starts tomorrow). I also hope flamini/coquelin manage to be on the pitch at the final whistle. Bojan is the danger man for me.

    1. phil-thompsons-nose says:

      Were we talking about january flops a few nights ago..?

  15. phil-thompsons-nose says:

    I’d say an unconvincing victory tomorrow after possibly falling behind to a ……. tiger hidden dragon header ..
    Sanchez will score then shortly after have his leg broken by shawcross
    Walcott will get the winner in the 89th minute after half of us have had a coronary because we fluffed so many chances
    Arsene will confirm we have signed shawcross – einsteinagogosanogo will leave as will Campbell – cavani will be rumoured to be on the verge of signing until wenger offers £40m +£1 to blow our slim chance and we will end up with Darren bent or zigic on loan..
    Mertesacker will get man of the match..

    1. ras911 says:

      And Phil-thompsons-nosestradamus has spoken

  16. Hafiz Rahman says:

    sign both cavani and benzema to replace poldi and sanago….

  17. Ronny331 says:

    @philltn. January flops? Not sure maybe I do fambke on here a lot 🙂 just had a look on physio room and was shocked to see how our injiry situation is slowly improving with all but Jack back by next weekend. I’ve not taken diaby or gnabry into account as I don’t see them as sqaudplayers and wenger nnever really mentions them. I realise I’ve probably just jinxed us as most of our players are one burst pf pace or twist away from becoming injured again and we are playing Stoke tomorrow!!

    1. Mick The Gooner says:

      Jack is apparently going to be back early too, like Giroud was. Not by next week of course, but soon. Our injury list is improving, but we still have to hope it isn’t added to.

  18. DANDY GUNNER says:

    I watched the West Ham game today in particular Winston Reid. I have to say I was not
    impressed with him I did not see whatever Wenger see’s in him. The guy was just standing around scratching his head. Carl Jenkinson impressed me more. So my question why should Arsenal buy him. Is it because he is Cheap and to make up the numbers. Mr Wenger please buy some quality players and stop buying Crap.

    1. john0711 says:

      100% agree Reid was at fault for the goal, and I’ve not seen him have a decent game yet, he’s better than Mert but so is my nan, Jenkinson looked awesome

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