Star says Arsenal way is the RIGHT way to face and BEAT Stoke

The Arsenal and Spain international midfielder Santi Cazorla is close to being the epitome of the way the Gunners play football and have done almost since Arsene Wenger took over as the manager nearly 20 years ago. I know that a lot of us would like to have some more strength in the squad, especially at the back, as we used to have with Adams, Keown, Vieira and others, but when we play well, it is the silky skills of players like Cazorla that does the business.

And when we play against teams with a completely different philosophy, like Bolton under Sam Allardyce then it really does become a clash of styles. That applies to today’s opponents Stoke City, no matter who is in charge, and the Potters’ brand of football certainly came out on top at the Britannia stadium a month or so ago.

But that is no reason for Arsenal to change our approach, according to Cazorla. The tricky Spaniard has been speaking to Arsenal Player in the build up to this big game and big chance for us to get revenge and he clearly feels that the Gunners simply have to stick to our guns and play our own style of football well to get the right result.

Santi said, “They are a very physical team with good players. Set-pieces and the second ball will always be dangerous for us. We need to focus on our game.

“[The defeat] was strange because we were losing 1-0 in the first 30 seconds and we can’t do that. We need to concentrate because they are very dangerous from long balls and [dealing with that is] key for us in this game.

“They are trying to play with the ball a little bit more but they are still strongest from long balls and set-pieces.

“It’s very important to get the points at home. When we play at home, we enjoy ourselves and we are stronger.”

So the message from Cazorla to his team mates is clear; play the game the way we know how and believe in our superior quality. Oh and while we are at it try to defend a bit better as well. Is beating Stoke really as simple as that for AQrsenal?

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  1. Greg says:

    Love santi’s fighting spirit, but at the same time please tell the back four to remain focus and keep it tight! Coyg!

  2. antiwenger says:

    We must beat stoke since next weekend we’ll be going to the etihad to give mancity 3 points. The Arsenal way is beating all the small teams and losing to all the big teams.Then scraping out fourth place and hailing Wenger as the greatest manager alive.The Arsenal way!

    1. bomber says:

      Wow. Just wow. Why don’t you support another club? Do you own a Man City jersey as your ‘second club’? Plastic doesn’t even begin to explain your babbling.

      Wenger in or out – it’s clear you should be outed…you’re not a supporter it’s clear as glass.

      1. Hafiz Rahman says:

        quite obvious city will will win for sure….

        still living in denial ?

      2. antiwenger says:

        @bomber,call me plastic but at least am living in reality, If u think we will get anything from the mancity game then you are as deluded as your daddy wenger.It is a fact whether you like it or not we are going to lose at city.are you butthurt?? sorry for hurting your feelings but get used to it coz it will happen again and again and again untill wenger f*cks off.DEAL WITH IT

        1. almostawinner says:

          you can criticise wenger, but never criticise Arsenal as a whole.
          thats where you stop being a supporter.
          i cant stand wenger any more, but that doesnt mean his way is the Arsenal way.

  3. akuma gouki says:

    Winning goal by Giroud for apologize his red card!

  4. Hafiz Rahman says:

    if we dont play physical and ugly against Stoke…it will be hard to get the 3 points sadly..

    1. akuma gouki says:

      Can someone breaks some feet for Arsenal?

      1. akuma gouki says:

        Sign: Edward the Scissors Feet!

  5. vijaygunner says:

    The last 2 home games against stoke we beat them from set-pieces. That being said if were dominate we need to start pressing, we only start pressing when we concede(a freak goal usually).

    1. almostawinner says:

      we only start pressing when we lose a goal: smells like wenger doesnt know how to get his team up for games.

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