Writer: Chris Baldwin
Date:Friday December 4 2009
5th December 2009
One of the big clashes of the season for the Potters with another visit to the capital and their second ever visit to the Emirates Stadium. Arsenal are still smarting after the midweek defeat at Manchester City in the Carling Cup and it's now a month since Wenger's team even scored a goal, let alone earned a point in the League after successive defeats against Sunderland and Chelsea. So the Potters will be up against it, but they'll be looking to not repeat the 4-1 defeat they suffered at the hands of the Gunners in a bout of end of term irrelevance last season.
Tony Pulis is certainly worried that Arsenal's lack of recent goals and points could work against the Potters and reminded fans that they should remember how far we've come:
We've got to be careful. A couple of years ago we were going to Scunthorpe, now we're going to the Emirates.
People have short memories of what this football club has done over the past couple of years'.
Song is suspended, Theo Walcott has a hamstring injury and will be missing. Arsene Wenger will also not be able to call on Bendtner (groin), Clichy (back), Diaby (calf), Djourou (knee), Gibbs or van Persie (ankle)
The Spanish international is now in his seventh season for the Gunners after joining from Barcelona as a 16 year old in 2003. With six League goals already this season he's only one away from his highest ever League tally. Let's hope it's not against the Potters.
Dean Whitehead is suspended after picking up his fifth booking of the season at Ewood Park which will probably allow Tony Pulis to bring back Rory Delap into midfield. Ryan Shawcross is a doubt after sustaining a groin injury in that match, but Abdoulaye Faye is more than an able replacement.
Hopefully all this talk about a possible place in England's World Cup squad will not take Matty's mind off his recent run of good form.
We'll all rather remember the 2-1 win at the Brit and Wenger's petulant remarks afterwards and will want no repeat of last season's 1-4 thumping after the Stoke players seemed to have had their minds on summer holidays rather than football.
Sat 12th December: Wigan (home) kick-off: 12.45pm * SKY TV *
Sat 19th December: Aston Villa (away) kick-off: 3pm
Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!
Date:Friday December 4 2009
Stoke's December Manchester games live on TV (Thursday October 8 2015)
Shawcross makes competitive return (Wednesday October 7 2015)
Diouf's mother dies in Mecca stampede (Tuesday October 6 2015)
Arnautovic named in Garth Crooks' team of the weekend (Monday October 5 2015)
Arnautovic wins AFC Bournemouth Man of the Match poll (Monday October 5 2015)
Arnautovic goal gives Stoke third successive Villa Park win (Monday October 5 2015)
Stats: Aston Villa v Stoke City (Monday October 5 2015)
Audio - Hughes On 'Excellent' Stoke (Sunday October 4 2015)
Team news: Aston Villa v Stoke City (Saturday October 3 2015)
The Stoke City Injury Table.. (Friday October 2 2015)
|15. AFC Bournemouth||8||2||2||4||-2||8|
|Euro Round Up
» Norwich : 09/10/2015 07:00:01
|Liverpool: LFC Confirm Klopp As Manager
» Liverpool : 08/10/2015 21:24:00
|Stoke's December Manchester games live on TV
» Stoke : 08/10/2015 19:03:01
|FA Give Jose Something Else To Cry About
» Arsenal : 08/10/2015 18:37:00
|Arsenal Selected For TV
» Southampton : 08/10/2015 17:51:01