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Stoke City vs. Arsenal

Britannia Stadium

Saturday 27th February

5.30pm

On Sky

Stoke vs Arsenal preview

Arsenal make their second visit to the Brit this year after we thumped them in the FA Cup last month but they'll be sterner opposition this time around as Arsene Wenger concentrates on closing the gap at the top of the League

Vital Quotes:

The Gunners' boss knows that he has to tackle Rory Delap's throws to stand any chance to getting his first win at Stoke for over twenty years:

'You know Stoke have scored 15 goals from set-pieces, 14 at home and the 14 at home a big part is down to their long throws.

'But it is a team who plays football as well, I have seen them recently in the games and they have a good mixture between that efficiency and their play. I believe technically it is a team that has improved tremendously since last season.'

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Stoke City Team News:

Despite the midweek replay and extra time, Stoke should be able to rely on at least three fresh pairs of legs. Matty Etherington is reported to be lined up for a quick return from injury, whilst Abdoulaye Faye and Andy Wilkinson are both now available after completing their respective two and one match bans.

Player to watch: Rory Delap

You can be certain that all Arsenal's eyes will be on the long throw expert, but it seems that Wenger has heard the latest shocking news that we can play football as well!

Arsenal Team News:

Arsenal are missing some critical players through injury with Arshavin, Diaby, Gallas, Merida and Van Persie all out, but they may have Eduardo back. So it looks likely it'll be the same line-up that beat Sunderland 2-0 at the Emirates last week.

Player to watch: Cesc Fabregas

Most of the Arsenal team need no introdution and Fabregas will always be a danger with 12 league goals (15 in all competitions) so far.

Match Facts & Stats

Arsenal have never won at the Brit after they suffered a 2-1 defeat last season and the 3-1 win for the mighty Potters in the FA cup last month.

Ref Watch:

Yet again I worry that the referee will take centre-stage at the Brit. Come on Peter Walton, prove me wrong!

Next Fixtures:

Sunday 7th March: Chelsea (away) kick-off: 4pm * FA Cup (Sky Sports TV)
Wednesday 10th March: Burnley (away) kick-off: 7.45pm
Saturday 13th March: Aston Villa (home) kick-off: 3pm




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The Journalist

Writer: Chris Baldwin Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday February 26 2010

Time: 5:47PM

Your Comments

Do yer best and give a walloping please lads!
merlin
You wish Merlin. Chris, the 3-1 defeat in the FA cup was not a "thumping" as you describe it. It was 1-1 for a long stretch of the game before you got the goal which broke our resolve in the last 10 minutes. Its also intriguing why you dont mention the 2-0 thumping you got at the Emirates back in December! :-) Good luck.
Deltaforce
Deltaforce: it was 1-1 until you brought on your "big guns" (Arshavin etc) and then you collapsed. Just remember this is a Stoke fans' site and we're allowed our moments of glory. IMHO, it's not half the drivel that some of the Gooners' fans sites have on them. All the same, we appreciate the good luck wishes - let's hope for a good game tomorrow. Up the Potters!
BoothenP
COME ON STOKE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
scfcdan
 

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