A bullish Steven N'Zonzi is looking forward to playing Arsenal on Saturday and says that Stoke will beat the Gunners with their new and improved brand of football.
Arsenal have a terrible record at the Britannia Stadium since Stoke were promoted to the Premier League in 2008, losing four and winning just one of the seven matches played at the stadium in all competitions.
But whereas Stoke have bullied Arsenal in the past, N'Zonzi says the football played under Mark Hughes is much improved from the long-ball seen under Tony Pulis.
In the past Arsenal have complained at the rough treatment handed out by the Stoke players - including Ryan Shawcross' infamous leg-breaking tackle on Aaron Ramsey.
"Arsenal don't like coming to Stoke and that is important for us to know before these games," the midfielder told the Daily Telegraph. "When you are physical against a technical team they don't really like it, that is obvious. They are not a physical side and prefer technical players over tall and strong.
Arsenal's injury list
Arsenal's injury list
1/5 Mikel Arteta (midfield)
Like Diaby, the Spaniard is closing in on a return but the Swansea match will come to soon. The club captain last played in November.
2/5 Mathieu Debuchy (defender)
Returned in the FA Cup semi-final win over Reading but has since been ruled out with injury and Wenger confirmed he remains 'unavailable'.
3/5 Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (midfield)
Suffered a hamstring injury against Manchester United in the FA Cup and hasn't played since as it has exacerbated a groin problem. Out at least until May and facing surgery in the summer.
4/5 Aaron Ramsey (midfield)
Aaron Ramsey caught a kick on his calf during the win over Hull and was later substituted. The Welshman was rated 50/50 for the Swansea match by Wenger, but it now appears that he is a major doubt for the clash at the Emirates.
5/5 Danny Welbeck (forward)
Danny Welbeck has not played since the goalless draw with Chelsea towards the end of April after suffering a knee injury. Wenger has confirmed that the injury is 'nothing major', and that he should return to full fitness before the end of the season.
"It is good to be physical and be close to them so you have an advantage. Our style of play is different now, though, and we have good quality. Can we beat them with football this time? Of course.
"With Tony Pulis it was more the physical play and focusing on the defensive side and we had a really strong team.
"Under Mark Hughes it is different, we try and pass the ball more and the style of football is changing at Stoke City. We are always ready for this type of game and so it's a good challenge."Reuse content