Speaking on Thursday in a pre-match press conference, Stoke City manager Mark Hughes is hopeful that his side can cause a shock this weekend.

The Potters visit Emirates Stadium, where Arsenal have won just one of our last six Premier League fixtures, on Saturday and Hughes thinks his side can continue that trend. Having failed to sign a striker, the pressure will very much be on Arsène Wenger’s side as the home fans expect the squad to start delivering.

Hughes suggested that Stoke will set up pretty defensively, hoping to stay in the game before possibly grabbing a goal against the run of play thanks to the pressure that is on Arsenal to keep piling forward in search of a goal.

One thing’s for sure, that sort of approach wouldn’t shock anyone in north London. What’s less certain is how the Gunners will cope with it. Sunderland, Swansea and West Ham have all left the Emirates Stadium with something in the last six Arsenal home games by setting up in an organised fashion. Hopefully we aren’t in for another repeat.

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