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Saturday, November 01, 2008

Arsenal Facing a Different Football away at Stroke City

Arsenal is going to face Stoke City away at the evening today. After a disappointing 4-4 stalemate against North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the previous league encounter, Arsenal is looking for a confidence-booster performance against Stroke City, knowing the fact that they would face a side that plays different football. Stoke City has grown a habit of scoring from long throw-ins. Rory Delap has already attracted attention of premier league fans for his long throw-ins which resulted in goals for a few occasions.

Arsenal’s fragile defense seems to be their main problem. For the last few games, Arsenal back four were underperformed with Kolo Toure losing his place due to his off-form of recent. Another important thing that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger must take into consideration ahead of the match is the kind of football that Stroke City plays. The Gunners will have to adapt to physical football of Stroke City whom Wenger aggress is very dangerous on set-pieces. However, Wenger does not want to put much focus on the threat posed by Stroke City’s long throw-in prowess. Rather, the Frenchman thinks Arsenal should try to dominate and score goals against Stroke City.

Telegraph reported:

"I believe the most important thing is for us to have the ball and put them under pressure. We have to attack the ball in the air and not make too much fuss about it. They score maybe one like that every two months and it is not like a penalty. It is a throw-in and we cannot get obsessed by that. We need to try and dominate the game and score goals."

Wenger did not deny that Arsenal’s 4-4 draw against Tottenham Hotspur was disappointing, but he is hopeful his players will continue their title run. Well, to make the fans and their manager happy, Arsenal players need to make a strong come back and show that they know how to dominate over others. Arsenal lost the North London derby even after leading 4-2 after 90 minutes, but two injury time goals by Tottenham left Arsenal stunned. With 10 points, Arsenal is now in the 3rd position in the league table with 20 points. They North London club is still 6 points behind league leader Liverpool.

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