Tomas Rosicky says Arsenal must be ready for a tough battle against an ‘aggressive’ Stoke side.
While many will feel this is simply playing up to stereotypes, Rosicky isn’t suggesting this is a bad thing, simply that everyone knows when they travel to the Brittania they’ll face a fully committed and physically challenging Stoke side.
The Czech says the crowd won’t make any difference to the Arsenal players, but that they have to contend with the physical aspect of the game if they’re to take the three points.
“It’s always very similar – they are a very physical side, very aggressive and it’s a very tough place to go,” he told the official site.
“All the away games are pretty similar so we need to be really well prepared for a physical and aggressive style of play. We need to match them in those attributes and, if we do that, we can be successful.”
Stoke fans will be fired up for this one, as they are for every home game against Arsenal, but Rosicky says that won’t affect him.
“For me, that doesn’t matter at all. The atmosphere in the stadiums here in England is great anywhere you go, so that side doesn’t bother me at all.
“What I’m thinking about is will we produce on the pitch? And if we will be as aggressive and strong as Stoke. If we do that, we can beat them.”