Stadium in recent years, but the Czech Republic international believes
they can deal with Mark Hughes’ side’s tough approach
The Gunners have only returned with all three points once in their
last five Premier League visits to the Britannia Stadium, failing to win
their past three encounters in Staffordshire.
Arsene Wenger’s men sit just one point behind leaders Chelsea heading
into Saturday’s game and midfielder Rosicky wants Arsenal to be ready
for Stoke’s “aggressiveness” in order to keep their Premier League title
bid on track.
“[I’m expecting] a typical game when you go to Stoke,” he told the club’s official website. “It’s always very similar – they are a very physical side, very aggressive and it’s a very tough place to go.
“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.
“For me, (the crowd at the Britannia) 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 (what performance) we will produce on the
pitch and if we will be as aggressive and strong as Stoke. If we do
that, we can beat them.”
The visit to Stoke is the Gunners’ last Premier League game for over a
fortnight as they face Everton in the last eight of the FA Cup and take
on Bayern Munich in the second leg of their Champions League clash
before resuming domestic duty with the north London derby against
Tottenham on 16 March.