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- Updated: August 26, 2012
These two teams with contrasting styles meet on Sunday lunch-time.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has often criticised Stoke for their style of play of course and he and Tony Pulis have exchange a few heated words on more than one occasion.
This simply adds to what should be a cracking Premier League fixture though. Both teams started their season with a point and now they are hunting a first victory of the campaign.
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Focusing on Stoke to begin with, they can now consider themselves as an established top-flight team, something they want to maintain for many years to come.
With the league becoming more and more competitive though, they need to raise their game. Last season they finished down in 14th position – nine points clear of the bottom three – and the aim will be to step it up a level.
Their summer signings have certainly shown intent with Tom Huddlestone and Michael Kightly now part of midfield that contains more creativity and flair than it used to. The physical aspect of their game will still be there though, much to the delight of Wenger.
As for Arsenal, much has been made of their summer transfer activity with several new signings just about outweighing the disappointment of losing their Captain and leading goalscorer to Manchester United.
It was a frustrating start to their campaign too with a 0-0 draw at home to Sunderland and three points on Sunday would be more than welcome. If they are to be in and around the top teams this year, they can ill afford a slow start.
With both Stoke and Arsenal sticking to their guns in terms of style of play, this is always a fascinating watch and it gets underway at 1.30pm on Sunday afternoon.