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Jenkinson primed for Potters

Carl Jenkinson maintains Arsenal are ready for whatever Stoke throw at them tomorrow, as the Gunners aim to nail down third place in the Premier League.

Despite putting themselves back in the driving seat to qualify for the Champions League again next season, Arsenal still have work to do to make sure of third, which has taken on extra importance after Chelsea, currently sixth, reached the final of this season's competition. Should Chelsea go on to win it, only the top three in the Premier League will qualify for a Champions League place next season.

The Gunners were beaten at home by Wigan before they were held to a frustrating goalless draw against Chelsea, and do not have the best record at the Britannia Stadium, with three defeats in their last four visits.

Jenkinson, though, insists Arsene Wenger's men will stand up and be counted.

He said: "They are a big, strong and physical side, but we are prepared for that, know what is coming and just have to deal with it as best as we can."

Meanwhile, Wenger believes earning the Arsenal captaincy has spurred Robin van Persie on this season.

The Dutch striker won the PFA Player of the Year and the Football Writer's Association Footballer of the Year awards over the past week.

Wenger said: "He took his role seriously on and off the pitch and I think it added something to his determination as well. That is why maybe his commitment was even stronger."


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