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Saturday 18 November 2017

Wenger wary of stoke threat

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger insists there is more to Stoke than sheer physicality and Rory Delap's deadly throw-ins.

Wenger's men have come unstuck in their only two visits to the Britannia Stadium, losing 3-1 in this season's FA Cup and 2-1 in the league last term, with Delap's missiles from the touchline causing massive damage in both matches.

But Wenger believes Stoke have improved as a footballing outfit during their second season back in the top flight and have more strings to their bow, despite statistics showing otherwise.

"Stoke have scored 15 goals from set-pieces, 14 of them at home," said Wenger, whose team are third in the league, six points adrift of leaders Chelsea.

"Of those 14, a big part is down to their long throw-ins, but they are a team that plays football as well. I have seen them recently in games and they have a good mixture in their play. Stoke are a good football-playing team. We'll have to beat them on the ground and play at a good pace if we are to come through."

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