Stoke’s Steven N’Zonzi hits out at ‘moaning’ Arsenal

Steven N'Zonzi claims that Arsenal were not able to deal with Stoke City's physical approach on Saturday

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Stoke City boss Mark Hughes Photo: The Sport Review

Steven N’Zonzi has claimed that Arsenal were not able to deal with Stoke City’s physical approach during the Potters’ win on Saturday.

Jon Walters’ second-half penalty earned Mark Hughes’ side a 1-0 triumph after Laurent Koscielny was adjudged to have handled the ball in the box.

“It’s not a surprise they have been moaning because they have plenty of technical players

Steven N’Zonzi

And N’Zonzi feels that Arsene Wenger’s men were unable to cope when the tackles began to fly in at the Britannia Stadium.

“We know that Arsenal play good football but, when you start kicking them a little bit, it gets harder for them,” N’Zonzi said.

“They don’t like it, we know that. We don’t care. We’ll keep on doing it, being strong and trying to be as good as we can be on the ball.

“It’s not a surprise they have been moaning because they have plenty of technical players.”

Meanwhile, Stoke City chairman Peter Coates,has branded the FA’s decision to charge Charlie Adam with violent conduct as “appalling”.

The midfielder is alleged to have stood on Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud in the second half of Saturday’s in an incident missed by referee Mike Jones.

Coates told the Stoke Sentinel: “We feel this is trial by media. We are disgusted. Charlie absolutely assures us it was not intentional. We will defend it vigorously. It is appalling.”

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