Tomas Rosicky urges Arsenal to match Stoke’s aggression

Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky warns the Gunners to expect a big physical test at Stoke City on Saturday

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Arsene Wenger signed Tomas Rosicky from Borussia Dortmund in 2006 Photo: The Sport Review

Tomas Rosicky has urged Arsenal to match Stoke City’s aggression and physicality on Saturday.

Arsene Wenger’s men, who are currently second in the Premier League table, have a miserable record at the Britannia Stadium after failing to win their last three games at Stoke.

We need to be really well prepared [for a] physical and aggressive style of play. We need to match them in those attributes

Tomas Rosicky

And Czech Republic international Rosicky, who scored in a 4-1 win against Sunderland last weekend, believes Arsenal can be triumphant if they out-muscle Mark Hughes’s men.

“[I‘m expecting] a typical game when you go to Stoke. It’s always very similar – they are a very physical side, very aggressive and it’s a very tough place to go,” Rosicky told Arsenal Player.

“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.”

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