Begovic praises 'superb' Stoke performance against Arsenal

The Bosnia international admitted him and his team-mates were desperate to put the 3-0 defeat to Newcastle behind them with a positive result against Arsene Wenger's men

Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has praised his side for their performance against Arsenal after they held off a Gunners’ onslaught to claim a point during the 1-1 draw at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday.

Peter Crouch fired the Potters ahead after just nine minutes, only for Robin van Persie to equalise just six minutes later.

From then on, the visitors were on the front foot but an impressive performance from Begovic kept Arsene Wenger’s men at bay and the goalkeeper admitted that Stoke were desperate to move on from the loss at Newcastle United the week before.

"I thought we performed superbly well against a very good Arsenal side, we can be happy with the performance and happy with the point because it keeps us ticking along,” Begovic told the club’s official website.

"We were desperate to bounce back from last weekend's disappointing result against Newcastle United, and on another day we could have been standing here with a win behind us.

"We had one or two close calls at the end where the ball just didn't drop for us, but we can't complain about a point against Arsenal. It sets us up nicely for Tuesday's game."

Begovic and Thomas Sorensen have shared goalkeeping duties over the course of the season and the former is hoping to remain in the starting line-up the campaign’s final three games.

"I'm not sure what is going to happen," Begovic continued. "The manager has spoken about giving Thomas a run to get him ready for the Euros and that is understandable.

"I obviously want to play every game I can, but it's a situation where we will just have to wait and see. It is a big tournament though and I would understand the reasons behind it."