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Former Gunners trainee says that the big clubs have 'something missing' and that making the FA Cup Final for the first time with Stoke means more to the club than others

Stoke City's Jermaine Pennant has praised the togetherness of his team mates ahead of their FA Cup final tie with Manchester City.

The Potters reached the FA Cup Final for the first time in their history with a 5-0 thrashing of Bolton Wanderers and Pennant puts this all down to the team spirit in the dressing room.

He told The Sun: "I've been at Arsenal and Liverpool and they are massive clubs but they've got something missing, you don't feel the togetherness.

"You'll have foreigners there and the English players over here and they'll all be separated. At Stoke everyone is one.

"Here everything is just perfect."

Pennant, 28, also said that he felt that Stoke's stature meant making the landmark final was a more satisfying accomplishment.

He continued: "Because it's such a massive achievement for the club to get to the cup final it makes it that little bit better.

"If you are at teams who get to an FA Cup final every other year it's like, 'OK we got to another cup final, great'.

"But it's the first time for Stoke so it means more and it's a first for me so we've got something in common."

The winger, who has famously had several run-ins with the law in the past, also praised the man-management skills of Stoke boss Tony Pulis.

He said: "The boss talked about the past and told me, 'That's gone now you're in my team. All I want you to do is work hard, don't take your foot off the gas and, if you do that, there won't be a problem.'

"It's true if you're given a platform and you're enjoying your surroundings then the football will do your talking."

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