Vermaelen: Arsenal ready for Stoke City battle

The Gunners defender is aware of the Potters’ threat from set pieces and insists that the visitors must try to play their passing game despite the hosts' attempts to dictate play

Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen feels that his side can beat Stoke City in Saturday’s Premier League battle.

The 26-year-old has been part of an underperforming Gunners side recently, with two losses and a draw in their last five matches, but three wins in their final three fixtures would all but mathematically guarantee the north London club third place.but Vermaelen acknowledges it will not be easy taking three points from the Britannia Stadium.

Vermaelen acknowledges, however, that taking three points from the Britannia Stadium will be tough, telling the club's official website: “It is always a hard game when we go there, you know it is going to be a battle.

“If there is a battle, sometimes you have to fight back. But the main thing is to play our own game, with quick passing. That is the way to score. 

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“Of course we must fight for every ball but the main thing is to keep to our own game and score a lot of goals.”

Vermaelen is hoping that the Arsenal defence can replicate the performance that saw them keep a clean sheet in the 0-0 draw with Chelsea last time out.

“We always want to defend well as a team, we have to do that on Saturday," he added.

“It won't be easy, and we have to be focused on set pieces.”