Pulis pleased with point as Stoke hold off Arsenal rally

The Potters boss also bemoaned some of the chants levelled at his rival Arsene Wenger by the home fans before hailing his squad in a season where they have played 56 games already

Stoke City manager Tony Pulis spoke of his delight as his side's 1-1 draw with Arsenal ensured they remained unbeaten against the Premier League top teams at the Britannia Stadium this season.

Peter Crouch opened the scoring, reinforcing his claims for a spot in the England squad heading to Euro 2012, before Robin van Persie pegged back the hosts with a simple tap-in five minutes later.

However, it is Arsene Wenger who will feel most aggrieved after failing to claim all three points after his side dominated the remainder of proceedings and had a strong claim for a penalty turned down when Yossi Benayoun was felled by Glenn Whelan, appeals that Pulis dismissed out of hand.

“I’m pleased with the point, I thought it was a good start, Crouchy’s goal is a very good, well worked goal,” Pulis told reporters.

“After that I thought Arsenal were smashing, and they played as well as they’ve played at times at the Britannia.

“It was pleasing to get them in at half time, I though Asmir [Begovic] made some good saves.

“The second half was a lot better for us, we restricted them, and at the end we could’ve nicked another goal.”

Avoiding defeat means Stoke will end the season unbeaten at home against any of the league's top teams - Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham have also failed to win at the Britannia - a record he proudly referred to.

“It’s a great testament to the players and the football club, it’s first time since we’ve been in the Premiership that we’ve managed to do that,,” Pulis added.

“I think we’ve moved on as a football club.

“That was our 56th game [of the season] today, we’ve played a lot of games away from home so it’s been a long, fantastic season and the players are still going.”

The typically raucous Britania Stadium atmosphere did spill over at times as the home fans reacted to antagonistic chants aimed at Ryan Shawcross, who infamously broke Aaron Ramsey's leg two years ago.

The hosts reacted with a series of unsavoury songs aimed at Arsene Wenger and Pulis condemned the chanting.

He continued: “It’s very difficult for us all, I go to grounds and get abused, you have to accept it as a manager.

“Should you accept it? I don’t know, you should speak to the police.

“I don’t think it’s just Arsene, it goes on. Is it acceptable? The powers that be have to decide that not us."