Mikael Silvestre Expects Arsenal To Get A 'Kicking' At Stoke City

Defender anticipating physical encounter...
Arsenal defender Mikael Silvestre is expecting a typically tough battle when the Gunners head north to face Stoke City this weekend.

The Londoners are yet to record a win at the Britannia Stadium and have had real problems coping with the Potters' direct threat in the past few encounters between the sides.

Stoke knocked Manchester City out of the FA Cup on Wednesday night and are bound to be in confident mood at the weekend, but Silvestre is backing Arsenal's skill to see them through.

"You get there [Stoke] and you know you're going to get kicked," he told Sky Sports News.

"They love it, but we can play the ball, that's how we're going to respond because that's the way we are.

"We can trouble any team so we're going to be ready to face Stoke and get the three points."

Meanwhile, the Frenchman also feels that the Gunners are still very much a player in this season's race for the Premier League title and will keep battling until the end of the campaign.

"I think we're still in the race and that's important," he added.

"We are nearly in March and that's where everything's going to be decided. So as long as we are in it we are happy and we will fight until the end."