Arsenal on course to be last year's Premier League points

Ross Houston
May 15, 2017

Mark Hughes believes Stoke City can upset Arsenal's Champions League qualification hopes on Saturday, the manager saying his side is ready to fulfil their own ambitions of finishing in the top eight of the Premier League.

A first start in four Premier League games for the German global and he had to go some way to making up for his horror show in the 3-0 loss away at Crystal Palace last month as he looked out of sorts playing alongside Gabriel Paulista at Selhurst Park.

We were talking about Stoke fans getting frustrated again on Soccer Saturday but what do they want? Our win over Southampton also came against a side with a strong record against us, but we are overcoming the odds at present, and pushing ourselves on regardless. It always seems to be going to Stoke that's the problem, meanwhile everytime they come to the Emirates we seem to run them off the park. We came to a hard ground today - and another on Saturday. It's a good opportunity to show your character, how you come back and how you recover from that. "Alexis is always a slow starter in games but he gets stronger and stronger".

Midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had picked up a hamstring injury but Wenger said that the injury was not serious.

"It's hard for me at the moment, it's between [Danny] Welbeck and Giroud and both played well and have a great spirit".

But Upton feels their focus should be on winning more silverware at Wembley Stadium later this month, when they take on Chelsea in the FA Cup final on May 27.

"He was walking properly".

"It was more fatigue, but it's hard to assess so close".

"We can not find the good clinical edge", said beaten manager Claude Puel.

Having previously taken two points from a possible 24 in away games against current top-half teams, victory was a welcome tonic.

Wenger's opposite number Claude Puel lamented his side's inferior "clinical edge" to the Gunners after squandering the best chances in a tight first period. I would love to play pretty attacking football and play through the thirds, but sometimes you have to be adaptable and I think Atletico Madrid at home is a prime example of that.

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