Hughes out to intimidate visiting Arsenal

Ruben Hill
August 19, 2017

"We knew it was important in this type of game not to make a defensive mistake, and after halftime straight away we come out and we are too sluggish on defending and pay for it", Wenger told BT Sport.

Jese spent nine seasons at the Bernabeu, scoring 12 goals in 62 league appearances, majority as substitute, and was part of the Champions League-winning squads of both 2014 and 2016.

Arsenal have also strengthened with the £46million arrival of striker Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon, while defender Saed Kolasinac looks a solid addition following a free transfer from Schalke.

Paddy Power are pricing Lacazette to score any time in Arsenal's clash against Stoke City at odds of around 6/5.

Stoke lost 1-0 to Everton on the opening day of the 2017/18 season with three players making their debut for the Staffordshire outfit.

Back came Arsenal, with Welbeck's poke being blocked by Butland before Mesut Ozil curled a left-footed effort from 25 yards wide of the far post.

He had already set home pulses racing, having nearly made a dream start to his Premier League career after just three minutes.

Stoke won even though they only had 22.7 per cent of the ball, the lowest tally in their Premier League history.

Jesé showing he can do it on a wet Saturday night in Stoke. The Gunners were impressive 4-1 winners at Stoke in their penultimate game of the 2016-17 season.

It's Arsenal in town for what will be Stoke's highest home crowd for a league game since 1980 after extending the official capacity of the bet365 Stadium beyond 30,000 during the summer. The north London side should head to the Britannia Stadium on Saturday with new-found confidence after ending their six-season voodoo at Stoke. Whether Alexis Sanchez is genuinely not fit to play or it's simply a case of a wantaway player doing his best to get the desired transfer, Arsenal need the situation to be resolved soon. See websites for full T&Cs.

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