MARK HUGHES believes there is no reason why the Potters can’t reign supreme against Premier League title-contenders Arsenal this weekend.
His side have already taken maximum points off both Chelsea and Manchester United on home turf this term, as well as holding current league-leaders Manchester City to a goalless draw earlier in the season.
Speaking at the pre-match press conference on Friday afternoon, the Welshman says that his side’s impressive Britannia Stadium form will stand his players in good stead against the Gunners.
“This game doesn’t hold any fears for us, because we have come up against other so called stronger teams in the league and performed really well, especially at home,” he told Stoke City Player
“We are really looking forward to the game to be perfectly honest, and there is absolutely no apprehension in terms of our attitude to the game.
“It’s all about going out there, doing the right things and then hopefully being rewarded with all three points – that is the aim.
“It’s a credit to the lads that they have been able to produce what they have done against the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City at the Britannia Stadium this season.
“Because of that we know that we can cause the stronger teams in the league a lot of problems, and Arsenal will know that themselves too.
“They won’t underestimate us one bit, just as nobody does when they come here to face us at our place.”
The encounter against the Londoners heralds the start of a potentially season defining month for the Potters, with fixtures against Norwich City, West Ham United, Aston Villa and Hull City all occurring during March.
“It’s a good period for us, and one that we are all looking forward to as a group,” the 50-year-old added.
“It is going to be a real challenge for us, just as it always is, because Premier League games are never easy to win, no matter who you come up against.
“The challenge is there for us to go out and accumulate as many points as possible, and we are hopeful of being able to come through this period with a good return.”
Tickets for tomorrow’s game are still available to purchase from either the Britannia Stadium ticket office, online at SCFCDIRECT.COM or by calling 01782 367599.