AMERICAN defender, Geoff Cameron, says the Potters must take full advantage of the Britannia Stadium crowd if they are to come out of this weekend’s Barclays Premier League game against Arsenal with all three points.
The Gunners are flying-high this season, and sit just one point and one place below current leaders Chelsea with eleven games remaining as they aim to end a nine-year spell without domestic silverware.
However, Stoke have lost just twice at home this season and Cameron believes the Potters are capable of beating any team arriving at Stoke-on-Trent.
“It’s a big game for us and one that will definitely have our supporters rocking” he told Stoke City Player.
“I think we are very difficult to play against at home and the form that we have had certainly boosts our energy levels and definitely lifts the crowd, who are always fantastic.
“The noise they generate really spurs us on when we take to the field,” he admitted.
“We are playing some decent stuff and that gives us plenty of belief that we can beat any side, no matter what quality they have, as we proved against Manchester United and Chelsea.
“We’ve been in fantastic form at the Britannia, we know Arsenal will be tough but it’s a chance to keep our great run of form going at home. If we can get three points, then it will be a fantastic result for us.”
The Potters go into the clash against Arsene Wenger's side having suffered defeat at fellow title chasers Manchester City last weekend.
Despite the loss, Cameron says Stoke can take plenty of positives from their performance at the Etihad Stadium.
“We played pretty well in the first half but perhaps we sat back too much in the second half and didn’t create any real chances at Manchester City’s goal” he added.
“Saying that, we are a different team at home and we know that we have to attack Arsenal.
“Maybe we showed too much respect to Manchester City in the second half last weekend, we need to take that on board and make it difficult for Arsenal to play.
“They’re a very, very good side and have a lot of top quality players, but so do we and we have to take advantage of being at home and get a result."
The right back has pinpointed his impressive performances in recent weeks toward the arrival of Peter Odemwingie and admits he is enjoying the attacking role his position has to offer, but insists he will need to remain alert toward his defensive duties against the attacking quality of Arsenal.
“Peter has made a real difference since coming into the side. He’s taken pressure off me breaking forward as much. He’s a quality player who can create plenty of opportunities going forward.
“Getting forward is something I enjoy, but against a team like Arsenal, I need to stay focused as they only need one real chance to get in behind because they have such quality in attacking areas.
“The manager wants us to attack as much as possible as a unit, he wants me to keep pushing forward and helping to create things and that’s what I will continue to do.”
The 28-year-old scored his only goal of the season in the reverse fixture at the Emirates Stadium back in September, as Arsenal came out 3-1 winners.
Cameron will be hoping to double his season tally with another strike against the Gunners, but says gaining a result is the only thing he and the Potters will be aiming for this weekend.
“It was great to be on the scoresheet earlier in the season, even though it wasn’t the result we wanted.
“Hopefully I can get another goal this weekend, that would be special, but for me it’s about staying consistent individually and as a team.
“If we do that, stick together and keep our heads down, then I’m sure we can take advantage of the Britannia crowd and remain confident in our ability knowing that it’s possible come away with three points.”
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