City boss says previous encounters stand for nothing ahead of Easter encounter...
PAUL LAMBERT insists history will have no bearing on the Potters hopes of claiming a first ever Premier League triumph at the Emirates Stadium this Sunday.
Since winning promotion back to the top-flight a decade ago, City have failed to register a solitary point against the Gunners in North London - losing all 10 of the previous encounters.
Lambert himself harbours far better memories though, having led former side Aston Villa to a memorable 3-1 success in London on the opening day of the 2012/13 campaign.
However, looking ahead to the forthcoming encounter, the Scotsman says that neither his personal success nor the Potters previously disappointing record will have any significance this time around.
“I am new here, and what has happened before with me or the Club doesn’t really affect anything,” he told the media in the build-up to the live televised encounter.
“It is a really tough place to go, we all know that, but I have been there before and won - I know what it is like to be win there, draw there and lose there."
“I didn’t know about the previous results there for this Club because I am new to this, but that doesn’t affect anything that could happen on Sunday.
“We know that they will have the majority of the ball, so we have to find a way to hurt them, which we will work on when we have the lads back together at the end of the week.”
He added: “We will go there full of confidence believing we can win the game. I am full of positivity, and I believe we will keep fighting and get out of this situation we are in.”