Britannia Stadium

Next Game

Stoke v Liverpool

Sunday, 09 August 2015, 16:00

Barclays Prem

Last Game

FC Porto 3 - 0 Stoke

Sunday, 02 August 2015, 16:45

Friendly Match

Hughes surprised by Stoke

Mark Hughes admits Stoke's fine form makes him believe they can beat Arsenal on Sunday.

Last Updated: 22/09/13 at 13:25 Post Comment

Mark Hughes: Stoke boss pleasantly surprised by start to season

Mark Hughes: Stoke boss pleasantly surprised by start to season

Arsenal and Stoke both lost their first game of the season but have been unbeaten since.

Manager Hughes is delighted with the Potters' start and admits he has been pleasantly surprised by their form, which included a 0-0 draw with Manchester City last week.

"You can't question the quality and ability of Arsenal - they are playing well and winning games," he said.

"But we are playing exceptionally well too, and in my opinion it is as good a time as any to go down there and play them.

"In terms of how we are playing it is probably better than I thought they were possibly capable of.

"The exciting thing for me is that I feel there is more to come. Everything they have been asked they have come up with answers so far, and long may that continue.

"We are playing some good stuff and creating a lot of chances. We played really well last week and we deserved to win.

"Manchester City weren't at their best, but that was perhaps a consequence of coming up against ourselves, who put in a fantastic display."

Arsenal's club-record signing Mesut Ozil will be making his home debut for the hosts and Hughes said: "Lots of clubs invest huge amounts of money, and people will be thinking that by bringing Ozil in Arsenal will be challenging this year.

"They have made a good start, whereas other teams maybe haven't started so well. It will be a long season though, but if Arsenal can sustain their form they will be up there for sure.

"Of course they will ask questions of us, so we will need to stand firm and limit them to infrequent opportunities.

"We have got to be clear in our own minds about what we want to do on Sunday. Individually players have to take responsibility for their own roles, and if they are able to do that and do the things that we know we are capable of then we can go there and win the game."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

G

ood lord that's got me unnecessarily excited. Damn you Storey. Cut to Liverpool being crushed under the wheels of Sparky's Stoke Machine and Firmino brought off the bench to no effect. It's the hope that kills you.

suarez_blind
Roberto Firmino: Steel To Complement The Silk

N

o Schweini? Have to admit that I did a little sex wee when we signed him and I can't wait to see him in action!!!

spence
F365's Top Ten Players We Can't Wait To Watch

I

think he'll do quite well. My only reservation would be Kagawa, who had similar stats to Firmino in the bundesliga before he came, but time will tell.

GVMUFC
Roberto Firmino: Steel To Complement The Silk

Footer 365

Manchester City agree £14m fee with Roma for Edin Dzeko

Sky sources understand Manchester City have agreed a £14m fee with Roma for striker Edin Dzeko.

Liverpool's Jordon Ibe says he needs more end product

Liverpool winger Jordon Ibe says he must be looking contribute a goal or assist in every game he plays.

Liverpool have no interest in Barcelona's Adam Traore

Despite reports to the contrary, Liverpool are not interested in signing Barcelona winger Adama Traore.

Mail Box

Louis Van Gaal Only Wants Football Robots

Louis van Gaal only wants players who are human robots, apparently. It's a great Mailbox, with thoughts on Chelsea, Audi Cup, Fabregas, Lingard and Joe Gomez...

Is Jack Wilshere The New Diaby?

This was supposed to be his season but he is already injured. We have mails on Chelsea, TV football, why Raheem Sterling is worth more than ADM and more...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company