To say I dislike Mark Hughes would be like describing the size of the planet Jupiter as being bigger than a dog. I don’t like the cut of his jib. You can tell much about the man by his football philosophy – this is a chap who can take the wonderful artistry of Shaqiri and turn him into yet another water carrier. Stoke are a club where the manager’s personality reflects the club itself (as does ours, of course).
Just in case you forget, ask Ramsey and Debuchy what they think about Stoke’s physical approach.
But, their recent results are good, since September Stoke’s results would have them in 4th place in the PL, above the Mighty Totts. They have won 5 of the last 7 games.
We are on quite a good run ourselves, unbeaten in the league since the opening day blip and scoring 9 goals in our last 2 games.
This is our third game in 8 days so we can expect rotation.
Gabriel Mustafi Koscielny Monreal
Xhaka Coquelin Ox
Theo Alexis Mesut
Not easy to get the midfield correct. AW loves Coquelin and he is rested after missing the midweek victory, so I expect to see him start. Xhaka is the sort of chap we need to fight the Orcs but I fear he may retaliate – perhaps he is better coming off the bench, but what the heck, let’s see if he can show grace under fire.
Warning. Today’s referee is Lee Mason. A man who is so stupid he cannot see the continuous rotational fouling Stoke use against AFC. This is a chap whom Alan Green (who knows a thing or two about football) calls “the worst referee in the PL”. A man who gives our players a yellow card for every 2 fouls and every 9 fouls for the opposition. I suppose it adds to the spectacle 😀
Stoke have yet to win at The Emirates. The run needs to continue.