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Chelsea midfielder Drinkwater: Stoke thrashing has us ready for Arsenal

Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater was delighted with his first goal for the club in victory over Stoke City.

The midfielder's first goal for the club was one to remember, with Drinkwater bringing the ball down with his first touch before sending a superb right-footed strike past Jack Butland into the top corner after Stoke had failed to deal with a cross from Pedro.

"It was alright I suppose," he laughed. "I'm happy with it and it's good to get off the mark in a Chelsea kit, so happy days. Hopefully there's a few more on the way.

Next up is a trip to the Emirates for what will be the first of three games against Arsenal in the space of a few weeks, with a two-legged Carabao Cup semi-final to follow.

"We're doing well, the more wins we pick up on the bounce the better it is for us," said Drinkwater. "We can't do much more than win games so as long as we're doing that we'll keep the pressure on.

"If we can take some confidence from that into the Arsenal match that's brilliant. It's obviously a completely different game altogether but we'll do our work on them and hopefully we'll be ready."

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