Pulis: Arsenal didn't take Stoke lightly

Stoke City boss Tony Pulis doesn't believe Arsenal took them too lightly on Saturday.

Stoke City boss Tony Pulis doesn't believe Arsenal took them too lightly on Saturday.

Pulis denied suggestions Arsene Wenger's decision to start with Theo Walcott, Robin van Persie and Samir Nasri on the bench showed any lack of respect.

Instead, he insisted every match this term will be a test - be it against a slightly under-strength Arsenal side, or next week's opponents, Wigan.

He added: "I was still frightened to death of the team they put out. They have great players and a great manager and they will definitely bounce back.

"We play Wigan next and that will be a tough game too. We had Adebayor playing...next it could be Roman Pavlyuchenko, Robinho or Fernando Torres.

"We're playing at a different level now, playing against great players every week."

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