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Arsenal boss Wenger: Easier facing Hughes' Stoke than Pulis' team

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger feels Mark Hughes' Stoke City may suit his team more than the Welshman's predecessor, Tony Pulis.

Wenger admitted Arsenal may be more suited to taking on a team built by the former Manchester United and Wales striker than facing up to Pulis' pressgang tactics.

"We had some bad memories but also some good ones as well," said Wenger.

"It's a stadium where before, first of all the pitch was narrow and difficult to play, a bit more open to the wind.

"But recently we have shown as well it's down to the performance on the day. If you perform on Saturday that's all that counts.

"Yes it probably is better for us now though, because we went sometimes to Stoke, who had a rough style, we had young players and it was difficult.

"But they have good players, they have done well in the league, they qualified for the Europa league.

"So they are a real challenge.

"Every manager has his own style, he (Hughes) has experience and has shown he can do well.

"Given time he will print his own style of play."

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