Faye - Gunners are soft

Stoke defender confident of shocking Arsenal

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Stoke defender Abdoulaye Faye believes it is possible to intimidate Arsenal and has predicted an upset in Saturday's clash at the Britannia Stadium.

"Of all the real contenders to win the Premier League, Arsenal are the softest."

Abdoulaye Faye

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The Gunners have developed a reputation in recent years as a side that does not relish the physical battle of some Premier League games.

Faye had success against Arsenal during his time with Bolton and believes Stoke also possess the qualities to trouble Arsene Wenger's men.

"Of all the real contenders to win the Premier League, Arsenal are the softest," said Faye.

"They don't like it when teams are physical. They are a very good side and can play football - but at Bolton we just used to press them and they didn't like it.

"It is possible to scare them and I don't know why everybody doesn't do it.

"They don't like playing big strong guys and we're not short of those here."


Faye feels that Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool are much better equipped for such situations.

He explained: "Chelsea have the likes of John Terry, Manchester United have Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic, while Liverpool have the likes of Jamie Carragher and Martin Skrtel.

"Arsenal don't really have that and they could be in for a big shock against us.

"I think there's a real possibility we could beat them."

Rory Delap's long throw-ins have been a major weapon for the Potters this season and Faye reckons Arsenal's lack of height at the back makes them vulnerable.

"I have never seen anything like this in my life," Faye said of his team-mate.

"I'm positive Arsenal won't like it because they don't really have a big man."