Tony Pulis has insisted that Stoke need to dip into the transfer market to "freshen" up the squad.
The Potters chief saw his resilient City outfit stifle a below-par Arsenal side in the 0-0 drab draw at the Britannia Stadium.
Pulis drew plenty of positives from the game, including the solid debut of American Geoff Cameron who was making his Premier League bow following his summer switch from Houston Dynamo.
However, the Stoke boss wants to pursue a few more options with Tottenham's Tom Huddlestone the first to be discussed on Monday.
"I'm hoping and praying that one or two things might drop for us, we need to freshen it up," he told Sky Sports.
"That (the Huddlestone deal) was going on on Friday, we've played the game and we're hopefully revisiting it on Monday and see where we are."
On the Premier League encounter with Arsenal, he added: "It was a good result, there's things that we're not happy with and things that we can do better, but we're playing a team who are on a different level to us.
"The work-rate and the attitude of the players off the ball were very, very good but we have to do things a little bit better and we are capable of doing better.
"We have an interesting and busy week I hope ahead so we can freshen up, we need to do that. If we can do that then hopefully, fingers crossed, we can push on.
"We've played two difficult games, a newly-promoted team away from home was always a tough game and one of the top teams at our place and we're still unbeaten."